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JANUARY 2022

From the Leadership Team

Happy New Year, GIM! 2022 is off to a remarkable start. There is so much to report by way of faculty accomplishments, new faculty and staff, clinical updates, and the new LIC students joining our clinics.
GIM Proud
Congratulations to Whitney Vuchetich, DNP for being accepted into the 2022-23 DOM Leaders in Informatics, Quality, and Systems (LInQS) Fellowship Program!

Congratulations to Christine Baugh, PhD, MPH for receiving the 2022 Early-Stage Investigator Lecture award from the National Institutes of Health Office of Disease Prevention. Dr. Baugh's research focuses on the acute and chronic health implications of repetitive brain injury from sports. You can find more about the award here.

Please join in a round of applause for our faculty who received "top ten most read" status for articles published in 2021:
Dr. Wynia and co-authors' article "Duty to Plan: Health Care, Crisis Standards of Care, and Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2" was one of the top ten most-read National Academy of Medicine Perspectives in 2021. You can find the article here.
Dr. Wynia was also a co-author on the article "Why Does Medical Participation in the Holocaust Still Matter?" This was the sixth most-read article in the AMA Journal of Ethics in 2021. You can find the article here.
Dr. Campbell and co-authors' article, "Physicians' Perceptions of People with Disability and Their Health Care," was the ninth most-read Health Affairs article in 2021. You can find the article here.

Many in the CU community were affected by the Marshall Fire. GIM faculty member, Tracy Koller, MS, FNP, NP, RN, was one them. She recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Broomfield Leader to share her perspective as a community member and healthcare clinician. You can find her letter here.

GIM Team

Please help us welcome Dr. Shaowei Wan, a new T32 fellow in the Division. Dr. Wan's research interests focus on palliative care disparities and inter-professional team sciences. Her research examines disparities in access to end-of-life care among older adults with advanced cancer living in rural. Her goal is to develop and evaluate a feasible intervention to address barriers at the health system level to access to timely and appropriate treatment mix of palliative and hospice care among underserved communities and populations leveraging comprehensive research methodology and team sciences.

Please welcome Alicia Henry, LCSW, CCTSW our new therapist at CU Internal Medicine Cherry Creek. Alicia joins us from New York where she worked on the transplant team at New York Presbyterian Hospital and had her own private therapy practice. She completed her undergraduate work at Boston College and her graduate program at New York University.

We are pleased to welcome Emma Sajsa, MM, MT-BC our new Mental Health Care Coordinator (MHCC) at Lowry. Emma joins us from the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan where she practiced as a Music Therapist. She completed her undergraduate work at Kenyon College and her graduate program at Colorado State University.

Please welcome Liz Harry, MD a new primary care clinician at our Lowry clinic. Many of you may recognize Dr. Harry from here time here as a medical student, intern, resident, and most recently Hospital Medicine colleague. Prior to returning to Colorado, Dr. Harry was on faculty at Brigham and Women's Hospital where she also led a variety of faculty and resident wellness programs. Dr. Harry continues this work as UCHealth's Senior Medical Director of Wellbeing.

We are also thrilled to have Emily Jones, MD joining our Lowry clinic. Dr. Jones joins us from Northwestern University where she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Orthopedics and Assistant Team Physician for the Chicago Cubs. Dr. Jones completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at Northwestern University followed by fellowships in medical education and primary care sports medicine at the University of California Los Angeles.

Things You Need to Know


Please take a moment to vote in this year's Medical Board Members at Large elections. You should have received an electronic ballot on January 24. GIM faculty member Dr. Rob Doolan is on the ballot. You can find the nominees and bios here

WellDOM Updates:
Balint Leader Training - if you are interested in receiving training to become a Balint Group Leader, please contact Dr. Katie Morrison regarding upcoming training opportunities.
The new DOM Staff Mentorship Pilot Program is now accepting applications for mentors and mentees. Applications are due February 17, 2022. For more information and instructions to apply, click here.
Wellbeing resources:
CU Anschutz FIRST CALL: 1-833-701-0448, free, confidential health for emotional wellness and work/life assistance for all DOM faculty and staff
FindHelpNow: online CU Anschutz tool that connects students, faculty, and staff with assistance for handling stresses ranging from health, finances, relationships, or academics. The service is anonymous and does not collect or store personal information. You can find the website here.

Click here to find valuable COVID-19 websites.
The patient COVID Hotline is live: 720-462-2255
Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
REMINDER: Our Diabetes Prevention Program is accepting patients for the new group starting February 23, 2022. For more details click here. To refer a patient send a quick email to Holly Sullivan.

Clinical Operations Corner
Monthly updates on Primary Care Clinical Activities by Rob Doolan
I want to thank everyone for reading the inaugural edition of the Clinical Operations Corner. Each month I will provide insight into primary care clinical operations for the Division. This month I want to focus on what it is I actually do for the Division and provide some examples of projects that have been addressed. My work is best categorized into three buckets within primary care: operations, development, and leadership/advocacy.
Operations: My primary responsibility is ensuring the Clinic Medical Directors (CMD) are successful in operating our clinics. Our CMD group meets weekly to discuss acute issues and monthly to dig deeper on long-term issues. In these meetings, we share what is happening in each of our clinics, share best practices, and identify areas where we need to advocate. Two recent issues I was able to address with the healthcare system identified through these meetings include:
- Changing the ordering process for Medicare colonoscopies when these studies started getting rejected
- Getting an EPIC order created to contact Doc Line, eliminating the need to stay on hold for an extended time
Keep bringing issues to your CMD and if it is clearly an issue bigger than your clinic you can contact me directly.
In the coming months I will share more about my role in development and leadership/advocacy.
Finally, I want to thank everyone that completed the survey on primary care clinical leadership. My goal for 2022 is to be more present in each of our clinics and provide more transparency into the clinical issues the Division is working on. I look forward to learning what we need to work on from you, the clinicians that make this Division great.
This month, the first cohort of students in the new Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model joined our clinics. The Dean shared this video to commemorate the event. We are fortunate to have LIC students joining each of our primary care clinics (click the student's name to learn more about them!):
Lowry and CU IM Cherry Creek:
Holly Fussner
Will Herold
Joy Huang
Shaquia Ildett-Ali
Zoe Lee-Chiong
Andrea Lorenz
Madison Pelton
Carson Platnick
Paige Romer
Camila Vargas

Anschutz, WISH, and Pavillion Health:
Michael Baliton
Erin Fish
Stefano Ginocchio
Sarah Groover
Songyuan (Song) Gu
Rebecca (Becka) Henkind
Emma Lamping
Jane Manalo
Andrew Mariotti
Celina Sarangi

A special shout-out to all the GIM preceptors for this inaugural group! We are eager to hear what you learn and are grateful these students will be learning for each of you.
The Asynchronous Work Group kicked off this month. The purpose of this group is to develop and test solutions to address the growing demands of non face-to-face work. The team will provide updates in this newsletter and at the GIM Quarterly Business Meetings. Have an idea? Send it to us!
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