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Colleen Colbert, PhD, is Director of the Office of Faculty Development within the Clinic’s Center for Educational Resources and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor, Medicine Department, and Co-Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. As director of the Office of Faculty Development, she is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs to help faculty improve their teaching, assessment skills, educational administration, scholarly activity development and educational leadership skills.
She has extensive experience in medical education (UME and GME), assessment, and curriculum development, particularly in aligning curriculum with competencies and standards. Her scholarly activities include co-authoring articles, engaging in medical education and quality improvement research, acting as a manuscript reviewer, and serving as an associate editor and editorial board member. She regularly mentors faculty who are new to health professions scholarship.
Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic, she held the position of Director of the Office of Medical Education, Evaluation & Research Development in the Internal Medicine Department at Scott & White Healthcare and was an Associate Professor in the Internal Medicine Department at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine.
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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists
receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.
As of 6/22/2016, Dr. Colbert has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.
Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias. * Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists subscribe to the guidance presented in the PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals and the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. As such, gifts of substantial value are generally prohibited.