Our residency incorporates policy and advocacy education longitudinally into our curriculum for all residents. Residents also have the opportunity to engage in additional elective and extracurricular activities. The curriculum focuses on experiential learning and opportunities to use policy and advocacy skills in the real world. UCFMR has been recognized by other programs and on our academic campus as a leader in policy and advocacy education.
The Population Health, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PHACE) curriculum spans the three years of residency. Advocacy components of this curriculum build on one another over the three years and include the following.
Residency didactics also includes a Policy and Advocacy lecture series that occurs every-other-month. These lectures include recaps of the state legislative session and outside speakers from local advocacy organizations. Additional topic-specific health policy lectures are included in other rotations, including during the Advanced Primary Care Leadership rotation. These lectures cover payment reform, insurance coverage, primary care workforce, and other issues pertinent to family physicians.
The Health Policy Journal Club hosts monthly meetings to discuss articles of interest. The journal club is interdisciplinary and interprofessional and open to both learners and faculty. Topics covered have spanned from racial health equity to climate change and health to the federal vision for payment reform.
The residency covers the cost of membership to the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians. Residents are invited to run for the Board of Directors or join the Legislative Committee.
We offer several different opportunities for electives.