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Career Planning

Career Development and Mentoring


Career development for our residents is an important emphasis of the program. While our graduates enter a wide variety of eventual careers, we support the decision-making process in the following ways:


The mentorship program for primary care residents has four main components:

  1. Peer Mentorship:
    Incoming interns are paired with both a second- and third-year resident. Those pairings are made by the residents based on mutual career, recreational and extracurricular interests.
  2. GIM Faculty Mentorship:
    Interns are assigned a GIM faculty mentor at six months into internship. The residents meet with their mentors to review performance, progress, career goals etc.
  3. Program Director Mentorship:
    Interns will meet with the Primary Care Program Director at a minimum of twice per year. At these meetings, evaluations, career planning and program requirements will be reviewed. More frequent meetings are encouraged as desired.
  4. Research Mentorship:
    As specific career goals or research interests develop during residency, assigned faculty mentors assist residents in choosing a second career or research specific mentor as needed.

Within the Wednesday morning curriculum, several sessions are devoted specifically to career choice. These include:

  1. Career panel, including representatives of academic, private practice, HMO, Indian Health Service, rural and other internists
  2. Getting a job, including basic job search strategies including using Web resources, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, etc.
  3. Evaluating an employment contract

Preceptorships are an excellent way to explore career options.

    1. All second-year primary care residents are required to do a preceptorship. This preceptorship can be in the Denver metro area or with internists in rural Colorado. Funding is available during rural rotations for housing, food, and travel.
    2. Many third-year primary care residents do an additional preceptorship to experience a specific potential job opportunities.