Primary Care Residency FAQs

1. How many house officers are in the program at the University of Colorado?April Picnic - group small file

There are 9 Primary Care Interns recruited per year with a total of 27 residents in the Primary Care Track in AY2021-2022.

For the overall internal medicine residency program, we currently have 71 R1s, 53 R2s, 56 R3s, and 7 Chief Residents for a grand total of 187.

2. What hospitals are in the system?

Denver Health Medical Center

University of Colorado Hospital   

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

3. Where do I have my continuity clinic?

  • ​​Denver Health Eastside Adult Clinic
    Located in the historic Five Points area of Denver, Eastside clinic is the oldest community health center west of the Mississippi River and has been caring for generations of families since 1966. Eastside has a traditionally higher African American and post-prison population. The health center also houses women’s health, pediatric, WIC, early intervention services (HIV), physical therapy, and dental clinics.
  • ​​​​Denver Health Sloan's Lake Clinic 
    The newest Denver Health primary care clinic, Sloan's Lake opened in the growing neighborhood of West Colfax in September 2020. Located on the first floor of a Denver Housing Authority building, the clinic is a model for integrating healthcare into low-income housing and aims to offer an extensive array of geriatric services. The clinic also hosts an on-site laboratory and pediatrics and midwife clinic. The neighborhood is a diverse a community with a rich history. 
  • ​​Denver Health Webb Adult Clinic
    As a part of Denver Health’s main campus, Webb has the benefit of being centrally located near the hospital. The clinic has same-day access to radiography, ultrasound, and certain labs. Proximity can also drive relationships with nearby sub-specialties or clinics, such as the Intensive Outpatient Clinic, which cares for high users of medical care, and the Hospital Transitions Clinic. Webb clinic also serves the most diverse population for refugees and other (non-Spanish) languages.
  • ​​Denver Health Westside Adult Clinic
    Located just south of Bronco’s Mile High Stadium and established in 1968, Westside provides comprehensive primary care services including women’s health, pediatrics, WIC, and dental clinics. The clinic has an approximately 70% Spanish speaking population and also a notable presence of Vietnamese and Hmong patients.

4. Can I apply to both the Primary Care and Categorical Tracks?

Yes, in fact many of our applicants do apply to both programs since they are either unsure about eventual career direction or they want to increase their chances of being in Denver at the end of the day. The Primary Care Track is designed to provide broad training for general internists. The Primary Care Track graduates enter primary care practice, academic medicine, and some sub-specialties. However, the two programs are linked and many categorical graduates eventually choose careers in primary care.

5. What are the scheduled educational conferences within the program?

PC InternsMonday AM Denver Health Clinic DidacticsEvery Mon AM of clinic blocks
 Wednesday Educational Sessions (WES)Every Wed AM of clinic & elective blocks
 Intern Primary Care Educational SessionsEvery Thurs AM of July and March (8 sessions)
PC R2/R3Monday AM Denver Health Clinic DidacticsEvery Mon AM of clinic blocks
 Wednesday Educational Sessions - split as PC Track, Pathway, or all IM residentsEvery Wed AM of clinic and elective blocks
Other ConferencesNoon Conference (formerly known as morning report)Every business day by inpatient chiefs
 Medicine Grand RoundsWednesday noon weekly (except summers)
 Morbidity & Mortality ConferencesMonthly
 Clinical Pathological ConferencesMonthly


Other conferences: Noon conference (formerly known as morning report) held daily run by chiefs at each inpatient site; Medicine Grand Rounds held once weekly; Clinical Pathological conference and Morbidity and Mortality Conferences are held monthly.

6. What are the research opportunities?

Primary Care Research: there are multiple opportunities to do clinical research within the Division of General Internal Medicine, with many residents setting aside a designated research month in their second or third years. Residents are also given one half day of Research time for each week during clinic blocks.  There is also a Clinical and Basic Science Program offered through the Graduate School at the University for those individuals interested in obtaining a Ph.D. along with fellowship training.

7. How many days will I get off per month on call rotations?

All house staff are guaranteed a minimum of 4 days off each rotation.

8. What is the pass rate for the Internal Medicine Board exam for our house staff?

Our pass rate average is 100%.

9. Where can more information on the Internal Medicine Residency Program be found?

Our web address is

10. Whom can I call with questions or concerns?

Please call (303-724-1784) or e-mail ( the Department of Medicine House staff Office. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

11. Are there admission caps at each hospital?

We are in full compliance with RRC guidelines for the number of admissions. R1s admit a maximum of five new patients in 24 hours. R2s and R3s admit a maximum of 10 new patients in 24 hours.

12. What are the stipends and benefits?

For information about Stipends and Benefits: at

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