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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



Academic Development Workshops 

The Spring 2016 semester academic development workshops from the Learning Resources Center (LRC).  Students are welcome to set up individual appointments for these same topics or assistance with other academic success strategies by calling the LRC front desk at 303-315-3531.



English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 

ESOL Conversation Group

ESOL Pronunciation Workshop

ESOL Tutoring Schedule



Spring vists from the CU school of dental medicine, the Univerity of Colorado Skaggs Schools of Pharmacy, and the University of Colorado Colege of Nursing:

The CU School of Dental Medicine will have an admissions person here on the second and fourth Monday of the month from 11:00am to 3:00pm, NC 3002A,  starting with Monday, February 8th 

The University of Colorado Skaggs Schools of Pharmacy will have a representative here on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, NC 3002A from 1:00pm-4:00pm starting with Wednesday, February 10th

University of Colorado College of Nursing will have a representative here once a month from 3:00pm-6:00pm, NC 3002A on these dates:  Tuesday, February 9th, Thursday, March 3rd, and Wednesday, April 6th



Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 

Applications are due March 1, 2016 

Students going on a 4-week or longer study abroad program this summer or fall 2016 may be eligible to apply!  Students must be a US Citizen and a Pell Grant recipient at the time of application.

For more information visit:



Career Center Events and Workshops Spring 2016 



 National Survey of Student Engagement (NESSE)                                

This spring CU Denver freshmen and seniors have the opportunity to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  The NSSE assesses student engagement, how much time and effort students put into educational activities, the outcomes of their experiences, and the opportunities that an institution provides to those students. 

Freshmen and seniors will receive an e-mail message directly from the NSSE organization on February 16th, 2016, inviting them to participate.  Not only will your participation help shape the educational experience for CU Denver students, but those that complete the survey by March 11, 2016, will be eligible to win one of thirty $50 Amazon gift cards.



RaCAS 2016 Portal Now Accepting Applications

Students, showcase your research or creative activities at the annual Student Research and Creative Activities Symposium (RaCAS) to be held on Friday, April 29, 2016, in the Student Commons Building on the Denver Campus. 

Undergraduate and Graduate students from both the Denver Campus and Anschutz Medical Campus are eligible to participate in the symposium. This is an opportunity to present your research, creative, and other scholarly activities to an audience of peers, faculty, family, and visitors in a professionally relevant setting.  Last year, over 200 students representing most schools and colleges on both campuses participated in RaCAS.

Any CU Denver student involved in mentored research, creative, or other scholarly activities during Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016 semesters are invited to participate at RaCAS 2016.  Students may choose to present their scholarly work in any of a variety of formats including, but not restricted to: 

·     ​    Poster presentation

·         Exhibits, such as sculpture, photography, design

·         Video, streaming media, websites         Oral presentations, including traditional and
     non-traditional formats 
·         Performances, such as readings, musical
     composition, and monologs

·         Panel discussions 

Save the Date: 12th Annual Latino Leadership Summit 

Thursday, March 31 9:00 am – 5:00 pm St. Cajetan’s 

Honoring the life, legacy, and leadership of Cesar Chavez.  Education & Activism in the 21st Century.



Save the Date: 2016 CU Denver Rosa Parks Diversity Awards 

Thursday, April 21 11:00 am – 1:00 pm 

In honor of Rosa Parks' legacy as a champion for Civil Rights, the University of Colorado Denver’s Educational Opportunity Programs office is pleased to honor the CU Denver Rosa Parks Diversity Awards.  Presented annually, this award recognizes faculty, staff, students, and community members/organizations who help to accomplish the university’s strategic priority to enhance diversity university-wide and foster a culture of inclusion on campus and/or within the surrounding community.  We will present two awards in each category (faculty, staff, student, and community) at an awards luncheon on April 21, 2015, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.


Save the Date: Diversity Networking Event 

Tuesday, March 15 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tivoli 320

A professional networking event for students to network with community members and learn how their cultural heritage is an asset. 



University of Colorado Palliative Care and Aging Research Training (T32) Program 

Applications are open for the University of Colorado Palliative Care and Aging Research Training (T32) Program fellows.   Supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the goal of this research training program is to prepare postdoctoral (Ph.D. and MD/DO) fellows for careers as palliative care researchers.  We have one opening in January 2017 and one opening in August 2017.  Applications for the first cycle are due by February 22, 2016.  

Click here to view the flyer 

Click here to view the application 

Click here to visit the website 

Potential candidates should contact Dr. Jean Kutner (PI) before submitting an application. 



Your Community Needs You 

As you know, heart disease and diabetes disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities. Education can lead to empowerment and improvement in outcomes. Drs. Byron Conner and Terri Richardson of Kaiser Health have organized weekly health outreach programs at local barbershops in Aurora and Denver. We need your help in signing up to volunteer at a weekend event. The time commitment is only 4 hours and involves providing education about lifestyle and health management at the barbershop. Nurses and other volunteers will also obtain BP and glucose readings for participants. Events occur every weekend. 

Contact Dr. Byron Connor at  or Khadijah Breathett at for more information. You can also visit the website at

Point of Care Ultrasound & Emergency Medicine​

The University of Colorado Emergency Department is excited to offer a hands on course in Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Emergency Medicine for all pre-health undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. This course is ideal for anyone interested in learning more Point-of-Care ultrasound and the application process to medical school or any other health professions graduate school. 

June 17-19
Registration deadline is June 10


August 4-6
Registration deadline is July 29 

Please contact with questions, 

Juliana Wilson, DO MPH
Course Director for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course for Undergraduates
Associated Faculty
University of Colorado  






Please click here for the complete 2016 MCAT Schedule.



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