In addition to the full array of traditional electives in internal medicine subspecialties, the program offers several special opportunities. Residents are encouraged to choose from important areas within and related to internal medicine. Furthermore, if one of our residents self-identifies an opportunity they would like to try, we work to create a unique month that fulfills their needs. Our emphasis is on flexibility and helping our residents tailor their training to best meet their future career interests and goals.
|Sample List of Elective Opportunities|
|Acute Center for Eating Disorders|
|Adult Urgent Care Clinic|
|Advocacy and Leadership|
|Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology|
|Complementary and Integrated Health|
|Hospice and Palliative Care / Geriatrics|
|Outpatient HIV Medicine|
|Preceptorships: Community Based Private Practice / Indian Health Service / Urban Underserved|
|Psychiatry for the General Internist|
|Research Elective (Clinical or Basic Science)|
|Residents as Medical Educators|
|System Based Practice|
Learning and practicing medicine in another country is a unique opportunity. The Department of Medicine encourages residents to train and practice medicine in remote communities. We have partnered with the University of Colorado Denver Center for Global Health to expand and improve international offerings.
We have several opportunities to spend time internationally. Our two most established opportunities with some support for expenses incurred are:
Other highly rated experiences include:
Primary care residents are required to complete a preceptorship in an underserved area. All residents may choose to do an underserved preceptorship.
Local sites include:
Denver Health and Hospitals Clinics, Refugee Clinic, Stout Street Clinic, MCPN, Wheat Ridge Regional Center and others. Having the opportunity to spend a month at a single site will allow residents to experience the rewards of providing primary care to underserved populations.
Indian Health Service Sites: Residents can take advantage of wonderful opportunities in these unique clinic locations in southwestern Colorado,Arizona,and New Mexico (near the Four Corners). Several CU graduates serve as preceptors.
Rural Colorado: Several previous residents of the UCD program have left the Denver metro area to practice in rural areas of Colorado. Many of these physicians are excited to act as preceptors to current residents looking to experience a physician’s life outside the big city. As medicine becomes more and more specialized, you can spend a month learning what it’s like to practice without easy access to a cardiac catheterization lab, an MRI machine, or even most subspecialties at a variety of excellent sites around the state.