Jeffrey P. Druck, MD

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs; Co-Director Office of Professional Excellence University of Colorado School of Medicine

Biography

"I am a professor, co-director of the Office of Professional Excellence, and assistant dean for the Office of Student Affairs in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

It has been my privilege to be involved with SAEM over the past 15 years, initially serving with the SAEM Program Committee, assisting with the planning of the 2005-2009 annual meetings. I subsequently served on the SAEM Graduate Medical Education Committee, Faculty Development Committee, Awards Committee, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, and Consultation Services Committee. However, my largest contribution with SAEM has been within the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM), which I have been a part of for the past seven years, serving initially as secretary/treasurer, and subsequently as president-elect, president, and this year as past president.

SAEM has been an augmenting element to my emergency medicine training, which began with medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, followed by residency at the Denver Health Residency Program in Emergency Medicine. Following residency, I became faculty at Emory University before returning two years later to Denver, where I spent several years as associate residency director before moving to my current position as student affairs dean and codirector for the Office of Professional Excellence in the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

The past two years have been difficult. From COVID, to the election, to societal upheaval over racial discrimination, this year has been eye opening in terms of where our institutions stand around critical issues that affect our profession, our standing, and our communities. SAEM has been a leader in showing the way towards moral, ethical, and scientific standards for medicine in general. However, these challenges will continue, and we need strong leadership to continue this focus. During my time as president of ADIEM, I have had the difficult experience of dealing with a zoom bombing event during the national SAEM Annual Meeting, assisted members with dealing with systemic racism, discussed the killings of African Americans in U.S., and focused on the disparities in health associated with race and socioeconomic status around COVID. I have seen firsthand the difference our organization can make. I have also been privileged to see how SAEM can bring people together, calling on disparate groups to form a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) library and an eight-session webinar series to assist students interested in emergency medicine to develop to be the best applicants they can be. The opportunity to make a difference on a larger stage is what pushes me to run for the SAEM Board of Directors, and I hope you will give me this opportunity.

SAEM’s stated vision is “To be the premier organization for developing academic leaders in education and research and for creating and disseminating content with the greatest impact on emergency care,” and it has done a spectacular job in achieving a significant measure of success in this realm. However, we have potential to do even better. COVID and our new virtual environment has been difficult, but it has highlighted the benefits of a national organization — the fact that collaboration has become much easier and more common. In fact, that is my vision for SAEM moving forward: a larger platform for national collaboration to create a wider amount of content around both education and research to impact emergency care nationwide. Our specialty has an amazing group of individuals with drive and imagination, but often we work in our own silos, replicating the same efforts that have occurred elsewhere. Using the 12 organization, eight session webinar series as a model for future interventions, I can imagine a national curriculum around a variety of topics such as diversity, equity and inclusion, academic advising, and core medical knowledge topics. Similarly, research collaboration should be easier now, and SAEM should be the linchpin in that collaboration."



Dr. Jeff Druck grew up in Houston but moved to Colorado for residency in Emergency Medicine at Denver Health. As Associate Program Director, he co-founded the Denver Health Diversity Committee, pioneering recruiting efforts of diverse residents which have served as a road map for residencies in all specialties. Currently, he serves at the University of Colorado as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Co-Director of the Office of Professional Excellence, and current president of the Academy for Diversity and Inclusion for Emergency Medicine; however, his most important role is as a father to four children, where he sometimes does admirably and other times comes in under the bar.
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Contact Information

Jeffrey.Druck@CUAnschutz.edu