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Internal Medicine Residency Program Diversity Statement

At the University of Colorado Internal Medicine Residency Program, we strive for excellence. But what does excellence look like? We believe that a commitment to diversity will enable us to achieve the highest standards of excellence in all domains. Diversity within our Internal Medicine Residency program not only enriches our resident physicians’ experiences, it improves the quality of patient care. We strive to strengthen our program by recognizing that differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and spiritual practice are crucial to developing competent physician leaders who will deliver quality patient care with lasting impact on individuals and communities.


Our commitment to diversity extends beyond the Internal Medicine Residency Program to the Department of Medicine and the School of Medicine. Dr. Ozzie Grenardo, Interim Assistant Dean for Admissions and Director of Community Outreach and Admissions along with Dr. Christine Nyquist, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion lead the way in developing a faculty, housestaff, and student body that best reflects the patients for whom we care. The Internal Medicine Residency Program is dedicated to supporting each resident in the pursuit of a successful and meaningful career in healthcare.

We invite you to explore the Diversity and Inclusion Anschutz Medical Campus website: Please also feel free to contact Ozzie Grenardo, email below, or one of our Internal Medicine Diversity Ambassadors below with any questions.

Thank you,


Suzanne Brandenburg, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director
Department of Medicine
University of Colorado Denver

“Civilization is the process in which one gradually increases the number of people included in the term 'we' or 'us' and at the same time decreases those labeled 'you' or 'them' until that category has no one left in it.”  

-Howard  Winters

Diversity Ambassadors include faculty; Ozzie Grenardo at, Karen Shea at, Nichole Gallegos Zehnder at, Amira del Pino-Jones at , Nia Mitchell at, Karen Chacko at, Lily Cervantes at, Noelle Northcutt at and housestaff; Robin Chand at, Jay Lopez at, and Ryan Murphy at