What class/classes do you teach?
I teach Principles of Clinical Medicine – Year I and II, and in the Urban Underserved Track.
Why did you choose to teach at RVUCOM?
I had been a preceptor in Parker, Colorado for RVU and University of Colorado (CU) students for ten years. I was impressed by the RVU student’s ease and comfort in performing histories and physicals.
What do you like most about teaching at RVUCOM?
RVU is collegial and open; the students, staff, and faculty collectively work towards making this the best medical education there is.
What do you do in your spare time?
I paint with watercolors, ski, play league tennis and hike in this beautiful state.
What advice do you have for first-year students?
Keep an open mind about your specialty – it is a moving target. Take the knowledge and the skills that you learned in the first two years at RVU and have a blast on rotations!
Fun facts about you.
I have invented, patented and marketed a new and improved vaginal speculum. My son jokes, “now I have to tell my friends about your embarrassing invention.” We have started a non-profit at www.curecervicalcancer.net to screen and treat women in low resource countries for about $5 per woman.
What projects and/or research are you currently working on or plan to work on in the future?
I am working with several RVU students on a proposed project titled: Trauma Informed Care Training Program/Certificate. The goal of the project is to train students and physicians alike to improve interpersonal skills when treating this vulnerable population that has been exposed to trauma.
What was your favorite (or funniest) teaching moment?
the times when I have participated as a Standardized Patient. I’ve been a biker dude with a Fu Manchu and a crazy Frenchman (no stretch there!).