Primary Care Residency FAQs*


PCJC-Interns_2016*These FAQs will reflect the academic year starting July 2020

1. How many house officers are in the program at the University of Colorado?

We currently have 71 R1s, 53 R2s, 56 R3s, and 7 Chief Residents for a grand total of 187. There are 9 to 10 primary care residents per year, for a total of 28 in the Primary Care Track in AY2019-2020.

2. What hospitals are in the system?

University of Colorado Hospital   

Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Denver Health Medical Center

3. Where do I have my continuity clinic?

  • ​​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.
  • 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 subspecialists or clinics, such as the Intensive Outpatient Clinic, which cares for high utilizers of medical care, and the Hospital Transitions Clinic. Webb clinic also serves the most diverse population for refugees and other (non-Spanish) languages.
  • 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 subspecialties. 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?

Interns in the PC track attend weekly (Tuesday mornings) dedicated curricular sessions during 6 selected weeks out of their first year. For our upper level residents on block schedules, there are weekly Wednesday morning conferences on outpatient or elective rotations. We have dedicated curriculum for interns that is heavily weighted during the first few months and focuses on emergency situation and care. Noon conference (formerly known as morning report) is held daily when other conferences are not in session. Grand Rounds are held once a week. Clinic opathological 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 designated time in their second and third years.  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. For more information regarding this program you can contact the Program Administrator: Galit Mankin at galit.mankin@ucdenver.edu or (720)848-6249.

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 99%.

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

Our web address is www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/imrp

10. Whom can I call with questions or concerns?

Please call (303-724-1784) or e-mail (imrp@ucdenver.edu) 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 www.medschool.ucdenver.edu/gme