The following residency programs have participated in the patient safety curriculum since 2009.  Program directors and faculty have been leaders in supporting the interns/residents in their reporting of adverse events, near misses and unsafe conditions. Directors and faculty have created patient safety committees to include residents in the investigation of events and resulting system improvements, as well as providing guidance and leadership to shape disclosure communication exercises and the curriculum overall.




Brian_Dwinnell Brian Dwinnell, MD

Dr. Dwinnell is the site Director, Internal Medicine, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He serves as the Director of Graduate Medical Education at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, an affiliate of the University of Colorado. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Pepperdine University and his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School. After completing his residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado, he remained on faculty in General Internal Medicine. He served as a course director for several clinical courses/clerkships at the University of Colorado before moving to Presbyterian St. Luke's to oversee residency training. He has served as one of the leaders on a residency patient safety curriculum that involves didactics, standardized patient encounter and integrating residents in the hospital processes for reporting and evaluating errors.

Jeff PickardJeffrey Pickard, MD FACP

Dr. Pickard is Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado-Denver school of medicine. He is program director for the Transitional Internship Program of The Colorado Health Foundation which is based at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center. Dr. Pickard received his bachelors degree from the Johns Hopkins University and his MD from the George Washington University. After completing his residency at the University of Rochester, he came to the University of Colorado to do a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine. After completing his fellowship, he joined the faculty at the university and continues to see patients and supervise medical students and residents at the High Street Internal Medicine clinic at P/SL. He also serves as consultant in high-risk obstetrics at the Denver Health Medical Center.

Rachel J. Groff, MD


Dr. Groff is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has received degrees in Mathematics and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder, in Nursing at Regis University and in Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She is an Internal Medicine hospitalist by training, and completed her residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences. She currently serves as a hospitalist and co-chair of the patient safety committee at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colorado as well as the Patient Safety Champion for the intern patient safety curriculum.


Brain_Bacak Brian Bacak, MD FAAFP

Dr. Bacak is the Program Director for the Rose Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Bacak has been at Rose as faculty since October 2003 after arriving from Eisenhower Army Medical Center, in Augusta, Georgia, where he was teaching faculty at the Family Medicine residency program located there. Dr. Bacak served in the US Army, completing assignments at Fort Benning and Fort Gordon in Georgia, and in Germany, stationed outside of Frankfurt. In 2002 he was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Martin Army Hospital at Fort Benning, in 1997, after graduating from medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He has been the Program Director for the Rose Program since 2006. His many interests include obstetrical ultrasound and leadership in medicine. He has authored articles on a wide variety of topics and is an active contributor to the PEPID Primary Care Plus electronic education platform. He has completed fellowships in Leadership and Program Director Administration. He is a Past President and past Board Chair for the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Bacak holds the rank of Associate Professor in Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.

Pete SmithPeter Smith, MD

Dr. Smith is the Associate Residency Director and the Director of Quality and Safety of Rose Family Medicine Residency, and directs the residency’s Patient Centered Medical Home initiative.  He graduated from Princeton University in 1990 with an A.B. in the History of Ideas, and subsequently received his M.D. from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Smith served as chief resident of the Rose Residency and has been on the faculty since graduating in 1997. He served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of Rose Medical Center from 1997-2004. In that role he developed clinical programs in suburban Denver and rural Eastern Colorado, chaired the Department’s Quality Improvement Committee and served on multiple quality-related committees throughout the hospital. He completed a research fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2001. Dr Smith served as the Assistant Director of CaReNet, one of the nation’s premier practice based research networks, before going on to founding BIGHORN, a new PBRN focusing on the diverse universe of private practice. Dr. Smith directed BIGHORN from 2005-2009. Dr. Smith has directed the University of Colorado’s efforts with the Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN) since that organization’s founding in 2000, is an Assistant Editor for that FPIN and for the Clinical Inquiries feature at the Journal of Family Practice, and holds several leadership positions within FPIN. He has served on the Research Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr Smith holds the rank of Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine.


Brad_Winslow Brad Winslow, MD FAAFP

Dr. Winslow is the Director of Swedish Family Medicine Residency. He is a 1995 graduate of the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program, where he was named "Resident of the Year.” He earned a BA in English, cum laude, from Dartmouth College and an MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He worked in an indigent clinic called CU Care at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center for two years and then joined the faculty of the Swedish Family Medicine Residency in 1997. The residents named him "Faculty of the Year" in 1998 and 2001. He served as co-Medical Director at Swedish from 2001-2006, and became Residency Director in 2006. He has completed a National Institute for Program Director Development Fellowship, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and received a Program Director Recognition Award from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors in 2010. He serves on the Board of Directors of Doctors Care, an organization in metro Denver that provides medical care to uninsured and underinsured children, and is President of Swedish Family Medicine Providers, PC. He is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and has published several academic articles. Some of Dr. Winslow's academic interests include obstetrics, sports medicine, and patient safety.


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