Denver Region

Core Site assignments are for year three only. Clerkship placement during year four is based solely on the site’s availability and approval. Students must follow the scheduling protocols outlined by the location and the Clinical Education Guidelines.

Clerkships in the Denver Region offer a wide variety of training opportunities. Each clinical experience is completed with an assigned physician or group of physicians. Students follow these physicians to their affiliated clinics and medical facilities located throughout the metropolitan area.

Hospital statistics are provided below for the primary hospitals in which students may have exposure during years 3 and 4. 

Hospital Statistics

Hospital Name

Total Beds

Admissions

Outpatient Visits

Births

System Affiliation

Avista Adventist Hospital

108

4,203

36,785

2,183

Centura Health

Boulder Community Health

167

6,927

369,237

720

N/A

Boulder Medical Center

N/A

Castle Rock Adventist Hospital

53

3,284

39,165

867

Centura

Colorado Mental Health Institute at Fort Logan

297

Colorado Department of Health and Human Services

Good Samaritan Medical Center

185

11,237

71,544

1,859

SCL Health now Intermountain Healthcare

Littleton Adventist Hospital

159

8,714

53,354

1,525

Centura Health

Lutheran Medical Center

336

13,613

107,398

1,798

SCL Health now Intermountain Healthcare

Medical Center of Aurora

412

16,362

107,982

860

HealthONE

National Jewish Health

76

73

106,870

N/A

National Jewish Health

North Colorado Medical Center

369

8,607

260,667

1,341

Banner Health

North Suburban Medical Center

147

7,470

50,828

HealthONE

Parker Adventist Hospital

163

7,678

76,823

1,129

Centura Health

Platte Valley Medical Center

98

2,989

91,697

740

SCL Health now Intermountain Healthcare

Porter Adventist Hospital

226

7,035

50,048

N/A

Centura Health

Presbyterian St Lukes Medical Center

376

10,061

87,481

1,377

HealthONE

Rose Medical Center

239

11,002

89,681

4,170

HealthONE

St Anthony Hospital

237

11,622

81,701

N/A

Centura Health

St Anthony North Hospital

118

5,862

74,968

932

Centura Health

Saint Joseph Hospital

395

16,657

135,474

3,855

SCL Health now Intermountain Healthcare

Sky Ridge Medical Center

274

14,744

95,279

2,924

HealthONE

Swedish Medical Center

389

19,376

121,048

1,187

HealthONE

UCHealth Memorial Hospital Central

512

23,846

442,929

4,511

UCHealth

Third-Year Clerkships

  • Behavioral Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Child and Adolescent Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Internal Medicine (8 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Women's Health (4 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient
  • Surgery (8 weeks) - Inpatient/Outpatient

This site schedules clinical experiences in four-week increments.

Third-Year Selectives

  • These are clinical experiences completed in addition to the third-year core clerkships.  The student may have some ability to choose from a list of available selective clerkships.  The Core Site determines the selective clerkships available based on the resources at the Core SiteIf applicable, selective opportunities will be communicated to students at the core site’s discretion after the match.

  • Selective clerkship opportunities are not available away from the Core Site during the third year.  Exceptions to this policy may occur for students officially enrolled in the Military and Global Health Tracks or completing third-year selective(s) away from the Core Site as part of the Specialty Track requirements.

Residency Information

Resources & Benefits

  • Facility Resources: Students have access to a call room, classroom with video conference capability, computers, dining room, internet, medical library, phones, printers, secured storage area, shower, study space and WiFi while on duty at some of the hospitals
  • Meal Benefits: Some hospitals offer meal allowances while on duty
  • Housing: Unavailable at this time

Duties & Opportunities

  • Student Duties: Students are required to participate in night call, weekend call and weekend rounds as assigned by the preceptor or service
  • Didactic Opportunities: Students are required to participate in lectures, patient rounds and required reading as assigned
  • OMT/OPP Opportunities: Opportunities for skill development in OMT/OPP is available during some clerkships. OMT/OPP clerkships are also available upon request

Unique Site Characteristics

  • Application through Clinician Nexus required for fourth-year clerkships at HCA facilities
  • Background check required annually
  • BLS and ACLS certifications must be current
  • Copy of Curriculum Vitae (CV), BLS Certification, Driver's License, HIPAA and OSHA Certificates and Medical Insurance Cards required
  • Drug screen required annually
  • Global Track and Military Track students must communicate third-year clerkship obligations to site as soon as the Clerkship Match Process is finalized
  • Orientation provided prior to the first clerkship
  • Speaking Spanish is helpful
  • TB screening required annually (only two-step skin test or blood test accepted)
Once the Clerkship Site Match is finalized for your class, KCU Clinical Education will notify students when contacting clerkship sites directly is permitted.  

Contact Information

  • Core Site Contact: Kris Ritter
  • Regional Assistant Dean:  Scott Primack, DO
Additions or changes to this site's information may occur at any time - information last updated 10.27.22