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August 2016

OCBME Newsletter

​​Teaching Tips

Three Tactics for a Successful Mentoring Relationship

​Developing a mentoring relationship is what makes working with medical students so rewarding. A recent study outlined the characteristics that lead to a successful mentor-mentee relationship. The following tips are an adaptation of the study, titled Characteristics of Successful and Failed Mentoring Relationships: A Qualitative Study Across Two Academic Health Centers.1

  1. Create a welcome environment. Ensure the meeting environment—typically the mentor’s office—makes the mentee feel safe and welcome.

  2.  Meet regularly. Agree upon a regular meeting schedule. Discuss communication expectations      between face-to-face meetings (whether via email or telephone).

  3. Establish a communication framework. “Reiterate and review” each discussion to ensure the mentor and mentee understand what took place and the resulting action items. This can include use of checklists. For example, mentors may use a checklist during each discussion to ensure career, administrative, education, and personal issues have been addressed.

Learn more about this qualitative study about mentorship.

This article was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Faculty Matters, the School of Medicine’s faculty newsletter.

1Straus SE, Johnson MO, Marquez C, Feldman MD,  Acad Med. 2013 Jan;88(1):82-9

Working with Your Students

New “5 Minute Clinical Faculty Orientation” Now Available

A new teaching guide is available for download that outlines tips to help faculty members improve communication and avoid student mistreatment. It’s a quick and interesting read, and it represents the work of the Next Steps/Ending Mistreatment Project Steering Committee.

This document suggests that faculty members articulate shared goals and expectations, establish authentic roles for students and ask challenging, respectful questions while avoiding behaviors that may be interpreted as mistreatment.

To download the “ending student mistreatment guide and view other teaching resources made available by the School of Medicine Office of Faculty Affairs, click here.​

Rural Track

Share the Rural Track Story

The Rural Health Track was founded in 2005 with the goal of increasing the number of physicians who enter and remain in practice in rural Colorado. Each medical student at the University of Colorado has the chance to focus on areas of interest that lie outside the scope of any specific clinical specialty. These are called tracks and they are a set of extracurricular activities that extends through multiple semesters on a longitudinal basis.

The Colorado Rural Health Center, in conjunction with University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty members, interviewed current students, graduates, and other stakeholders to develop video testimonials about the Rural Health Track.

Please view some of these rewarding stories.

​Faculty Spotlight

Meet Robert Lam, MD

Faculty Appointments. Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Emergency Medicine Liaison at the Colorado Springs BranchRobert Lam, MD.jpg

In Practice. Dr. Lam is a practicing emergency medicine physician who serves as director of medical education for the Department of Emergency Medicine at UCHealth Memorial Hospital

Alma Mater. University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine (combined BA/MD program)

Residency. Truman Medical Center in Kansas City (Emergency Medicine)

Activities. Dr. Lam is actively involved with the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), serving as faculty for the oral board review course, as well as the social media committee and wildness medicine interest group. He also facilitates the mentoring program with the Emergency Medicine Interest Group at Rocky Vista University. Dr. Lam was recently made chairman of the AAEM burnout and wellness committee.

Awards/Accolades. Best Emergency Medicine Preceptor at the 2016 Golden Stethoscope Awards. The awards are sponsored by the School of Medicine’s Foundations of Doctoring program and the Office of Community Based Medical Education. They allow medical students to nominate and recognize their preceptors for their time and dedication.

Academic Interests. Education, burnout and physician wellness

On Teaching. “Although the clinical practice of medicine has its own rewards, I believe that teaching adds purpose to my work. I find it deeply rewarding to share my knowledge, to feel that I giving back to my profession and to watch the formation of the next generation of physicians.”​

Free Interlibrary Loan Service Now Available

As a volunteer faculty member, you now have free access to the Health Sciences Library interlibrary loan service (ILL). Most requests for articles and books take just a few days, and many are delivered electronically.

Click here to create an interlibrary loan account.

If you have questions, you may contact the interlibrary loan office at 303-724-2111 or email the office at

Please note: You need to have been granted full access to the library prior to using interlibrary loan. If you are interested in and have not yet been given full library access, please contact Nikki Bost at Nicole.Bost@ucdenver or 303-724-0044 for more information.​