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David Gaspar, MD

Associate Professor, Medical Student Education Director


 

 

Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

 

303-724-0971 Office

 

david.gaspar@ucdenver.edu

 
 
 
 
ABOUT ME:

I grew up in a rural community in Southwestern Ontario, Canada and began my post-secondary education at the University of Western Ontario in the Faculty of Engineering Science. With good fortune I was accepted into their medical school, continued Family Medicine residency at Western and then practiced as a solo family physician for 10 years in that same community of London, Ontario, Canada. I still am humbled by being given the privilege of sharing in my patients lives and also being able to share my love of Family Medicine and patient-centered care with my medical students as a full-time faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver.

My wife Laurie and I have two grown children, men who now live and study in California. We currently have Charley, a Chihuahua mix and Murray a Miniature Daschund at home.   

RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Determining how we can best prepare physicians- in-training for practice as skillful, humane and patient-centered providers should be the major task of medical schools. Over the years my scholarly activities have focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of medical school clinical curriculum. These have included new medical student programs such as Hospice Education, Home Visits, Behavioral Health Education and Chronic Disease Management. In addition I have also been involved in evaluating training in other disease oriented curriculum content such as cardiovascular disease risk, basic ambulatory dermatology and oral/dental heath. 

Clinical Faculty who teach our students in their offices in their communities deserve ongoing support and faculty development. This presents another fruitful area for research. There are important questions to be answered at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine. What types of educational support are the most important for community faculty? Can medical student curriculum improve quality of care in the practices that teach? How can we better standardize the evaluation and feedback provided to students?

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

I practice Family Medicine with a great group of partners, residents and staff at A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center in the Stapleton Community in Denver, Colorado. I partner with a great group of clinical educators and educational researchers in my various roles in the School of Medicine curriculum performing small group, large group and clinical teaching and serving on the Admissions Committee. I assist the Department of Family Medicine as Director of Medical Student Education and a member of their Appointments and Promotions Committee. I currently served as a reviewer for the American Family Physician.

I assist in oral exam training for physicians as part of the State of Colorado’s “Cavity Free at Tree” program coordinated by our Colorado AHEC. Most recently I have helped deliver some instruction in the School of Dental Medicine as part of an expanding inter-professional educational initiative.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: 

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Colorado Academy of Family Physicians
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Society of Teachers in Family Medicine
PUBLICATIONS AND GREY LITERATURE:
  1. Jortberg B.T., Gaspar D.L., White K. Cardiovascular Risk Assessment and Management in a Primary Care Training Block. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2008; 20(4):347.
  2. Binienda J., Schwartz K., Gaspar D.L. Training in End-of-Life Care Principles through Interacting with Dying Patients. Academic Medicine 2001; 76(5):517.
  3. Platt F.W., Gaspar D.L., Coulehan J.L., Fox L, Weston W.W., Smith R.C., Adler A, Stewart M.
  4. Tell Me About Yourself: The Patient-Centered Interview. Ann Int Med 2001; 34(11):1079-85.
  5. Neale A.V., Gaspar D.L., Metzger K. Answering Funding Preferences for Medical School Graduates in Underserved Areas. Fam Med 2000; 32(7): 456-8.2.
  6. Binienda J., Gaspar D.L., Schwartz K. Receptivity of medical Students to an Educational Program in End of Life Care. J of Cancer Ed 2000; 15(3) S:83.
  7. Ebell M.H., Gaspar D.L. Family physicians’ preferences for computerized decision support hardware and software. J Fam Pract 1997; 45: 137-141.
  8. Gaspar D.L. Choosing Prescription Drugs Rationally: A Curriculum for a Family Practice Residency Program. Academic Medicine 1995; 70: 454-5.
  9. Gaspar D.L. Clinical Assessment of Hearing Impairment. JAMA 2007; 297: 695.
  10. Gaspar D.L. Family physicians’ involvement in two hospitals. Two different models of inpatient care. Can Fam Phys 1997; 43: 29.