Dr. Caroline LeClair named Interim Director of Medical Student Education, CU Department of Family Medicine
AURORA, CO. (October 14, 2014) – The Department of Family Medicine has named Caroline LeClair, DO Interim Director of Medical Student Education. Dr. LeClair will assume full responsibilities for the program as Dr. Gaspar, who served as director for 15 years, transitions to retirement.
Dr. LeClair works heavily with medical student education programs both within the Department of Family Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She directs the Rural and Community Care Block, Integrated Longitudinal Medicine Clerkship, and the Mentored Scholarly Activity project for medical student education. She also oversees program electives and provides support for student interest groups. In addition to leading medical student education programs, she practices Family Medicine and serves as lead preceptor at AF Williams University Family Medicine Clinic.
In her new role, Dr. LeClair will continue to serve as an educational thought leader, innovator, and change agent for the department. She will provide medical students positive learning experiences, excellence in teaching, and foster student knowledge related to Family Medicine. According to Dr. LeClair, “A crucial goal for me is to lead the department in longitudinally advising students interested in Family Medicine and educating others about the core values of Family Medicine.” Her scholarly activities include further development of clerkship models and the effects models have on learning, knowledge retention, and the overall experiences of students.
Dr. LeClair has been with the Department of Family Medicine since 2007. Her prior experiences include 10 years of direct patient care in a level II emergency department and 7 years of direct patient care at AF Williams. She decided to make Colorado her home after completing coursework in Osteopathic Medicine and a Family Medicine Residency in the Denver area.
A national search is under way to fill the position of Medical Student Education Director. While the Family Medicine department strives to fill the position on a permanent basis, Dr. LeClair will engage in activities that continue to strengthen the department. “Under the direction of Dr. LeClair, our Medical Student Education program will continue to grow and thrive,” said Department Chair Dr. Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD.
Medical Student Education in the Department of Family Medicine is dedicated to excellence in teaching and exposing medical students to the core principles of Family Medicine. Program staff effectively build the primary care workforce by fostering and developing teachers of Family Medicine, and educating others about the value of primary care.
The Department of Family Medicine is nationally recognized as a leader in family medicine. The department was ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report (2014) for family medicine training and is the second largest family medicine department in the country.