Uptown Academics

What is a Culture of Inquiry?

Leveraging a wide range of relevant data and diverse opinions to support deeper learning

Providing frequent opportunities for individuals to explore data together and engage in an open, honest and collaborative dialog on strengthening the institution and learner outcomes

Creating a safe environment for exploration, where information is not used to shame or punish and mistakes are seen as learning opportunities

Utilizing an ongoing process of exploration to expand the collective knowledge base of a practice to better understand how to strengthen conditions for increased levels of student and resident success


The Culture of Inquiry and Learning at Uptown Primary Care

Learning in our practice occurs many ways, from conversations between students/residents/faculty during patient sign-outs, to didactic pre-clinic conferences on common conditions seen in a general internal medicine practice, to frequent clinical pearls posted on social media such as Twitter.

Uptown Primary Care seeks to create an immersive and open learning environment for all students and residents to learn not only the principles of the practice of general internal medicine, but also to learn skills in clinical operations that will allow you to successfully practice general internal medicine.

When you complete your training at Uptown Primary Care, you will be an excellent General Internal Medicine physician and you will also be prepared to serve as the next generation of medical directors and leaders in the field of General Internal Medicine.

Pre-Clinic Conferences

Pre-Clinic conferences are held from 12:15PM to 12:45PM every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

These conferences focus on clinically relevant topics and provide faculty, residents and students an opportunity for a practical review and open discussion of clinical topics relevant to the practice of outpatient general internal medicine. Diabetes, hypertension, and depression management, vaccinations and cancer/preventive medicine screening tests, sleep apnea, update of Medicare/Medicaid and weight loss management are just a few of the topics covered throughout the academic year.

Dedicated Quality Improvement (QI) Sessions

Team QI projects ongoing at Uptown Primary Care are Diabetes Management, Advanced Directives, Depression Management, Asthma Management and Pain Management.

Each week, the team working on a particular QI project will meet as a group on Monday from 12:15PM to 12:45PM to review goals of the project and to develop a plan to further develop and achieve the goals of the project. After this weekly meeting, every resident is given protected time to work individually on their team’s Quality Improvement (QI) project.

A faculty champion is available to work with each resident during this protected time to further their knowledge and understanding of the principles of QI, and will use didactics, online resources and hands-on examples to illustrate these principles.

The Internal Medicine Program expects that the resident will produce a deliverable product at the end of the academic year that demonstrates understanding of the principles of QI and how to complete a QI project. This can be in the form of a QI H&P, a QI Initiative Summary, an abstract, a poster, or an oral or written presentation.

Our residents also have the opportunity to attend and participate in QI events that occur throughout the state of Colorado, including the Colorado Health Foundation Annual Health Symposium, the Society of General Internal Medicine Mountain West Regional Meeting, and the Colorado PCMH Residency Project Learning Collaborative.

Quality Improvement and Research Presentations/Publications

Creating an Intensive Care Management Team and Identifying High Risk Patients in an Academic General Internal Medicine Practice.

Scott V Joy, MD, Lynn Haley, Leanne Clark, Michael Masse, Katey Morris, PharmD, Alyssa Nash, MD, Meghan Hayes, MD, Steve Mack, MD



Creating a Checklist to Use During Team Huddle Times To Optimize Practice Efficiency and Care Management.

Scott V Joy, MD, Eric Martin, MD, Carly Byrne, Oswaldo Herrnandez, Geraldo Caldera Rosales, Lucy Llamas


Training Medical Assistants to Work in a Patient Centered Medical Home.

Oswaldo Hernandez, Judith Hamlin, Gerardo Caldera-Rosales, Scott Joy, MD, Brian Dwinnell, MD


Developing a Process and Procedure to Increase the Number of Transition of Care Visits Completed in an Academic General Internal Medicine Practice. 

Ryan Loeblich, Scott Joy, MD


Creating a Checklist to Optimize Transitional Care Management between Hospitalists and a Patient Centered Medical Home .

Scott V. Joy, MD, Erin Marcum, MD, Jon Manheim, MD, E. Kelly Griffey, Katie Arvidson, Sharon Kahn-Kahn, RN