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ISSUE 17 Spring 2016


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


Register at:

Problem Based Learning (PBL)
June 13, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Matt Rustici, MD

Teaching Procedures
June 13, 2016
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Matt Rustici, MD
Kristina Tocce, MD, MPH

MiPlan to be a Better Bedside Teacher
June 20, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Mel Anderson, MD
Chad Stickrath, MD

Challenging Conversations and Contexts - Round 1
August 4, 2016
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD
Ed 1, Room 4103

Challenging Conversations and Contexts - Round 2
August 4, 2016
2:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kirsten Broadfoot, PhD
Ed 1, Room 4103

Outpatient Teaching
September 9, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Multiple Presenters

Teach, Learn, Guide - Using Learning Theory to Give a Killer Talk
September 14, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dennis Boyle, MD​



Medical Students Begin Phase Three in Colorado Springs​

The first cohort of Colorado Springs Branch students began their phase three training in Colorado Springs on April 18. We caught up with Erik Wallace, MD, associate dean for the Colorado Springs Branch and Chad Stickrath, MD, assistant dean of education, for an update on the new campus and how they’ve prepared for the arrival of the 23 students. 

What are your day-to-day roles within the Colorado Springs Branch?

Dr. Wallace: My primary role is building team and community relationships. We’ve had to build a network. When you talk with other schools around the country, the most challenging part of a regional medical campus is the recruitment and retention of preceptors. Doctors are stressed and under pressure. Even if they are interested, another responsibility is a lot to ask.

Dr. Stickrath: I spend half of my time seeing patients and will be spending the rest of my time with the students. And much of my time is spent managing the day-to-day of the curriculum. With more than 10 specialties across a year’s time, we had to build a great team we have a great team. But it’s still a lot of managing.

Are you ready for students?

Dr. Wallace: Absolutely. We’re very excited. Some students have been studying at the Lane Center. It’s been great to see them in our space and getting prepared for their tests. And I think the students are excited as well—mostly because they’re finally out of the classroom.

How have you been preparing the faculty?

Dr. Stickrath: We have welcomed almost 200 new doctors in the southern Colorado community to the University of Colorado faculty. They have been busy participating in our faculty development programs. We just finished our 10th or so Core Preceptor Training Session.

Dr. Wallace: We know faculty development is critical to our success. We’re bringing a different education model to Colorado Springs, so regardless of whether you’re new to teaching or if you’ve been teaching for 20 years, they are learning how to teach within this new model while keeping in mind the constraints and challenges of a modern clinical practice.

What is this new model?

Dr. Stickrath: We’re excited to implement an innovative curriculum model which we call Colorado Springs Mentored Integrated Curriculum, or COSMIC. Essentially, it’s a version of a longitudinal integrated clerkship. These models have been around for decades, in particular in rural communities. Results have been so encouraging that urban programs started adopting them as well.

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