The Hospitalist Track is a unique track designed to equip the family medicine resident to be a competent adult medicine hospitalist. This innovative track, which will begin with the class of 2017, is the first of its kind within a three year family medicine residency. One resident per year is matched into the Hospitalist Track.
For clinical education, the Hospitalist Track resident rotates with the North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) hospitalists for six weeks during their second year and again for eight weeks during their third year.
There is a two-week inpatient palliative care rotation during the second year. Additional procedural training is done in the simulator lab, an intensive two-day ICU course is completed, imaging is reviewed with radiologists, and the resident responds to all cardiac and stroke codes while in the hospital.
Academically, the Hospitalist Track resident completes all of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) hospital related SAMs, and two of the PPM modules. They also complete the NCFM EKG reading course. When the resident is on the hospitalist service, they attend the daily NCFM inpatient medicine didactic, and deliver one of these didactics weekly.
In order to learn about medical systems, the resident participates for one year each in the Utilization Management, Quality Improvement, and Peer Review NCMC medical staff committees. Throughout the three years, residents attend the monthly Hospitalist Department meetings and other Hospitalist Department functions. The resident performs medication reviews with a pharmacologist, spends time with care coordinators learning about transitions of care, and participates in initial home health care post-hospitalization visits.
The Hospitalist Track resident joins the Society of Hospital Medicine at the beginning of residency. Their capstone project is a hospitalist project. Journal Club articles are a hospitalist topic. The resident attends a hospitalist CME, such as the Society of Hospital Medicine or the American College of Physicians (hospitalist track), during the final year of residency.
The Hospitalist Track curriculum has fewer of the surgical and medical subspecialty rotations than the Core Track. The Hospitalist Track resident completes their continuity clinics at the NCFM core program clinic.
Hospitalist Track Application Process
As with the other tracks, you must apply to the Hospitalist Track through ERAS. The Hospitalist Track has a separate match slot and number from the core program. If you are invited to interview for the Hospitalist Track, plan on spending the entire day in Greeley as you will be interviewing at the Core Program as well as with the hospitalists.
If you have any questions, please contact the program office at North Colorado Family Medicine at (800) 336-6236.