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University of Colorado Denver

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine

General Practice Residency (GPR)

Emergency Medicine Rotation

Emergency Medicine


Upon completion of this rotation, the resident will:

  1. Be able to assist in a history and physical on patients presenting for minor emergencies and medical care and assign priorities to various injuries and illnesses. The residents will perform, under physician supervision, and complete at least 5 ambulatory H&Ps during their one week stay in the Walk In Clinic.
  2. Be able to order, in consultation with the attending physician, laboratory tests and other diagnostic tests which are necessary to the diagnosis of common medical emergencies.
  3. Be familiar with the management of common medical emergencies, including the selection and administration, of medications used for emergency medical treatment, especially pain and infection.
  4. Be familiar with emergency room protocol and patient record management.
  5. Be exposed to the medical care of an economically underserved urban and rural population of patients.


During this one week Emergency Medicine rotation, general dental residents will actively participate in the care of patients presenting to the University Hospital Walk In Clinic (WIC) and Emergency Room (ER). The University Hospital WIC serves as a primary care provider for an indigent and medically underserved population of patients. The “state of art” ER serves as a major urban Level I trauma center, thus residents are exposed to a wide variety of urgent and emergent medical situations.

Both during their WIC and ER time, the residents will be assigned to different shifts to maximize their time in both locations. In addition, they are encouraged to attend all seminars and lectures sponsored by the Department of Emergency Medicine while they are on rotation.