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Office-Based Teaching Opportunities


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There are several office-based teaching opportunities. See below for opportunities involving Medical Students, Pediatric Residents, and CHAPA Students.

Download a .pdf of all the Office-based Teaching Opportunities​ currently available.

Medical Students

Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum

Clinical practice­-based teaching opportunities are available within the Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum (FDC), a three­-year required course for medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine focused on teaching basic clinical skills and professional development.

For more information or to participate, please contact the faculty (and staff) member listed below or Veronica Paradise, Foundations of Doctoring Administrator, SOM.FDC@ucdenver.edu, (303) 724­-6421. 

Description: Longitudinal mentoring and preceptorship program, matching medical students to physicians in their practice settings. The preceptorship program allows students to participate in patient care, gain exposure to various medical fields, and apply knowledge from medical school didactics, under the supervision and guidance of practicing physicians.

Time Commitment: One year minimum, two to three afternoons per month, approximately 15 visits per academic year. Preceptors often choose to continue working with their medical student beyond the initial year of preceptorship, up to three years.

Time of Year: For first­-year medical students, October through May; for second­-year medical students, August through February; for third­-year medical students, June through April.

Level of Trainee: First-, second-, and third-year medical students.

Preceptors Needed: General pediatricians, emergency and after-­hours care pediatricians in the Denver metropolitan area for first­- and second­-year students. Third­-year students may elect to explore fields other than primary care and work with a specialty pediatrician. Preceptor/mentors must be members of the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Pediatrics.

Additional Information: Preceptors may share students with their physician partners.

Contact: Kristin Furfari, MD, Associate Director for Preceptorship, Kristin.Furfari@ucdenver.edu; or Veronica Paradise, Foundations.Doctoring@ucdenver.edu, (303) 724-4559.


Clinical Clerkship in Infant, Child & Adolescent Care

Course Description: The required pediatrics clerkship is six weeks long. The Clerkship provides students with exposure to a variety of experiences including inpatient, outpatient, urgent care, and newborn nursery.

Time Commitment: Two- to three-week blocks.

Time of Year: Up to eight rotations per year, year round.

Level of Trainee: Third-year medical students.

Preceptors Needed: Rural and urban general pediatricians in outpatient settings who are members of the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Pediatrics.

Additional Information: Preceptors may share students with their physician partners, as long as, they have a Clinical Faculty appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.

Contact: Brenda Cordova at (720) 777-6867, Brenda.Cordova@childrenscolorado.org


Warren Village

Course Description: This is a semester long opportunity for first- and second-year medical students to learn history and physical exam skills in a non-pressured environment.

Time Commitment: One or more evenings per semester. The Healthy Beginnings Clinic at Warren Village is held on Wednesday evenings from roughly 6:30-9:30pm.

Time of Year: Year-round with breaks taken between school terms.

Level of Trainee: First- and second-year medical students. A third- or fourth-year student from the Warren Village Steering Committee is also present on each clinic night to provide logistical support.

Preceptors Needed: General pediatricians who are members of the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Pediatrics.

Contact: Stephanie Stevens, MD, Course Director, at Stephaniestevens@earthlink.net



Pediatric Residents

Continuity Clinics

Course Description: This is a three-year experience for pediatric residents in which they participate as providers in a community pediatric practice. They spend a half-day per week for three years and two full months over the three years. The objective is for the resident to learn how to provide continuity of care in a practice setting as a general pediatrician. Residents learn how to provide health maintenance, acute illness care and long-term management of chronic illness by taking care of their own small panel of patients within the practice.

Time Commitment: One afternoon per week (perhaps two afternoons per week in the second and third years).

Time of Year: Year round.

Level of Trainee: One resident for all three years of their program.

Preceptors Needed: General pediatricians in the Denver metropolitan area.

Additional Information: Preceptors may share residents with their physician partners.

Contact: Daniel Nicklas, MD, Daniel.Nicklas@childrenscolorado.org


Rural Elective for Residents

Course Description: This elective gives second- or third-year residents an opportunity to learn about rural practice.

Time Commitment: One month.

Time of Year: July through May.

Level of Trainee: Second- or third-year residents.

Preceptors Needed: General pediatricians in a rural practice in Colorado. Preceptors must be members of the Clinical Faculty of the Department of Pediatrics.

Contact: Daniel Nicklas, MD, Daniel.Nicklas@childrenscolorado.org



Child Health Associate/Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) Students

First- and Second-Year Clinical Rotations

Course Description: During this experience first- and second-year students learn and expand on clinical skills, including history, physical examination assessment and patient management, under the supervision of community clinical preceptors.

Time Commitment: Two sessions (Session 1 and/or Session 2) in the fall and spring semester; One day per week for seven weeks, per session.

Time of Year: August through May

Level of Trainee: First- and second-year CHA/PA students.

Preceptors Needed: MDs, DOs, PAs, or NPs.

Contact: Janice Baker, MHR, (303) 724-1336, Janice.S.Baker@ucdenver.edu


Second-Year Summer Clinical Rotations

Course Description: During this experience second-year PA students expand on their clinical skills, including history, physical examination assessment and patient management, under the supervision of community clinical preceptors.

Time Commitment: As available for any of the 6 Blocks; Two weeks per block.

Time of Year: June through August.

Level of Trainee: Second-year CHA/PA students.

Preceptors Needed: MDs, DOs, PAs, or NPs.

Contact: Janice Baker, MHR, (303) 724-1336, Janice.S.Baker@ucdenver.edu


Third-Year Rural Clinical Rotations

Course Description: All CHA/PA third-year students are required to do a one month rural rotation. Rural track third-year students do a two month rural family medicine block. All third-year students may complete other required or elective rotations in a rural setting. It has been shown that students who do longer rotations in a rural area are more likely to practice there. During this experience students expand on their clinical skills, including history, physical examination assessment and patient management, under the supervision of community clinical preceptors.

Time Commitment: One month in family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine, women’s health, inpatient, emergency medicine or other disciplines, for all third-year PA students; and two months in family medicine for rural track students.

Time of Year: June through April.

Level of Trainee: Third-year CHA/PA students.

Preceptors Needed: MDs, DOs, PAs, or NPs in rural settings.

Contact: Janice Baker, MHR, (303) 724-1336, Janice.S.Baker@ucdenver.edu


Third-Year Clinical Rotations

Course Description: This experience gives CHA/PA third-year students the opportunity to develop competencies in a variety of required and subspecialty disciplines including family medicine, ambulatory pediatrics, internal medicine, emergency medicine, inpatient medicine, neonatology or adolescent medicine, surgery, women’s health and other disciplines under the supervision of community clinical preceptors.

Time Commitment: One month.

Time of Year: June through April.

Level of Trainee: Third-year CHA/PA students.

Preceptors Needed: MDs, DOs, PAs, or NPs.

Contact: Janice Baker, MHR, (303) 724-1336, Janice.S.Baker@ucdenver.edu


Download a .pdf of all the Office-based Teaching Opportunities​​ currently available.

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