February is Staff Appreciation Month!
As part of our “We Love Our Staff” efforts, we will have a faculty-provided breakfast on February 4th, and a department-sponsored lunch on February 19th, as well as as a couple of other small surprises. If you’re a faculty member, please check your email for a message about how you can help show your appreciation for our great team!
Our annual Spring Fling is coming up on April 10th at the History Colorado Center. (60’s attire is encouraged and we’ll be touring their 1968 exhibit!)
Please consider submitting a letter of recommendation for those you believe to be “stand-out” candidates – deserving of special acknowledgement and celebration for their commitment and hard work. The categories are:
- Clinician of the Year
- Rising Star in Clinical Medicine
- Researcher of the Year
- Rising Star in Research
- PRA of the Year
- Teacher of the Year
- Rising Star in Education
- Staff Member of the Year
- Special Recognition
Please send your nominations to by March 6, 2015.
Tell us about you!
This is the last spotlight slot we have filled! If you have yet to be featured in a Three Things, please complete this form and email a picture to so we can shine the spotlight on you!
Position: Associate Director for Education, UC Fmaily Medicine Residency
Member of DFM since: 2006
Who you are and what you do:
I am one of the three associate directors in the University of Colorado Residency who assist Linda Montgomery in directing the program. My major role is to oversee the day to day administrative tasks of the residency program. I help create the residents’ annual schedules, and make sure the evaluations of faculty, residents and our teaching experiences are done. I help write grants . I ensure that our program is operating according to all the rules and procedures required by our School of Medicine, the American Board of Family Medicine and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.
What are the important things you’re working on?
- interview season is almost over!
- nurturing the fourth year post-residency fellowship program for residents interested in staying on and doing an additional year to get advanced training
- integrating a new system called the “Milestones” which will plot our residents’ development over their three years of training and requires new strategies for evaluating our residents’ performance
Why do you like working for DFM?
I admire the idealism of the residents and the faculty and their commitment to their patients and communities. I am challenged by being part of a residency that is always pushing to discover new and better ways to prepare residents for their future careers.
What are your passions?
At work I want to be a champion for teaching and practicing Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – doing things to help patients adopt healthy lifestyles and avoid illness and injury. At home my life revolves around my beautiful wife Claire and continuing to grow our relationship.
What do you do away from work?
I love taking pictures of wild flowers in the mountains. I love doing crosswords and Sudoku. I have a mountain bike that I should be using much more than I am currently.
Favorite band/music? A long life means way too many bands that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I grew up in the folk era and early on favored Peter, Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio and many others from that time. I enjoy all the Beatles music, Eric Clampton in his many musical groups, Sting, K.D Laing and lately Adele. I listen to classical music quite a bit on KVOD.
Favorite movie and why? The Lion in Winter. It was beautifully acted; Katherine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole were great. Hepburn got best actress in 1968 for her role in the film.
Little-known fact: I spent six years in the Army reserves here in Denver and was trained as a Drill Sergeant. I’ve led exercise classes army style for a basic training company and marched them around a parade field. It was my first teaching job.
Colleen Conry was recently awarded the President’s Award for Leadership by the University of Colorado Health’s Medical Staff! Congratulations!
Budding Artists Unite!
A number of staff members (and a few spouses) recently bonded over brushes and “liquid creativity” and created some fun art! Another arts-y night will be coming soon and we hope you can join us!
Rob Mesec – 19 years
Julie Paranka – 18 years
Maribel Cifuentes – 18years
Pete Smith – 14 years
Martha Illige – 14 years
Debra Bislip – 10 years
Julie Przekwas – 7 years
Ben Miller – 6 years
Kasie Holcomb – 3 years