UMN Family Medicine and Community Health Discovery Fund

Advancing the art and science of family medicine

The Family Medicine and Community Health Discovery Fund supports new projects that will revolutionize the way we care for individuals, families, and communities. Your support can help us adapt to the changing healthcare environment and improve the ways we teach, research, and care for patients.

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Discovery Fund projects

Over the years, we have seen how a small amount of seed money can launch an innovative idea into practice. We are excited about the promise that Discovery Fund projects hold for family medicine.

2017-18 Projects

Patient experience in family medicine residency chronic pain program

This study, led by St. John's faculty Kathryn Brown, MD, MS, and North Memorial faculty Jason Ricco, MD, MPH, will evaluate the patient experience in the newly implemented chronic pain process for the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. Patient questionnaires and focus group discussions will be used to identify factors that promote or discourage a positive patient experience in the management of chronic pain. These results will then be reviewed to identify modifiable aspects of patient care or patient-staff interaction to improve patient satisfaction while still maintaining the original aims of the chronic pain process.

Youth diabetes coaching project

Led by St. John's program director Angela Smithson, MD, MPH, St. John's residents will use the Stanford Diabetes Youth Coaches Program Curriculum to work with students at Johnson High School in St. Paul to address the growing problem of diabetes and its complications within an underserved and culturally diverse population. This program aims to engage and educate the community through a sustainable activity as well as assist residents to meet their educational goals in community involvement and population health.

Ultrasound-guided hip injections using hip simulation

The Discovery Fund will continue to support a project led by sports medicine faculty Jennifer Oberstar, MD, to develop a virtual environment for family medicine residents to further hone their skills in ultrasound-guided hip injections. The use of ultrasound equipment is quickly becoming an essential skill for residents to master as a diagnostic tool in the primary care office.

Past projects

2016-17 Projects

Continuous glucose management (CGM)

Jean Moon, PharmD, and Katherine Montag Schafer, PharmD, were interested in evaluating the use of continuous glucose management (CGM) devices for diabetes patients at Phalen Village and Broadway family medicine clinics. As CGM technology is not limited to specialists, it's a particularly useful tool for family physicians to provide chronic disease management in a primary care environment. Support from our Discovery Fund helped them to evaluate patient and provider satisfaction, track patient outcomes, and determine the return on investment for CGM technology in a family medicine clinic.

Ultrasound-guided hip injections using hip simulation

Although the use of ultrasound equipment was quickly becoming an essential skill for family physicians to master, Jennifer Oberstar, MD, noted that there were few organized curricula available to teach residents the performance of ultrasound-guided hip injections. Our Discovery Fund provided essential support for her to develop a virtual environment for family medicine resident to further hone their skills in ultrasound-guided hip injections.

Contact

For more information, please contact Harriet Sands, 612-624-6998, hdsands@umn.edu.