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:
Welcome 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:
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.
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.
Welcome 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.
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.
Ali Musani, MD went to Dow Medical College in Karachi Pakistan for medical school before coming to the United States for residency at SUNY Health Science Center. After residency, Dr. Musani went on to fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University and the University of Pennsylvania Health System Programs in Pulmonary medicine. He is a Professor in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado and co-directs the Global Health pathway for the Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Welcome 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.
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:
Ellen Sarcone, MD is a hospitalist at Denver Health Medical Center. the University of Colorado. She attended the University of Iowa for medical school and then completed her residency at the University of Colorado. Dr. Sarcone is the Director of the Health Equity / Health Disparity 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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Welcome 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.
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:
Residents in the research pathway are paired with an appropriate mentor and complete 1-2 months of research as part of their program curriculum.
Lindsey Davis, MD, is originally from southern Missouri. She attended college at the University of Arkansas and medical school at the University of Missouri before coming to the University of Colorado for internal medicine residency, a chief resident year, and a hematology/oncology fellowship. She is a faculty member in the Division of Medical Oncology, specializing in the treatment of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Her research interests are focused on developing and leading treatment trials for GI tract cancers. Outside of work, she loves to enjoy the outdoors in Colorado—especially running, hiking, and chasing her kids around a variety of Denver parks. Dr. Davis is the Assistant Program Director for Research and Investigation.
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.