The University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine is the second largest department of family medicine in the country, home to over 750 faculty members who instruct and practice primary care. We are recognized as one of the top academic family medicine departments in the nation. Our 3 accredited family medicine residencies teach approximately 60 residents each year. These programs are located at: Denver’s renowned Rose Medical Center, the Swedish Medical Center, our flagship primary care clinic AF Williams, and we also administer a primary care track at the downtown Denver Health Hospital. In addition, we have 4 family medicine practices that receive 70,000 patient visits a year in Boulder, Westminster, Stapleton and Park Meadows.
Innovation in graduate & medical student education, fellowships, and PCMH initiatives…
For medical students enrolled on the Anschutz campus, the Dept of Family Medicine’s Pre-Doctorate program offers a number of electives and internships, to help in discerning a career path in primary care. Established doctors wanting to develop a specialization can choose from five family medicine fellowships, in Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative Medicine, Primary Care Research, and Rural Medicine. The University’s Rural Track is notable for its uniqueness. Founded in 2005, it provides a special opportunity for physicians to enter a rich, varied, and rewarding lifestyle practicing in the more remote environments of Colorado…places where primary care physicians are truly needed and appreciated.
A critical mission of our Department of Family Medicine is to design models that adapt to and improves medical practices. Working in collaboration with a number of national organizations such as the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, the National Network of Depression Centers, and the National Integration Academy Council, our department is leading the field in the creation and implementation of an improved way to deliver comprehensive care to patients, called the “Patient-Centered Medical Home.” This new model of primary care integrates psychology and behavioral health in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses, especially chronic complications.
The Department of Family Medicine receives approximately $25 million of external research funding every year and participates in several projects transforming the way physicians practice medicine.
Examples that represent the leading edge of our redesign efforts include:
- Becoming Patient Centered Medical Homes
- Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice
- Improving Performance in Practice Program
- Colorado Residency Redesign Project
- DARTNet • Advancing Care Together
- 2040 Partners for Health
- Prescription for Health
One particular emphasis in ongoing research, in conjunction with local organizations and the University, is to prepare the personal physician for today’s changing social landscape. The shifting of middle-class priorities has revolutionized the delivery healthcare, and today’s doctors must understand how public health affects the health of their individual patients. Community engagement opportunities, such as our partnership with Colorado’s Coalition for the Homeless clinic in downtown Denver, can provide residents and physicians with a first-hand experience of how medical needs relate to social and economic conditions.
This department, in its many forms and functions, is a truly unique community of teachers, learners, and collaborators, driven to advance excellence in primary care practice, education, and research…this is our Department of Family Medicine.