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 Frequently Asked Questions

 

 Do you offer international rotations?

We are building relationships with the University of Colorado Denver Center for Global Health.  In addition to clinical rotations at international sites, The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine http://info.dom.uab.edu/gorgas/ and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/ are also excellent opportunities for interested residents who are encouraged to apply.1

 What is the size of the program?

Currently we have 170 interns and residents plus 4 medicine-pediatric interns.​

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 How do your interns like the 4+1 schedule?

They love it! Feedback from the 4+1 schedule has been nothing but positive and we will be incorporating the 4+1 schedule to the 2nd and 3rd year residents’ schedules.

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 How long does it take to drive between hospitals?

All of our sites are very close in proximity. The most amount of time it would take between two would be 30 minutes

4

 Where do most residents end up living and do they buy or rent?

The majority of residents rent within the Denver metropolitan area, in close proximity to all our training sites. Denver is also an affordable city for buying a house or condominium.

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 Is it ok to switch between tracks?

Of course!

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 I am an Osteopathic (D.O.) applicant; can I turn in COMLEX scores instead of USMLE?

US medical school applicants must pass step 1 scores to be considered for an interview. Non-US medical school applicants and osteopathic applicants must pass and submit steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible.

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 Why should I choose University of Colorado/Colorado State?

We offer unique features at the University of Colorado.   All residents will have a 4+1 schedule (alternating 4 weeks of an inpatient rotation or elective with and 1 week clinic). We offer three different pathways (Educator, Leadership and Research) and have five different tracks (Categorical, Primary Care, Hospitalist, Preliminary year and Physician Scientist Training Program). We have 4 different main training sites (University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health (our county hospital), VA and Presbyterian St. Luke’s (a private hospital). Colorado is most appealing for its many outdoor activities.

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 Will taking step 3 before applying give me an advantage?

Step 3 scores are not included in our requirements and we do not generally give those applicants with step 3 scores any type of advantage.

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 Do you offer observerships/volunteer work?

The University does not allow observerships if you are not currently in medical school or a residency program.  If you are in medical school, you can apply for a rotation here:  http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/studentaffairs/extern/Pages/default.aspx

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 How long can I be out of medical school and still apply for your program?

While most of our residents do not take time off between medical school and residency, we will evaluate applications of all individuals who have graduated within the past 5 years.

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 What letters are required and acceptable?

​We require a chairman's letter and three letters of recommendation. That is a total of 4 letters. ​15

 Do you hire outside of the NMRP match?

No, applications for PGY-1 positions are only accepted via ERAS.16

 What is your application deadline?

We begin accepting applications via ERAS on September 1, 2014. The application deadline is November 15, 2014.17

 Are USMLE exam scores mandatory?

US medical school applicants must pass step 1 scores to be considered for an interview. Non-US medical school applicants and osteopathic applicants must pass and submit steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible.

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 Do you offer preliminary positions?

Yes. We offer approximately 9 unattached preliminary positions each year.19

 Do you have a minimum USMLE score?

Yes, we generally look for scores at or above the mean of 221. We expect that individuals will pass the exams in their first attempt.

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 Do you participate in the couples match?

Absolutely. We welcome applicants participating in the couples match and will be flexible in arranging your interview day. Please let us know if you have any special needs.

21

 Do you support the ABIM research pathway?

Yes.22

 When will I find out if I'm invited for an interview?

We will invite a number of applicants before the end of October and the rest before mid-November.23


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We are building relationships with the University of Colorado Denver Center for Global Health.  In addition to clinical rotations at international sites, The Gorgas Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine http://info.dom.uab.edu/gorgas/ and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/ are also excellent opportunities for interested residents who are encouraged to apply.
  
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Currently we have 170 interns and residents plus 4 medicine-pediatric interns.​

  
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They love it! Feedback from the 4+1 schedule has been nothing but positive and we will be incorporating the 4+1 schedule to the 2nd and 3rd year residents’ schedules.

  
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All of our sites are very close in proximity. The most amount of time it would take between two would be 30 minutes

  
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The majority of residents rent within the Denver metropolitan area, in close proximity to all our training sites. Denver is also an affordable city for buying a house or condominium.

  
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Of course!

  
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US medical school applicants must pass step 1 scores to be considered for an interview. Non-US medical school applicants and osteopathic applicants must pass and submit steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible.

  
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We offer unique features at the University of Colorado.   All residents will have a 4+1 schedule (alternating 4 weeks of an inpatient rotation or elective with and 1 week clinic). We offer three different pathways (Educator, Leadership and Research) and have five different tracks (Categorical, Primary Care, Hospitalist, Preliminary year and Physician Scientist Training Program). We have 4 different main training sites (University of Colorado Hospital, Denver Health (our county hospital), VA and Presbyterian St. Luke’s (a private hospital). Colorado is most appealing for its many outdoor activities.

  
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Step 3 scores are not included in our requirements and we do not generally give those applicants with step 3 scores any type of advantage.

  
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The University does not allow observerships if you are not currently in medical school or a residency program.  If you are in medical school, you can apply for a rotation here:  http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/education/studentaffairs/extern/Pages/default.aspx

  
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While most of our residents do not take time off between medical school and residency, we will evaluate applications of all individuals who have graduated within the past 5 years.

  
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​We require a chairman's letter and three letters of recommendation. That is a total of 4 letters. ​
  
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No, applications for PGY-1 positions are only accepted via ERAS.
  
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We begin accepting applications via ERAS on September 1, 2014. The application deadline is November 15, 2014.
  
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US medical school applicants must pass step 1 scores to be considered for an interview. Non-US medical school applicants and osteopathic applicants must pass and submit steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible.

  
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Yes. We offer approximately 9 unattached preliminary positions each year.
  
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Yes, we generally look for scores at or above the mean of 221. We expect that individuals will pass the exams in their first attempt.

  
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Absolutely. We welcome applicants participating in the couples match and will be flexible in arranging your interview day. Please let us know if you have any special needs.

  
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Yes.
  
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We will invite a number of applicants before the end of October and the rest before mid-November.