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. 

The program 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.

Categorical 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.

Residents 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 categorical program.