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Education and Training

The Department has a rich tradition of excellence in residency and fellowship education. The University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency Training Program provides the best possible education and mentoring/career counseling for our outstanding residents. The mission of our Residency Program is to provide innovative and individualized training for the future leaders of internal medicine to excel in their roles as clinicians, researchers, educators, and community advocates. Four training tracks are available: Categorical, Primary Care, Hospitalist and our Physician-Scientist Training Program.

The Department of Medicine has also partnered with the Department of Pediatrics to offer the University of Colorado Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training Program, designed to train residents who have an interest in clinical care, research, education, or leadership for the health of patients across their lifespan.

Our residency and fellowship programs are highly ranked and recognized nationally and internationally for their quality. Our 188 residents and over 120 clinical and research fellows have access to unique interdisciplinary training opportunities, as well as to first-class research facilities and teaching hospitals, and to mentoring and individualized learning programs.

The Department of Medicine offers 12 ACGME accredited subspecialty fellowship programs and several non-ACGME fellowships spanning the range of internal medicine subspecialties. The Department has 2 HRSA grants, 2 NRSA grants and 9 T32 fellowship training grants. Learn more about fellowship opportunities in the Department of Medicine.

The Department is committed to medical student education from year one, sponsoring a highly successful Internal Medicine Interest Group and working closely with School of Medicine leadership to provide the highest quality learning experience throughout the 4 years. Department of Medicine faculty serve as block directors, course leaders and core faculty throughout medical student education and are among the most recognized faculty in the School of Medicine for excellence in teaching and education.

The Department is also a leader in lifelong learning. Dr. Eva Aagaard serves as Assistant Dean for Lifelong Learning and Director of the Academy of Medical Educators. Together, these programs provide faculty with opportunities to continually improve their skills in education and research.

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Since joining CU in 2012, Dr. Pierce has helped to create two programs for aspiring physician leaders: the Health Innovations Scholars program for first-year medical students interested in systems redesign, and the Hospitalist Training Program (Leaders Track) within the internal medicine residency program. Both programs focus on developing leaders of clinical systems, using experiential projects and intensive faculty mentorship. To date, these programs have enrolled nearly 50 participants. Since 2012, Dr. Pierce has also been a founding member of CU’s Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency, a campus-wide initiative to increase organizational capacity to pursue clinical transformation. He has directed three training programs supported by the Institute, which have worked with more than three dozen teams from CU Anschutz, resulting in implementation of robust, sustainable improvements. Dr. Pierce also serves as Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Innovations for CU’s Hospital Medicine Group.