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ISSUE 7 October 2013 

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

Promotion 101 for Clinician-Educators

October 29, 2013
8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Steven Lowenstein, MD
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The DiSC Personality Program
October 31, 2013
7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Lisa Neale
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Conflict Styles
November 12, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Lisa Neal
Ed 2 South, Room 2201
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Promotion 101 for Clinician-Educators
November 14, 2013
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Steven Lowenstein, MD
Hensel Phelps West Lecture Hall, R1 North
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Evidence-Based Assessment
November 19, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tai Lockspeiser, MD
Ed 2 North, P28-1202
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Creating an Interprofessional Learning/Teaching Environment
December 10, 20132:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kirsty Broadfoot
Location TBD
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New Faculty Career Development Workshop
January 23, 2014
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Multiple presenters
Nighthorse Campbell Building Auditorium
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Managing Medical Errors
January 28, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Christopher Carey, MD
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How to Find a Mentor

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

Learn more. 

[i] Wingard, Acad Med 2004; 79(10 suppl): S9-11

[ii] Wise, dJ Obstet Gyn Can 2004: 26: 127-136

[iii] Sambunjak, JAMA 2006; 296:1103-1115

[iv] Behind every great star:  A mentoring guide for School of Medicine faculty and administrators.​​​



New Office of Student Life to Provide a Cohesive Experience for Students; Streamlined Reporting for Faculty

What do you get when you combine a holistic admissions process with an extensive student support program? A comprehensive network that serves the School of Medicine and its students across the spectrum, providing guidance, advice and administrative assistance to applicants and students.

Led by Associate Dean Maureen Garrity, PhD, the new Office of Student Life combines the expertise of the admissions and student affairs staff and faculty. Now students will work with a cohesive team—from the moment they express interest in the MD program to graduation and beyond.

When the two departments were separate, students received what Dean Garrity likens to “specialty” care.

“We’ve transitioned to more of a ‘family medicine’ approach, caring for the whole student across the continuum of their involvement with the School of Medicine,” said Garrity.

Dean Garrity believes faculty will benefit from this shared approach as it relates to the gathering of student data. The Office of Student Life will serve as a centralized resource for data requests and help guide best practices for obtaining and ethically using student information.

Now Accepting Applications for the Rymer Endowment Innovation Small Grants Program

The Academy of Medical Educators is now accepting applications for its annual small grants program. The grants, typically $3,500 or less, support efforts to create, implement and evaluate innovative medical education programs and to develop scholarship in medical education (occasionally grants of up to $5,000 will be considered).  

Grant funds are provided through the generous support of The Rymer Family Endowment, The Office of Faculty Affairs and The Academy of Medical Educators. Proposals should be no more than five pages in length and MUST include the following information:

  • Brief background describing the importance of the project and relevance to the University of Colorado School of Medicine (less than one page)
  • Goals or specific aims
  • Description of project or study including population, methods and evaluation strategy
  • COMIRB status (if appropriate)
  • Brief budget and budget justification
  • Plan for sustainability after funding is complete (if appropriate)

Note that while all education projects will be considered, special consideration will be given to projects that relate to School of Medicine curricular priorities in the areas of longitudinal curriculum, learning communities, lifelong learning, master educator development and quality and safety education. 

Submit applications by November 1, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. to

For more information about the small grants program, contact Eva Aagaard, MD. 

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