Tyra Fainstad, MD
Visiting Associate Professor, Medicine-Internal Medicine

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Medical School:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2011)
Undergraduate School:
  • BS, University of California–Santa Cruz (CA) (2006)
Residency:
  • University of Washington Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2014)
Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine

Professional Titles

  • The term “visiting” is applied to all new faculty assigned a higher rank at the time of their recruitment and is not indicative of the provider's permanent status as a CU Doctor. The descriptor is removed once they have been formally reviewed by the University’s promotion committee.

Recognition & Awards

  • Mary O'Flaherty Horn Award, Society of General Internal Medicine (2020)
    3-year career development award for clinician-educators. The Horn Award offers a junior clinician-educator funding to promote their academic career, while maintaining a healthy balance between personal and professional responsibilities by providing the scholar with a flexible schedule and protected time to engage in meaningful career development and scholarly activities.
  • Clinician Teaching Champion, University of Washington - Department of Medicine (2017)
  • Expert Teaching Track: “Stern Award”, University of Washington (2016)
    Honors and supports scholarship in medical education in internal medicine.
  • Tina Juul-Dam Primary Care Award, University of Washington Internal Medicine Program (2014)
    Recognizes dedication to primary care internal medicine and patient care.
  • Gold Headed Cane Award, University of Colorado School of Medicine (2011)
    Outstanding Student Clinician in the Colorado School of Medicine

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily focused on optimizing the clinical learning environment for medical trainees. I am specifically interested in the delivery and reception of feedback, as well as the creation of a psychologically safe learning environment. My research program through the Society of General Internal Medicine is focused on internal medicine practitioner wellbeing, burnout prevention and overall engagement.

Teaching

  • Teaching Attending (2020)
    School of Medicine, Medicine

Publications

  • Awadallah, NS, Czaja AS, Fainstad, T et al. The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Family Medicine Residency Training. Accepted at the Journal of Family Practice 1/2021.
  • Fainstad, T. "Imposter Syndrome" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Jan 2021. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Approval Addiction" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Jan 2021. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Task Confidence vs. Self Confidence" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Jan 2021. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Transitions" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Jan 2021. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad T, Ebel B. Faculty remediation coaching: Invest time to build trust. Med Educ. 2020 May;54(5):478-479. PubMed PMID: 32237076
  • Fainstad T, Jain K. Chapter 48: Approach to Transgender Health. In: Mookherjee S, Beste LA, Klein JW, Wright J, eds. Chalk Talks in Internal Medicine: Scripts for Clinical Teaching. 1st ed. Springer; 2020.
  • Sun L, Fainstad T, Knight C. Chapter 3: Anti-rejection medication therapy in Solid Organ Transplant Recipient. In Wong CJ, (Ed.) Primary Care of the Solid Organ Transplant Recipient. 1st ed. Springer; 2020.
  • Fainstad T (2020) “Feedback Part 1: Encourage a Growth Mindset in your Learner”. The Anesthesia Toolbox. OHSU, June 2020. https://toolboxlms.collectedmed.com/
  • Fainstad, T; McClintock A, Anawalt, B. Residents Value Frequent and Structured Feedback from Attendings who Have Observed Multiple Episodes of Care. Abstract: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2020; 35(1): 256-257.
  • Fainstad T, Ebel B. “Faculty Coaching to Improve Teaching Skills: Transforming Anxiety into Competence through Trust and Practice.” National SGIM Conference, Innovations in Medical Education. Birmingham, AL. May 7, 2020. (conference canceled).
  • Fainstad T, Garrison, M; Anawalt, B. “Residents value frequent and structured feedback from attendings who have observed multiple episodes of care” National SGIM Conference, Scientific Abstract. Birmingham, AL. May 7, 2020. (conference canceled)
  • Mann, A, Fainstad, T. Better Together Physician Coaching. Wordpress. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/ Published 29 Nov 2020. Accessed 2 Jan 2020.
  • Mann, A., Fainstad, T. "Introduction to the Coaching Model" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Nov 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Commitment" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Nov 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Emotional Health" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Nov 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Enough" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Nov 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "The Impossible Goal" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Nov 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "The Growth Mindset" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 29 Nov 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
  • Fainstad, T. "Assessment Bias" Better Together Physician Coaching, video uploaded by Wordpress, 31 Dec 2020. https://bettertogetherphysiciancoaching.com/
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Professional Memberships

  • Society of General Internal Medicine, Member

Practice Locations

University Internal Medicine Denver at Lowry
8111 E. Lowry Blvd
Denver, CO 80230
720-848-9500

Hospital Affiliation
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Internal Medicine, Board Certification (2014)
  • practitioner waiver to prescribe buprenorphine, License (2017)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Stress Management
  • Transgender Health
  • Wellness and Lifestyle
  • Seniors' Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Symptoms and Manifestations
  • Urgent Care
  • Women's Health
  • Primary Care
Clinical Interests
My clinical interests include: medical education (specifically trainee wellbeing, feedback delivery and reception), managing chronic diseases, women’s care and LGBTQ care.

Care Philosophy
I believe practicing primary care truly encompasses lifelong learning. I am deeply fulfilled by long-term relationships with patients and enjoy the partnership that being a primary care doctor offers with people of all walks of life.

Personal Interests
In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, theater and exploring the Rockies with my husband and two toddlers.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (2011)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BS, University of California–Santa Cruz (CA) (2006)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Washington Program, Chief Resident, Internal Medicine (2014)
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Department: Medicine-Internal Medicine
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