Optional Tracks

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. 

Advanced Maternity Care Track

For residents interested in learning and including operative OB in their future practice, this track starts during the second year of residency and occurs in a longitudinal fashion during the second and third years.

Involvement in the Advanced Maternity Care Track includes taking 2 to 3 cesarean-section home calls during the months when you are not on service. It also involves an advanced maternity care month during the third year (instead of one of the electives) where there will be added opportunity to get involved in surgeries, OB ultrasound, and high-risk OB management. At the end of residency, the resident should have more than 110 cesareans with half of them as the primary surgeon.

Global Health Track

The purpose of the Global Health Track is to foster increased understanding and involvement in domestic and international cross-cultural health care. There are monthly evening meetings that are open to anyone that include a variety of guest speakers, workshops, articles and “book club” discussions about various global health topics. For those residents completing this track, they must be the speaker at least once at a monthly meeting. Six independent study modules from the Institute of International Medicine must be completed. Active contribution to local cross-cultural service-learning projects, and completion of a 4-week, cross-cultural service-learning immersion experience either domestically or internationally are highlights of the track. Residents must commit to the Global Health Track by the beginning of their second year at North Colorado Family Medicine.

Hospitalist Track

This track is designed to equip the family medicine resident with the knowledge and skills to have increased competency as an adult medicine hospitalist upon graduation from North Colorado Family Medicine. Two elective blocks are used during the third year of residency to rotate with the North Colorado Medical Center hospitalists. Additional procedural training is arranged in the simulator lab. Academic requirements include an EKG reading course, completing several American Board of Family Medicine hospital related modules, attending a hospitalist CME, and joining the Society of Hospital Medicine. Residents in the Hospitalist Track also participate in the Quality Improvement and Peer Review committees at North Colorado Medical Center, perform medication reviews with a pharmacologist, work with care coordinators to learn about transitions of care, and do post-hospitalization follow-up visits in the North Colorado Family Medicine clinic and in the community setting. Residents must commit to the Hospitalist Track by the beginning of their second year at North Colorado Family Medicine.

Sports Medicine Track

The Sports Medicine Track is available to residents with an interest in Primary Care Sports Medicine as a part of their future practice. Whether they desire to pursue a fellowship or simply hope to further their knowledge in Sports Medicine during residency, there are many opportunities at North Colorado Family Medicine. Through rotations, longitudinal experiences, academic pursuits, and coverage of athletic events and teams including high school, recreational, and Division I teams, this path gives the resident the opportunity to gain a greater competency in caring for athletes and musculoskeletal issues.

During the intern year, the interested residents meet with Sports Medicine faculty. Together they begin mapping out a curriculum that aligns their individual goals and objectives.

In addition to the orthopedic rotations done by all residents at North Colorado Family Medicine, residents on this path complete a Sports Medicine elective during their second and/or third year of residency (oftentimes at potential fellowship matches). With the addition of musculoskeletal ultrasound, the resident has the option of taking part in the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound rotation during one of their elective months during their third year.

There is a multitude of opportunity for athletic coverage in the Greeley, Colorado area. Residents get experience working with University of Northern Colorado Division I athletes in the training room and on the sidelines. The resident also may be matched with a local high school to serve as the team doctor. In addition to the local school sporting events, there are numerous other mass events in the Greeley area that the residents will have the opportunity to staff and coordinate, including roller derby bouts, senior events, the Greeley Triathlon, Colorado Special Olympics events and others.

Residents involved in this track are strongly encouraged to pursue their academic interests in Sports Medicine as well. They will be encouraged to remain active in American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and/or American College of Sports Medicine, and faculty will assist in seeking out conferences, presentations, and research opportunities as they fit with the resident’s specific interests. Each resident is provided an annual CME stipend and 5 days that can be utilized towards conference attendance and organizational membership.