Department of Medicine Announces 2020-21 PACE ScholarsDepartment of Medicine Jul 17, 2020
The University of Colorado Department of Medicine announces the 2020-21 Program for Academic Clinician Education (PACE) Scholars. PACE supports the career development of our department’s clinician-educators. These faculty members make crucial contributions to the success of our department by developing and improving innovative educational programs, and engaging in educational research to guide how we teach and assess health professional learners.
The PACE program provides scholars with financial support, which may be used for medical education research, innovative program development in education, salary support and/or career development of the scholar.
Amiran Baduashvili, MD, is a Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Baduashvili’s PACE project will develop an online clinical decision-making curriculum. The goal is to help train medical students, residents, fellows and faculty in bedside application of Bayesian reasoning. Such an approach to clinical reasoning involves assessment of disease probabilities, integration of new diagnostic information (a physical exam finding, lab result or imaging finding) into the probability estimates, and formulating management decisions that are well-informed and founded in objective evidence, with consideration of patient values and preferences.
Adrienne Mann, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Deputy Chief of the Medicine Service at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, and an Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Mann’s PACE project will support the creation of a novel, web-based personal and professional coaching program for women trainees in medicine and surgery. In partnership with stakeholders in residency program leadership, Dr. Mann’s aim is to improve coping skills and perceptions of personal and professional roles, reduce burnout, and create a supportive community of women trainees. Through this project, critical insight will be gained into the feasibility, challenges, and opportunities of web-based group coaching interventions for fostering wellbeing and resilience among physicians.
Melissa New, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. The focus of Dr. New’s project is to create an advanced bronchoscopy curriculum and simulation-based training program. The curriculum will train pulmonologists in endobronchial ultrasound and biopsy techniques, as well as management of low frequency but high-risk lower airway emergencies. The curriculum will be designed to be presented in person or via distance learning and will develop and pilot low-cost simulators for hands-on practice. The program will be presented to fellows at the University of Colorado, and materials will be adapted for dissemination nationally.
International Scholar (mentored project without funding)
Golden Tafadzwa Fana, MD, is a Lecturer, Consultant Physician, in the Department of Medicine College of Health Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe (UZCHS). Dr. Fana’s project is to develop a pre-internship orientation program designed to bridge the gap in current medical curricula in addressing specific educational needs of interns related to professionalism, ethics, communication skills, patient safety and safe prescribing. This program will target new medical school graduates from UZCHS, and the training is expected to enhance interns’ professional development and improve their work-experience, career satisfaction and career development.
Returning Scholar (competitive renewal)
Elizabeth Kudron, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Bioinformatics & Personalized Medicine. She will continue to use her PACE funding to create a fully online Graduate Certificate Program in Personalized Medicine. Content developed for the certificate program will be adapted to create an online, post-graduate curriculum on Implementing Genomics in Clinical Care (IGCC). Program participants, the Department of Medicine, and the School of Medicine are anticipated to benefit from the development of this curricula and program through the enhanced ability to remain informed about the rapidly developing field of personalized medicine.