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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


Good afternoon.  For those who are applying to MD, DO, or DDS programs in the summer of 2018 and who are interested in obtaining a committee/institutional letter, we will be having mandatory seminars on the following dates:


                Wednesday        Sept. 13                7:00 PM                SC 2500

                Wednesday        Oct. 11                  7:00 PM                SC 2500

                Wednesday        Nov. 8                   7:00 PM                SC 2500

                Wednesday        Dec. 6                    7:00 PM                SC 2500


You only need to attend ONE of these seminars, but you must attend one to get a committee letter.  We can’t make any exceptions to this.  If you completed this process last application cycle, you do NOT need to do this again this year.



University of Colorado Mini Medical School 

Start Date: Monday 2 October 2017
End date: Monday 20 November 2017



The original Mini Medical School, founded 1989, is now online as a free massive open online course (MOOC). 

There are no prerequisites. Mini Medical School has been valuable for people considering a career in the healthcare field; hundreds of our “graduates” are now in, or have graduated from, health profession schools. Subjects include Anatomy, Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, and Cancer Biology. 

No exams or course credit, but students get an up-to-date overview of the basic science underpinnings of modern medicine in a lively, engaging video format, taught by an award-winning teacher. There are seven weekly modules, each consisting of about eight units which range from 4 to 7 minutes long, allowing students to cover all the material in a couple of hours a week, at their own pace, watching a unit whenever they have a few minutes to relax and learn. Links to additional resources are available, as well as illustrated transcripts, a busy interactive discussion forum (which includes current CU medical students), optional self-test quizzes, and a Certificate of Completion. 

Contact Information: Mini Medical School 

Registration Information: Http://




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