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Community Involvement

The Department of Medicine is proud of its service to the community locally, nationally, and globally. Locally, faculty in the Department of Medicine are leaders in the quest to advocate for and serve the underserved. Clinica Tepeyac and Stout Street Clinic are two of several sites where Department of Medicine faculty volunteer their time providing care for those in need.

LEADS is a program housed in the Department of Medicine that puts community service front and center. LEADS runs programs for students and residents focused on developing skills in leadership and advocacy through experiential curricula and service learning. LEADS students work in partnership with community agencies over the summer for eight weeks on intensive projects that meet the needs of underserved populations. In eight years, LEADS students have completed over 40 projects improving health of Coloradans.

Nationally, our faculty play key roles in political and social advocacy, working to improve the healthcare of all Americans. They are leaders in leadership, training students and other physicians in the skills of advocacy and policy and working to bring together the expertise of clinicians and the wisdom of communities to improve the conditions that lead to health. Internationally, faculty from the Department of Medicine are involved in research and in developing clinical and educational projects that support health in under-resourced countries as well as refugee and immigrant populations here in the United States.

Read more about how the School of Medicine, including the Department of Medicine, gives back to the community.  



The Department of Medicine encourages residents to train and practice medicine in remote communities.





cervantes2015risingstar.jpgLilia Cervantes, 2015 Department of Medicine 'Rising Star'

Since joining CU in 2008, Dr. Cervantes has dedicated her career to increasing diversity in the physician workforce, as well as health disparities research. In 2009, she launched the Healthcare Interest Program (HIP), bringing together CU and Denver-based community organizations to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) students maintaining an interest in a healthcare career. She received the Rosa Parks Award and the President’s Diversity Award for this work. Dr. Cervantes also helped re-establish the University of Colorado Organization for Racial and Ethnic Support (UCOLORES), a program for URM junior faculty, and founded the Health Equity Lecture Series at Denver Health, bringing academic and community leaders together to increase understanding of the social determinants of health in Denver. Dr. Cervantes’ research is focused on improving palliative care outcomes for Latinos with end-stage renal disease; she was awarded the four-year Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and was selected to join the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program for 2015.

National Health Rankings

The University of Colorado is highly ranked among several national health ranking reports.

According to the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospital annual rankings, University of Colorado Hospital is ranked #1 in Denver and #1 in the adult specialty of Pulmonary medicine. 

HealthGrades awarded University of Colorado Hospital two Quality Awards including the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award in 2011 and the Stroke Care Excellence Award in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

According to Healthsight's National Rankings for Hospitals, University of Colorado Hospital is in the 87th percentile. ​