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CHA/PA ranked in Top Ten in U.S. News and World Report


We are proud to be among the University of Colorado programs recognized in a recent edition of U.S. News and World Report. The University of Colorado's Department of Pediatrics is tied for eighth in the nation for "Best Pediatrics Programs" in rankings released by the magazine. The Department of Pediatrics consistently ranks among the best in the nation. The Department has been ranked in the top eight in each of the past 13 years.  

In addition to the No. 8 ranking by the Department of Pediatrics, the CU School of Medicine specialty program of Family Medicine was ranked seventh. Additionally, the University of Colorado's School of Medicine was ranked eighth in the magazine’s list of best medical schools for primary care, and CHA/PA was ranked No. 8.

The magazine provides rankings of specific specialties based on ratings provided by medical school deans and senior faculty from surveyed schools. 

Medical Director, Tai Lockspeiser, MD Receives Inaugural Professorship

Tai Lockspeiser, MD, MHPE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Director of Assessment, Evaluations, and Outcomes, has been named the inaugural recipient of the Jones Family Professorship in Medical Education by Dean Reilly. 

Dean Reilly is quoted as follows, "This is a well-deserved endowed position for Tai, who oversees a critically important process in our school’s Office of Medical Education. Adding even more meaning to this honor is that it is a gift from former Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and former Chair of Pediatrics Doug Jones, MD.  We are grateful for his generous and continuing support and leadership at our school and his commitment to competency-based assessment as an active member of our curriculum team. We also congratulate Tai and thank her for her outstanding commitment to continuous improvement of the MD program. "

Congratulations, Dr. Lockspeiser!
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Faculty Present at PAEA Forum

In Fall 2022 faculty and staff were in San Diego for the PA Education Association (PAEA) Forum, our national conference.  CHA/PA was well-represented at the meeting:

Kay Denler and Jackie Sivahop presented a day-long workshop: Creating a Guiding Light: Building a Curriculum Map. This workshop filled up months previously and was very well-received by those who were able to attend.

Jonathan Bowser presented a talk as a member of the PAEA President’s Commission: Meeting the Accreditation Standard for Diversity: Practical Examples for Institutional Leadership.

Kay Denler received the national PA Program Administrative Support Staff Award. The award recognizes “a program administrative staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education.” Congrats, Kay!

CHA/PA faculty presented the following poster sessions:

  • Jackie Sivahop and Kay Denler presented: Breaking Down Barriers: The Impact of Removing the GRE for Admissions
  • Kristen Oase, Tanya Fernandez and Boyd Hammond presented: Medication Safety Training: Far Beyond Prescription Writing
  • Kate LaPorta and Rebecca Maldonado presented: Can Clinical Reasoning Skills Be Enhanced by Curricular Design Change?
  • Boyd Hammond and Tanya Fernandez presented: Implementation of a First-Generation Mentoring Program for PA students

Spirit of Anschutz Award

Congratulations to Morgan Avery, one of our third year students, who received the Spirit of Anschutz Award! 

Book Review Published by Faculty Member Jackie Sivahop

Jackie Sivahop, EdD, PA-C, recently had one of her book reviews published with the Physician Assistant Education Association. Jackie reviewed the book "Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide" by Yana Weinstein and Megan Sumeracki with Oliver Caviglioli.
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CU Anschutz Giving Day

Thank you to everyone that helped make CU Anschutz giving day a success! CHA/PA was able to raise $22,230 to help support equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus. In total, our campus was able to raise $135,000 making our small program a huge contributor to the overall success of this campaign.
Boyd Hammond

Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA)

CU Anschutz

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