At the start of their second year, every resident selects one of five career “Pathways”. These are deep educational dives into a topic adjacent to clinical medicine. They round out your training in a way that you find meaningful and that you think will help to prepare you for your future career in medicine. This is in addition to the track each resident matches into at the beginning of residency and encourages further specialization of training. The five Pathways include:

  • Global Health
  • Health Equity, Advocacy & Policy
  • Medical Education
  • Medical Leaders
  • Research & Investigation
Each pathway has 8 hours of “core” content that every resident will receive as an intern to allow everyone in the program to experience some of each pathway’s curriculum. For those who chose a particular pathway, they will go on to experience 36 additional hours of “specialized” content that only pathway members receive in their PGY2 and PGY3 years. All pathway education is small group and interactive – this is experiential learning to get you involved in the topic, with a minimum of didactic coursework.

Medical Educator Pathway

Clinical EducationWelcome to the Medical Educator Pathway! This pathway is designed to give residents the knowledge and skills to succeed as educators during residency and their careers beyond. We developed a unique curriculum tailored to the needs of our residents that builds upon itself longitudinally over two years.

Why should I choose the Medical Educator Pathway?

Our pathway is broken into three parts:

  • During the intern year, we focus on basic teaching skills.
  • During the PGY2 year, we focus on becoming an excellent resident teacher.
  • During the PGY3 year, we focus on skills for becoming a great career clinician educator.

We also have a longitudinal chalk talk project that integrates small lecture skills with curriculum development. Each chalk talk goes into a chalk talk repository for our residents to use and reference for other talks. Pathway sessions include didactic lectures, workshops, and hands-on practice to build teaching skills. We invite the best educators across all residency sites to lecture, share advice and provide meaningful mentorship opportunities. 

Learn more about the Medical Educator Pathway curriculum here!

Pathway Leadership

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Caitlin Dietsche, MD is an academic hospitalist at the University of Colorado. She attended medical school and residency at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She is the Director of the Medical Educator Pathway and the Medicine Wards Service Line.


Global Health Pathway

Global HealthWelcome to the Global Health Pathway! Through an innovative curriculum of individualized training and mentorship, we are dedicated to developing physician leaders who will transform the science of medicine and provide compassionate care to their patients that transcends national boundaries.  

Why should I choose the Global Health Pathway?

The goal of the Global Health Pathway is to train residents to identify and address the impact of economic, societal, cultural, and environmental factors on health, as well as to train future leaders in global health through scholarship, clinical practice, and community engagement. The pathway emphasizes longitudinal learning, as well as a sustained presence in the community and abroad.  

The didactic component of this training program includes sessions via the Wednesday Education Sessions (WES) and an on-site global health learning experience. The curriculum includes case-based lectures on common diseases encountered while abroad, POCUS sessions, and training in ethical, social, and cultural challenges. Residents who are part of the pathway have the opportunity to spend rotations abroad at one of the main GHP sites including Zimbabwe, Guatemala, India, the Philippines, and Nepal. 

Learn more about the Global Health Pathway curriculum here!


Pathway Leadership


Reem Hanna, MD went to the University of Pittsburgh for medical school and then completed residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Education Program. She currently is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Colorado and co-directs the Global Health pathway for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. 

Health Equity, Advocacy, and Policy Pathway

Health EquityWelcome to the Health Equity, Advocacy, and Policy Pathway! In this pathway, the curriculum is designed to help residents explore how the social determinants of health, health-related social needs, and local, regional, and national policies affect the health of individual patients and populations. The curriculum is a hybrid of didactic and experiential learning.  

Why should I choose the Health Equity, Advocacy, and Policy Pathway?

The pathway has a specialized curriculum that addresses topics such as local population health and the societal and social factors that influence the health of our patients. The curriculum adapts annually based on the active needs of the community and residency, hot topics, etc. The aims of the pathway are to:

  • Synthesize how social, political and economic factors contribute to health disparities
  • Educate residents on strategies for addressing social determinants of health and health related social needs in clinical practice
  • Understand the value of community partnerships in advancing health equity
  • Recognize the importance of interacting with state/regional government on issues of health equity
  • Develop strategies for the delivery of culturally humble and trauma-informed care

Learn more about the Health Equity, Advocacy, and Policy Curriculum here


Pathway Leadership

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Erin Bredenberg, MD is a hospital medicine physician and addiction medicine consult provider at the University of Colorado hospital. She is interested in novel strategies to improve care for vulnerable populations including people experiencing homelessness and those with substance use disorders. Specifically, she is interested in using the opportunity of an acute care hospitalization to engage patients with necessary care they might not otherwise receive in an outpatient setting, such as hepatitis C screening and treatment or linkage to community resources.






Jia Liu, MD, MHS completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently a hospitalist at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and co-directs the Health Equity Pathway.

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Medical Leadership Pathway

Welcome to the Medical Leadership Pathway (MLP)! The purpose of the MLP is to train good healthcare leaders. We specify that our aim is to make “good” leaders – leaders who are not only operationally effective (good at leadership) but who also have sound moral judgment (good people). We prepare residents for lifelong careers as high-level organizational leaders: health system executives, community advocates, policymakers, andheads of academic divisions and departments. The curriculum is founded on the theoretical framework of Transformational Leadership, a philosophy that leaders should inspire followers to move beyond their perceived limits through charisma, vision, and emotional intelligence. We believe that this framework is the most apt for healthcare leaders since it prioritizes moral leadership, emotions, values, ethics, standards, and long-term goals. 

Why should I choose the Medical Leaders Pathway?

The MLP is a 2-year training program for PGY-2 and PGY-3 internal medicine residents who seek careers as both clinicians and healthcare leaders. The MLP is open to residents who join the Categorical, Primary Care and Hospitalist tracks and is designed for residents who possess excellent potential to become executive-level leaders early in their careers and are interested in advanced leadership training during residency.

Six competencies comprise the curriculum, founded in Transformational Leadership:

MLP Competencies

The standard MLP experience involves eight half-day didactic sessions in which specific skills related to each competency are developed. Residents wishing to pursue an augmented MLP experience may elect to complete an MLP project. Projects include four personal leadership coaching sessions with MLP faculty or a mentor in a relevant local leadership position.

For the project, residents can choose from the following categories, with the following deliverables focused on creating a vision and planning execution. The capstone is a presentation to a key stakeholder in which their project is pitched and may be greenlighted if accepted by leadership.

MLP Project

Residents in the MLP will also be invited to MLP Dinner series in which a leadership topic is discussed, sometimes with a guest, over dinner at faculty’s home if feasible. Prior guests have included C-suite leadership, representatives from state government, leaders from academia and national organizations.

Learn more about the MLP Curriculum here


Pathway Leadership


Samuel Porter, MD went to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he focused on health systems improvement in he Columbia-Bassett track. He did his internship, residency, and chief residency in quality and safety at the University of Colorado. He worked in a healthcare delivery startup, and now is involved in quality improvement projects and health systems education with the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Colorado.

Research and Investigation Pathway

Research 1Welcome to the Research and Investigation Pathway! Our goal is to teach the core competencies needed to develop a solid foundation in research and investigative practice.

Why should I choose the Research & Investigation Pathway?

Our trainees come in with varying degrees of research experience and interest. Some residents have extensive research experience and know that research will be an integral component of their future careers. Many other residents are considering research as part of their career future, but may not have participated in significant research opportunities before residency or have a full understanding of the broad array of research opportunities available in medicine. On the other hand, other residents detest research. Regardless of where a trainee falls, this pathway is for any trainee interested in making research a part of the medical career.

In order to provide an overview of research options a resident could consider and to provide education in the basics of research, our research pathway curriculum includes:

  • Longitudinal didactic series reviewing various research disciplines
  • “Meet the Professor” lectures from faculty actively pursuing research careers
  • Small-group workshops on writing research abstracts and grant applications
  • Senior resident research presentations
  • Fellowship preparation
  • Career mentoring sessions
  • Administrative leadership career paths
  • Wellness programming
  • Biopharmaceutical company start-up
  • Management and careers in industry

Residents in the research pathway are paired with an appropriate mentor and complete 1-2 months of research as part of their program curriculum.

Learn more about the Research and Investigation Pathway curriculum here


Pathway Leadership

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Lisa Davis, MD, MSCS, grew up in a rural town in Arkansas. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brigham Young University and her medical degree from the University of Colorado. She completed her internship, residency and Rheumatology research fellowship at the University of Colorado. She joined the faculty at Denver Health Medical Center in 2011, where she practices Rheumatology. Her areas of research include adverse drug events, outcomes research, and health services research. She joined the residency program as an Associate Program Director in 2016, and works with the research track and categorical residents. She has a son and a daughter and enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, and most outdoor sports.

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