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 or interest, we work to create a unique month that fulfills their needs and expands out offering for future residents. Our emphasis is on flexibility and helping our residents tailor their training to meet their interests and future career goals.

A complete list of electives available at the University of Colorado can be found here:

Elective Rotation
ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders and Malnutrition
Add Med OP DH
Ambulatory Dermatology at Denver Health
Ambulatory Endocrinology at Denver Health
Cardiology Consults
Cardiology OP
Cardiology Primary Care
Complementary and Integrated Health (CIH)
Clinical Nutrition
Denver Health Cardiology Elective
Denver Health Emergency Department
Denver Health Urgent Care
Gastroenterology Consults
Gastroenterology Outpatient at Denver Health
Gastroenterology Outpatient at University Hospital
Gastroenterology Elective at VA
Hematology/Bone Marrow Transplant at University Hospital
Hematology/Oncology Consults at Denver Health
Hepatology Outpatient 
Hepatology Inpatient Consults
Hospitalist Preceptorship for Interns
Hospitalist Preceptorship
Hospitalist Preceptorship at Rose Medical Center
Infectious Disease Consults
Infectious Disease Outpatient
Medical Educators
Medical Genetics
Narrative Medicine
Neuro Clinic (Neurology Prelims Only)
Neuro-Radiology, Ophtho, Vacation, Rheumatology Elective (Ophtho Prelims Only)
Rose Intensive Care Unit
Obesity Medicine
Oncology Elective
Ophthalmology Clinic
Palliative Care/Hospice
Primary Care Research
Primary Care Select
POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound)
POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound) 2.0
Practical Orthopedics for Internal Medicine
Preceptorship - Indian Health Service
Preceptorship - Refugee
Preceptorship - Rural
Preceptorship - Urban
Precision Medicine
Primary Care Practice Setting Exploration
Psychology Consults
Psychology Outpatient 
Pulmonology Consults
Pulmonology Outpatient
Rehabilitation Medicine
Renal Combined
Renal Inpatient
Renal Outpatient
Rheumatology Combined
Rheumatology Inpatient
Rheumatology Outpatient
Rose Emergency Department
Sports Medicine
Sleep Medicine
Systems-Based Practice
Transitions of Care
UCH Medicine Consults
UCH Emergency Department
UCH Neurology
Understanding Health Systems
Women's Health/Neurology
Women's Integrated Health (WISH)

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 as well as in communities outside the United States. We have partnered with the University of Colorado Denver Center for Global Health to expand and improve international offerings. All programs offered through the University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency Program follow the ‘twinning model’ of global health and are equally beneficial to the residents here as they are to the sites of practice and trainees in the country with whom we partner.

Our two most established opportunities with support for expenses incurred are:     

  • Colorado – Zimbabwe International Exchange (CoZIE) program in Harare, Zimbabwe. This is a bilateral exchange program between University of Colorado School of Medicine (DOM UCSOM) and the Department of Internal Medicine in the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). The rotation takes place in their medical school, which is located in an urban setting. This allows for residents to work in a resource poor setting with a team of UZCHS faculty, residents and medical students.
  • The Guatemala (Trifinio) Global Health Elective. This is a clinic experience located ~45 minutes south of Coatepeque, Guatemala. The Center for Global Health and the Hose Fernando Bolaños Foundation developed this clinic and community programs in the surrounding area. The clinic serves a population of banana plantation workers and their families. Residents will work in the clinic with other providers to care for the surrounding areas. The population includes children and mothers allowing for other specialties as well. 

Other highly rated experiences include:

Primary care residents have priority access to underserved electives, but these opportunities are also open to all internal medicine residents. The number of available spots throughout the academic year will depend on clinic availability and learner numbers


Local sites include:

  • Denver Health and Hospitals Clinics, Refugee Health (Spring Institute), Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and more: Residents have the opportunity to spend a month at a single site to experience the rewards of providing primary care to vulnerable populations.
  • Indian Health Service Sites: Residents can take advantage of wonderful opportunities in these unique clinic locations in southwestern Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico.
  • Rural Colorado: Several alumni of Primary Care Track now practice in rural areas of Colorado. Many of these physicians are excited to act as preceptors to residents looking to experience a physician’s life outside of the urban area.  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.

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