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DECEMBER 2021

From the Leadership Team


December always brings much to celebrate, the end of the first semester, the winter solstice, and an array of holidays paired with delicious treats. GIM is celebrating, too. This month's newsletter highlights new team members, faculty awards, leadership in professional organizations, new career opportunities, and fellowship match season. And when you need a break from all the celebration, take a second to complete your federal vaccine verification (details below in "Things You Need to Know").
GIM Proud

Congratulations to Dr. Danielle Loeb, this year's recipient of the SGIM Mountain West Award for Advocacy and Community Service.

Shout out to Dr. Tyra Fainstad, Best Scientific Abstract Poster Presentation winner at the 2021 SGIM Mountain West Regional Meeting.

Congratulations to Dr. Rebecca Richey on her recent election as the Chair of the Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) at the American Psychological Association (APA). In this role she will represent more than 12,000 early career psychologists across the nation, plan and facilitate the early career psychologist portion of the annual Practice Leadership Conference, oversee the CECP programming at the APA convention, spearhead ECP advocacy, and sit on the Council of Representatives for APA.

GIM Team

We are pleased to welcome Thessa Mariano, LCSW as our new mental health therapist at the Lowry clinic. Thessa joins us most recently from New York where she worked for the Center for Urban Community Services and before that at Mount Sinai - Saint Luke's Hospital. Welcome to the team, Thessa!

The Department of Medicine recently introduced Jimmy Loftin, MBA, CPA, FACHE, CMPE as the new department Director of Finance and Administration (DFA). Jimmy has over 25 years of progressive experience in health care finance and administration and will start the new role January 1, 2022.

Things You Need to Know


Please remember the deadline for the federal COVID-19 vaccine verification is due December 31, 2021. Even though you already completed the CU vaccine verification, you still need to complete the new federal verification. For step-by-step instructions, click here. This is required for all faculty and staff.

Postings for the School of Medicine COMPASS Guides and Director positions are still open. Preference will be given to applications received by January 3, 2022. You can find the COMPASS Guide posting here and the Director posting here.

The DOM Leaders in Informatics, Quality and Systems (LInQS) Fellowship Program is accepting applications until January 10, 2022. The objective of the LInQS Fellowship is to develop CUSOM Department of Medicine fellows and faculty into future leaders with successful academic careers in the areas of quality improvement, clinical system design, clinical informatics, and/or patient safety. For more information on the program and to apply, click here.

The Academy of Medical Educators is accepting abstracts for Education and Innovation Week for oral and poster presentations. The deadline for submissions is January 18, 2022. You can find more information and submission instructions here. Categories include Advising and Mentoring, Curriculum Innovation, Interprofessional Education, Assessment/Evaluation, DEI Through Education, and COVID Education.

The DOM is recruiting two new Vice Chairs, one focused on faculty development and mentorship and one focused on research.
You can find more details about the position and application process for the Vice Chair of Faculty Development and Mentorship here and Vice Chair of Research here.

Tom Gronow, EdD, MHA has been named president and CEO of University of Colorado Hospital. He has been serving as interim CEO since August while continuing to serve as the hospital's COO and president of UCHealth diversified services.

Click here to find valuable COVID-19 websites.
The patient COVID Hotline is live again: 720-462-2255
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are ready to start recruiting for the next cohort of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP). The NDPP is a CDC-recognized lifestyle change program that helps people with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 58% (71% for people over 60!). 
Eligibility criteria:
-18 years of age or older
-BMI of 25 or greater (23 or greater if Asian American)
-At least one of the following:
   -Fasting glucose of 100-125 mg/dl
   -Plasma glucose of 140-199 mg/dl 2 hours after a 75 gm glucose load
   -HbA1C of 5.7 to 6.4
   -Diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus during a previous pregnancy
Exclusion criteria:
-Previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
-Pregnant at time of enrollment
Do you have patients who would benefit from this program? Please email Holly Sullivan by January 12, 2022. She will ensure eligibility, outreach the patient(s), describe the program, and schedule accordingly.
Congratulations to all the residents who received their fellowship match:
We received wonderful patient feedback this month!
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"Best medical care I have ever had! Would highly recommend UCHealth."
"The absolute best health care facility."
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Email hillary.chrastil@cuanschutz.edu for more information and/or questions.






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