The Junior Faculty Development Fellowship evolved to nurture the passions and energy of young Family Physicians through supported mentoring and faculty development within the context of post-residency education in the area of interest.
These experiences are targeted at graduates of the University’s Family Medicine Residency Programs at University Hospital, Denver Health, and Swedish, and are fellowship type experiences within the context of junior faculty positions in specialized areas of concentration.
Our goal is to train future leaders, help retain the department's best and brightest within our system, aid in the development of cutting-edge, innovative educational activities, and to create a cadre of physician leaders that can deploy and disseminate the work of the department far and wide to assist others with innovation and practice transformation.
The University of Colorado and the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) are dedicated to enriching the educational experience on our campuses by cultivating a climate of inclusiveness, respect, and understanding for everyone.
Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is part of our mission and of increasing importance as we seek to attract the best and the brightest to join our team - apply for our fellowships, internships, and residencies – and help us to better serve our patients and our community.
Typically, residents in the 2nd or 3rd year of residency training apply for this post-residency experience clustered around an area of concentration that can include policy, research, global health, public health, community medicine, practice transformation, faculty development, and health information technology. Although additional past clinical areas of interest have included obstetrics and rural practice, this is primarily aimed at residents seeking additional education and professional development in areas that are non-clinical.
Interested applicants work with the program director to develop a funding mechanism that will include half-time clinical work and a half-time educational experience supported by department faculty and cross-departmental collaboration.
Opportunities change from year to year and rely, to a significant degree, on cooperation from outside departments and organizations. Once the funding mechanism and structure for the area of concentration are in place, the potential fellow will arrange specific curricular goals and outcome measures with their faculty mentor.
Experiences are typically a year in length (over the usual academic year) but may extend to two years or longer depending on overall program goals and requirements.
While completing the experience, the fellows are employed by the Department of Family Medicine as a University faculty member at the rank of Instructor-Fellow. Fellows will be expected to produce enduring educational materials or scholarly works during their experience.
Opportunities to complete a junior faculty development fellowship are limited by anticipated clinical openings, as clinical work is required. Fellows may be required to perform clinical work across the different clinical areas of the department. Fellows may or may not have opportunities to precept residents, work on the inpatient service, and/or perform prenatal care and deliveries, depending on clinical availability at the time of the fellowship.