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Jennifer Fisher, DNP, WHNP

Associate Professor, Associate Director, CAPE

13070 East 19th Avenue, Mail Stop F495
Aurora, CO 80045



Dr. Fisher obtained her Nursing Doctorate and Master in Science with a specialty in Women’s Health from the University of Colorado and her Doctor of Nursing Practice in December 2009. Prior to joining the Center, much of her educational work was done at the patient level. Her early clinical career was spent working with people with diabetes as a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also has previous experience coordinating NIH sponsored studies on glucose monitoring in children with type 1 diabetes. Now, her clinical focus as a nurse practitioner is fostering gynecologic and obstetric wellness throughout a woman’s lifespan, while integrating the whole body and mind to optimize health.

Her primary academic interests are the use of teaching associates in health professional curricula, optimizing health professional assessment, the appropriate timing and frequency of physical exam training, as well as the use of simulation to improve individual and team communication skills in health professional education.


A major goal of Dr. Fisher’s work is to advance and research the use of teaching associates, lay clinical educators trained to teach components of physical exam, to improve the physical exam skill set of physicians and advanced practice health professionals in training.


SOM : Phase III Course Block Directors Committee, CAPE representative, Phase III CBD Clinical Practice Exam Sub-Committee, School of Medicine Admissions Committee, Longitudinal Competency Committee, FDC Communication Advisory Committee

EMS User Group Network, Vice Chair for Education and Development

  • Association of Standardized Patient Educators
  • Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
  • Society for Simulation in Healthcare


Barley GE, Fisher J, Dwinnell B, White K.  Evaluation of a Standardized Physical Exam Teaching Associate Program (SPETA) in Medical Student Education: Results of a Pilot Study. Academic Medicine, 2006;81(10 Suppl.)S95-97.

Fisher, J and Barley, G. Utilizing Gynecologic Teaching Associates (GTA) to measure competency in breast and pelvic exam skills as a part of a longitudinal curricular study. Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 2009; 4 (3); 186.

Kass-Wolff, J and Fisher, J. Menopause and the Hormone Controversy: Clarification or Confusion?  The Nurse Practitioner, 2011; 36 (7); 22-29.

Kass-Wolff, J and Fisher, J. (in press) Evidence-based strategies for pain management with endometrial biopsies and IUD insertions. The Nurse Practitioner, 2014.

Fisher, J, Kass-Wolff, J, Kotthoff-Burrell, E, and Youngwerth, J. (in press) “Advanced nursing practice in geriatric care: The John and Margo Educational Experience.” In Simulated Patient Methodology: Theory, Evidence and Practice, edited by Nestel, D. and Bearman, M. United Kingdom: Wiley Blackwell, 2014​​​​.