Resident Life at Swedish Family Medicine



Developing relationships with your peers and the medical community is just as important as developing your skills at practicing medicine. Our residency program offers you the opportunity to do both in a warm, supportive environment in one of the most beautiful states! When you are not at work, there is also plenty to do both indoors and out. Read below for some of the great opportunities and experiences our residents have had.

The 2016 Colorado Health Symposium

With the theme “The Healthiest State: Making Connections,” the 2015 Symposium explored innovative technologies, practices and policies that help us better align systems, activate communities and connect our values with actions to achieve the optimal state of health. Check out more about the TCHF Symposium on their website. Back to Front: Heather Posener, LSW, Bradford Winslow, M.D., Anne Gerber, LCSW, Carmen Vandal, M.D....

Resident Retreat at Silverthorne, Colorado

Each July, residents and their families sneak away for a weekend to Summit Peaks Lodge located in beautiful Silverthorne, Colorado.  Residents spend time learning about each other and their families.  Time is devoted to interactive activities, exercise, enjoying the tranquil surroundings and panoramic views and discussions about how to balance medical responsibilities and personal well-being.  The resident retreat is a highlight of the year for all residents because it is the one time of the year when all residents can share quality time together....

Intern Retreat

Each year we sneak away to get to know the interns a little better. We spend time learning about each other’s family and culture, exploring our Myers-Briggs preference types, and discussing how to balance medical responsibilities and personal well-being. We then head outdoors for some fresh air, sunshine (360 days of the year in CO) and exercise. The intern retreat is a highlight of residency for each class because it gives interns an opportunity to get to know their classmates for the next three years. Previous years have included visits to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, and currently we visit the beautiful Chatfield Botanic Gardens, located in Littleton,...

Working in Ecuador

September 15, 2014: Swedish Family Medicine Residency Program has worked in partnership with Camp Hope for the last 10 years providing medical care to the local community. Dr. Meagan McBryde, Class of 2015, wrote up this great review of the trip, and shared with us some great photos Dan, Dr.Cooper and I returned from a two week adventure in Quito, Ecuador. It was amazing! We spent approximately a week providing medical care for kids, staff and families associated with “Camp Hope.” The rest of our work time was spent providing medical care in various community locations including two different orphanages, a community center for the indigenous families that work in the local markets, and a shelter for teen moms. While we all speak some Spanish, we also had translators and coordinators that helped assure things ran smoothly. They provided us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the culture while also keeping us safe. Although we did not have the same resources we do in the States, we took the time to provide advice, listen to their stories, hold a hand or give an embrace. Of course, we also made some time for fun! We took advantage of many of the cultural experiences that Quito has to offer including visiting gold-laden cathedrals, climbing to the top of bell towers for amazing city views, eating out in a pedestrian-only restaurant row called ‘La Ronda’, running in the city park, visiting the botanic gardens and reptile zoo, bargaining for goods in the local artisan market, and visiting the massive statue of ‘The Virgin of Quito’ towering over the city. We ventured out...
Nearly 300 Days of Sunshine

Colorado enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine a year. That means there’s a good chance that your days off will be gorgeous, whether it is winter or summer. The SFMR facilities are a short drive away from crystal clear mountain lakes, rugged hiking trails, and wide open prairies, so you are sure to find yourself in the middle of nature!