Listen for the Story:

Using Narrative to Enhance Clinical Care in Underserved, Rural, and Global Health

April 28-30, 2022

3rd Annual Utah Inter-professional Symposium for Underserved, Rural, and Global Health Education (SURGE)


We hope you enjoyed the content provided to elevate the voices of diverse speakers from rural and tribal communities along with experts in global and rural medical education in the Intermountain West. And that you were able to engage with our symposium's narrative-oriented theme to focus on how we can improve clinical care with arts-based strategies in medical education.

Our keynote speaker Dr. Deepu Gowda, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine provided a powerful and impactful talk that set the tone for all of us to explore how to connect with each other and our patients on a human level. And, importantly how that connection and narrative can be used in healthcare and medical education to promote social justice and the pursuit of health equity.

Please explore the videos and content from this year's panels and presentations. We would love for you to share this content with others, and look forward to hearing how you have been able to use SURGE to improve education in underserved, rural and global health.

SURGE 2022 is proudly presented through the collaboration of the following University of Utah programs: RETURN, Global, Rural, and Underserved Child Health (GRUCH), the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Rural Pathway, the Internal Medicine Global Health and Underserved Track (GHUT), and the Center for Health Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH).

Dr. Deepu Gowda, the Assistant Dean for Medical Education at Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine.

Dr. Sonja Raaum, MD & Dr. Reena Tam, MD SURGE Co-Founders

Department of Internal Medicine; Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Casey Gradick, MD & Dr. Hailey Haffey, PhD

Med-Peds Rural Pathways Residency Program

Dr. Susan Sample, MFA, PhD

Center for Ethics, Arts, and Humanities (CHeEtAH)

Our Vision

To enhance academic excellence in underserved, global, rural health education and inspire educators and trainees to find joy and sustainability in this work.

Our Mission

The interprofessional Symposium for Underserved, Rural, and Global Health Education is an opportunity for University of Utah Health Science educators and trainees to network, collaborate, and share work across intersecting areas of interest and with diverse partners throughout the Intermountain West, the nation, and the world.

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homeland of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes. The University of Utah recognizes and respects the enduring relationship that exists between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We respect the sovereign relationship between tribes, states, and the federal government, and we affirm the University of Utah’s commitment to a partnership with Native Nations and Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.

University of Utah Indigenous Land Acknowledgment Statement


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