Utah Primary Care Priorities from Past Summits 

Expanding Preceptor Training Capacity

Utah is experiencing substantial growth in the number and size of health professions training programs located in the state. With this growth, the demand for community-based clinical training for health professions students is also increasing. As this demand grows, the supply of willing and able preceptors is strained due to increasing stress clinicians experience as current practice environments transform. Utah’s primary care stakeholders recognize the value in expanding our state’s preceptor training capacity, and therefore prioritize efforts to quantify increased student demand for community-based training, current preceptor training capacity, and clinician barriers to precepting.

Utah Primary Care Priorities
Utah Primary Care Priorities

Exploring Workforce Implications of Payment Reform

As primary care delivery systems transform to better serve population health needs, our models for projecting future primary care workforce needs must also transform. Furthermore, these projection models must account for the impacts of team-based care on workforce capacity.

Supporting Tele-Health Initiatives

Utah primary care stakeholders recognize the important role tele-health plays in expanding access to care to rural populations, and therefore prioritize efforts to train the current and future workforce to utilize tele-health technology in delivering health care.

Promoting Rural Health Emphases in Health Professions Education

Research shows that students are most likely to return to practice in underserved communities if they have 1) grown up in an underserved community or 2) had exposure to underserved communities in their health professions education. Therefore, Utah primary care stakeholders prioritize efforts to formalize rural emphases in health professions education programs offered in the state through initiatives such as enhanced admissions criteria targeting local applicants or structured rural track coursework.