Last call for the Spring Fling!
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!)
We will be recognizing some of our superstars and enjoying time with our colleagues! Hope to see you there!
RSVP here by Friday, April 3rd or email to let us know you’ll be there!
It’ll be groovy!
Benefits Plans Changes and Open Enrollment coming soon!
The University will be consolidating the 401a retirement plan (and the voluntary 403b plans) into one provider (TIAA-CREF) effective July 1. If you haven’t already attended a Transition Workshop or opened your mail at home, now is a good time to get informed (unless you’re already with TIAA-CREF, or in PERA, then this doesn’t affect you).
There will be a new health insurance choice for next year – the CU Extended Plan. This will allow you to visit providers who are not in the CU System. This is especially good news for people with out-of-state dependents. Additionally, there will now be an HSA option to use with the high-deductible plan.
To note: Open Enrollment is only TWO WEEKS LONG this year (April 27 – 5/11), so don’t dilly dally!
Position: Clinical Professor
Member of DFM since: 2001
Who you are and what you do:
I am a Clinical Professor in DFM and Chair the Appointment and Promotions Committee. I have been with the DFM for 15 years. I do my part-time work remotely in Arkansas where I am also a retired Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
What are the important things you’re working on?
I work with Dr. Kent Voorhees, the A&P Committee, Regina Garrison and individual faculty during the promotion process. Besides the annual promotion process, the Committee and I have been working with Dr. Voorhees in the development and evaluation of a faculty mentorship program, streamlining the promotion process and designing an associated database that supports the project.
Why do you like working for DFM?
DFM is one the most outstanding departments of family medicine in the country. The DFM is innovative, has strong leadership, has a committed faculty and the research program is among the very best. It is my pleasure to be associated with the Department.
What are your passions?
My professional passion is quality education. I have been involved in education for 52 years with the last 42 years in medical education. Outside my profession, my passions are photography and travel. I have been an active photographer since my teen years and have had numerous one-person shows of my work and have won awards for my photography at art shows. I am also an avid reader and do a good deal of writing. I am currently working on two books of historical fiction.
What do you do away from work?
My wife, Ginger, and I do a lot of traveling in our motorhome. We have traveled to all sections of the country but spend most of our travel time in the western states. Northern New Mexico is a second home for us and we spend most of the summer there to get out of the heat and humidity of the south. We also spend a lot of time with our children and grandchildren. All of them live with two hours of us and we see them all several times each month. Family gatherings at holidays are a major event for all of us.
I like all kinds of music. Being active in musical theater in high school and college, I enjoy show music. Ginger and I make a point of seeing good musical shows several times a year. I am a big Bruce Springsteen fan and also enjoy a wide range of music on my satellite radio, including the oldies.
Favorite movie and why?
I have always been a major movie fan. My parents were fans and took all the kids when we were small. I guess that is where it all started. I have been fortune to learn the business, to some extent, in that I have been involved in writing and producing several films and have been a “background artist” in several full length motion pictures shot in Arkansas. It’s a lot of fun. Hanging out in Santa Fe during the summer, I have also had an opportunity to meet numerous Hollywood types, including actors, directors and writers. Santa Fe has become a center for film making. My favorite movie? Where do I start? So much goes into making a great movie but I believe that writing is the most important variable, followed closely by the directing. A list of good films that I enjoyed for a variety of reasons include: The Help, Red River, Legends of the Fall, Saving Private Ryan and The Godfather.
I am a sci-fi fan.
Lots of DFM folks in the news lately:
The Community-Campus Partnership was on Colorado & Company talking about the Comitis Crisis Center and the “Hire Local” initiative.
Nick Edwards was featured in an article in 5280 about CeDAR’s Ascent Program
The Department is again in the Top Ten of Family Medicine Departments in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
And an article about teaching compassion and empathy to medical students features Deb Seymour and Kirsti Broadfoot, both of Family Medicine origin!
Baby Kosel has arrived! Henry James Kosel arrived on March 6th in Reno.
Mark Deutchman – 20 years
Kathy James – 6 years
Letoynia Coombs – 6 years
Teri Cuthbertson – 2 years
Patti Pade – 2 years
Maggie Sommers – 2 years
Regina Garrison – 18 years
John Nagle – 9 years
Suzanne Stamm – 3 years
Steven Cruse – 3 years
Lisa Martinez – 3 years
Jesse Lyon – 2 years