Dr Corson 3.0
Salt Lake Direct Primary Care is the result of my experience as a family doc combined with my vision of an idealized micropractice. It is also a nod to the original Dr. Corson (pictured above), my grandfather, Thomas Charles Corson, MBChB, or 'Tommy' as he was known to friends and family.
'Tommy' was a rural GP in Connel Ferry, a small village in the Scottish Highlands on the shore of Loch Etive. He practiced in his surgery in the back garden and treated anything and everything that came his way. He was tremendously respected in the community. It's his black doctor bag that I have dusted off and now carry with me on house calls.
Grandpa Corson was influential in my decision to pursue Family Medicine. After graduating from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 2002, I moved to Salt Lake City to ski the greatest snow on earth and begin my training at the Family Medicine Residency at the University of Utah.
Upon completing residency in 2005, I worked in a number of different settings in the first phase of my professional life that helped shape Dr. Corson 1.0. These included full spectrum family medicine at the Shiprock and Rosebud reservations as well as outpatient medicine for low income uninsured folks at the Maliheh Free Clinic in Salt Lake City. For a number of years, I treated acute illnesses and injuries at After Hours Urgent Care and provided excellent primary care for men at the Men's Health Center. For six ski seasons, I could be found at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon treating acute ski injuries and medical emergencies at the Alta Medical Clinic. My wife and I also spent 6 months working as GPs in New Zealand.
In 2011, I started the second phase of my medical career when I signed on with Millcreek Primary Care. There, I had the privilege of getting to know a wonderful panel of patients as their family doc. They helped mold Dr. Corson 2.0. After five and a half years there, I left to spend more time with my young family.
I've worked in clinics large and small, both insurance and cash based. I've treated a broad spectrum of things in a variety of settings. I really value the ongoing relationship and trust that can build between patient and doctor. Although family docs 'specialize' in everything, I really enjoy mens health, sports medicine, acute injuries and illnesses, as well as educating patients to empower them to be able to improve their health. It's the amalgamation of these experiences combined with the micropractice medical setting that I believe will make Salt Lake Direct Primary Care successful and sustainable. In the next stage of my career I look forward to caring for my new family of patients as Dr. Corson 3.0.