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University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency

Curriculum


Our new curriculum reflects a new vision of what Family Medicine residency education needs to become to prepare residents for practice in the 21st Century. The new curriculum introduces new rotations designed to prepare residents to create and operate in a Patient-Centered Medical Home. You will learn to effectively counsel patients for health behavior change. You will learn new ways to work collaboratively with the communities in which you practice. You will become skillful at using the full capacity of electronic systems to continually improve your patient care. The University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency is flexible enough to meet the varied needs of residents as well as the changing nature of Family Medicine. With two distinct tracks to choose from, we are specially equipped to meet the individual and unique interests of our residents.

The University and Denver Health tracks have 22 months of rotations in common. Differences include continuity practice sites with different patient populations and home hospital rotations for the ICU, Inpatient Pediatrics, Newborn Care, and Emergency Medicine.​

Rotation Schedules

Year 1
Rotation Location Call
Internal Medicine Denver Health 1 week night float
Surgery* Denver Health None
Family Medicine Intensive* Residency None
Obstetrics Denver Health 2 weeks of night float
Outpatient Pediatrics The Children's Hospital 1-2 nights cover FMS
Newborn Care Denver Health or University Hospital 1 overnight call/wk
Family Medicine Service University Hospital 1 week night float
Emergency Medicine Denver Health or University Hospital None. You will do night shifts
Adult Family Medicine Denver Health 1 week night float
Family Medicine Intensive* Residency No call
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Denver Health or Children’s Hospital None. You will do night shifts
Vacation (3 weeks)

Year 2
Rotation Location Call

Residents will spend one month in the ambulatory gynecology clinics of University Hospital and Denver Health Medical Center. The skills taught include the management of contraception, menstrual irregularities, infertility, infections, neoplasms, and various procedures such as ultrasound, biopsy, D&C, colposcopy, and preventative care. In addition, residents will have the opportunity to manage a variety of women's health problems at their continuity practice sites.

ICU University Hospital or Denver Health Option of q4 or Working days only
Adult Family Medicine Denver Health 1 week night float
Inpatient Pediatrics Denver Health or The Children's Hospital 1 week night float at DH, None at Children’s
OB/Perinatal Collaborative Service University Hospital None
Musculoskeletal 1 Varies 1-2 nights cover FMS
Pediatric Outpatient Denver Health 1-2 nights cover FMS
Electives* Varies None
Patient Centered Medical Home* Residency 1-2 nights cover FMS

Six weeks in the PGY2 year are devoted to teaching the fundamental skills of operating a patient-centered medical home. This includes using patient registry data to drive practice improvements and the care of patients with multiple complex health problems. It emphasizes the development of skills in working with a care team and maximizing the effective involvement of staff from a variety of disciplines to provide the best possible care for patients. During these months you will begin a service learning experience with a community program which you will participate in throughout the remainder of your residency training. You will also begin having predictably assigned practice days which will continue throughout your residency training. This will allow you to engage in innovative patient care strategies such as group visits.

Vacation (3 weeks)
CME (1 week)

Year 3
Rotation Location Call
Adult Family Medicine Denver Health 1 week night float

This is a rotation at Denver Health where Family Medicine residents from our residency form a medicine team supervised by our faculty Family Medicine attendings. Residents from all three years work on the service. Third year residents are team leaders who supervise first and second year residents.

Surgery 2 University Hospital 1-2 nights cover FMS

This rotation, taught in two blocks of General Surgery and Surgery 2, has been designed with the Department of Surgery to develop the evaluative and manual skills needed by a family physician. The first-year residents will function as surgical residents, learning pre- and post-operative care both on the ward and in the outpatient setting. The third year resident will further develop their skills in evaluating surgical candidates and performing procedures.

Dermatology* Denver Health 1-2 nights cover FMS

Residents do a one month block rotation at the Denver Health Dermatology Clinic. The Clinic cares for a very culturally diverse population from around the world and treats a wide variety of skin problems.

ENT/ Vasectomy/ Urology/ Practice Management Denver Health and University Hospital 1-2 nights cover FMS

This is a rotation at Denver Health where Family Medicine residents from our residency form a medicine team supervised by our faculty Family Medicine attendings. Residents from all three years work on the service. Third year residents are team leaders who supervise first and second year residents.

Musculoskeletal 2 University Hospital or Winter Park None

In the PGY 2 year, residents will spend one month in the ambulatory management of common acute and chronic orthopedic problems at the University’s family medicine sports medicine practices. In the PGY 3 year residents can do a second month in the University’s sports medicine clinics or at the family practice at the base of one of Colorado’s busy ski mountains.

Family Medicine Service University Hospital 1 week night float

The service is located at the University of Colorado Hospital (Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion) on the Anschutz Medical Campus and admits medical patients, obstetrical patients and newborns from the community and the A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center. Residents manage a wide variety of acute and chronic problems while on this service. Faculty and residents work with a highly qualified and talented team of nurses, case workers, and other specialists. This rotation fulfills portions of the residency requirements for Internal Medicine.

Rural Rotation Approved rural locations None

During this month, the resident will live in a small Colorado community and function as part of a rural family practice team; seeing patients, taking call, and making hospital rounds. Residents report that these rotations are enjoyable, challenging experiences that introduce them to family practice and life in a rural community. This is a required rotation for University track residents and optional for Denver Health track residents.

Electives* Varies None
Patient Centered Medical Home* Residency 1-2 nights cover FMS

One month in the PGY2 year are devoted to teaching the fundamental skills of operating a patient-centered medical home. This includes using patient registry data to drive practice improvements and the care of patients with multiple complex health problems. It emphasizes the development of skills in working with a care team and maximizing the effective involvement of staff from a variety of disciplines to provide the best possible care for patients. During these months you will begin a longitudinal community medicine curriculum which you will participate in throughout the remainder of your residency training. In the PGY3 year you will participate in a Patient Centered Medical Home Leadership month where you will take charge of a longitudinal QI project done in the residency’s practices and participate in a variety of quality improvement activities.

Vacation (3 weeks)

Three weeks of vacation are incorporated into the schedule. We feel strongly that the most effective family physicians are those who care for their own mental, physical, and spiritual health as well as that of their patients. Because of this, we encourage residents to make the most of their vacation and CME time, using this as an opportunity to balance their lives between work and recreation. The residency allows for second and third year residents to take five days of CME time, though none may be taken during required rotations.

CME (1 week)

Three weeks of vacation are incorporated into the schedule. We feel strongly that the most effective family physicians are those who care for their own mental, physical, and spiritual health as well as that of their patients. Because of this, we encourage residents to make the most of their vacation and CME time, using this as an opportunity to balance their lives between work and recreation. The residency allows for second and third year residents to take five days of CME time, though none may be taken during required rotations.



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