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Health Careers

Planning for a Career in Health Care

The extensive information provided on this site was compiled by Dr. Charles Ferguson to help students improve their chances of success in health-related careers. You'll find resources to help ​you assess your personal fit with specific careers. You'll also find tips for getting into medical school and other health-related programs.    


Dr. Charles Ferguson, Dr. Kent Nofsinger​ and Denise Leberer are available to assist in planning a course of study designed to improve your chances of success in the health career of your choice and Trishia Vasquez​ is available by appointment for the BA/BS MD program. For additional resources please click here.  For general information please call 303-352-3648 or click on the links above for Dr. Ferguson, Dr. Nofsinger, Denise and Trishia's walk-in office hours for advising.



The information below lists current events, seminars and resources that may be of particular interest for students pursuing a career in the Health Professions. To see University events and seminars happening on the Denver and Anschutz campus, please click here



UCHealth - University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus is now accepting new Volunteers

UCHealth - University of Colorado Hospital at the Anschutz Medical Campus is now accepting new volunteers in the Emergency Department (and other units!) Here, you will work alongside some of the most prestigious medical staff and become a part of the well-rounded Care Team. While volunteering in a Level 2 Trauma facility, you will get to see first-hand what it takes to save lives. You will have an opportunity to make a personal difference in patient care! We are seeking highly motivated individuals, who are self-starters. We need volunteers with strong people skills and have a desire to provide an excellent experience for patients. Shifts are available every day, 7 days a week from 8am to 12am. 

Highlights of ED Volunteering:

Create networks with University of Colorado Hospital Doctors, PAs, Nurses, and Techs

Volunteer experience for AMCAS, CASPA, Nursing School Applications
Exercise and improve empathy and bedside manner – more important than you can imagine!
Observe procedures, practices, and skills
Exposure to real life situations
Participate in disaster drills
Exposure to the medical field, roles and responsibilities
One free meal each week you volunteer
...and much more. 

Contact Jenny Ricklefs, or Sara Bencomo, or call 720-848-4068 for more information and to submit your application. 

When you email or call, we will send you an application to fill out and email back. You may also go to:, click on the image of the University of Colorado Hospital, click on the adult application, and print it out. Please send everything to 

UCH Emergency Department is located at 12605 E 16th Avenue, Aurora CO 80010

Shifts are every day, 8a-12p, 12p-4p, 4p-8p, and 8p-12a..

We ask for a minimum commitment of 100 hours and attendance on a regular basis. Your ED team will depend on you! 

Thank you and we are excited for you to join our team!

Drop-In Breakfast With Dr. Ferguson

March 7th, April 4th and May 2nd, 8:30a-9:30a, Student Commons Bldg., Room 2000

​Have a free bagel and coffee with Dr. Ferguson the first Tuesday of the month, get the inside scoop on graduate and health professional administration, connect with other Pre-Health students and network getting referrals to research, mentors & internships

Summer Research Program For Undergraduate Students At
The Pediatric Mental Health Institute

We are officially recruiting for our summer program and I would like to invite Health Professions students at UC Downtown to apply. Please see the link below for the program information and application packet.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you  have additional questions/concerns about this program.

Looking forward to having youents join us!


Merlin Ariefdjohan, PhD, MPH | Research Specialist | Department of Psychiatry | School of Medicine | Pediatric Mental Health Institute | Innovations Center | Children’s Hospital Colorado | 13123 East 16th Avenue, Mail Stop A036/B130 | Aurora, CO 80045 |

Phone: (720) 777-4097 | Fax: (720) 777-7309 |

2017 PMHI SummerProgram Application.pdf2017 PMHI SummerProgram Application.pdf

2017 Colorado Collegiate Health Professions Development Applications Now Being Accepted

We are currently accepting applications for our 2017 Colorado Collegiate Health Professions Development (CO-HPD) program. The deadline to apply is March 20, 2017 at noon.  Below is the link to the website where you can find more information and you can also apply to the program from this website. Please let me know if you or any have any questions. You are always welcome to email me​

March 18, 2017 Ultrafest 2017 Volunteer Event! Be A Human Model For Medical Students!

We are in need of human models to be apart of Colorado Ultrafest 2017. Ultrafest is a FREE one-day symposium for medical students designed to provide hands on experience with point-of-care ultrasound. 

This is where you come in! As models, you have an amazing opportunity to actually teach medical students where to position the probe, how much pressure to use when examining you, etc. You also have a unique opportunity to learn alongside medical students about the various applications of ultrasound in the clinical setting! This is a great opportunity to network with current medical students and practicing physicians (MDs &DOs). 

Ultrafest will be held Saturday, March 18th from 9:00am-4:00 pm. You can choose different shifts to sign up for (morning, afternoon, or whole day), as well as different sessions to learn more about different areas of your body. No experience in ultrasound is required to be a volunteer. There will also be FREE lunch provided for you as a model!

Sign up here:​

March 21, 2017, Tour & Transcript Review Day at Rocky Vista University

We wanted to let you know that we have scheduled a Tour and Transcript review day at Rocky Vista University’s Colorado campus for March 21, 2017. The tour will begin promptly at 2:00 pm. However, we will be hosting one-on-one appointments with interested students for a transcript review and basic advise for applying to medical school. We do request that anyone interested in a transcript review RSVP to our Admissions email ( as appointments are limited and tend to fill up very quickly (lately all spaces have been filled 2 months before the date). We planned this date to coincide with your spring break. 

Best Wishes, 

Cyndi Windecker 
Admissions Counselor

Rocky Vista University 

8401 S. Chambers Rd. 

Parker, CO 80134

April 7, 2017, Second Annual Pre-Health Spring Formal

The Second Annual Pre-Health Spring Formal will be taking place on Friday, April 7th from 6:00 pm-11:30 pm! It will be located in Student Commons 2500. This is a great opportunity to honor all graduating pre-health seniors and their accomplishments thus far. This is a FREE event open to EVERYONE, and there will be a catered dinner! Formal attire and RSVP are required to attend the event. If you are graduating this semester, we would love for you to attend the event and be recognized by your peers. The evening will start with dinner, then a keynote speaker (Dr. Charles Ferguson), graduation ceremony, and then we will conclude the evening with dancing with our very own DJ WYLD KARD (Wild Card)!

Please RSVP at the following links based on whether or not you are graduating:

Graduating? RSVP @

Not graduating? RSVP @ 

If you have any questions, please email

April 8, 2017, CU PT Preview Day

For those planning to apply to the CU Physical Therapy Program for the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 cycles  consider registering for their PT Preview Day 2017.  See email below 

PT Preview Day 2017 is right around the corner.  As a reminder, we are hosting the event in the spring semester, on Saturday, April 8, in an effort to better serve our prospective students who plan to apply this upcoming cycle. Individuals who plan to apply in the upcoming cycle will learn ways to improve their application long before the application cycle opens. 

The target audience for this event are individuals who plan to apply in the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 cycles.  This event is NOT intended for individuals who are merely exploring PT. 

Attached is the schedule for the day and below is our PT Preview Day flier.  

Lauren Wahlquist  |  Admissions Advisor
Physical Therapy Program
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Phone (303) 724-9144 |  Fax (303) 724-9016  

PT Preview Day 2017 Schedule.pdfPT Preview Day 2017 Schedule.pdf





Please click here for the complete 2017 MCAT Schedule.



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