In 2016, the Department of Medicine created the Program for Academic Clinician Educators (PACE) to support the career development of its 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 professions learners.
The PACE program will provide each Scholar 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. The Division Head or Dean must pledge to protect at least 10% of the effort/time of the Scholar for the duration of the award. Each Scholar will be expected to participate in an education scholarship “Works in Progress” group for additional project support and mentorship, and program progress will be evaluated annually with continued year of funding contingent on demonstrated progress during the initial year of support.
Returning Scholar (competitive renewal)
Amiran Baduashvili, MD, is a visiting associate professor of medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Baduashvili’s PACE award provided funding and time to design and create an online asynchronous self-paced course in 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. The course, launching this spring, will be used as a faculty development tool for the Division of Hospital Medicine and will become part of the Internal Medicine Residency Program’s educational core curriculum. With continued support from PACE, Dr. Baduashvili aims to expand the access of this course to all learners within the University of Colorado and beyond.
Melissa New, MD, is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at University of Colorado Hospital and the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. With the support of PACE funding, Dr. New created and implemented an advanced bronchoscopy training program and delivered this to Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows in a workshop format. The workshop teaching endobronchial ultrasound and transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) was well received, and fellows reported significant improvement in confidence and skill. However, follow-up objective assessment of procedural performance demonstrated that procedural-related anatomy remained an area of learning need. With continued PACE funding, Dr. New will use technology to deliver anatomy teaching to learners in a way that is accessible and timely, utilizing web-based interactive modules and virtual reality. This novel medical education study will inform the optimal way to teach anatomy in order to perform procedures that require knowing anatomic structures from the perspective of being inside the body.
Inaugural Recipients of Clinician-Educator Faculty Grants