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Chip Ridgway, MD – A Fellow’s Tribute

By Jane EB Reusch, MD

It is with sadness and gratitude that we say goodbye to Chip Ridgway—academic statesman, physician, teacher, mentor, friend and the long-term director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes fellowship.

“My heroes have always been cowboys.” - Chip Ridgway 

Chip was a Harvard cowboy and head of the division I wanted to join 25 years ago. He examined thyroids from the front, rode horses in Wyoming, planted bulbs that elk ate and had three beautiful children. He was a true renaissance man—captivating and intimidating. This is our tribute, as faculty members and former fellows.  

Congratulations to the Newest Members of the Academy of Academy of Medical Educators 

The Academy of Medical Educators welcomes its newest members. Members are chosen via a competitive internal and external review process to document excellence in education and a commitment to the mission of the Academy. Members provide service to the CUSOM community through faculty development, coaching and mentoring, direct teaching and participation in small grants and award committees. 

PRiSM Update: Survey Indicates More Than 90 Percent of Faculty Satisfied with Experience and Identifies Areas of Future Enhancements 

This past year the School of Medicine launched PRiSM (Performance Reviews in the School of Medicine), which replaced three faculty evaluation systems (DOMINO, FIDO and Family Medicine DOMINO), creating a flexible, modern, on-line evaluation system. 

PRiSM was placed on the SOM Faculty Application Portal ( to allow faculty to log in using their University login and password.

SOM Faculty Member Publishes Op-Ed in Washington Post about Missed Opportunities in Medical Missions

Jennifer Whitfield Bellows, M.D., global health track director at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, wrote a Washington Post op-ed about the missed opportunities of medical missions in developing countries. Misunderstood cultural customs, a lack of knowledge about the type of care most needed, and a desire to treat problems that are not the true challenges in a community often lead to poor long-term results, she notes. "Websites and social media promotions for short-term medical missions lure us in with promises of self-fulfillment and photos of sunburned volunteers treating smiling patients. In truth these missions do more for the volunteer than the patients they serve," Bellows writes. Read more.

10 Books to Recharge Your Teaching

Recharge yourself as a teacher and take a look at these suggestions from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled "Top 10 Books on Teaching.” It can be helpful to move outside of the medical education world and think about teaching in higher education settings more broadly.

6 Quick Brain-Based Teaching Strategies

Stephen S. Davis, PhD, USAF Major Retired and Director of Faculty Development at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, writes an interesting and provocative “Monthly Teaching Tips” article. This month’s tips​ are particularly relevant to many of the educational strategies we are currently considering at the School of Medicine for our medical student and residency programs.