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Clinically Speaking

Spring 2018

    Highlighting the important work of the faculty in the University of Colorado School of Medicine to improve care delivery, clinical quality and patient safety.

John Cleese once said, “Creativity is not a talent. It’s a way of operating.” In this issue, we explore the different ways School of Medicine faculty use the power of creativity to improve the delivery of care. From Dr. Katie Morrison’s use of storytelling during The Good Grief Rounds to Dr. Taizo Nakano hosting dance parties for seriously ill children, our faculty are improving the conversations we have with patients and providers alike. We hope you enjoy reading about your colleagues, and we look forward to hearing how your department is improving clinical care. 

Anne Fuhlbrigge, MD, MS
Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs



Caring for the Frail Elderly          

The Division of Geriatric Medicine specifically works with those with multiple comorbidities, including dementia. Learn how they are improving patient safety.       

Ambulatory Clinics On Time Starts


Forging Connections through Storytelling

Katie Morrison, MD, and her team are helping residents and faculty find meaning in their work by harnessing the power of storytelling.

Glucose Mgmt Team


Energizing Your Audience

Being able to intuit what a family needs when facing a frightening diagnosis is how Dr. Taizo Nakano builds strong relationships that improve patient outcomes.

Amy Tyler, MD


Joy Renewed: Faculty-Led Curriculum

Through the Excellence in Communication curriculum, more than 400 School of Medicine faculty members have learned high yielding communication strategies designed to be embedded into busy, high-paced, and often stressful work environments.  


Bits & Pieces

School of Medicine Community Newsroom; Congrats to CHCO Providers of the month; Physician burnout a creeping epidemic in health care; Brianna Hoffner, NP and Jessica Anderson CNM awarded Nightingale Luminary Awards; Doctors conclude enterovirus D68 is a likely cause of acute flaccid myelitis