Our engaged residents and faculty have spearheaded a number of extracurricular groups that typically meet in the evenings to move their missions forward. All residents, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in these work groups, which include the following.
Members of this monthly journal club meet at a participant’s home to review and discuss articles related to health policy. The group’s goal is to provide a venue for interested residents, faculty, and colleagues or friends outside of our program to learn about and discuss health policy topics.
Past journal clubs have covered bipartisanship in health policy, graduate medical education funding, integrating public health and primary care, health care spending in the United States, measurement in primary care, and school health policy.
The Social Justice Work Group (SJWG) is a collaborative of residents and faculty who meet monthly to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the residency and beyond.
The group has many accomplishments from helping change our residency's recruitment and interview process, delivering multiple workshops and trainings on DEI, and creating a yearly climate survey.
The group continues to work on developing curriculum, using research and Quality Improvement (QI), and working to better address the health needs of our patients and community.
This committee is an interdisciplinary group of physicians, nurses, medical assistants, behavioral health specialists, social work, care management, and patient navigators at A.F. Williams Family Medicine Clinic who are searching for ways to provide medical care that is aware of and responsive to social, cultural, economic and other everyday forces that promote or undermine the health of our patients.
Their mission is “Cultivating the power of connections for the health of our patients and their neighbors.” This group has developed collaborative partnerships between several community organizations and launched systematic screening for social determinants of health and related evaluation.
During these quarterly dinners, residents, faculty, and clinic staff come together to explore cultures and health traditions represented in the Denver population and particularly at the Lowry clinic.
Speakers include patient navigators and other employees at Denver Health from countries represented in the patient population; speakers share about their community’s culture in general and in relation to healthcare. Past talks have focused on the Karen community, Somali community, and Iraqi refugee community.
In addition to these optional dinner talks, global health and refugee health topics are incorporated into the regular didactic schedule and residents, faculty, and staff attendees regularly participate in the annual North American Refugee Health Conference.
This resident led group is a partnership between faculty, residents, and students involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education at the University of Colorado.
The group was developed out of a desire to better advocate for Family Medicine as a specialty choice for medical students on the University of Colorado campus and beyond and to provide opportunities for residents to get involved and develop skills in undergraduate medical education.
Topics and past projects include: Developing a mentorship program for medical students interested in family medicine, being guest speakers at various student events, and developing a tailored medical education elective.