At the last couple of Executive Committee meetings, the group has started reviewing the department’s progress on our Seven-Year Review Recommendations.
In November, Kent and Deanna talked about the progress we’ve made with the professional development and appointments & promotions committees. The A & P committee is revamping our internal promotions method and making the progression from assistant professor to associate professor a longitudinal process. The professional development committee has come up with a list of Professional Development Opportunities for all faculty members, and are putting some final touches on a new formalized mentoring program for junior and non-tenure-track faculty. Moving forward, there will be a number of other initiatives, including management training for supervisors, staff mentoring and individualized development plans.
In December, the group discussed increasing the department’s diversity and inclusiveness and talked about the minimal progress that we’ve made on this recommendation. This is in part because while we all know it’s important, it is still a fairly nebulous goal and we don’t yet have an identified faculty leader. If you have ideas and/or are interested in working on this worthwhile objective, please contact .
At the December Advisory Council meeting, the group discussed inviting more people to the meetings, as well as changing the meeting to more of a “town hall” format, where participants can ask Frank/the EC their opinions on any number of topics.
The conversation for this meeting centered around the new Dean for the School of Medicine and how the department might be impacted by the change. The group agreed that it would be important to be aligned internally with our mission and priorities so we can maximize our position within the SOM during the transition. The group also discussed goals around population health and what exactly that means and what kinds of partnerships we can form with the School of Public Health, CSU and others to continue our work toward achieving the Triple Aim.
Research Repository Now Available!
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Position: Medical Director, Health Center at Auraria
Member of DFM since: August 20009
Who you are and what you do:
I came to Colorado in 1998 right after finishing my residency in NJ and practiced in the medically underserved area of Pueblo, CO until 2006 and then moved to Denver and joined a small group practice in Arvada. When things got tenuous because of the recession in 2009, I was very fortunate to have found and be hired for this position at the Health Center at Auraria. We serve the health and wellness needs of students, faculty and staff of the three schools here – Community College of Denver, Metro State University, and UC Denver. At the beginning of this year I was promoted to Medical Director and so I’m learning lots of new stuff. I still see patients everyday as well as supervise mid-level providers.
What are the three most important things you’re working on?
The Health Center just launched a Smoking Cessation Program for the campus and it’s great to be involved in doing lots of patient education and practicing motivational interviewing. We are also looking into accreditation through AAAHC so there’s been lots of research around what steps to take, etc. This will probably take at least a year to accomplish. I also just finished a bunch of training on Hazmat, Toxic Terrorism and Mass Antibiotic Dispensing – topics not usually associated with family medicine but I found them to be very interesting and relevant to an urban college campus setting.
Why do you like working for DFM?
It’s odd to say this but I do feel very supported by DFM even though I am somewhat distant by location.
What are your passions?
Teaching, having a sense of purpose in what I do professionally, and helping patients navigate the healthcare system so they feel empowered to make the best and hopefully most healthful decisions for themselves.
What do you do away from work?
I like to read mostly non-fiction. Daniel Pink’s book called ‘Drive’ is one of my favorites. I also like to try new recipes especially vegetarian/vegan.
I listen to classical music a lot but I do listen to pretty much everything.
Favorite movie and why?
Star Wars saga, for sure. Just a great classic good vs. evil story.
New family member!
Emmett Jack Bleacher (mom Heather) joined the family on 11/7/14, weighing in at 7lbs 9oz and 19¾ inches. How stinkin’ cute is he?!
Hail and…not farewell…
Wilson Pace, MD, recently announced his retirement from the AAFP National Research Network, and his intention to focus on the DARTNet Institute. While he is cutting back his FTE, here, Wilson will still be around and making an impact on HIT.
Jennifer Carroll, MD, MPH will be joining the department and the AAFP National Research Network as the new director beginning March 1. Her interests include primary care-based interventions to improve patient-clinician communication about physical activity and primary care community partnerships to promote physical activity. Additionally, she has a strong interest in refugee health and addressing health disparities.
Our Boulder and Westminster clinics were recently awarded the PCMH Best Practice of the Year Award from Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)!
Both clinics are NCQA Level 3 recognized PCMHs and are now working hard to embed the workflows they have developed. One point that sets these two clinics apart (from the rest of the Family Medicine practices in Colorado) is the fact that they have partnered with COAW and implemented Healthier Living Colorado (HLC) sessions with their own certified health coaches providing the six-week training for our patients.
The overall goals of their ongoing PCMH efforts are to increase employee and provider satisfaction & engagement while helping to increasing our efficiency and providing exceptional patient care.
Congrats to all of our providers and staff at the Westminster and Boulder clinics!
Stephen Loyd– 14 years
Carol O’Dell – 10years
Linda Montgomery – 8 years
Janet Haas – 7 years
Chandra Hartman – 5 years
Tiffany Radcliff– 5 years
Terry Kosel – 4 years
Bethany Kwan – 3 years
Gerry Pulver – 3 years
Jim Eide – 2 years