What is PRiSM?
PRiSM, or Performance Reviews in the School of Medicine,
is a new, unified online system for faculty performance evaluations developed
by the Office of Faculty Affairs and the Information Technology project team.
PRiSM will be utilized for all university-based School of Medicine faculty
members, beginning in January 2014. It replaces DOMINO, FIDO and the Family
Medicine department’s version of DOMINO.
PRiSM is designed to help faculty document activities and
accomplishments while updating information pertinent to the annual performance
evaluation. PRiSM complements—but does not replace—the face-to-face performance
review meetings between each faculty member and his or her division (or section)
head or department chair or their designee.
How do I access PRiSM?
You can access PRiSM via this link: https://som.ucdenver.edu
. This link will
take you to the SOM Portal, where you will be able to click on a link to PRiSM
to begin your performance review and view and upload prior-year evaluations.
What is the review period
The review period for faculty evaluations has changed
from academic year to calendar year. Therefore, the review period that is
beginning now will encompass activities and accomplishments that were completed
during the 2013 calendar year (January 1 through December 31). This change was
made to allow for a more consistent evaluation of work that has already been
What is the deadline for
annual faculty evaluations?
The deadline for completion of faculty evaluations is May
1, 2014. Faculty members must submit their performance reviews by this date.
May 1 is also the deadline for division heads, department chairs and other
supervisors to complete their reviews. (Note: Most departments will establish
department-specific, earlier deadlines for submitting performance reviews in
Will I be able to access
information from my previous reviews?
As in past years, information that was contained in the
last year’s review can be been uploaded into your review this year. However,
some of the data and free text fields have changed. Therefore, some information
from your prior-year review may “map” to a different field or section of PRiSM.
It will be easy to cut and paste information within the system.
How is my faculty
appointment information updated in PRiSM?
Your faculty appointment information, including academic rank
and other information, will now be updated automatically using information
contained in the Faculty Information Management System (FIMS), which is a
database maintained by the Office of Faculty Affairs. This will minimize data
duplication and increase data integrity, while also alleviating the need for
administrative staff to add or manage faculty data within PRiSM.
Will teaching evaluations
be uploaded into PRiSM?
Medical student teaching evaluations from the Office of
Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) will be automatically uploaded into your
review in February 2014. You will also have the ability to upload additional
teaching evaluations (for example, from residents or graduate students).
What other enhancements
have been made to PRiSM?
PRiSM includes some additional features that should make
your work easier. Formatting text using rich text features is included, so you
can easily underline, add bullets or bold text. Sections in which you summarize
your accomplishments in teaching, clinical work, research and scholarship and
community service have been redesigned to match the language of the promotion
matrix (making later dossier preparation easier). Near the end of the PRiSM
document, you will have an opportunity to upload other documents, such as
letters from peers, mentees or grateful patients. And you can now automatically
upload your publications directly from Pub Med.
For more information regarding the enhancements that have
been made to PRiSM, click
Will IT support be
Open information sessions will be held weekly to provide
hands-on support during the performance review cycle. Sessions are scheduled every
Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Health Sciences Library Teaching
Lab 1. Ongoing support will also be available by contacting SOMSupport@ucdenver.edu