Karyn Springer, MD, Physician Lead, Appointed Associate Dean for Clinical Learning in Intermountain Population Health

Sep 19, 2022 10:00 a.m.

Karyn Springer, MD, a respected physician, administrator, and leader, is appointed assistant dean for clinical learning in intermountain population health at the University of Utah’s Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine (SFESOM), effective July 1, October 2022.

The appointment is part of a joint focus between Intermountain Healthcare and University of Utah Health on the Population Health Scholars Initiative. In this role, Dr. Springer will serve as a liaison with SFESOM leadership on planning and decision-making for the Population Health Researchers Initiative; facilitate educational experiences for students at Intermountain healthcare facilities and provider groups; and maintain lines of communication between Intermountain Healthcare and U of U Health leadership to focus on growing and enhancing the current relationship of the two organizations and developing new initiatives between the partners.

“We are proud that Dr. Springer is leading the first-ever educational program focused on training the next generation of population health physicians,” said Lydia Jumonville, CEO and Interim President of Intermountain Healthcare. “This is one of many steps Intermountain plans to take to help our system and our country evolve towards maintaining the health of people and the communities in which they live.

Dr. Springer currently practices at the Intermountain North Orem Clinic, where she has worked since 2002, and serves as Senior Medical Director for Graduate Medical Education Strategy for Intermountain Healthcare. She chairs the Intermountain Utah Medical Group Board of Directors and serves on the Intermountain Health Care Region Board of Directors, the Castell Accountable Care Board of Directors, and the Development Program Alumni Council. frames. Springer graduated from the University of Utah Medical School in 1998.

“I am impressed by Dr. Springer’s significant insights and accomplishments in the areas of value-based care and population health,” said Michael L. Good, MD, CEO of the University of Utah. Health and Executive Dean of SFESOM. “I am convinced that she will positively contribute to the success of our two institutions and to the excellence of our missions, particularly in the field of clinical experiences leading to world-class medical education.

Dr. Springer is excited to be actively involved in shaping the experiences and enthusiasm of population health researchers. “The program reflects the strong, collaborative relationship between Intermountain and the University of Utah in training future physicians who will serve our communities by providing high-quality, team-based care,” says Springer. “It really is an innovative way to go upstream in improving the health of our communities.”

The Population Health Scholars Program aims to improve the delivery of health care for the entire population. The program represents a partnership between Intermountain and U of U Health that aims to expand the traditional medical school experience. Eleven students were selected to participate in the first cohort, with a target of 15 students in the third year of the program. Population health researchers receive a broader view of health care as they undergo rigorous academic training from the U and real-world application from both institutions. Researchers receive specialized training in preventive care and population health concepts that aim to keep populations as healthy as possible, rather than just treating people when they are sick.

Sara Lamb, associate dean of education at the University of Utah’s Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, oversees ongoing medical school curriculum reform. “Dr. Springer will help us achieve this exciting leap forward for Intermountain, U of U Health, our students, and perhaps most importantly, the communities we serve,” Lamb said. other underserved communities benefit from better access to the care they need. These physicians will influence health care policy and how we decide where to deploy resources. They will also create better outcomes and lower costs in communities. where inequalities have historically existed.

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