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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 and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are also excellent opportunities for interested residents who are encouraged to apply.1

 What is the size of the program?

Currently we have 167 interns and residents.


 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.


 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. Denver is also an affordable city for buying a house or condominium.


 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?

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.


 How many FMGs (Foreign Medical Grads) do you have?

Currently, we have one. Two graduated this past year.


 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.


 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:


 What types of visas do you sponsor?

Residents in our program must be a U.S. citizen, a lawful permanent resident of the U.S., a refugee or asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Any Visa status request must be handled on a case by case basis. The type of visa sponsored will be determined by our International Student and Scholar Services.  They assess your current visa status, where you are in the process and the type of visa you need to have.