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​Why should I choose University of Colorado?

You are looking for the program that will train you to be the doctor you always wanted to be. At the University of Colorado, we value diversity of training, autonomy, and collegiality.  Our graduates are well-prepared for any and all career choices, built on a foundation of clinical excellence. We offer three different pathways (Educator, Leadership, Research), five different tracks (Categorical, Primary Care, Hospitalist, Preliminary year, Physician Scientist Training Program) and four clinical sites to support your development as a physician. Importantly, not only do we collaborate to provide the best care possible to our patients, we also enjoy life together in the city of Denver and Colorado’s amazing mountains.​

View fact sheets about our program:

IMRP Overview​​
IMRP Preliminary Year​
IMRP Living in Denver​

 When will orientation week be?

2020 orientation is tentatively ​June 11th - June 22nd, 2019​​. ​​​​​24

 Do you offer international rotations?

We have several opportunities to spend time internationally. Some of the most traveled rotations are with the Zimbabwe International Exchange program in Harare, Zimbabwe and the Guatemala Global Health elective in Coatepeque, Guatemala in addition to opportunities through the Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholars program. Click here​ for additional information.


 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


 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. We have a mixture of renters and buyers.


 Is it ok to switch between tracks?

Of course!


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

No, COMLEX cannot be submitted instead of USMLE.
US medical school applicants must pass USMLE step 1 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.


 What is the size of the program?

Currently we have 196 (72 interns including the prelims, 57 R2s, 51 R3s, 16 Med-Peds)​


 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.


 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:


 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 2 years.


 What letters are required and acceptable?

​We require a chairman's letter and three letters of recommendation. That is a total of 4 letters. ​​
The chairman's letter is optional for prelim applicants. 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, 2019. The application deadline is October 1, 2019.​​​​​​17

 Are USMLE exam scores mandatory?

US medical school applicants must pass USMLE Step 1 with a score of 221 to be considered for an interview. Non-US medical school applicants and osteopathic applicants must pass and submit USMLE Steps 1 and 2 in order to be eligible.


 Do you offer preliminary positions?

Yes. We offer preliminary positions.19

 Do you have a minimum USMLE score?

The minimum USMLE Step 1 score is 221. We expect that individuals have passed the exams in their first attempt and performed competitively.



 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.


 Do you support the ABIM research pathway?


 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.​​ All invitations will be sent in the afternoon. 23