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Primary Care Residency FAQs


Primary Care Residency

1. How many houseofficers are in the program at the University of Colorado?
We currently have 67 R1s, 50 R2s, 50 R3s, and 5 Chief Residents for a grand total of 167. There are 12 primary care residents per year for a total of 36 in the Primary Care Track. One of this year's chief Residents is a Primary Care Graduate.

2. What hospitals are in the system?

3. Where do I clinic?

  • University Medicine Anschutz – 2 PC per year
    University clinic has a wide variety of patients with ages ranging from 18->100 years old. The clinic has a visit volume of approximately 30,000 per year. 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 applied for PCMH certification in 2013.
  • High Street Internal Medicine – 6 PC per year
    High Street Primary Care Center is a unique partnership between HealthONE Presbyterian‐St Luke’s Medical Center (P/SL) and The Colorado Health Foundation (TCHF). TCHF is the largest not for profit organization in Colorado has the overarching vision to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation. GME is important to the missions of P/SL and TCHF. The practice is well on track for patient-centered medical home certification and serves a patient population that is approximately 30% Medicaid, 30% Medicare, 30% commercial insurance, and 10% uninsured. Many of the clinical staff are bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.
  • Westside Adult Clinic – 4 PC per year
    Westside is one of 11 community health centers affiliated with the Denver Health and Hospital Authority. The internal medicine practice at Westside serves a large Latino population and a diverse age range from 18 to geriatrics. The clinic population is 45% Hispanic, 10% African American, and 5% other minorities. Approximately 60% of the population is uninsured or covered through the Colorado Indigent Care Program. Medicaid is the payer for 30% with the remainder covered by Medicare.

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 choose careers in primary care.

5. What are the scheduled educational conferences within the program?
Interns in the PC track attend weekly dedicated curricular sessions during two months out of their first year. For our upper level residents on block schedules, there are weekly Wednesday morning conferences on all outpatient or elective months. We have dedicated curriculum for interns that is heavily weighted during the first few months and focuses on emergency situation and care. Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences are held once a week. Clinicopathological conference and noon Journal Club Classics 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 galit.mankin@ucdenver.edu 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 month.

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 www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/imrp

10. Whom can I call with questions or concerns?
Please call (303-724-1784) or e-mail (imrp@ucdenver.edu) 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 patients in 24 hours. R2s and R3s admit a maximum of 10 patients in 24 hours.

12. What are the stipends and benefits?
For information about stipends and benefits: at www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/gme