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Frequently Asked Questions

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Residency program highlights

What are the strengths of this residency program?

We offer a well-rounded medical education in a program with a national reputation for excellence. The strengths of our residency program include: full-scope family medicine curriculum; strong experiences in pediatrics, obstetrics, procedures, lifestyle medicine, behavioral medicine, and practice management; located in nationally noted "Best Place to Live"; numerous electives to shape residents training; and diverse learning from top-quality faculty.

Would this residency program prepare me for a career anywhere?

Definitely! Our residents have gone into practice throughout the United States, from rural to metropolitan areas. Of all our graduates, 24 percent practice in Fort Collins.

What percentage of residents find jobs after completion of the residency and where?

All of our graduates have found satisfactory jobs after completing the program. The following is a summary of graduate practice locations: 26 percent in rural/small town (<10,000); 46 percent in small town to medium city (10,000-100,000); 23 percent in large city (100,000-500,000); 5 percent in metro area or suburb (>500,000); approximately two-thirds of our graduates practice in Colorado.

How are the relationships between the residents and specialists/attendings?

Residents enjoy excellent relationships with local specialists and are on a first-name basis. The residents are able to gain valuable experience from working with the specialists.

Are there opportunities for teaching?

Yes! When you become a second and third year resident, you will work closely with the interns to provide knowledge and expertise as their teachers. Specific conference hours are focused on teaching skills for upper-level residents.

Resident stats

How many residents do you accept each year?

We accept six interns each year.

What do you look for in residents?

We look for applicants who are well-rounded people and a good fit for our program. While academic record is considered, we seek applicants who exhibit strong interpersonal skills, a commitment to service, interest in the underserved, compassionate care, and some likelihood of practicing in the service area of Poudre Valley Health System.

Application process

When does your program conduct interviews?

Interviews are conducted November through January.

What are the requirements for international medical graduates (IMG)?

We accept applications from international medical graduates who meet the criteria outlined on our website. For more information, visit the Application page.


What procedures will I learn during residency?

Our program provides training in the following procedures: colposcopy, dermatology procedures, endometrial biopsy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, LEEP, joint aspiration/injection, OB ultrasound, and vasectomy. Our residents have an average of 100-plus deliveries by the time they graduate.

Is there any curriculum about the business aspect of medicine e.g. HMOs, setting up a practice, etc.?

Yes, our residency program offers a nationally-recognized practice management curriculum. During the third year, residents receive instruction from a variety of experts in the business aspects of medicine.

Is there a night float system in place?

Yes, our program offers a night float system for both interns and upper-levels.

What kind of didactic education does your program offer?

We have educational conferences for residents every Monday and Wednesday that focus on various curriculum topics. Residents are active participants in the conference planning committee.

Is education or patient care a priority in clinic?

Both are a priority. Our residency program aims to educate residents while providing world-class health care to patients at the same time.

Is there an emphasis on evidence-based medicine and computer applications in medicine?

Yes. Evidence-based medicine is integrated into many conferences, particularly information mastery and problem-based learning, as well as clinic teaching. Residents receive extensive instruction and experience with computer applications. Patient care is enhanced with our electronic health record. Our clinic and hospital are wireless environments.

Are some rotations done at other hospitals?

The vast majority of hospital experience is at Poudre Valley Hospital. Trauma surgery is done at the nearby Medical Center of the Rockies. For one week in the first year and one month in the second year, residents have a rural rotation in the small eastern Colorado towns of Yuma or Julesburg. Residents complete an orthopedic rotation at Copper Mountain ski area during their third year.

Are time off and funding made available for attending conferences?

Yes, residents are provided funding and five educational days per year to attend conferences or to complete online CME.

Feedback and supervision

How are the interns supervised by senior residents and/or attendings?

Interns are monitored by upper level residents and attendings. They receive feedback and evaluations on a regular basis to understand their progress.

How is feedback provided to residents and how often?

Attendings and upper level residents regularly provide point-of-care feedback to the interns about their performance. Also, written feedback is provided to all residents through electronic evaluations submitted by faculty and preceptors following each rotation, during procedure clinics, and following direct observation during patient visits.

Do residents have substantial responsibility when they take care of private patients?

The hospital medicine team is coordinated by the upper-level resident with faculty backup. Residents are responsible for the care of their own hospitalized patients, with the help of the medicine team.


How diverse is your patient population?

The Family Medicine Center has a diverse mix of patients. Insurance mix of clinic patients: 20 percent commercial; 43 percent Medicaid; 15 percent Medicare; 16 percent uninsured; 6 percent CRDP (Colo. Discount Program). The age mix of clinic patients is 50 percent adults (including OB patients); 29 percent pediatrics; 21 percent geriatrics.

Are you required to speak Spanish?

No. It is not required that you know how to speak Spanish. Bilingual skills are an asset since our clinic frequently takes care of Hispanic patients. The Hispanic population is the largest ethnically diverse population in Fort Collins making up about 11 percent of our community.

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