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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Office of Inclusion and Outreach

Programs for Undergraduate Students

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Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP)

The program is made possible through a partnership by the Office of Inclusion and Outreach and Kaiser Permanente. Students selected for this program must low income and/or underrepresented in the health professions, have a minimum of 30 credit hours from an accredited undergraduate institution and 3.3 GPA. Participants spend 8 weeks on campus where they shadow medical professionals, conduct research and participate in workshops on health disparities and cultural competence. The participants in UPP also meet monthly throughout the academic year for Saturday Academy sessions on topics ranging from health disparities to study skills. All participants are required to take the one of the test and prep-courses necessary to apply to medical, pharmacy, nursing, dental or other health profession school (i.e.: DAT, MCAT or GRE). Supported by Kaiser Permanente Department of Diversity Development – Colorado and the Office of Inclusion and Outreach. Open to: Any student with at least 24 college level credits completed.

Contact: Medhat Ahmed | 303.724.8003 |


MCAT Study Academy

For those not familiar with the MCAT Study Academy, it is a student driven study group designed to engage those students of personal financial hardship with an educational opportunity to promote high quality scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). Our mission is to reach out to students who are interested in pursuing a career as a physician, but who also have untold stories of personal hardship due to disparities of racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, or environmental origins. This program strives to provide students with a team-based approach to MCAT preparation utilizing the knowledge of current medical students, prospective medical students, and fellow undergraduate/graduate students aiming to achieve a common goal. The goals of this program are to increase confidence and aptitude of students preparing to take the MCAT, along with fostering the idea of teamwork in achieving a common end goal. Open to: Any student with a desire to join a School of Medicine.

Contact: Nate Dusto | 303.724.8005 |​


CREATE Health Scholars Program

This is a new program for Colorado undergraduate college students interested in health professional careers (medicine, physician assistant, behavioral health, advanced-practice nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, medical research, and public health). The mission of CREATE Health Scholars is to provide a comprehensive program that improves, enhances, and supports pre-health education in rural and urban underserved communities (specifically western and southwestern Colorado). This year-long program includes an intensive one-month summer curriculum with the goal of improving the student’s basic educational building blocks of math, science and language arts, as well as providing hands-on training and exposure to health professional careers.

Contact: Jennifer Hellier | 303.724.4659 |


Aurora LIGHTS Programs

The Colorado and Central AHECs, along with the Aurora Public Schools, are excited to announce a new collaboration called Aurora LIGHTS (Leading the way in Health Sciences). The Aurora LIGHTS Career Program is a new partnership designed to help minority and disadvantaged students succeed in science, enroll in pre-med and health sciences school programs and become health science professionals. Aurora LIGHTS is engaging a range of partners with expertise and resources to help students achieve this goal; in addition to AHEC and Aurora Public Schools, these include CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, Community College of Aurora and the Metropolitan Community Provider Network (Aurora’s local community health network). This collaboration will support educationally and economically disadvantaged students to enter a pipeline program extending from kindergarten through the health professional schools at CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus with a focus on education, recruitment and retention in the health sciences. ​Open to: Students from Aurora Public Schools, K-12, Undergraduates, and Professional students.

 Allegra Melillo, MD303.724.3902
Aurora Public Schools: Carol McBride | 720.971.0234


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program for Underrepresented Populations will introduce undergraduate students from diverse, disadvantaged and traditionally underrepresented groups to graduate/research career opportunities at the CU Denver in a Department of Pharmacology laboratory at the Anschutz Medical Campus or at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at CU Boulder. Purpose: Research students will participate in a 10-week summer research program. During the summer program, the students will be required to attend a weekly seminar and to give a presentation of their research findings at the end of the program. Open to: Any student with one year of completed undergraduate work.

Contact: Elizabeth Bowen | 303.724.3565


Graduate Experiences for Multicultural Students (GEMS)

GEMS introduces undergraduate students from diverse and traditionally under-represented groups to the biomedical research career opportunities offered at the graduate level of a major health sciences center. Students enroll in a ten-week summer research internship course. The course is conducted by distinguished science faculty and consists of lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory research assignments. Participating basic science programs the Anschutz Medical Campus include biochemistry and molecular genetics, cell biology, experimental pathology, human medical genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, euroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. The director and sub-directors of this program are under-represented minorities and are therefore good role models for the participating students. Funded by: NIH/NHLBI. Open to: any student with two year of college work complete.

Contact: Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD | 303.724.6142 |


Office of Inclusion and Outreach

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