Career Planning

Career Development and Mentoring

Career development for our residents is an important emphasis of the program. While our graduates enter a wide variety of eventual careers, we support the decision-making process in the following ways:

The mentorship program for primary care residents has five main components:

  1. Peer Mentorship:
    Incoming interns are paired with both a second- and third-year resident. Those pairings are made by the residents based on mutual career, recreational and extracurricular interests.
  2. GIM Faculty Mentorship:
    Interns have an abundance of faculty available for mentorship. Mentors will be paired as desired by the residents. The residents meet with their mentors to review performance, progress, career goals etc.
  3. Program Director Mentorship:
    Interns will meet with the Primary Care Program Director or Assistant Director at a minimum of twice per year. At these meetings, evaluations, career planning and program requirements will be reviewed. More frequent meetings are encouraged as desired.
  4. Coaching Program:
    The Clinical Coaching Program pairs each incoming intern one on one with a faculty coach for the duration of their residency training.
  5. Research Mentorship:
    As specific career goals or research interests develop during residency, assigned faculty mentors assist residents in choosing a second career or research specific mentor as needed.

Within the Wednesday (and Tuesday for interns) morning curriculum, several sessions are devoted specifically to career choice. These include:

  1. Career panels, including representatives of academic, private practice, HMO, refugee health, rural and other internists.
  2. Getting a job, including basic job search strategies including using Web resources, curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation, etc.
  3. Evaluating an employment contract, profiling practices, discussions with the Board of Medical Examiners.

Preceptorships are an excellent way to explore career options.

  1. All second-year primary care residents are required to do a preceptorship. This preceptorship can be in the Denver metro area or with internists in rural Colorado (or other nationwide sites with approval). Funding is available during rural Colorado rotations for housing and travel.
  2. Many third-year primary care residents do an additional preceptorship to experience specific potential job opportunities.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers fellowship opportunities for primary care physicians who wish to pursue additional training in special areas: ​

Addiction Medicine


Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine

Sports Medicine