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The Commission on Family Medicine and the Colorado Association of Family Medicine Residencies jointly administer the rural rotation program for the Colorado Family Medicine Residencies.

All family medicine residents training in Colorado are required to complete a one-month rotation in a rural or under-served community. The rotation is a significant component of a family physician’s training in Colorado. The Rural/Under-served rotation is a collaborative effort of the ten family medicine residencies and Colorado’s community practices. The purpose of the rotation is for the resident to experience first-hand the challenges and rewards of being a competent family physician in a rural and medically under-served setting with limited medical resources. Additionally, this experience exposes the resident to the qualities of community life, such as local pride in and support of its hospital, schools, churches and community events and activities. This rotation offers the resident the opportunity to draw upon her/his accumulated pool of knowledge in a real-life setting some distance from the training program.


Rural rotations are completed during the resident's PGY-2 or PGY-3 year. 

Rural Rotation Request Process 

(Please do not contact the rural sites directly for scheduling.)

  1. Review the Rural Rotation Highlights document.  

  2. Fill out the Resident Rural Rotation Request form.

  3. Submit your Rural Rotation Request form to your Family Medicine Residency Program Coordinator.


In certain circumstances, residents may request to complete a local, under-served rotation in lieu of traveling to a rural rotation site. Please see the Exception Request form for additional information.

If you have any questions, please contact Julie Herzog.

Approved Rural Rotation Sites   

Mid-valley Family Practice, Basalt

Mountain Medical Center of Buena Vista, Buena Vista

Brush Family Medicine, Brush

Desert River Family Medicine, Canon City

Southwest Medical Group, Cortez

Summit Community Care Clinic, Frisco

Middle Park Medical Center, Granby/Kremmling

Family Practice of Holyoke, Holyoke

Delta Health, Delta/Hotchkiss

Valley-Wide Health Systems, La Junta

Pioneers Medical Center, Meeker

Pagosa Springs Medical Center, Pagosa Springs

Grand River Hospital District, Rifle

First Street Family Health, Salida

                 Yuma Clinic, Yuma               


Contact Julie Herzog

Director of Operations and Programs

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