Drs. Pickard/Dwinnell

The Program

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I'd like to give you a brief introduction into what our Program is all about. This one-year Program is designed to provide a broad-based exposure to clinical medicine to prepare interns for future training. Most interns have already secured a spot in a subspecialty such as Radiology, Anesthesia, Ophthalmology, PM&R, Dermatology or Radiation Oncology by the time they start, though a few are still seeking additional exposure to clinical medicine prior to choosing a career path. We participate in ERAS. You can find us under The Colorado Health Foundation Transitional Program.

Our Program is purposely flexible to meet the needs of this diverse group. Fundamental clinical skills are attained through required rotations on Internal Medicine Wards/ICU at P/SL, Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and a variable combination of Orthopedics, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Outpatient Internal Medicine and/or Adolescent Medicine. Depending upon elective choices, fundamental clinical skills may be fine-tuned on rotations such as Cardiology, Community-based ER, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Oncology, Geriatrics and others. Everyone rotates through an innovative Business of Medicine month. It explores peripheral areas of practicing medicine that are critical to a successful practice, yet almost completely ignored in formal training. We take pride in promoting the inherent sense of altruism our interns possess, not only by the way we approach patient care, but also through unique opportunities in caring for the underserved and providing community service. More details are available in the Program Specifics section.

Most rotations are done at PSLMC, a community-based tertiary care center and Colorado's largest inpatient facility with specialty centers such as Limb Preservation, Cardiology, Wound Care / Hyperbarics, Bone Marrow Transplant, Sleep Disorders, Neonatology, Infant and Children's Hospital and others. Situated in downtown Denver, it serves as a major teaching hospital for Internal Medicine residents and is integrated with the University of Colorado Program.

We recruit outstanding candidates from medical schools around the country. We do not advertise widely, as word-of-mouth recommendations, reputation, proximity to family, recreational opportunities / general locale and the number of specialty training Programs at UCHSC consistently provide plenty of high-quality applicants. Though about 1/3 of residents completing the Program continue training at UCHSC, the remainder are scattered across the country. We are fully accredited by the ACGME.


Majestically situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Denver area's 2,000,000 people are generally a hearty, prosperous, well-educated group. Denver is the state capitol and a hub for telecommunications, the aerospace industry and is second only to New Hampshire in concentration of information technology companies. Denver has the world's largest airport, second largest theatre complex and is second only to Washington DC in terms of college graduates per capita. With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, sports are very popular, both for participants (skiing, team sports, golf) and spectators (Avalanche, Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, Rapids, college teams).

About Dr. Pickard

As the Program Director for the TY program, I work closely with Dr. Dwinnell. I am a board certified internist and hold a full-time faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Colorado-Denver Medical School. I received my M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and completed my medical residency in Rochester, NY. I then did a fellowship in General Internal Medicine in Colorado. I have been on the faculty since completing my fellowship. I have lived and worked in Colorado since 1981 and became one of the core teaching faculty at Presbyterian/St. Luke's in 1997. I feel extremely fortunate to work with such an outstanding group of young professionals.

About Dr. Dwinnell

In 2006, The Colorado Health Foundation provided me the incredible opportunity to join the outstanding teaching faculty at Presbyterian St. Luke's as the Director of Graduate Medical Education. I am a Board Certified general internist and although the vast majority of my time is spent concentrating on our educational efforts, I also continue to work in a house staff based primary care practice that cares primarily for an underserved population. Prior to joining the teaching faculty at P/SL, I completed medical school at Dartmouth, my residency training and chief residency at the University of Colorado and then stayed on as faculty for 11 years. Medical education has always been the focus of my career. I served as a course director for several courses for medical students and participated in resident education as well. I am married to an OB/GYN and we have 3 children who are the best part of every day. Outside of work I enjoy golf, skiing, music and I am a novice wine collector.


After your application, dean's letter, transcript, board scores and three letters of recommendation from faculty are received and reviewed (early November), you will be notified through your ERAS email account if you have been invited for an interview. Please contact April, our department manager, to set up an interview. The limited number of interview dates we offer each year are filled on a "first come-first served" basis. Please be considerate of other candidates and only respond if you are sincerely interested in our training program.