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 information provided for each rural site. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Herzog.

  2. Fill out the Rural Rotation Request form.

  3. Submit the 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.

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Approved Rural Rotation Sites   

  • Mid-valley Family Practice, Basalt

  • Brush Family Medicine, Brush

  • Mountain Medical Clinic, Buena Vista

  • Mark Sindler, MD Family Medicine, Canon City

  • Summit Community Care Clinic, Frisco

  • Middle Park Medical Center, Granby/Kremmling

  • Family Practice of Holyoke, Holyoke

  • Sedgwick County Center, Julesburg

  • Valley-Wide Health Systems, La Junta

  • 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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