Invited Guest Speakers
Visiting Regional Teaching Academy Fellow: Dr. Kristy Dowers
Improving Our Teaching (and maybe getting promoted in the process!)
May 23-24, 2018
Dr. Kristy Dowers from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University, started her career as a software engineer, having graduated in 1988 from MIT with a degree in Cognitive Science. After working for several years for Hewlett-Packard’s Medical Division in Germany developing user-friendly software interfaces for critical care units, she returned to the US to complete her DVM degree at Colorado State University in 1997. She went on to complete a small animal internship and residency and was board certified in small animal internal medicine in 2002. Though her veterinary medicine interests include endocrinology and the urinary system, her main passion is teaching, specifically how to develop students’ clinical reasoning skills. She has introduced curricular components involving clinical reasoning and enjoys challenging herself and her students with innovative exercises to engage them in their own learning process. In 2016, she was awarded tenure on the basis of a strong teaching portfolio made possible by the Regional Teaching Academy’s External Review documents.