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Program Overview

Family Medicine Residency Program overview


  • Electives selection: Choose from many electives to shape your training. For example, we offer a rural emphasis, and many of our graduates practice in farming or mountain communities in Colorado and Wyoming. But a number of residents also choose cities along the Front Range. Our training serves both needs. We are not a "cookie-cutter" residency program.
  • Personalized, full-scope training: Our residents are the only residents at Poudre Valley Hospital, a "Top 100 hospital" eight times since 2001. They enjoy the medical staff and many are on a first-name basis. This is not an anonymous training program; our residents enjoy individual attention.
  • U.S. medical school graduates: More than 15 years of filling through the match with U.S. medical school graduates.
  • Diverse learning: Your training is led by a faculty that includes many other disciplines besides family medicine physicians, such as a geriatrician, education specialist, family therapist, a certified public accountant, medical social workers, a lifestyle medicine coordinator, and a pharmacist. Other unique opportunities available at our program include working with a substance abuse counselor, psychiatrist, and an onsite interpreter.
  • Fort Collins and the state of Colorado: Enjoy the city of Fort Collins or escape to wide open spaces. You're only one hour from Denver and one hour from Rocky Mountain National Park. Or just a few minutes from hiking in the foothills, bicycling on city trails, enjoying a play, or hitting a tee shot.

Broad, community-based training

Our three-year Family Medicine Residency Program is community-based and offers a broad spectrum of training. We prepare residents for family practice in rural or medically underserved areas, as well as more urban locales along Colorado's Front Range.

Positive personal focus

Our program lets you select from a range of electives -- choices that can maximize your abilities, help you reach your goals, and empower you with the skills essential to becoming a competent, caring physician. We emphasize a whole-person approach to your family medicine training and the care of your patients. Our program will care for you as a person and will help you learn to care for others -- as people.

Diverse experiences

We provide you with comprehensive training in all family medicine disciplines, including obstetrics. You will gain substantive practice skills through a series of medical rotations in ambulatory and hospital settings.

Medical staff members serve as rotational faculty and adjunct clinical faculty for the Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Our residency program faculty and area physicians supervise your work.

Our flexible call systems enable you to share those responsibilities with colleagues and still have time for personal studies and activities.

Our curriculum complies with the family medicine residency training requirements specified by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Fort Collins Family Medicine Residency Program is fully ACGME accredited.

Learn more

If you have questions or want more information, please contact Program Coordinator Rochelle "Chel" Wells at or 970.495.8803.

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