• Conferences

  • The residency conducts regularly scheduled conferences and teaching opportunities at which each resident's attendance is expected. Residents are encouraged to make every effort to attend as many conferences as possible, recognizing the amount of time and effort that goes into scheduling and presenting conferences. Many presenters take time away from their busy practices to make a special trip to our campus.

    A general description of conferences follows:

    Weekly Didactic Sessions:
    Didactic sessions cover the full spectrum of family medicine, including obstetrics, internal medicine and critical care, pediatrics, and neonatology, surgery, radiology, pharmacology, and practice management.  Faculty and volunteer specialists provide weekly lectures year-round.  

    Outpatient Case Conference
    Designed to discuss ongoing complex outpatient medical cases, the goal is to establish a differential diagnosis and to suggest additional diagnostics and/or therapeutic therapies.

    Morbidity and Mortality Conference: 
    The goal of this conference is to review adverse events and learning points as well as review unique or interesting cases.  Cases are taken from both the inpatient and outpatient setting and reviewed in a supportive environment identifying systems that could be improved, current treatment guidelines and potential learning points.

    Palliative Care Conference
    Co-attended by the chaplain residency and family medicine residency, residents from either program discuss issues around palliative care topics or present interesting cases for further discussion and analysis.

    Practice Management:
    Residents are exposed to a longitudinal curriculum throughout their 3 years focusing on skills related to practice management. Residents develop leadership skills by leading Quality Improvement teams as well as clinic pods. Billing and coding training are given with feedback periodically throughout one's residency. Residents receive regular feedback on productivity and attend monthly residency business meetings. PGYIII residents participate in a 1-week course with didactic sessions on financial planning, career development, CV preparation and contract negotiation.

    3rd Thursday Teaching Conferences:
    In regards to didactic experiences, the residency tries to marry real world experiences and educational opportunities through different forms of teaching. Every third Thursday of the month, the faculty cover the services so that all the residents can break away and devote their time and attention to didactic learning. In addition, each teaching session is organized by one of our PGYIII residents. This gives each resident a chance to focus on special areas of interest and to gain experience with arranging and presenting medical education events.

    Resident-Faculty Forum:
    The residency holds monthly business meetings that are incorporated into the Thursday didactic schedule. 

    Behavioral Science Hour:
    Behavior didactic sessions are incorporated into the weekly Thursday didactic schedule.

    OB/Perinatal Conference:
    Facilitated by our OB/GYN consultants, residents on the obstetrical service present interesting or difficult cases for discussion and analysis.

    Family Medicine Center-Based Teaching:
    Procedure clinics are held weekly. A PGYII or PGYIII resident is assigned along with a  faculty preceptor to perform scheduled procedures with 1-on-1 supervision in the family medicine center. An additional procedure clinic is held Fridays at an off-site clinic serving many under-served patients in Denver.

    Longitudinal Counseling Supervision is available to any resident in conjunction with a staff behavioralist and provides one-on-one mentoring to enhance resident skills in counseling patients regarding emotional and lifestyle concerns. 

    Intern Support Group :
    The first year residents meet monthly with themselves and the chief resident in order to share and discuss their experiences.  This serves as a social time for the members of each class to bond during their first year.

    Professional Self Awareness Group (PSAG)
    Residents meet monthly by class (alternating classes each month so every class will meet once every 3 months) to discuss matters of individual or common concern, both personal and professional in a structured format. We focus on professionalism, skill development and team building , as well as develop trust through group cohesion while engaging in social activities. These meetings are facilitated by our behavioral medicine faculty member .

    The Rocky Mountain Research Forum:  
    The Colorado Association of Family Medicine Residencies (CAFMR) organizes this all-day annual event in the spring for all of the family medicine residencies of Colorado. PGYIII residents present their scholarly projects, and PGYII residents present posters describing their scholarly project related to quality improvement.

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