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Community Involvement

The Department of Medicine is proud of its service to the community locally, nationally, and globally. Locally, faculty in the Department of Medicine are leaders in the quest to advocate for and serve the underserved. Clinica Tepeyac and Stout Street Clinic are two of several sites where Department of Medicine faculty volunteer their time providing care for those in need.

LEADS is a program housed in the Department of Medicine that puts community service front and center. LEADS runs programs for students and residents focused on developing skills in leadership and advocacy through experiential curricula and service learning. LEADS students work in partnership with community agencies over the summer for eight weeks on intensive projects that meet the needs of underserved populations. In eight years, LEADS students have completed over 40 projects improving health of Coloradans.

Nationally, our faculty play key roles in political and social advocacy, working to improve the healthcare of all Americans. They are leaders in leadership, training students and other physicians in the skills of advocacy and policy and working to bring together the expertise of clinicians and the wisdom of communities to improve the conditions that lead to health. Internationally, faculty from the Department of Medicine are involved in research and in developing clinical and educational projects that support health in under-resourced countries as well as refugee and immigrant populations here in the United States.

Read more about how the School of Medicine, including the Department of Medicine, gives back to the community.  



The Department of Medicine encourages residents to train and practice medicine in remote communities.







National Health Rankings

The University of Colorado is highly ranked among several national health ranking reports.

According to the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital annual rankings, University of Colorado Hospital is ranked #1 in Denver and #1 in the adult specialty of Pulmonary medicine. 

HealthGrades awarded University of Colorado Hospital two Quality Awards including the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award in 2011 and the Stroke Care Excellence Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

According to Healthsight's National Rankings for Hospitals, University of Colorado Hospital is in the 87th percentile. ​