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May 2017


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


The School of Medicine has launched a new Faculty Development Event Registration site. Please register at

Junior Faculty Career Promotion Retreat

June 2, 2017
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM

Anschutz Medical Campus, Krugman Hall, RC2



Challenging Conversations and Contexts

June 22, 2017
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Ed 1, Room 4103

Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD ​​

How to Find a Mentor

The following article is republished with permission from a previous publication by the Office of Faculty Affairs titled, Behind EveryGreat Star: A Mentoring Guide for School of Medicine Faculty and Administrators.

Mentoring is an important element of academic success. Among medical school faculty, mentoring is associated with improved confidence in academic roles and skills  and higher likelihood of promotion.  Strong mentoring relationships are positively associated with career satisfaction, promotion, research grants, publications and other measures of academic productivity.  Junior faculty especially, those who have mentors are more confident, enthusiastic and successful in their jobs. 

How to Find a Mentor

  1. Begin by identifying what you need and want from your mentor. You may need assistance with a project or research proposal, your teaching or clinical skills, general career guidance, work-life balance, managing conflicts or leadership training, among others. To identify a mentor, you need to be aware of your needs and goals first and seek people who might be able to help you attain them. Observe senior faculty members in laboratory, clinical, classroom and conference settings—even during meetings. Select someone whose interests and goals match your own Look for someone who is a role model for the kind of academic physician, teacher, scientist or administrative leader that you want to become. Keep in mind, most of us will need more than one mentor in order to meet all of our career goals.

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Bringing Residents Back to the Anatomy Lab
Residents are going back to the cadaver lab, thanks to an innovative 
program led by Danielle Royer, PhD, assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. Royer, along with anesthesiologist Adrian Hendrickse, MD, created a program that gives Anesthesia residents in the Acute Pain Service a chance to hone their skills using a specially dissected cadaver.

“The residents haven’t been exposed to gross anatomy since the beginning of their studies,” said Royer. “Dr. Hendrickse and I started talking about how an exercise in applied anatomy would give greater context to the landmarks they look for on scans.”

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Jennifer Adams, MD, Receives the Dr. Debasish Mridha Spirit of Medicine Award 
Jennifer Adams, MD

The Board of Directors of the American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has named Jennifer Adams, MD as a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Medicine Awards. The awards honor physicians who represent the values of altruism, compassion and dedication to patient care.

Dr. Adams will be honored during an awards ceremony at the American Medical Association’s Annual Meeting on June 9, 2017. The AMA Foundation will be granting $2,500 to the School of Medicine.  Dr. Adams is a member of the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Director of the Denver Health Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship, and a member of the Academy of Medical Educators.

3rd Annual Research-Intensive Junior Faculty Retreat to be Held Friday, June 2 in Krugman Hall

By Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann

This year’s Junior Faculty Retreat will focus on key aspects of departmental and university-wide promotions and tenure issues. It will also include mock promotions review forums at the event’s conclusion. The decision to focus on this area was in response to the Climate Survey and consistent feedback received from previous retreats.  

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Congratulations to the New Members of the Academy of Medical Educators

The Academy of Medical Educators recently welcomed new members, chosen for their excellence in education and their commitment to the mission of the Academy.

  • Jennifer Whitfield Bellows, MD, MPH, Emergency Medicine
  • Maryam Guiahi, MD, MSc, Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Christine E. Waasdorp Hurtado, MD, MSCS, FAAP, Pediatrics
  • Jay Lemery, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Mark R. Nehler, MD, Surgery
  • Prem S. Subramanian, MD, PhD, Ophthalmology
  • Molly E.W. Thiessen, MD, Emergency Medicine
  • Eric Young, MD, Medicine 

Small Grants Program Recipients Announced

The Academy of Medical Educators recently provided five small grants that support efforts to create, implement and evaluate innovative medical education programs. Grant funding is provided through the generous support of The Rymer Family Endowment, The Office of Faculty Affairs and The Academy of Medical Educators.

Congratulations to the recipients: 

  • Debnath Chatterjee, MD – Pediatric Anesthesia "Just-in Time" Training Using Video Podcasts ($2,000)
  • Janet Corral, PhD – Just-in-Time Coaching System to Maintain High Quality Teaching in Small Groups in the MD Program ($4,880)
  • Michael Kriss, MD; Ruhail Kohli, MD – Simulation-based Training of Balloon-Tamponade Tube Placement for the Treatment of Variceal Hemorrhage:  Utilization of a Mastery Learning Model for Low Volume Procedural Training ($2,317.48)
  • Danielle Royer, PhD (Co-PIs: Janet Corral and Maureen Stabio) – A Framework for Mobile App Appraisal for Use in Health Professions Learning ($1,420)
  • Scott A. Simpson, MD, MPH; Melanie Rylander, MD – Video-based curriculum for teaching verbal de-escalation and personal safety skills ($3,474.88)

Meet the Newly Inducted Members of the Resident and Fellow Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) inspires and promotes the tenets of integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect and empathy. The following inductees were nominated by their peers for their commitment to the principles of the GHHS:

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