The Categorical Track is the
foundation of the residency and of the Department of Medicine. The program
emphasizes outstanding, individualized clinical training in diverse patient
care settings including at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital, Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, county, and private hospitals.
Strong faculty physicians help provide a supportive educational structure with
graduated responsibility over three years of training.
features a 4+4 schedule, alternating 4 weeks of continuity clinic and
ambulatory-based education or elective time with 4 weeks of an inpatient-based,
traditional admitting rotation. This
schedule provides an excellent balance of in-patient and out-patient blocks and
allows for weekly dedicated educational time on non-call blocks. During clinic blocks,
residents will also have protected time for research and scholarly activity,
dedicated ambulatory curriculum, longitudinal subspecialty experiences, and
quality improvement projects.
residents do a variety of core inpatient rotations including general ward,
cardiology, ICU, and other subspecialty inpatient services. In addition, all
residents do 3 blocks in clinic per year, an outpatient-based rotation at the
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, an emergency room rotation, a geriatrics rotation, and spend time on the
inpatient neurology service. Currently, all upper-level residents are spending
some time on the COVID service. When
the COVID service goes away, residents will return to heme/onc and consults
rotations. Residents also get two elective blocks per year. Many fellowship-bound
residents do two months of research during their elective time.
are able to pursue a myriad of electives in medicine subspecialties
and a variety of other relevant areas in order to personalize their residency
training experience. As in the Primary Care and Hospitalist Tracks, every
Categorical resident selects one of four career Pathways to further
individualize their training: Health Equities, Clinician/Educator, Research, or
Global Health. With this flexibility, residents are well-prepared to
enter fellowship training or the physician workforce after completing the