ANSCHUTZ MEDICAL CAMPUS, AURORA CO. (October 14, 2014) – After 15 years of service to CU’s Department of Family Medicine, retiring Student Education Director Dr. David Gaspar passes the baton to a new leader and a faculty team seeking to improve the educational experience for medical students on the Anschutz Campus.
Caroline LeClair, DO will be assuming full responsibility for the program as the Interim Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Family Medicine. A faculty member with the Department for over 6 years, Dr. LeClair decided to make Colorado her home after completing coursework in Osteopathic Medicine and a Family Medicine Residency in the Denver area. Her prior experience includes 10 years of direct patient care in a Level II emergency department and 7 years of direct patient care at the AF Williams Family Medicine clinic in Stapleton, where she continues to serve as a clinician and lead preceptor. She has worked heavily with several medical student education programs both within the Department of Family Medicine and the School of Medicine at large, and currently directs the Rural and Community Care Block, Integrated Longitudinal Medicine Clerkship, and the Mentored Scholarly Activity (MSA) project for medical students.
“A crucial goal for me is to lead the department in advising students interested in Family Medicine and educating others about the core values of Family Medicine,” says LeClair.
Lori Sachau, PhD has also joined the Department of Family Medicine’s Medical Student Education Division, working in tandem with Dr. LeClair to provide medical students with an exceptional learning experience. A PhD faculty member in educational technology, a registered dietician, and a long-time voice in higher education with over 19 years leading departments , coordinating curriculum and teaching courses, Dr. Sachau is passionate about life-long education and continuous improvement.
“Our strengths as educators,” Sachau points out, “should lie not only in what we know about content important for education but also in helping students create meaning, intention, and action from content to improve practice, health, and well-being.”
In her new role, Dr. Sachau will manage aspects of course events, from course concepts at their inception to the evaluations at course completion. Her expertise in effective design, implementation and assessment is aimed to not only enhance the direction of course offerings, but to also lead new undergraduate educational research activities in the Department.
“They make an excellent team together,” says David Clute, Family Medicine’s Department Administrator, “We were really drawn to Dr. Sachau’ s experience in educational research and knowledge of federal policy development. And Dr. Caroline LeClair has simply been an innovator and thought leader in education. We are excited to see our Division develop under her new leadership.”
Both Dr. Sachau and Dr. LeClair hope to develop new models for learning and knowledge retention for medical students. Excellent teaching, a great student experience, and fostering knowledge related to Family Medicine and primary care are high on their list of goals—goals they know are essential to improving the doctor-patient experiences of the future.
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.