• Areas of Program Emphasis

  • What Our Program Covers

    Given the sweeping changes now affecting all aspects of the organization and delivery of health care in our society, this program has identified a number of priorities in our approach to residency education:

    Self-directed adult learning: Physicians must be lifelong, self-directed learners. To that end, we advocate, whenever possible, problem-based learning with an emphasis on the process of active learning, awareness of one's limitations, use of available resources, and self-assessment. The program values flexibility in order to give individual residents a chance to pursue rotations and activities that will meet their individual needs, interests and future practice styles.

    An emphasis on ambulatory training: Family physicians will spend the majority of their professional hours in the ambulatory setting dealing with common problems, psychosocial issues, preventive issues, and undifferentiated complaints. The program has sought consciously to increase the quantity and improve the quality of our teaching in the ambulatory setting beginning immediately during the internship and continuing throughout the three years.

    An atmosphere of scholarly activities: The specialty of family medicine is reaching a new point in its growth and maturity, and currently demands a more rigorous academic and scholarly approach. We have moved our program in this direction by beginning to emphasis systematically concepts of critical appraisal, clinical epidemiology and practice-based research, and by expecting more presentations, projects, clinical teaching, and other academic activities by both residents and the faculty.

    The atmosphere within the program: This residency seeks to create a caring, supportive atmosphere in which individuals are nurtured and encouraged to grow personally. We are committed to a humanistic call and work schedule. The program style of government is one of a participatory democracy in which residents, staff and faculty engages in decision making through a series of residency-wide meetings and ad hoc committees. Attention is given to staff, resident and faculty stress through the use of group support meetings, an advisor system, a comprehensive evaluation process and attention to the importance of stress-related factors in the functioning of professionals.

    Commitment to health promotion/disease prevention : For a number of years, this program has placed emphasis upon the principles of health promotion and disease prevention, and has successfully accomplished a total integration of teaching preventive principles into both our curriculum and our clinical practice.

    Commitment to the Biopsychosocial approach to patient care: This is a residency that emphasizes understanding a patient's emotional, social and familial context. We place a high value on developing effective interpersonal communication and train residents in practical counseling skills. Behavioral Science faculty provides individual patient consultation and collaborate with residents conducting joint patient counseling.

    Attention to the health manpower needs of the state of Colorado: The State of Colorado has helped to fund this residency program for the last several years, thus serving to increase our awareness of, and commitment to, assisting the State in meeting its physician needs. To that end, the curriculum and resident placement efforts have received some modification, including new activities in which to train residents and support state needs for rural health care. 

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