Rotations

Fourth-year medical student rotations done with North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Training Program at North Colorado Medical Center (NCMC) are highly participatory and are NOT an observership. Students are expected to take primary responsibility for the patients they are assigned while being actively supported and supervised by attendings and family medicine residents. Daily didactics occur on each respective rotation. Students deliver 1 talk during the 4-week rotation to the other students, residents and faculty on the same service. Additionally, students attend all residency teaching conferences every Wednesday. All family medicine residents and residency faculty who work with a student have the opportunity to evaluate that student. For inpatient rotations, in house overnight call is taken once weekly (4 times) during the 4-week rotation. There is also opportunity to spend limited time observing in the outpatient family medicine residency clinic.

A variety of rotations in many other specialties and subspecialties are available with NCMC staff physicians. NCMC cooperates with the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in training medical students. If you are currently not a University of Colorado or Rocky Vista student and are interested in a rotation in other specialties or subspecialties, please call the Graduate Medical Education offices at (970) 810-2800 to inquire.  

Outpatient Family Medicine

Students act as the primary provider seeing several patients (average 6) throughout the day in the family medicine residency clinic. Students also participate in other clinics (sports medicine clinic, OMT clinic, community health center), skilled nursing facility weekly rounds, and may observe a variety of procedures (obstetric ultrasound, colposcopy, vasectomy, skin procedures, etc). There are no overnight on-call responsibilities.

Inpatient Adult Medicine Subinternship

Students act as the primary provider for several patients each day. They make daily rounds on patients, and participate in the admission process of new patients, both from the emergency department as well as direct admissions, by performing admission histories and physicals. Students assist the family medicine residents with the service throughout the day.

Inpatient Pediatrics Subinternship

Students act as the primary provider for several patients each day. They make daily rounds on patients, and participate in the admission process of new patients, both from the emergency department as well as direct admissions, by performing admission histories and physicals. Students may have limited participation in the neonatal intensive care unit. Students assist the family medicine residents with the service throughout the day.

Inpatient Obstetrics/Newborn Subinternship

Students act as the primary provider for several patients each day by rounding on patients and participating in the care of patients in labor triage, labor and delivery, post-partum and normal newborn nursery. Students frequently receive hands-on experience with cervical checks, intra-uterine pressure catheter insertion, fetal scalp electrode placement, normal vaginal deliveries and perineal laceration repari. Students also participate in the residency's OB Ultrasound Clinic.

Medical Student Course Description

North Colorado Family Medicine (NCFM) regularly accepts medical students for subinternship rotations on the inpatient obstetrics/newborn service. The time spent on the obstetrics and newborn service can usually be tailored to meet the individual student's educational goals and objectives (e.g., some students elect to spend all their time on the obstetrics service).

Medical students are expected to actively participate as follows:

  • Round on patients on postpartum from 6 to 8 a.m.
  • Attend daily morning teaching rounds, which includes the obstetrics chief resident, the pediatrics chief resident, the ICN resident, the obstetrics intern, the inpatient pediatrics intern, the outpatient pediatrics intern, the gynecology intern, and a physician faculty (family medicine or obstetrician/gynecologist). 
  • Share in the labor deck responsibilities, which include formal triage, admission and management of obstetric patients of NCFM, Weld County Health Department, Sunrise Community Health Center and private attendings. Responsibilities also include initial workup, admission and management of newborns to the normal nursery, as well as, intensive care nursery.
  • The level of direct involvement with triage, normal deliveries, etc., will be determined by the individual student's capabilities and previous experience. 
  • Night call will be a minimum of 4 nights during the four week rotation. 
  • Participate in the residency's OB ultrasound clinics and colposcopy clinics.
  • Prepare a talk on a selected topic agreed upon with the residents on service. This will occur once during the 4-week rotation and will be presented during teaching rounds.
  • Attend all residency teaching conferences.
  • There is an opportunity to spend a day in the family medicine residency outpatient clinic as well. 
  • When appropriate and it can be arranged, students may accompany a resident to obstetric, GYN, and family planning clinics held at the Weld County Health Department.
  • All activities are supervised by family medicine residents and physician faculty (family physicians and obstetrician/gynecologist). 

Rural Family Medicine

Third- and fourth-year medical students wishing to do a family medicine rotation at our Rural Program in either Wray or Sterling, Colorado should call (970) 332-4895.