The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine has been an integral partner in supporting the Patient Safety Education Program’s interns/residents with disclosure communication exercises. The Center for Advancing Professional Excellence, (CAPE) a state of the art simulation center, has been a leader in the development of disclosure cases and training of standardized patients as well as evaluation and assessment of the residents’ communication skills.



Gwyn Barley, PhD

Gwyn BarleyCU School of MedicineCAPEGwyn Barley, PhD is the Founding Director of the Center for Advancing Professional Excellence or CAPE at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.   The CAPE, a state of the art assessment and education center, specializes in the use of standardized patients, lay clinical educators and high fidelity simulation to advance relationship centered care, physical examination skills, clinical reasoning, and interprofessional team communication skills with attention to patient safety and reducing medical errors.   The Center uses the TeamSTEPPS methodology and has several TeamSTEPPS trained coaches. Gwyn has been at the University of Colorado since 1985, taking time off to complete her Ph.D. in Social Welfare at Brandeis University in the Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare.  She was a Pew Fellow in Health Policy.  Prior to that, she completed a Masters of Planning at the University of Southern California and a Sociology degree at the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Her time at CU has been focused on medical student and health professionals’ education and assessment, from founding and directing the Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum, to directing student affairs for the Department of Family Medicine and mentoring student run initiatives in caring for the underserved. 


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