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Two Department of Medicine Fellows to Join Clinician-Educator Development Program


​The Department of Medicine (DOM) has selected two new recipients of its Clinician-Educator Fellow Development Program, which creates opportunities for the development of fellows who plan academic careers as clinician educators including education-oriented scholarship. 

TeresaCushman.jpgTeresa Cushman, MD is an Infectious Diseases fellow in the Department of Medicine; she is in her first year of her clinical fellowship after completing her internal medicine residency at the University of California San Diego. Alongside her research interests (infection prevention and control, with a focus on Clostridium difficile infection), her educational research interest is on quality improvement education. For her project in the DOM Clinician-Educator Fellow Development Program, she will analyze the use of the GI PCR at University of Colorado Hospital, with the aim of developing criteria for the appropriate use of this test. She will then develop an educational curriculum to educate providers about how to use this test in the most clinically appropriate manner. Her mentors for this project are Michelle Barron, MD, medical director for infections prevention and control at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), and Misha Huang, MD, incoming director of the UCH antimicrobial stewardship program.

Patrick Wood.jpgPatrick R. Wood, MD is a second-year rheumatology fellow in the Department of Medicine (Division of Rheumatology). He is also studying for a certificate in Public Health Sciences at the Colorado School of Public Health, and is enrolled in the CU Academy of Medical Educators Teaching Certificate Program. Patrick’s medical training took place at the University of Washington, followed by an internal medicine residency at CU. His current focus is in program improvement and innovation in the provision of rheumatologic subspecialty care for underserved rural patients. As part of this focus, he recently initiated a new telemedicine clinic for the division at the Denver VA Medical Center, and plans to use this clinical program to develop novel joint examination and other monitoring techniques for remote arthritis care. He is also interested in the education of non-rheumatologists in the rheumatic diseases, and plans to develop curricula surrounding telemedicine and other novel delivery methods for rural subspecialists. His primary mentors are Liron Caplan, MD, PhD, a health services researcher and Chief of Rheumatology at the Denver VAMC, and Jason Kolfenbach, MD, a clinician-educator and director of CU’s Rheumatology Fellowship Program.

During the yearlong fellow development program, participants create a customized educational and mentoring program to acquire additional training, spend time teaching medical students and trainees, and complete an education project in their area of focus (often designing a new curriculum or teaching approach).

The DOM Clinician-Educator Fellow Development Program expects to fund at least 2 recipients per year, with applications accepted each year in January. The Department of Medicine wishes to thank the Clinician-Educator Fellow Development Program review committee members for helping to advance this important program:

  • Eva Aagaard, MD – Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine); Director, Academy of Medical Educators; Associate Dean for Educational Strategy, SOM; Director, Center for Advancing Professional Excellence
  • Mel Anderson, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine); Interim Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program
  • Stuart Linas, MD – Professor of Medicine (Renal Diseases & Hypertension); Chief of Nephrology, Denver Health Medical Center
  • Nancy Madinger, MD – Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Pathology; Medical Director, UCH Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
  • Heidi Wald, MD, MSPH – Associate Professor of Medicine (Health Care Policy & Research); Co-Director, Acute Care for Elders Service