Family Medicine Collaboration in Colorado

In Colorado, three organizations work together to ensure high quality health care for all Coloradans by enhancing access to primary care, including rural and underserved communities, through the training of exceptional family physicians.

Colorado Association of Family Medicine Residencies (CAFMR)

CAFMR provides a forum for program directors to share best practices, problem-solve, and receive advice and professional support from one another. The Association participates in collaborative recruiting with its staff and board, and also shares in residency projects.

The Commission on Family Medicine (COFM)

Established in 1977 by the Colorado state legislature, the Commission on Family Medicine (COFM) strengthens the training of family physicians in Colorado through funding received from the state legislature for the education of family physicians, including family medicine residency programs, rural training tracks, and loan repayment.


The COFM Commission is composed of the Dean of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Parker, Colorado), the Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (Aurora, Colorado), Family Medicine Residency program directors from the ten Colorado Family Medicine residency programs, Governor-appointed citizens from the seven congressional districts, and a representative from the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians.  

The Commission on Family Medicine is also committed to reforming the Medicare GME (graduate medical education) payment system.  More information is available on the GME Initiative website (

Colorado Institute of Family Medicine (CIFM)

The Colorado Institute of Family Medicine (CIFM) includes community leaders to expand financial support for family medicine residency training. The Institute also obtains grant funds to strengthen family medicine residency training in Colorado, and develops projects to strengthen primary care in the state.