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Health Professions

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. Gene Brooks​ 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




 The Healthcare Interest Program Application for 2018-2019 cohort

The Healthcare Interest Program (HIP) has opened the applications for their 2018-19 academic year. 

The HIP is a multifaceted mentorship program for undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds on the Auraria Campus at CU Denver and MSU Denver interested in healthcare careers. Our short-term goal is to empower undergraduate students, who often come from similar socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds as the diverse group of patients at Denver Health Hospital, to succeed in their education and pursue a healthcare career.

The program is intended for sophomores and juniors that have completed basic science coursework, have a GPA >2.75, and for students who do not yet have clinical shadowing experience.

Application is due March 28th, 2018. 

We have attached the HIP application for the 2018-2019 academic year to this email, as well as a handout with more information about the program.

The links for both are below:

-        HIP 2018-19 Application:

-        HIP Handout 2018:


Please share this opportunity with interested students and your networks. 

If you have any questions about the HIP, please feel free to contact us.

Kind regards, 

The Healthcare Interest Program Team

Denver Health Medical Center 

Lilia Cervantes, MD
Director, Healthcare Interest Program
Josina Romero O’Connell, MD                            

Associate Director,  Faculty Instructor Healthcare Interest Program

Maria Francisca Zabalaga

Manager, Healthcare Interest Program​



​Kaplan Test Prep

MCAT Free Prep Week & Unlimited MCAT Prep

It’s the last chance to sign-up for our MCAT® Free Prep Week, starting January 27. Don’t let students miss this opportunity to get the live help they need for the spring tests. We’re also offering Unlimited MCAT prep to students when they enroll in courses*. See details below.

Kaplan MCAT Free Prep Week, 1/27: Sign up today for FREE MCAT Prep week, featuring live instruction and a chance to win prizes.

Unlimited MCAT Prep: Now until January 31, students who enroll in Kaplan's MCAT Prep courses* can attend as many classes as they’d like through September, plus much more.

Hey UCD Pre-Meds!

Planning on taking the MCAT? Want to be taught by current medical students? Want to pay half the cost of other prep courses?

Check out the MCAT Cooperative:

Affordable MCAT preparation for the students, by the students.

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