Program Mission

To inspire and support students in maximizing their personal and professional potential 

How Compass Works

COMPASS Stands for: 

Co – Coaching 

M – Mindful reflection 

P – Professional Identity Formation 

A – Assessment 

S – Self-care 

S – Self-directed learning 

Program Overarching Goals

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  • Develop a longitudinal relationship between student and coach that leads to an improved sense of community and feeling like someone knows them and can support them as a person and a professional  
  • Support students in individualizing their medical education  
  • Support students in developing habits of self-directed life-long learning – seeking out feedback/assessment, reflecting, responding appropriately, setting goals and meeting them  
  • Support students in their professional identity formation  
  • Support students in values-driven decision making and improved sense of purpose and resilience 
  • Assure that students are meeting milestones and on track for meeting graduation outcomes  
  • Aid in gathering and interpreting student assessment data 

COMPASS Course Description

The COMPASS Course will inspire and support students in maximizing their personal and professional potential. During the course students will complete comprehensive assessments of their clinical skills and medical knowledge.  They will also participate in activities and coaching to support their own professional growth. Aligned with several of the guiding values for curriculum reform (longitudinal relationships, growth-mindset, vitality and well-being, outcomes based, and individualization), the COMPASS program supports each student by pairing them with a trusted faculty member, their COMPASS guide. 

What is a compass week?How will a COMPASS Guide work with students?  

Each student in the Trek curriculum will have a COMPASS guide –a faculty member who can facilitate self-reflection and approach a student’s individual development with a growth mindset. These guides will have a set number of students each year and will work with this cohort throughout their training in medical school. Guides will serve as small group facilitators and meet regularly with each student to provide feedback and coaching. . This structure creates devoted and focused time for the guide and student to foster their own unique relationship.  

COMPASS Hybrid Course

The Hybrid COMPASS program is built around two COMPASS weeks.  Each week has a learning theme focused on an important aspect of professional identity formation. The weekly structure will consist of a combination of large and small group interactive learning opportunities covering a range of topics that are all designed to support professional growth.  There will also be comprehensive assessments of clinical skills and medical knowledge as well as flexible time to check-in with coaches and attend to self-care.  


Office of Curriculum Contact Information — Class of 2025 and Beyond

Technical Support


Contact Information

Adria Boucharel, MD  
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology 
COMPASS Course Director  

Jeff Druck MD 
Co-Director COMPASS Program 
Co-Director, Office of Professional Excellence 
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 
Office of Student Life 
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine 
School of Medicine 
University of Colorado 
Office- 303-724-8660 

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE  
Assistant Dean of Medical Education – Assessment, Evaluation, and Outcomes  
Co-Director COMPASS Program 
University of Colorado, School of Medicine