Skip to main content
Sign In

July 2017

OCBME Newsletter

Teaching Tips

The “Ask, Tell, Ask” Approach to Giving Effective Feedback

Giving students feedback helps them learn and achieve critical competencies. But giving effective feedback isn’t always easy. In three minutes, you can improve your ability to give great feedback, thanks to this video produced by the Academy of Medical Educators. Click on the image to view the video in your web browser.  


Meet Your Board Requirements and Reduce Administrative Burden with the Maintenance of Certification Portfolio Approval Program

Board-certified physicians, take note: The School of Medicine Maintenance of Certification Portfolio Approval Program is available to all volunteer faculty members. It helps physicians understand and meet the requirements of the American Board of Medical Specialty’s standards for Maintenance of Certification.

In addition, physicians participating in quality improvement projects can earn MOC Part IV credit. The program helps you select, develop and implement quality approval projects, providing formal approval and reporting of the credit earned to participating boards.  

Learn more about the program at, or contact the program manager at 303-724-7929.

Participating ABMS Specialty Boards

  • Allergy & immunology
  • Emergency medicine
  • Medical genetics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics
  • Preventive medicine
  • Surgery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Family medicine
  • Obstetrics & gynecology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Physical medicine & rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry & neurology
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Internal medicine
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • Pathology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Radiology
  • Urology 

In Memoriam

Remembering Sharon Marston

The University of Colorado School of Medicine sends condolences to the friends and family of Sharon Marston, who died June 29, 2017. Sharon served as the Colorado Springs Branch coordinator and executive assistant to the assistant and associate deans in Colorado Springs.  

Sharon joined the School of Medicine in 2008 as a human resource and finance specialist for Undergraduate Medical Education. She also worked as support staff for the Curriculum Steering Committee. In 2014 she joined the School of Medicine's Colorado Springs Branch. Erik Wallace, MD, associate dean for the branch, said Sharon was a passionate and dedicated member of the team in Colorado Springs, and she played a critical role in establishing and nurturing relationships with Colorado Springs community leaders, clinical partners and students.

“Sharon will always be considered the ‘mom’ of the Colorado Springs Branch by the local leadership team and the students,” Dr. Wallace said.

Memorial services are scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, at 10:00 a.m. at Southeast Christian Church sister campus: the Solomon Foundation in the Colorado Room, 16965 Pine Lane, Parker. 

Program Highlight

Pre-Med Coursework Takes Students into the Wilderness

Did you know that the Department of Emergency Medicine offers pre-med courses that take students out of the classroom and into real life situations?

Students shadow emergency department physicians, ride-along on EMS calls, and explore beautiful locations in the Rocky Mountains and Costa Rica. It’s a great way for students to gain valuable exposure to emergency and wilderness medicine as well as global health.

Learn more.

Faculty Spotlight

Meet Tiffany Willard, MD

Faculty Appointments. Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Tiffany Willard, MD

Medicine and surgery/anesthesiology liaison at the Colorado Springs Branch 

In Practice. Dr. Willard is a practicing trauma and critical care surgeon with the UCHealth Medical Group at Memorial Hospital.

Alma Mater. University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed clinical years on the Wichita regional campus.

Residency. University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospital in Chicago (general surgery)

Fellowship. University of Tennessee-Memphis (trauma/critical care)

Activities. Dr. Willard coordinates the 3rd and 4th year medical student education activities in surgery and anesthesiology for both the Colorado Springs Branch and Rocky Vista University at Memorial Hospital, Penrose/St. Francis and Evans Army Hospital. She also developed and leads a program for 5th grade students at local schools. The program uses simulated trauma scenarios, teaching students about making challenging life decisions through the eyes of a physician.

Awards/Accolades. 2016 El Paso County Medical Society’s Outstanding Physician Award in Leadership

Academic Interests. Education, aortic trauma 

On Teaching. “We have made major strides in keeping these students in a top notch position to learn, and I would like to continue to be their advocate to assure their education maintains honorable standards moving forward.”