Daniel Nicklas

Project Title

Medical Students and Residents as Ambassadors: Using Reflection and Digital Stories to Counteract the Culture of Overuse in Medicine and Enhance the Patient/physician Relationship

Project Overview

Through the Lown Institute Young Innovators Grant program we are seeking to contribute to a reflective culture in the Department of Pediatrics, at CHCO, and the University of Colorado School of Medicine (UCSOM) by using reflection and digital stories to examine and counteract the culture of overuse in medicine while enhancing the physician/patient relationship. Learners will participate in group discussions and self-directed learning to reflect on what “right care” means and the relationship between compassion, communication, the patient/physician relationship and shared decision making for “right care.”  Learners will create digital stories that depict patient experiences that illustrate problems of overuse in medicine and how “right care” approaches can make a positive impact for patients.The digital stories will be shared throughout UCSOM publications, and facilitated “movie screenings” at the UCSOM, in the Department of Pediatrics, and at CHCO.  Our aim is for the learners to become ambassadors for “right care.”


University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

Meet the Team

Daniel Nicklas, MD, FAAP,  was educated at Harvard and the University of Rochester Dr. Nicklas completed his pediatric internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital Program in Pediatrics. Dr. Nicklas worked for eight years in primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and he continued to see patients as a preceptor for learners and in his faculty practice. Since becoming assistant professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2013, he has reformulated the primary care continuity curriculum for the residency and has an integral role in a special program called Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum.

Lindsey Lane, MD, was educated at Cambridge and Oxford Universities in England Dr. Lane came to the United States in 1978 and completed four years of pediatric internship and residency in Philadelphia. She was in private practice in suburban Philadelphia for 10 years before leaving her partnership to become director of Pediatric Student Education and assistant dean for Generalism at Drexel University. In 1996, she joined Jefferson Medical College as director of Undergraduate Medical Education in Pediatrics. In 2010, she moved to the University of Colorado School of Medicine to be vice chair of Education in the Department of Pediatrics.

Janice L. Hanson, Ph.D., Ed.S, completed her PhD in education at the University of Michigan in 1984. After teaching and doing research in special education at the George Washington University, Dr. Hanson became director of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Family-Centered Care. In 1999, Dr. Hanson joined the faculty at the Uniformed Services University. Currently, she serves as director of Educational Research and Development in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and also as professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine. She joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2011.