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Marks Selected as UK's First Bell Addiction Medicine Scholar

Dr. Sarah Tully Marks

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2020) — Dr. Sarah Tully Marks, assistant professor and the associate residency program director in the University of Kentucky Department of Family and Community Medicine, has been selected as UK’s first Bell Addiction Medicine Scholar. This scholar program is a part of the Bell Alcohol and Addiction Endowed Chair efforts aimed at building physician education and training experiences for treating patients with substance use disorders.

Marks will create a substance use disorder curriculum for Community and Family Medicine residents as part of her participation in the year-long scholar program. It will include standardized patient experiences to increase resident confidence in taking care of patients with substance use disorders.

Marks graduated from UK with a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics and English. She received her Master of Arts in linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then returned to UK for medical school. She completed her family medicine residency at St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She then joined the Interprofessional Teaching Clinic at the University of Kansas, where she worked closely with students and faculty to improve education and patient care by using interprofessional teams. As part of that team, she has presented regionally and nationally on interprofessional education and implicit bias in medical education.

The experiences of medical students and residents are very important to Marks. She is invested in understanding the effects that academic failure and mental health disorders have on medical student and resident success. She has been the recipient of numerous medical student, teacher and advisor awards. At UK, Marks is focused on residency education and curriculum design, and is currently pursuing a  Masters of  Education in medical education at the University of Cincinnati. Her clinical interests include LGBTQ* health, women’s health, substance use and obstetrics.


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