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Primary Care Residency FAQs

PC Interns at Journal Club evening
PC Journal Club at Dr. Chacko's house

1. How many houseofficers are in the program at the University of Colorado?
We currently have 76 R1s, 52 R2s, 52 R3s, and 7 Chief Residents for a grand total of 187. There are 10 to 12 primary care residents per year, for a total of 36 in the Primary Care Track in AY2017-2018.

2. What hospitals are in the system?

3. Where do I clinic?

  • University Medicine Anschutz 
    University Medicine at Anschutz clinic has a wide variety of patients with ages ranging from 18->100 years old. The clinic has a large underinsured and government population, with Medicare 38%, Medicaid 11%, and government insured/Tricare 21% and a diverse population with 43% of patients of minority or different ethnic/cultural backgrounds. The clinic obtained PCMH certification in 2014. The clinic has an onsite pharmacy team and an onsite social worker.
  • Uptown Primary Care 
    Uptown Primary Care is a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home on the campus of HealthOne Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and is supported by The Colorado Health Foundation. The practice population is diverse and serves patients with Private, Medicare and Medicaid insurance. Women’s Health, Behavioral Health, Social Work, and Pharmacy services are on site and fully integrated within the practice. Uptown Primary Care has robust Quality Improvement teams, and is NCQA recognized for excellence in Heart/Stroke Management. Faculty, staff and residents have presented the results of their quality improvement projects at regional and national meetings and have been active in health policy and digital health initiatives related to primary care. This is the only site that is exclusively for Primary Care residents.
  • Westside Adult Clinic 
    Westside is one of 10 community health centers affiliated with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority. The internal medicine practice at Westside serves a highly diverse population with ages ranging from 18 to geriatrics. There are large Medicaid (65%), uninsured (14%), undocumented and refugee populations served at Westside. Spanish speaking skills are a plus (but are not mandatory). This site is a federally qualified health center and is closely integrated as a community health center with the Denver Health system. The clinic is a primary care medical home, and offers many integrated care services including behavioral health, social work, and pharmacy.

4. Can I apply to both the primary care and categorical tracks?
Yes, in fact many of our applicants do apply to both programs since they are either unsure about eventual career direction or they want to increase their chances of being in Denver at the end of the day. The Primary Care Track is designed to provide broad training for general internists. The Primary Care Track graduates enter primary care practice, academic medicine, and some subspecialties. However, the two programs are linked and many categorical graduates eventually choose careers in primary care.

5. What are the scheduled educational conferences within the program?
Interns in the PC track attend weekly (Tuesday mornings) dedicated curricular sessions during 6 selected weeks out of their first year. For our upper level residents on block schedules, there are weekly Wednesday morning conferences on outpatient or elective rotations. We have dedicated curriculum for interns that is heavily weighted during the first few months and focuses on emergency situation and care. Noon conference (formerly known as morning report) is held daily when other conferences are not in session. Grand Rounds are held once a week. Clinicopathological conference and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences are held monthly.

6. What are the research opportunities?
Primary Care Research: there are multiple opportunities to do clinical research within the Division of General Internal Medicine, with many residents setting aside designated time in their second and third years.  There is also a Clinical and Basic Science Program offered through the Graduate School at the University for those individuals interested in obtaining a Ph.D. along with fellowship training. For more information regarding this program you can contact the Program Administrator: Galit Mankin at or (720)848-6249.

7. How many days will I get off per month on call rotations?
All housestaff are guaranteed a minimum of 4 days off each rotation.

8. What is the pass rate for the Internal Medicine Board exam for our housestaff?
Our pass rate average is 99%.

9. Where can more information on the Internal Medicine Residency Program be found?
Our web address is

10. Whom can I call with questions or concerns?
Please call (303-724-1784) or e-mail ( the Department of Medicine Housestaff Office. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

11. Are there admission caps at each hospital?
We are in full compliance with RRC guidelines for the number of admissions. R1s admit a maximum of five new patients in 24 hours. R2s and R3s admit a maximum of 10 new patients in 24 hours.

12. What are the stipends and benefits?
For information about stipends and benefits: at