We invest in training and recruiting health professionals to deliver integrated primary care with the goal of improving access and quality for Coloradans. Research shows that primary care is less expensive and delivers equal or better outcomes than specialty care alone. Primary care providers can include family physicians, internists, pediatricians, obstetricians/gynecologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Currently, there is a shortage of primary care professionals (as well as mental and oral health providers) at national and state levels — particularly in underserved areas. The shortage is compounded by an increasing demand for health services and declining interest in primary care careers.
To improve recruitment and retention of primary care health professionals throughout the state, we devote a portion of our assets to medical education programs.
In addition to medical education programs, we invest in nonprofits that attract and train health professionals in order to strengthen the delivery of comprehensive, person-centered primary care.
We fund physician training that educates physicians to provide integrated care and work in team-based, patient-centered medical homes. We fund two family medicine residency programs, located at Rose Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center, and also fund the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL) Medical Center. Our academic partner for primary care residencies, the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine, is located on the world-renowned Anschutz Medical Campus.
Each year, 18 of 54 residents-in-training graduate from one of the three residency programs. On average, 10 of those graduating residents remain in Colorado and practice.
Our programs include the following:
- CU's Internal Medicine Residency at P/SL — Geared for future internists, this program prides itself on providing trainees with the freedom to individualize their residency rotation selections according to their educational needs. With a formal Primary Care Track more than 20 years old, the primary care residency is one of the nation's most recognized programs of its kind. The residency is transitioning to an electronic medical record to become a model training program for the 21stcentury.
- Highlands P/SL's Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency — One of the most competitively based residencies in the country, the goal of this three-year program is to produce the most highly trained physicians in podiatric medicine and surgery.
- P/SL's Transitional Year Internship — This one-year training program at P/SL provides first-year residents with broad-based exposure to clinical medicine to prepare them for further training in specialty areas such as radiology, anesthesia, ophthalmology, radiation oncology, dermatology, physical medicine and rehabilitation.
- Rose Family Medicine — Based in Denver, Rose has trained specialists in family medicine for more than 40 years under the guidance of its faculty -- nationally recognized for teaching and scholarship. In keeping with its longstanding leadership position, Rose is a Level III NCQA patient-centered medical home and is transforming its culture to one of integrated care, patient centeredness and safety. Additionally, Rose Family Medicine serves as an active teaching site for the University of Colorado Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.
- Swedish Family Medicine — Founded in 1994, this program strives to enhance the quality of resident training through curriculum innovation, intensive faculty involvement and comprehensive, integrated and patient-centered care. The program is transitioning to a patient-centered medical home model and launching an electronic medical record.