Core Program residents do their rotations at North Colorado Medical Center and have their Family Medicine Clinic at North Colorado Family Medicine Clinic. The Core Program accepts 6 residents every year. Residents in the Core Program receive broad-spectrum training that is conducive to a future practice in any setting. This training is especially beneficial for residents considering a future in rural and international medicine.
The patient population at North Colorado Family Medicine is primarily underinsured, uninsured, Medicare and Medicaid patients. There is a large Latino population including both Spanish-speaking only and English-speaking patients. This correlates with a 32% Hispanic population locally. While an in-house Spanish translator is readily available, this patient population allows bilingual residents to use their Spanish skills.
North Colorado Family Medicine offers medical student rotations, and we encourage students considering a career in family medicine and those considering applying to North Colorado Family Medicine to consider doing a rotation with us. For inquiries into arranging a fourth-year medical student rotation, review the medical student rotations and/or contact North Colorado Family Medicine at (970) 810-2800.
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Academically, the Hospitalist Program resident completes all of the American Board of Family Medicine hospital related Knowledge Self-assessments, and 2 of the Performance Improvement modules. They also complete the North Colorado Family Medicine EKG reading course. When the resident is on the hospitalist service, they attend the daily North Colorado Family Medicine inpatient medicine didactic, and deliver one of these didactics weekly. The Hospitalist Program accepts 1 resident physician every year.
If you have any questions, please contact the program office (970) 810-2800.
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Resident physicians in the Sterling Rural Training Track spend their first year training with the Core Program in Greeley, Colorado with their continuity clinic occurring at North Colorado Family Medicine. These first 12 months of training are arranged in block rotations. They then move to Sterling, Colorado for the remainder of their training. The Sterling Rural Training Track Program accepts 2 resident physicians every year.
The curriculum while in Sterling is arranged in longitudinal fashion. Each workday begins with rounding on inpatients followed by a discussion of these patients, as well as interesting patients seen overnight in the emergency department, with the hospitalist and the family physician covering inpatient pediatrics. Most days are then spent in continuity clinic. Sterling resident physicians work with other specialists, both local and visiting, on a longitudinal basis.
While in Sterling, residents will take call every fourth day for a 24-hour shift (from home at night). Call duties will include performing admissions, interesting emergency department patients and obstetrical deliveries. Post-call resident physicians will have the day off following morning rounds. This longitudinal curricular approach leads to a tremendous experience in both rural continuity clinic and rural emergency department coverage while still meeting all ACGME requirements for training in other disciplines.
While training in Sterling, residents participate with their classmates back in Greeley for Wednesday afternoon didactics, alternating between traveling back to Greeley once per month for this activity and, at other times, participating via audiovisual conferencing technology. As this program is relatively new, we do not have estimates as to the number of procedures one may anticipate performing, but we believe the types and numbers of procedures would be very similar to those experienced in our Wray Rural Training Track Program.
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About Sterling Regional MedCenter
Sterling Regional MedCenter has provided medical care to residents of northeastern Colorado and the surrounding area since 1938.
The 25-bed acute-care hospital offers a full range of health care services and a staff dedicated to providing patients with comprehensive, quality care close to home.
The hospital offers cutting-edge technology such as Banner Telehealth, a remote monitoring system and an intelligent OB program, a computerized system designed to reduce the chance of complications during labor.
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Resident physicians in the Wray Rural Training Track Program spend their first 15 months training with the Core Program in Greeley, Colorado with their continuity clinic occurring at North Colorado Family Medicine. These first 15 months of training are arranged in block rotations. In September of their second year of training, the resident moves to Wray, Colorado for the remainder of their residency training. The curriculum while in Wray is arranged in longitudinal fashion. Each workday begins with rounding on inpatients followed by a discussion of these patients, as well as interesting patients seen overnight in the emergency department, with the entire local medical community. Most days are then spent in continuity clinic. Wray resident physicians work with visiting specialists on a longitudinal basis. The Wray Rural Training Track program accepts 1 resident physician every year.
Second-year resident physicians cover the emergency department for 10 24-hour shifts per month (from home at night) and third year resident physicians do 8 24-hour shifts per month. This longitudinal curricular approach leads to a tremendous experience in both rural continuity clinic and rural emergency department coverage while still meeting all ACGME requirements for training in other disciplines.
While training in Wray, residents participate with their classmates back in Greeley for Wednesday afternoon didactics, alternating between traveling back to Greeley once per month for this activity and, at other times, participating via audiovisual conferencing technology. Graduates of the Wray Rural Training Track typically perform about 80 C-sections, 180 total deliveries, 200 colonoscopies, 100 EGD’s as well as exercise cardiac stress tests, OB ultrasound, a high volume of fracture management, tubal ligations, colposcopy, electrical cardioversion, thrombolytics for acute myocardial infarction and stroke, among many other procedures.
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About the Hospital and Clinic
The Wray Community District Hospital opened in 1995 and is a 15-bed critical access hospital with Level IV trauma services. It is a model rural hospital with 2 operating rooms, a 2-bay emergency room, radiology including CT scanner and mammography, cardiac rehabilitation center and other ancillary services. It also serves as the site for frequent specialty clinics.
The Wray Clinic is a 10,000 square-foot clinic connected to the hospital that opened in 2003. It contains 16 exam rooms, 2 procedure rooms and a lab. It also serves as the site for frequent specialty clinics including audiology, cardiology, dermatology, ear, nose and throat, gynecology, hematology/oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, podiatry, pulmonology and urology.
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Sunrise Community Health Center Program residents spend their family medicine outpatient clinic time (continuity experience) at Sunrise Monfort Family Clinic, rather than at the main residency family medicine clinic.
The curriculum for the Sunrise Community Health Center Program resident is otherwise identical to the Core Program residents, with the same inpatient and specialty rotations, conferences, meetings and shared-call schedule. The Sunrise Community Health Center Program accepts 2 residents every year.
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A Community Health Center Setting
The environment at Sunrise Community Health Center is particularly well suited for the physician who plans to practice in a community health center setting and provides a unique opportunity to serve people of Latino, Somali and Burmese language and culture. It is not a requirement that the Sunrise Community Health Center Program resident be bilingual, however it is helpful. Residents have their own patient panels and are precepted by Sunrise Community Health Center physicians. A library is provided at Sunrise Community Health Center. There are also regular visits by behavioral science faculty from the core program.
Sunrise Community Health Center Facts
- Founded in 1973
- Federally funded community and migrant health center
- 65 percent Hispanic patient population
- 50 percent monolingual Spanish patient population
- Growing immigrant population (especially from Somalia and Myanmar/Burma)
If you have any questions, please contact our program office at (970) 810-2800.
To provide training tailored toward each resident's future practice, we have designed four optional tracks, from which a resident can choose. These tracks are offered to residents in all programs.
Many of our residents and faculty have a strong interest in international medicine. Every year, about half of each class does away or elective rotations abroad.
Each resident's goals helps determine their rotations. Our residents’ rotations include public health in India, obstetrics in the Congo, medical Spanish in Guatemala and medical missions in Honduras.
Our residency program's broad-based procedural training helps develop residents' skills to provide care in rural and international settings.