Bruner Family Medicine Clinic

The Bruner Family Medicine Center Clinic is a busy, full-service family medicine clinic with a diverse patient population. We are a Joint Commission certified Patient Centered Medical Home focused on providing care for all individuals regardless of ability to pay for services. We are committed to caring for the underserved and many of our patients have limited access to care. Approximately one-third of our patients are uninsured and unable to obtain health insurance, 45% have Medicaid, 16% are commercially insured, and 14% have Medicare. Approximately one-half of our patients are Spanish speaking and we have a number of employees who are bilingual in Spanish. We have medical interpretation services which are readily available to help us care for our patients.

Bruner Family Medicine is one of three clinics that make up Uptown Community Health Center or UCHC (the others being Seton Women's Clinic and Caritas Clinic). UCHC has Federally Qualified Health Center look-alike status. As an FQHC Look-Alike, we operate under a governing board that includes patients and other community members. We teach and use a highly team-based approach to care, encouraging all of our care team providers, from medical assistants (MAs) to physicians to work at the top of their licenses. You will work alongside MAs, care managers, clinical pharmacists, registered nurses, registered dietician, diabetic educator, addiction counselor, and clinical psychologists.

We focus on providing our resident physicians with experience working in an innovative clinic that is designed to teach them skills to care for patients in a wide variety of future practice environments. We offer a number of specialty clinics which you will rotate through during training. These provide in-depth exposure to certain patient populations, conditions and procedures. You will also see many of these patients in your own clinic throughout residency and will be able to use your training to care for your patients in your continuity clinic. Our specialty clinics include:

  • Gynecologic procedures
  • Sports medicine
  • Senior clinic
  • Surgical procedures
  • Obstetric ultrasound
  • Colposcopy/LEEP
  • OMT (osteopathic manipulative therapy)
  • PharmD clinic
  • MAT (medication-assisted treatment) clinic for substance use disorder

Residency Mission Statement

Provide our resident physicians with outstanding, progressive, and compassionate graduate medical education in primary care; deliver high quality and full-spectrum care to all patients; and foster a learning culture that advocates for social justice and health equity.

Where We Train

Saint Joseph Hospital

Residents spend a significant portion of their training at Saint Joseph Hospital in downtown Denver. Saint Joseph Hospital was founded in Denver in 1873 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL), an order of Catholic nuns, and started training residents in 1893. We moved into a beautiful new hospital in December 2014. Saint Joseph Hospital has achieved Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and quality patient care and is ranked in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for patient experience by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Press-Ganey.

Our residents work in a variety of settings here including the Emergency Department, Intensive and Intermediate Care Units, Surgical Care, Newborn Nursery/NICU, and Labor and Delivery. Our residents frequently work alongside our resident colleagues in the three other residencies at Saint Joseph Hospital: OB-GYN, Internal Medicine, and General Surgery. The 3rd floor of the hospital is dedicated to medical staff services and residency education, with a state-of-the-art simulation center, medical library, physician workrooms, and provider cafeteria.

In 2022, SCL Health merged with Intermountain Health, another nonprofit health system, to provide care to communities in seven states across the Mountain West. Saint Joseph Hospital retains its strong sense of community and its Catholic identity, which is manifest in our commitment to whole-person care, recognizing the inherent dignity in all people, and caring for all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Read more about Catholic Care at Saint Joseph Hospital.

Bruner Family Medicine/Midtown Medical Office Building

Bruner Family Medicine Clinic is located less than a mile east of Downtown Denver and is right across the street from Saint Joseph Hospital in the Uptown neighborhood. The clinic is connected to our residency offices and conference room and is where residents see their own patients and get the majority of the outpatient training. In addition, our residents do some rotations at the OB-GYN residency clinic (Seton Women’s Medical Center) and General Surgery residency clinic (Rainer Clinic). All of these clinics focus on providing comprehensive care for the underserved population of Denver.

Children's Hospital Colorado

First year residents complete a 1 month rotation at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHC) in Aurora, CO. This prestigious intuition was recently rated the #1 pediatric hospital in the region and top 10 in the nation. Residents work with University of Colorado pediatrics residents and pediatricians to care for hospitalized pediatric patients, including pediatric patients with complex medical histories.

Residents return to CHC in their second year for their outpatient pediatrics rotation, during which residents rotate through a variety of specialty pediatrics clinics, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Complex Care, and the Feeding and Swallowing Program. Additional elective opportunities are available to interested residents, including management of LARC and other family planning methods at the Adolescent Medicine Clinic.

Denver Health

First year residents rotate for 1 month at the Pediatric Emergency Department and Urgent Care (PEDUC) at Denver Health, a 19-bed, 24-hour emergency room and urgent care just for children. Our residents work with University of Colorado pediatrics residents and Denver Health Emergency Medicine Residents to see a high volume of pediatric patients in a fast paced acute care setting. Residents are supervised by pediatricians and emergency medicine physicians.

Residents return to Denver Health in their second and third years to rotate for their orthopedics and dermatology rotations. Additional elective opportunities are available to interested residents.

Kaiser Permanente

IMH Health maintains a close relationship with Kaiser Permanente, and our residents have access to many learning opportunities through this partnership. During the second and third years, residents have the opportunity to rotate in a number of outpatient Kaiser clinics, including Minor Procedures, Dermatology, Cardiology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Allergy, ENT, Infectious Disease, and more!

Briarwood Health Care Center

Starting in the second year, residents are scheduled one-half day each month to see patients at Briarwood Health Care Center. Residents are supervised by SJH Family Medicine faculty. This rotation provides a longitudinal geriatrics experience and training to how to best care for patients in long-term care.

Tepeyac Community Health Center

Located in north Denver, Clínica Tepeyac was founded in 1993 after a community needs project revealed the residents of this area faced many barriers to healthcare access, and consequently suffered a higher burden of poor health care outcomes. Clínica Tepeyac provides a multitude of resources for their patients, including serving a high volume of obstetric and Spanish speaking patients. All OB- track residents rotate regularly at Clinica Tepeyac throughout their residency, and any interested residents have the opportunity to rotate here as well.

Winter Park and Aspen Snowmass

Upper-level residents have the opportunity to complete a trauma focused rotation at either Winter Park or Aspen Snowmass. Residents stay in provided housing and work alongside family medicine and emergency medicine physicians at the mountain based clinics to care for acute injuries and illnesses.