Hospitalist Training Program

Welcome to the Hospitalist Training Program! Our goal is to train the next generation of leaders in health system improvement, specifically in the inpatient setting, which requires a focused curriculum on health system redesign, exposure to core faculty who engage in this work, and a clinical environment to practice in.

What is a Hospitalist? 

A Hospitalist provides hospital-based care for patients admitted to general medicine, or hospital-based subspecialty service, including critical care, oncology, or palliative care. A career in Hospital Medicine includes a focus on health system improvement and innovative care redesign, in the form of quality improvement, patient safety initiatives, medical education, or the development  of transformative care delivery models. 

How does our program prepare a future leader in Hospital Medicine? 

Our three-year Hospitalist Training Program (HTP) provides a comprehensive and innovative preparation for residents seeking careers as hospitalists or hospital-based specialists, with a focus on the clinical skills required for hospitalist practice (procedural, ultrasound, consultation, oncology, palliative care); development of skills needed to embark upon systems improvement, intensive mentorship, and building of a supportive (and fun!) community. 

Program Directors

GottenborgEmily Gottenborg, MD, is an Assistant Professor within the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine, and has a passion in teaching the next generation of leaders in hospital medicine and healthcare system improvement. She is the Co-Director of the Hospitalist Training Program, and is faculty within the Institute of Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. Dr. Gottenborg came to Colorado in 2014, and enjoys the mountain lifestyle with her 3 children, husband, and Berner, Bruiser. 







Julia Limes 200Julia Limes, MD, was born and raised in Denver and returned to complete medical school at the University of Colorado after attending TCU for undergrad. She completed her residency and chief residency here at the University of Colorado and has been on faculty with the Hospital Medicine Division since finishing her training. Her academic interests include patient care handoffs, transitions of care, and residency operations. She is the site director for the residency at University of Colorado Hospital and co-directs the Hospitalist Training Program. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and cheering on the Denver sports teams.





Current Residents

Knees, MichelleHi, future CU internal medicine residents! One of the aspects of CU’s internal medicine program that attracted me initially, and ultimately made me rank the program as my first choice, was the option to join the hospitalist training program. When  I was applying to residency, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to  go into pulm/CC or hospitalist medicine, but knew that I wanted a program which would allow me to gain more experience with hospital-based medicine, provide leadership and mentorship opportunities specific to inpatient care, and allow me to learn more about quality improvement, high-value health care, and patient safety. I joined the HTP as an intern and have had access to incredible mentorship, electives, and leadership opportunities since that time. An unexpected benefit was my co-residents  in the HTP; being part of a smaller cohort within a large residency program provided me with both peer mentors and with friends who have made residency incredibly fun (which, honestly, is equally important when you’re spending the majority of your life for three years with the same people).  Please feel free to reach out if you have any specific questions!

- Michelle Knees, Class of 2021


John, JasonHello future HTP residents! There are so many reasons I chose to come to Colorado for residency, but the most specific was joining the HTP. Amidst all the excellent internal medicine residency programs out there, it was so nice to find one that featured such a robust and time-tested program to train future leaders in hospital medicine. The HTP is truly a family within our greater internal medicine residency program family. With us, you will have great mentors in every niche of hospital medicine, protected experiences inside and outside of the hospital, and the flexibility in your training to become the physician you dream of becoming. Most importantly, the people of the HTP are some of the best you’ll ever meet.    I look forward to talking with you, answering any questions you have, and hopefully seeing you out here in Colorado!

- Jason John, Class of 2021



More Information

For more information about our program, including 'How to Apply', please visit our website.