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At the start of their second year, every resident selects one of three career “pathways” -- CLINICIAN/EDUCATOR, RESEARCH, and HEALTH EQUITY. Each pathway has “core” content that every resident will receive, as well as “specialized” that only specific pathway members receive. Over the course of the second and third years, every resident is offered 6 hours of “core” content from each pathway, as well as 18 hours of “specialized” content which is small group based and highly interactive.


Clinician/Educator Pathway

The clinician/educator pathway is supported by outstanding clinician educators from across the medical center. Through a combination of mini-lectures, workshops, and direct observation, the pathway prepares graduates for success in a career in medical education. Far more than a 'residents as teachers' curriculum, the Clinician/Educator pathway provides formal training in:

Careers as a Clinician/Educator

Advanced Physical Diagnosis

Attending 101

Teaching at the Bedside

Successful Grand Rounds Presentations

Curricular development


Our Clinician/Educator Pathway is led by Interim Program Director Mel Anderson, MD​

Health Equity Pathway

The Health Equity Pathway was created in response to growing interest among residents for further training and experiences to address healthcare disparities. We have conceptualized this pathway as something broader than a "Global Health" pathway, as many of the foundational concepts and challanges are similar to the rural underserved, urban underserved, and those in the developing world. The pathway utilizes a combination of didactics, interactive sessions, and community immersion experienced to build a deeper understanding of the socioeconomic determinants of health and key issues affecting the medicall underserved. We aim to position our graduates to improve health equity through advocacy and recognition and adoption of community resources/partnerships.  Specific topics include:


Socioeconomic Determinants of Health in our Community

Understanding Government Entitlement Programs

Health Literacy

Implicit Bias and Discrimination in Health

The Opioid Epidemic and Medication Assisted Treatment

Health Policy and Advocacy

Our Health Equity Pathway is led by Denver Health Hospitalist Ellen Sarcone, at


Research Pathway

Some residents have extensive research experience and know that research will be an integral component of their future careers. Many other residents are considering research as part of their career future, but may not have participated in significant research opportunities before residency or have a full understanding of the broad array of research opportunities available in medicine. In order to provide an overview of research options a resident could consider and to provide education in the basics of research, our research pathway curriculum includes a longitudinal didactic series that combines basic overviews of various research disciplines with “Meet the Professor” lectures of those faculty actively pursuing careers in these areas, and small group workshops discussing writing research abstracts and grant applications. When applicable, senior residents are also asked to present their projects to the group as “Resident Research Scholars”. Incorporated into this curriculum are fellowship preparation and career mentoring sessions, introduction to other aspects of medicine, including administrative leadership career paths, wellness programming, biopharmaceutical company start-up and management and careers in industry. Residents in the research pathway are paired with an appropriate mentor and complete one to two months of research as part of the program.

Our Research Pathway is led by Associate Program Director Lisa Davis, MD.