Corey Lyon, DO
As a family physician educator for over 15 years, working and growing at the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program is a dream come true for me. This is an amazing program, in an outstanding department, with the best residents and faculty the nation has to offer. The exciting thing about this program is that we do so much more than provide medical training to the family physicians of the future. With our combination of an academic medical center and safety net hospital training sites, the growth opportunities for our learners are endless.
We have extremely talented faculty in all of our tracks. Our faculty are leaders in the residency, teaching our residents, and providing full scope family medicine care. In addition, many faculty have additional skills which provide residents with educational opportunities in surgical OB, point of care ultrasound, sports medicine, gender affirming care, medication assisted treatment, and medical abortions. We work to maximize our residents’ training to meet their goals across all health systems and continuity clinic sites.
Our structure of “three tracks, but one residency” provides opportunities to learn and train within several hospital systems. In the Denver metro, we run inpatient Family Medicine services at both University Hospital and Denver Health. At University Hospital, residents and attendings care for adults and newborns on our full-service Family Medicine Service. On our Adult Family Medicine service at Denver Health, we care for adults in the city’s safety net hospital. We also deliver our continuity OB patients at each hospital. This allows all residents to experience and care for patients in both systems.
Our continuity clinic sites in metro Denver provide a great mix of urban underserved care and a community health center. The University track’s AF Williams Family Medicine Center is an innovative academic clinic developing care models, utilizing 2 Medical Assistants for every provider, integrative behavioral health, clinical pharmacy, and grant funded projects for services such as ER follow-up and a medical-legal partnership. The Denver Health track’s Lowry Family Health Center is a FQHC and refugee clinic with integrated behavioral health, care navigators, and many more services to support patients and providers. Both continuity clinical sites serve as exciting learning labs as we strive to create a Clinic is the Curriculum training environment.
Residents in our Rural Training Program spend their final two years in Fort Morgan, where they train at Saint Elizabeth Hospital, a 50-bed acute-care hospital, and Fort Morgan Salud, a FQHC serving patients from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and part of the Salud network of FQHCs.
In addition to the expected medical training and amazing patient care experiences, we have developed multiple additional learning opportunities to meet our resident’s training goals and help develop the physician leaders and change agents our communities need. Residents have opportunities to participate in our Social Justice Working Group, Health Policy Journal Club, Longitudinal Leadership Concentration, Advance Maternity Care Concentration, Health Policy Journal Club, and many other experiences of advocacy and community engagement.
Having the opportunity to work and grow in the University of Colorado Family Medicine Residency is something I love. In our academic setting we are able to train the future family physician leaders our patients, health systems and communities need.