A Fond Farewell to the Volunteer Faculty I have Served
By Dennis Boyle, MD
Seven years ago, the two masterful leaders of faculty affairs, Cheryl Welch and Steven Lowenstein M.D., M.P.H. envisioned a new office within the School of Medicine. The purpose of this new office was to care for and serve the many clinical volunteer faculty we depend on to educate our students and residents.
The Office of Community Based Medical Education was born, and I was fortunate to be named as its first leader. My initial task was to find a manager for our office, and luck brought us Nikki Bost, who has been instrumental to the success of our team.
Up until the office’s establishment, our volunteer clinicians and educators had been superb teachers who received little by way of benefits. We started our work by creating a website and streamlining the application process, which up until then had been on paper. We codified the benefits our volunteer faculty receive, and now all have access to campus parking and full library benefits. We’ve hosted a number of educational events, and I’ve enjoyed working with an amazing group of stakeholders, including the Foundations crew, Aris Sophocles and the promotions committee and of course Deans Krugman and Reilly.
Because of the sheer size of the CU system, the names and contact information of our volunteer faculty were scattered across several information systems. During our last visit by the LCME (the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, our accrediting body), we spent significant time and energy ensuring we had a full list of everyone teaching our learners and that each had received faculty status. Our volunteer faculty is 3,000 strong!
I’ve decided that it’s time for me to step down and take a new direction in my life. I’m looking forward to staying in the realms of education while spending more time with family and traveling. I will miss working with our team and you—our volunteer faculty. You’ve been a pleasure to work with and it’s been an honor to serve you.
Volunteers Needed for National Western Stock Show
The Colorado Area Health Education Center program is seeking Anschutz Medical Campus volunteers to staff a booth at the National Western Stock Show in January. Each year, volunteers from our campus provide free health screenings for adults and children attending the stock show. Students and clinical and non-clinical faculty members are needed as volunteers. The screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose, vision, balance and oral health. The National Western Stock Show draws more than 700,000 attendees, and it is a major opportunity for our School to show how we support our entire state. Volunteers sign up for four-hour shifts. For more information, contact Cindy Armstrong at 303-724-8927 or Cynthia.Armstrong@ucdenver.edu.
Two Clinical Faculty Members Honored for Teaching Contributions
Sharisse Arnold-Rehring, MD, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, and Peter Knott, MD, Associate Clinical
Professor of Pediatrics, were honored in November at the Career Teaching Scholars Awards Ceremony at Pediatric Grand Rounds. Also honored were faculty members J. Lindsey Lane, BMBCh and Ellen Elias, MD, Professor of Pediatrics.
Thank you for all you’ve done for our learners throughout your careers!
How to Access Your Library Benefits
Volunteer Clinical Faculty members within the School of Medicine enjoy online access to the Health Sciences Library’s collection as part of your contribution to the program. The school will set you up with a university system account and credentials called a Passport account which will be your login.
The passport account gives you a University username and you manage the password of the account: https://passport.ucdenver.edu/login.php. If you wish to leverage university email and a ucdenver.edu address you can with your Passport account. More importantly the passport account allows you to login to library resources @ https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/ and get past our off-campus login page @ https://proxy.hsl.ucdenver.edu/login.
When you are off campus and not on the university network and wish to access online journals and clinical databases or search PubMed for full text articles, you will need to login with your Passport account. Your local SOM department and the office of OCBME are responsible for setting up your Passport account as a clinical faculty member.
The library offers and information and service portal called AskUs -- http://hslibrary.ucdenver.libanswers.com/index.php. Connecting with a librarian can be a great way to get an overview and consultation about using the library’s resources.
A list of our resources can be viewed at https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/node/196, and journal collection of the library can be searched online too. If you would like to be able to borrow and check out physical materials at the library, please apply for a full library account @ https://hslibrary.ucdenver.edu/library-account-app.