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Department of Pediatrics Medical Education - Student Program

Department of Pediatrics, UCSOM

Pediatric Electives and Sub-internships


Welcome to Pediatrics


The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics is proud to offer 25 sub-internship and elective courses for fourth year medical students interested in Pediatric clinical experiences. Our courses are generally four weeks in length and are structured to gauge a student's clinical abilities based on six core competencies. These courses are appropriate for students who are interested in Pediatrics and supplemental to students who are pursuing other specialties.

Our courses provide students with exposure to all aspects of pediatrics including general academic pediatrics, sub-specialized care, inpatient medicine, emergency and intensive care, along with research courses and scholarly activities. Each course has its own course director who oversees the development and implementation of the curriculum for their course. Many of our courses are open to visiting students who are currently enrolled in an accredited student program. We hope the information provided in the ensuing paragraphs is informative and helpful for students who are planning their 4th year of medical school.


Below is a List of Our Pediatric Fourth Year Courses

Course ID Course Description Location Course Director
8000D Pediatric Sub-Internship Denver Health Jennifer Soep, MD
8000C Pediatric Sub-Internship Children's Jennifer Soep, MD
8004 Pediatric Cardiology Children’s Michael Schaffer, MD
8006 Immunology & Allergy National Jewish Nathan Rabinovitch, MD
8005 Immunology & Allergy Children's Daniel Searing, MD
8007 Child Abuse & Neglect Children’s Andrew Sirotnak, MD
8008 Birth Defects/Genetics Children’s Margarita Saenz, MD
8009 Pediatric Infectious Disease Children’s Kevin Messacar, MD
8011 Pediatric Pulmonary Disease Children’s Oren Kupfer, MD
8012 Pediatric Neurology Children’s Padmini Palat, MD
8013 Pediatric Endocrinology Children’s Christine Chan, MD
8015U Neonatology Sub-Internship University Elizabeth Thilo, MD
8015D Neonatology Sub-Internship Denver Health Elizabeth Thilo, MD
8015C Neonatology Sub-Internship Children’s Elizabeth Thilo, MD
8018 General Academic Children’s Christina Suh, MD
8020 Adolescent Medicine Children’s Paritosh Kaul, MD
​8021 ​Pediatric Disability Medicine ​Children's ​Ellen Elias, MD
8022 Pediatric Gastroenterology Children’s Edward Hoffenberg, MD
8024 Child Development & Behavior Children’s Robyn Nolan, MD
8025 Pediatric Emergency Med at TCH Children’s Kelley Roswell, MD
8026 Pediatric Nephrology Children’s Hanna Melisha, MD, MS
8027 Pediatric Intensive Care Children’s Angela Czaja, MD
8030 Vaccination in Pediatrics Children’s Sean O’Leary, MD
8031 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Children’s Tim Garrington, MD
8032 Pediatric Radiology Children’s Kari Hayes, MD
8100 PED Course Work Away Children’s Jennifer Soep, MD
8600 Jennifer Soep, MD Children’s Jennifer Soep, MD



For Visiting Students


Are you Interested in One of Our Courses? 

Our fourth year student program welcomes students from over 130 LCME accredited medical schools across the U.S.. Like most medical schools, we use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS), which is an online application service developed by the AAMC for senior "away" electives. Please check with your institution to see if they use this service. In order to register for a rotation with our program, you will need to submit a request through VSAS. It is important to know that VSAS will not open for registration until March of each academic year.

*Any applicant who completes this supplemental form also needs to apply to VSAS


For more detailed information about each of the courses we offer, please view the CU School of Medicine Course Book (pdf). You can also visit the Office of the Registrar's website to learn how to register. Any specific questions about registering for a course should be directed to the University of Colorado School of Medicine Student Life Registrar:


Are you an Osteopathic or International Medical Student?

Osteopathic or international medical students who are interested in registering for one of our pediatric courses should review the University of Colorado Visiting Student webpage for a more detailed information about the application requirements. For additional information, please contact the University of Colorado School of Medicine Visiting Student Coordinator:


For any additional questions about our pediatric courses, please contact the Pediatric 4th Year Medical Student Coordinator:


Are you Curious About our Pediatric Residency Programs?

We are proud to have one of the top pediatric residency programs in the U.S.. Detailed information about our residency program can be found on the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program webpage. We also offer pediatric focused residency positions in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Medicine-Pediatrics and Child Neurology.


For University of Colorado Students


Are you Interested in Pediatrics?

The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics is committed to advising any medical student who is considering a career in Pediatrics or Med/Peds. Dr. Jennifer Soep is the Clerkship Director for Infant Child and Adolescent Care and the Pediatric Phase IV Medical Student Director. She is happy to meet with any University of Colorado medical student who is contemplating a career in pediatrics.

Dr. Soep can assist students with questions about career exploration, fourth-year scheduling, residency applications and specific information about residency programs. Students who are fully committed to a career in pediatrics are encouraged to meet with the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Stephen Daniels.


Planning Your Fourth Year?

In August of each year, the Department of Pediatrics hosts an evening meeting for all senior students interested in pediatrics. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions about selecting a residency program, preparing a CV, writing a personal statement and interviewing for a pediatric residency position. At this meeting, we provide students with a copy of the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Preparation Manual.

Additional websites that may be helpful for students considering a career in pediatrics:

  • AAP Becoming A Pediatrician
  • Prospective pediatric residents are encouraged to contact our current residents directly regarding the pediatric residency program at the medical school they have attended. A photograph of the current housestaff with a list of their names and the medical schools they have attended can be found on the “Who We Are” link.
  • Students are also encouraged to contact our pediatric fellows by clicking the hyperlink below for a list of our fellowship programs. On each fellowship webpage you will find a "current fellows" tab. This is where you will see a list of fellows for each of our sub-specialties, along with the name of the medical school and the residency program they have completed.

Best wishes and good luck!