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In addition to the full array of traditional electives in internal medicine subspecialties, the program offers several special opportunities. Residents are encouraged to choose from important areas within and related to internal medicine. Furthermore, if one of our residents self-identifies an opportunity that she/he would like to try, we work to create a unique month that fulfills their needs. Our emphasis is on flexibility and helping our residents tailor their training to best meet their future career interests and goals. (Click Here for a detailed list of Electives)

Sample List of Elective Opportunities

  • Advocacy and Leadership
  • Residents as Medical Educators
  • Alternative/Complimentary Care
  • Outpatient HIV Medicine 
  • System Based Practice
  • Outpatient Cardiology and Treadmills
  • Introduction to Global Health and Tropical Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Care / Geriatrics
  • Psychiatry for the General Internist
  • Preceptorships: Community Based Private Practice / Indian Health Service / Urban Underserved
  • Research Elective (Clinical or Basic Science)
  • Adult Urgent Care Clinic
  • Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology
  • Women's Health / Neurology
  • International Rotations – we are building relationships with the University of Colorado Denver Center for Global Health.  In addition to clinical rotations at international sites, The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are also excellent opportunities for interested residents who are encouraged to apply.
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Learning and practicing medicine in another country is a unique opportunity.  The Department of Medicine encourages residents to train and practice medicine in remote communities. We are partnering with the University of Colorado Denver Center for Global Health to expand and improve international offerings. Recent highly rated experiences include The Himalayan Health rotation in India, the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and opportunities in Central and South America. Residents will be allowed to travel during their third year once appropriate funding is secured and the rotation is approved by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.



Upon completion of international rotations, residents are asked to submit a brief journal or report summarizing their experience and how it will affect their future practice of medicine. This document becomes part of a resident resource file for future housestaff considering international experiences.


Primary care residents are required to complete a preceptorship in an underserved area. All residents may choose to do an underserved preceptorship.

Local sites include:
Stout Street Clinic:provides healthcare to the homeless in downtown Denver Clinica Tepeyac: clinic committed to caring for the underserved in our community.

Indian Health Service Sites: Residents can take advantage of wonderful opportunities in these unique clinic locations in southwestern Colorado,Arizona,and New Mexico(near the Four Corners)Several CU graduates serve as preceptors.

Rural Colorado: Several previous residents of the UCD program have left the Denver metro area to practice in rural areas of Colorado. Many of these physicians are excited to act as preceptors to current residents looking to experience a physician’s life outside the big city.  As medicine becomes more and more specialized, you can spend a month learning what it’s like to practice without easy access to a cardiac catheterization lab, an MRI machine, or even most subspecialties at a variety of excellent sites around the state.

Primary Care only

The adolescent medicine rotation focuses on at-risk teens.  Residents learn about STD's, contraception, sports injuries, acne, and drug abuse at sites as diverse as a homeless shelter for youth, school-based clinics, La Clínica Tepeyác, High Street, and the 16th Street Mall.