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Duke University holds course in Vail

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VAIL — Duke University from July 31 through Saturday set up a classroom in Vail to host an executive education course for nonprofit leaders. Participants from Colorado and around the country participated in the course taught by recognized academics. The course was specifically designed to positively impact outcomes for nonprofit leaders and their organizations. This partnership is just the most recent interaction between Duke University and Vail.

Over the years, Duke has had a special relationship with Vail through the vision of John Feagin, Jr. MD, Duke University emeritus professor of orthopaedic surgery. Feagin is a former Steadman Fellow and has served on the Steadman Philippon Research Institute Scientific Advisory Committee for many years. Most important, Feagin has been integral in aligning Duke medical students with clinical research at Steadman as well as developing other opportunities to link Duke with Vail.

“Vail provides a unique environment and one that I have enjoyed professionally and personally,” Feagin said. “It has been a pleasure to be a conduit between Duke and Vail; it has allowed doctors and academics to take advantage of this wonderful mountain retreat, be inspired by the setting and benefit from professional interaction.”

“I have had the privilege of attending the Feagin Leadership Forum at Duke twice over the past three years, and the magnitude of what Dr. Feagin is creating with his team has global potential,” Vail Centre CEO Ross Iverson said. “Last year, I spent time with some students at Pepi’s Restaurant and learned the true significance of how the Feagin Program was changing hearts. These medical students were more self-aware and confident in their abilities to collaborate having benefited from many ‘ah-ha’ moments while at the Vail campus.”

Another former fellow at Steadman and colleague of Feagin, Dean Taylor, MD, Director of Duke University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chairman of the Feagin Leadership Program, helped Feagin launch the Feagin Leadership Program at Duke in 2009.

“This educational initiative focuses on building skills and behaviors that are associated with effective, ethical leadership in all professional fields, with emphasis on leadership in medicine,” Taylor said.

The Feagin Medical Scholars Program lasts a full year, and students work in teams to produce a leadership project. Each year, the students travel together for an experiential learning opportunity, either to West Point or Vail. In December, students will again arrive in Vail for a weekend of learning and engaging with local resources such as the Vail Centre and the Steadman Clinic.