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.
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.
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.
Returning Scholar (competitive renewal)
Elizabeth Kudron, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Division of Bioinformatics & Personalized Medicine). She will use her PACE funding to create 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, DOM, and SOM 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.
Inaugural Recipients of Clinician-Educator Faculty Grants