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New Office of Community-Based Medical Education to Serve as a Resource for Volunteer Faculty

Dennis Boyle, MD


​To support, strengthen and celebrate the work of SOM volunteer clinical faculty, a new office of Community-Based Medical Education (CBME) was developed. The office will be led by Dennis Boyle, MD, Assistant Dean of CBME and Nicole Bost, CBME manager. 

The Clinical Faculty of the School of Medicine—today, numbering more than 2,900 clinicians and other health professionals—play a vital role in the education and training of medical students, residents and fellows at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM).

These clinical faculty members volunteer their time throughout the metro area and across the state. They work in private offices and clinics, at local teaching hospitals, at area community hospitals, and in rural areas.

Volunteer faculty teach in a variety of educational settings. Some precept medical students in the Foundations of Doctoring program. Others teach and mentor third- or fourth-year students or residents in their private offices or hospital-based practices. Volunteer faculty include specialists, hospitalists, emergency medicine physicians, surgeons and more in both rural and urban areas.

The office of Community-Based Medical Education will be a centralized resource for volunteer faculty. Boyle and Bost will help them with practical matters, like obtaining university parking and accessing the university’s library. In addition, a common and simplified application process will be developed to help recruit new volunteer faculty and provide them SOM faculty appointments.

The CBME website is also being revamped to allow access to educational resources through the Crowd Wisdom platform. Live, innovative workshops will be given via the website to help volunteer faculty develop skills such as providing feedback, bedside teaching and working with the struggling learner. The CBME will work in conjunction with the Academy of Medical Educators for these workshops.

The new office will also be responsible for enhancing the recruitment and retention of community-based faculty and will work in conjunction with efforts made by the Foundations of Doctoring program, individual departments at the SOM, the Colorado Medical Society as well as local medical societies.

Over time, Boyle and Bost aim to assist volunteer faculty members with continuing medical education and maintenance of certification. If you know of anyone in the medical community who would be interested in becoming a volunteer faculty member, please ask them to call 303-724-0044.