Application and Benefits

How to Apply

As a new program, our application will be open in the ERAS system in NOVEMBER. Please contact us here at if you’re interested in applying, and we will make sure to send you an email with our ERAS number as soon as we receive it..

We only accept applications through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application System). We ask all applicants to address why they are applying to our residency program with a focus in community medicine within their personal statement. Please review the rest of this page for additional information about required application materials.

Applications should include the following:

  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), or “Dean's letter”
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX (Steps 1 and 2) transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from a family physician)
  • A personal statement: Within your personal statement, you must include why our program is a good fit for you and your career goals. This can be added as an additional paragraph within your personal statement or can be infused within your statement.


Application Criteria

Thank you for considering applying to our program. Please review the following application criteria.

  • Specific USMLE or COMLEX scores are not required, but applicants who have passed all exams on their first attempt will be given preference.
  • We prefer that one of the three letters of recommendation be from a U.S. physician who has worked with you long enough to attest to your clinical skills. A letter from a U.S. family physician is strongly encouraged.
  • We give preference to International Medical Graduates who are ECFMG certified at the time of application.
  • We strongly encourage applicants to have at least one year of hands-on clinical experience in the U.S, defined as being paid to provide patient care as a physician or participating in a program where the applicant is providing direct patient care under supervision and performance is formally evaluated.
  • Applicants must have graduated from medical school within the past five years.
  • Applicants should not have a gap in providing patient care as a physician of more than two years since completing their medical education.
  • Residents in our program must be either a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow the resident to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. At this time, our program cannot support residents with a visa.
  • Please note: Denver Health requires all new medical residents and other employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date.



Interview Process

In 2023-2024, all interviews will be conducted virtually, as directed by GME leadership.

Interviews will take place on Mondays from 9am-12pm MST, and Tuesdays from 12-3pm MST.

We are awaiting our ERAS number, and will immediately begin accepting and reviewing applications as soon as possible, with the plan to send interview invites promptly. If you want to be alerted as to when we are live in ERAS, please email us at

We will also invite interviewees to additional virtual events to better get to know our residents, faculty, and program during interview season. We hope to host optional, non-evaluative site visits in early 2024 to give applicants an opportunity to visit our program in-person to get to know our community and training program. These site visits will be for the applicant's benefit only and will not be considered in our ranking decisions.



Stipends (Academic Year 2023-2024*)

  • PGY1 = $65,665/year
  • PGY2 = $67,870/year
  • PGY3 = $70,318/year
  • PGY4 = $74,421/year

*Stipends do not include up to $1,000 supplement for metric achievement in the GME Quality & Safety Incentive Program.


Denver Health Family Medicine Residents are employees of Denver Health and receive competitive benefits including multiple health and dental plan options, a vision plan, flexible spending accounts, life and disability insurance, retirement plans with a Denver Health matching contribution, free EcoPass for all RTD bus and light rail services, and other excellent benefit options. Contact the Family Medicine Residency for a current benefits guide.

In addition to these employee benefits, Denver Health Family Medicine Residents receive:

  • Free parking
  • Free membership to the fitness center on campus
  • Mental health resources
  • Expedited primary care appointment scheduling
  • 6 weeks paid leave of absence for qualifying events
  • 15 days of paid time off annually
  • Educational stipends for materials and/or conferences
  • All residents receive 1 week of paid vacation every year
  • Interns have a week off at the end of their PGY1 year that is unpaid. Benefits are still received during this time. This "intern week" is from 6/23-6/30. PGY2 year commences on 7/1.
  • At the beginning of each year, we hold a half-day retreat either in the mountains or at a park in the city with games and a family BBQ. It’s a great chance for everyone to get to know the new interns.

Health Insurance:

  • Denver Health offers 3 health insurance plans with different levels of coverage and treatment options. Each plan includes dental, and a $350 vision reimbursement every 2 years. Additional vision insurance is available for purchase at low cost.
  • if you’d like more information please see the enrollment guide.

Retirement Benefits

  • Denver Health employees do not pay into Social Security. Employees are required to contribute 6.2% of their eligible pay, and Denver Health contributes 6% into a 401(a) account through Fidelity Investments. Denver Health matches voluntary contributions to a 457(b) account up to 3.5%.