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Dec. 2016


Faculty Matters is a bimonthly publication for the University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty.


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Challenging Conversations and Contexts            
Feb. 2, 2017
9:00 a.m. to noon
Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD
Ed 1, Room 4103

Developing Standardized Patient Cases for SOM CPE Faculty
Feb. 13, 2017     
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.   
Eva Aagaard, MD
Antonio Francesco, MFA
Ed1, Room 4103

Challenging Conversations and Contexts            
April 11, 2017    
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
 Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD
Ed 1, Room 4103

Challenging Conversations and Contexts            
June 22, 2017
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD
Ed 1, Room 4103​ ​​

Teaching in the Operating Room

A Thirty Year Perspective

By MJ Taravella, MD

It’s hard to believe at this stage of my career, but I began teaching residents in the operating room at the University of Colorado in 1987 (30 years ago!). Certainly much has changed in this time, not the least of which is our approach to surgery. In general, the old adage, “see one, do one, teach one,” and the apprenticeship model have evolved to a more evidenced based approach to teaching.1 So what is my current approach? Read more.


Office of Professionalism Responds to Results from 2016 Climate Survey

Faculty members recently had the opportunity to respond to a confidential survey and share with administration their experiences within the working climate of the School of Medicine. A little more than 40% of the 3,660 faculty who received the survey responded.

According to Barry Rumack, MD, Director of the Office of Professionalism, the survey was an opportunity for the administration to understand how faculty members perceive their work. “It’s a way of getting a signal,” he explains. “It’s about identifying trends and patterns, so the School of Medicine and its departments can identify problems and address them accordingly.”

Dr. Rumack also explains how his office went to great lengths to preserve anonymity. ​Read more.

Post-Election Message from Dean Reilly

By John J. Reilly, Jr., MD

Reprinted from the Nov. 14 weekly email

I close this week’s message with some thoughts on the election and its implications for our school. Since Tuesday, I have spoken with a range of members of our school community about the results and their implications. Some are extremely depressed and concerned, others are elated and hopeful. These discussions also highlighted a clear area of agreement among all regardless of their political viewpoint: distress over the rancor and divisiveness of the campaign. The actions of our newly elected leaders will undoubtedly impact health care over the upcoming years and we will need to adapt our tactics for this changing environment. What we will not change, however, is our commitment to our missions of providing world-class health care to all in need, advancing the science needed to improve our understanding of biology and translating that understanding to improved prevention and therapy, and educating the next generation of researchers and health care providers. Also unchanged is our commitment to embracing diversity as a core component of our strategy. We will continue our efforts to recruit and support a diverse student body, faculty and staff and to leverage their skills to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve. We will continue to support a diversity of ideas, respectful and civil dialogue among those with differing points of view, and a respectful and tolerant environment for all.

Post-Election Reading List
By Suzanne Brandenburg, MD

The election was more than a month ago. Have you been wondering what people are reading? Numerous suggestions for political articles and books are circulating on the internet, but here is a list of what people are actually reading, based on Amazon’s “bestsellers” list.  



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