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
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
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