Utah’s Snow is Among the Greatest on Earth

A graduate of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Daniella Zipkin, MD, is currently an assistant professor at the Duke University Medical Center, where she teaches a curriculum in evidence-based medicine. In her personal life, Dr. Daniella Zipkin is an avid snowboarder with a special affinity for the powdery snow of Utah’s mountains.

Marketed as the greatest on earth, Utah’s snow is well known for being dry and light, which produces the high-quality powder that attracts skiers from around the world. In addition, Utah receives many significant snow storms each year, which increases the number of powder days and often leads to long seasons of very enjoyable skiing. In fact, Utah’s snow is so fun to ski that in 2010 it took seven of Ski Magazine’s top 10 rankings for snow.

The reason for Utah’s excellent skiing is largely the result of its geography. Because most of the state is considered desert, it is quite arid, which saps its snow of much of its moisture and allows it to remain light and fluffy. Also, the Great Salt Lake in northern Utah is so large that it creates a lake effect on regional snow storms and leads to huge accumulations in the surrounding mountains. These facts, combined with Utah’s large mountain peaks, make the state’s resorts a world-class destination for ski and snow enthusiasts.

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As a teacher, investigator, and clinician, Dr. Daniella Zipkin works with physicians, staff, and medical residents to improve practices in evidence-based medicine and doctor-patient communication. Through research grants connected to her faculty position at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Dr. Zipkin studies the impact of communicating evidence to physicians in a collaborative atmosphere and to patients in a clinical setting. Dr. Daniella Zipkin currently serves as a Principal Investigator through a Duke Graduate Medical Education Innovation Grant on case-based teaching conferences in evidence-based medicine. She also leads a project through the Society of General Internal Medicine to create communication summaries for physicians to use with patients when explaining new clinical data. In conjunction with her academic role, Dr. Daniella Zipkin recently presented at several regional and national conferences. Dr. Zipkin developed and taught a workshop in evidence-based medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ pediatric hospitalist program. She also served as a Workshop Leader at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in 2011 on two programs, titled “Is a picture worth a 1,000 words? Communicating Evidence to Patients” and “Beyond Critical Appraisal: Tips for Real World Application of Study Results.” Dr. Daniella Zipkin studied at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine and completed her residency in general internal medicine through New York University and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York. She started working as a clinician educator through a fellowship at UCSF in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Since then, Dr. Zipkin has held several faculty and research positions in evidence-based medicine at UCSF, the California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) in San Francisco, and Duke University. In addition to her teaching background, Dr. Daniella Zipkin has served in several clinical settings as an Attending Physician at CPMC and as a Primary Care Internist at the Santa Cruz Medical Foundation in California. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in the Division of General Internal Medicine.