Moving to Utah, need info?

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  1. kandygyrl

    kandygyrl FM's Bailey

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    Hi All,

    I need some info and encouragement :) . My husband was just informed that we will be transferring to Utah in March 2007. I am a 4th year pursuing FP :D . I have average grades with average Step I scores to take Step II soon. There are only 3 programs that interest me. Does anyone know anything about UT and the programs in Salt Lake? :idea:

    Thanks
     
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    tridoc13 SDN Donor

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    Nope, but I did meet one of the faculty members at our ALSO course here in Grand Junction a couple of weeks ago. Seemed like a very nice guy. :) What are the three programs that you're interested in?
     
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    Congratulations on moving to Utah....SLC is a great place to live. Did 3 years of residency at the U of U in medicine.

    The FP program that I am familiar with is the University affiliated program. They spend a bulk of there time at Salt Lake Regional with some time at the University....no VA time if I recall...in fact none of the FP programs are at the VA there. Generally, it had fair to good residents. The bonus was that they had a hospital to themselves which is good for FP training.

    I don't know about the other FP programs in Salt Lake.

    SLC is an interesting town, with the best location I can think of....30 minutes from the ski slopes and minutes from great mountainbiking and hiking...not to mention a state with more National Parks than any other. I wish I was still there. That being said, the pervasive culture is Mormon and some areas are staunchly conservative. If you are looking for a more mixed area, I recommend the Avenues close to the University of Utah and north of downtown or Sugarhouse south of downtown. Both have older homes for rent and to buy and the locations are close to downtown and most shopping. There is little to no crime east of I-15 which is nice. Other places...if looking for newer homes include Sandy and the Foothill areas. Traffic is really a non-issue in SLC so you can live almost anywhere (some folks even lived in Park City 20 miles away)

    Good luck.
     
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    kandygyrl FM's Bailey

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    I am looking at two programs in SLC (U of U and St. Marks) as well as the program in Provo(Utah Valley).
     
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    kandygyrl FM's Bailey

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    What about living outside of the city oh say close to Dugway Proving Ground :D :eek: ...can I still feasibly make the commute?
     
  7. JBHMD

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    I was born and raised in Utah. Left for residency to Indiana. I actually knew of a resident who did just what you are thinking about. Her husband worked at Dugway and she drove in (30-45 minutes depending on where you live) every day. She was a resident at the University of Utah Program. I know 3/4 programs quite well as a medical student and interviewed there. Do you have any specific questions about the programs or just trying to find some general information?
     
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    Hi,

    I hope I can answer your questions. I did my residency in Utah and currently practicing in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    what do you want to know?
     
  9. Ausmil

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    Congrats on going to Utah. I moved here a few years ago and currently live in the Provo area. The residency program here is great from what I understand. Living in Utah is different then most states. If you are not LDS (Mormon) then there are a few things to get used to. To be completly honest, I love the mormon culture. It has been the greatest place ever to raise children for my family. Everyone is so friendly and the culture of mormonism is something that I have been very interested in since I moved here. You will love it!!! Good luck
     
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    kandygyrl FM's Bailey

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    Hi erichaj

    I want to know everything! I have never been out west and I am bringing along two kids( 4yrs and 18 mo) who will be going to school there. OH, yeah, my husband is coming too. I want to know about the school system. I want to know about recreation ( I guess I am going to learn to love the out doors). :oops: I want to know about diversity, not just racial, but also cultural and ehtnic?

    I am also interested in learning a more balanced perception of the residencies and what they have to offer. I met all 4 programs at the recent student/resident convention. They all seem great and the residents really love their individual programs--so I am looking for some objectivity about their strengths and weaknesses.

    Which program did you complete? Why that program,...what drew you? What would you have different about the program (what was great and what was not so great)? As a practicing physician do you feel prepared?

    Any info would be great!!! Thanks for the response.
     
  11. napoleondynamite

    napoleondynamite Keepin' it real yo

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    I live in SLC for med school and can perhaps offer a little advice on housing at least. If you end up doing the FP program in SLC, you should look for a house in the Sugar House district of town or Cottonwood Heights. These have are the most "affordable" (relative to other areas) areas of the city with excellent school districts. I'D STAY AWAY FROM THE WEST SIDE IF YOU HAVE KIDS! This is coming from someone with 2 kids.. It's the dumpier side of town, where all the crime happens, and the school districts are much worse. Try to stay East of State Street if you live anywhere in the city.

    Other options would be Sandy city (about 30 minute commute), Draper, Murray. A popular place to live (cheap housing..lots of young families..new area) is Herriman. However, that would take you about 45 mins to get to the University. But if you want a NEW house, that may be your best bet. There aren't a lot of starter home neighborhoods in SLC, except if you go to West Valley (on the West side..not recommended!).

    Anyway, if I can help you with any other specific questions, PM me. ND.
     

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