There are multiple outpatient experiences available to complement surgical education provided in the inpatient context. Residents are required to attend clinic at least one half day per week throughout their training.
Downtown Surgery Specialists is the outpatient surgery office for the general surgery faculty. Several different clinics are run out of this office, including GI Foregut Surgery, Acute Care Surgery follow up, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery and Minor Procedures. The resident experience varies from shadowing to an entirely resident run outpatient clinic depending on the service.
The Rainer clinic is a chief-run clinic intended to be a true transition to practice experience. The clinic is named for Gerald Rainer, MD, a renowned Denver cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who mentored countless residents and fellows. The patient population is predominantly underserved patients referred from the other Graduate Medical Education clinics: Caritas Internal Medicine, Brunner Family Medicine and Seton Women's Center, as well as a number of surrounding community clinics. Under the supervision of a surgical faculty member, the chief resident on service sees all of the patients, schedules and performs the operative cases and sees the patients in follow up for a full-circle experience in the perioperative management of patients.