We offer 5 training tracks: Categorical, Hospitalist, Primary Care, Physician-Scientist, and Preliminary. The biggest decision you’ll make this year is “should I go to the University of Colorado for my medical training?” The second biggest decision is "which track do I choose?"
While the base experience of our residency is the same regardless of track, each track offers a few unique features that augment your experience – unique rotations, small schedule alternations, individualized mentorship, and specialty-focused leaders to name a few. We are one residency and you’ll be on service and working alongside people from all the tracks, all of the time. But your choice of track will add to your experience as a resident here, help to focus your career goals, and offer the tailored learning and experience you'll need to get there.
We make well-rounded doctors who can practice in the modern academic setting, with excellent clinical ability as well as training in research, scholarship, education, and quality. The categorical track emphasizes outstanding clinical training in diverse patient care settings including our quaternary, university-based hospital (University of Colorado Hospital); our top-10, safety net county hospital (Denver Health); and our nationally recognized VA medical center (Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center). Strong faculty physicians help provide a supportive educational structure with graduated responsibility over three years of training, leaving our graduates ready for the rigor of fellowship training or to enter practice in both the inpatient and outpatient realms.
The program features a 4+4 block schedule, alternating 4 weeks of an inpatient-based, traditional admitting rotation with 4 weeks of continuity clinic/ambulatory-based education or elective time. This schedule provides an excellent balance of in-patient and out-patient blocks and allows for weekly dedicated educational time on non-call rotations. During clinic blocks, residents will also have longitudinal protected time for research and scholarly activity, dedicated ambulatory education, longitudinal subspecialty clinic experiences to prepare for subspecialty training, and quality improvement work.
Categorical residents will spend a little over half of their time on core inpatient rotations including general ward rotations at each of our diverse sites of practice, dedicated cardiology inpatient training, 5-6 months of ICU and CCU experience, and other subspecialty inpatient services. In addition to this core clinical experience, all residents will get to work on inpatient subspecialty rotations, consult services, and get training in neurology, geriatrics, emergency medicine, addiction medicine, palliative care, and other medical subspecialties. It is a very well-rounded experience which, in turn, will help you be a well-rounded physician. Each resident also gets two elective blocks per year in each of their three years. Many fellowship-bound residents choose two months of research during their elective time in addition to the protected longitudinal time for scholarship offered to all residents. About 75% of our Categorical residents go on to pursue fellowship training across all the medicine subspecialties.
Residents are able to pursue a myriad of electives in the 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 five career Pathways to further individualize their training: Health Equity and Disparity; Medical Education; Research and Investigation; Medical Leadership; and Global Health. With this flexibility and diversity, residents are well-prepared to enter fellowship training or the physician workforce after completing the categorical program.
Geoffrey Connors, MD, FACP, is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at the University of Colorado in Denver, CO. Educated at the University of Michigan and then Tulane University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and a Chief Resident year at the University of Colorado. Following his chief year, Dr. Connors completed a Pulmonary & Critical Care fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining the faculty at Yale University for six years. He returned to Colorado in 2017 and has been the Program Director and Categorical Track director since that time. When not working to make happy, confident, highly skilled physicians, Geoff loves thinking about curricular design, mentoring, feedback and evaluation, and hanging out with his wife and very cute three-year-old, Téa.
Katie Suddarth, MD is originally from Philadelphia, PA. She went to Dartmouth College then moved to Denver to attend the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After medical school, Katie entered the Primary Care Track of the University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency Program. She completed her training in 2009, followed by a chief resident year. She is currently a primary care physician at the University of Colorado and is the Senior Associate Program Director. She has three young children and two large dogs who keep her very busy. She likes to spend time with her family as hike and run.
Joe Burke, MD, grew up in Wyoming but has spent equally as much time living in Colorado which he now considers home. He went to Creighton University where he earned a BS in biology and a minor in college basketball. He went on to complete his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado and served as chief medical resident prior to completing his cardiovascular disease fellowship at CU. He then spent two years as an interventional cardiology fellow at Beaumont Hospital in Detroit where he chose to focus on complex coronary disease and peripheral vascular intervention. He is now a part of the department of medicine and division of cardiology as an interventional cardiologist at Denver Health Medical Center. His clinical interests include advanced interventional and peripheral vascular care for underserved populations. Joe and his wife, Zuzanna, enjoy skiing, hiking, cycling, and exploring the vibrant Denver restaurant scene in their free time.
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.
Dan Heppe, MD, was born and raised in Colorado. He attended Medical School and subsequently completed residency and chief residency here at the University of Colorado. He completed his training in 2012 and joined the Hospital Medicine Group at Denver Health Medical Center. After four excellent years at that institution, he recently joined the Hospital Medicine group at the Denver VAMC. His academic interests include resident education, alcohol withdrawal and prevention, and substance abuse. He is the father of two beautiful daughters (pictures available upon request). Outside of medicine, he enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, playing music and spending time with family.
Adrienne Mann, MD, is a native Denverite. She attended undergrad at the University of Colorado and then continued at the University of Colorado for both medical school and residency training. She is a graduate of the Hospitalist Training Program, and after serving as Chief Medical Resident with fellow APD Julia Limes, she joined the Hospital Medicine Group at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Her academic interests include coaching for trainee wellbeing and teaching at the bedside. She is one of the site directors at the VA. She is also a certified life coach and co-directs Better Together Physician Coaching, an online coaching program for GME trainees across the country. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, and two daughters, Amelia and Charlotte. She is outdoorsy in that she likes sitting on patios or in parks, and can be found attending ballet class or hot yoga.
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.
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.
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); developing the knowledge and skills needed to embark upon systems improvement, providing intensive mentorship, and building a supportive (and fun!) community.
Emily Gottenborg, MD is an Associate Professor within the Division of Hospital 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, where she also coaches and trains frontline clinical teams to improve their local clinical environment. Dr. Gottenborg came to Colorado in 2014 after training at Boston University for medical school and University of California, San Francisco for residency, and enjoys the mountain lifestyle with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and a gecko!
Julia Limes, MD is an Associate Professor within the Division of Hospital Medicine. Her academic interests include patient care handoffs, transitions of care, curriculum development, and residency operations. She co-directs the Hospitalist Training Program and is the site director for the residency at the University of Colorado Hospital. She completed her residency and chief residency here at the University of Colorado as a member of the HTP and has been on faculty with the Hospital Medicine Division since finishing her training in 2015. Outside of work, she enjoys running, hiking, traveling, and cheering on the Denver sports teams.
Neelam Mistry, MD is a graduate of the Hospitalist Training Program and is the Service Line Director for the Hospitalist Training Track Clinical rotation. Dr. Mistry’s clinical interests are in improving access to healthcare to traditionally underserved populations. Dr. Mistry serves as one of the Assistant Program Directors for the Hospital Training Program track.
Sam Porter, MD is a graduate of the Hospitalist Training Program and leads the Quality Improvement Education within the HTP. With diverse interests ranging from leadership training to design thinking, his mission is to improve the health care experience for practitioners and patients and to train the next generation of leaders in medicine to be compassionate and revolutionary practitioners of health systems transformation. Dr. Porter serves as one of the Assistant Program Directors for the Hospital Training Program track.
Welcome to the Primary Care Track of the University of Colorado at Denver Health! The Primary Care Track is one of the pre-eminent training programs for resident physicians committed to the care of vulnerable patients while developing skills as leaders, advocates, innovators, and/or researchers.
Established in 1977, our program was one of the first primary care tracks in the country and we currently accept 9 residents per year. Our program is continually evolving to meet the needs of our graduates and patients. We pride ourselves on the diversity of experiences and training sites we offer, the excellence of our housestaff and faculty, and the flexibility we can offer to tailor each resident’s training to their individual needs.
In July 2020, Denver Health became the official clinical home base for the Primary Care program. Similar to residents in other tracks, Primary Care residents also rotate at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.
Welcome to the University of Colorado Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP)! The overall goal of the PSTP is to train academic leaders in medicine. We aim to accomplish this by attracting the most promising physician-scientists to our program and providing them with outstanding clinical training while preparing them for a career in academic medicine. While our program is broad, we are especially enthusiastic about attracting trainees pursuing careers in translational research (bench to bedside and bedside to bench). PSTP scholars are included in a community of physician-scientists (MSTP students, StARR scholars, and early physician-scientist faculty) who meet regularly to share related perspectives and experiences. PSTP scholars are provided a substantial support package from the Department of Medicine when making the transition from fellowship to faculty.
The University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency Program has a long history of developing outstanding physician-scientists who become academic leaders. The Department remains committed to developing and nurturing the careers of future academicians in all areas of biomedical investigation, and the PSTP is focused on recruiting, supporting, and retaining the next generation of translational investigators at CU. The Anschutz Medical Campus, coupled with superb clinical facilities, the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), and the Comprehensive Colorado Cancer Center, provide an outstanding, state-of-the-art environment for trainees to obtain clinical and research training.
The PSTP has been established to formalize this academic training pathway, while providing flexible and individualized training plans, in order to optimize the career success of each trainee. The PSTP is part of a pipeline of training for physician-scientists that includes the MSTP, the StARR Program, and T32-supported fellowship training programs. To this end, the PSTP provides linked admission to the categorical IM Residency Program and to the Subspecialty Fellowship Program of the trainee’s choice contingent upon excellent performance during residency training. The PSTP focuses on providing superb clinical training incorporating the “short-track” ABIM Research Pathway option, provides academic career mentoring and advising throughout the combined residency/fellowship training period and into independence, and active engagement in a vibrant community of physician-scientists. We seek candidates who have excellent clinical judgment and skills, are superbly accomplished scientists, and are committed to a career in academic medicine. The PSTP is directed by David Schwartz, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Immunology, Director of the Program to Advance Physician-Scientists and Programmatic Research, and former Chair of Medicine (2011-2021).
Key elements of the PSTP include:
We encourage applicants to have evidence of strong clinical judgment, a substantive and productive research background, often with a prior Ph.D, and posses a clear and unwavering commitment to and potential for academic research careers in a subspecialty area. If interested in learning more about research at Colorado, CCTSI Colorado Profiles is a comprehensive tool used to identify past and present research efforts by Colorado researchers. You can review this to learn more about possible collaboration, mentorship, networking, or other career opportunities.
David Schwartz, MD, is the former Robert Schrier Chair of Medicine and Director of the Physician Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado. He has made numerous contributions toward understanding the role that biological and genetic determinants play in the onset of diseases that are influenced by the environment. These efforts have provided new insights into the genetics, epigenetics, and genomics of interstitial lung disease, asthma, and innate immunity. His work has led to the recognition that genetic susceptibility, and specifically MUC5B, plays a role in the etiology of pulmonary fibrosis. Dr. Schwartz’s lab was the first to clone the human TLR4 gene and demonstrate that variation in this gene decreased immune responsiveness to endotoxin, enhanced the risk of Gram negative sepsis, and protected individuals from the development of coronary artery disease. In addition, the Schwartz lab demonstrated the importance of locus-specific DNA methylation in the development of allergic airway disease by directing the maturation of T lymphocytes toward a Th2 phenotype. He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Clinical and Climatological Association, and a recipient of the American Thoracic Society Scientific Accomplishment Award and the Amberson Lectureship Award and the Bonfils-Stanton Science and Medicine Award.
The University of Colorado offers an excellent one-year program for medical school graduates who will be pursuing other subspecialties that require a year of Internal Medicine training.
The Preliminary program is friendly and designed to prepare you for the subspecialty years ahead of you. Preliminary interns have the same high quality and high autonomy patient care experiences as Categorical interns. Preliminary interns experience a variety of inpatient and outpatient rotations at all three of our clinical sites. They also work in ambulatory clinics at the VA, do a rotation in the University Emergency Department, and have a wide range of elective opportunities. In total, there are 7 months of dedicated inpatient time which alternate with 5 months of electives and preparatory experiences. The main differences between Preliminary and Categorical interns include activities during the +4 clinic month since Preliminary interns do not have an Internal Medicine continuity clinic to attend. During that time, the Preliminary interns will spend time with their parent program and take electives that suit their future needs.