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Pediatric Residency Program - Our Diversity

Dr. Sundaram with Fallah

Denver and its surrounding communities boast a population covering a large range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups. We are committed to attracting residents of diverse backgrounds to our program, both to best reflect the community we serve, and to enhance the educational experience for all of our residents.

Our program’s Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC) works to foster diversity within our program and ensure our program graduates are prepared to meet the needs of a diverse patient population. DIPC was founded by pediatric residents and meets regularly to help ensure our program graduates are prepared to meet the needs of a diverse patient population. DIPC is co-chaired by residents with a faculty Director. Active members include pediatric residents, chief residents, fellows and faculty as well as our Graduate Medical Education staff. To learn more about DIPC and its efforts, see below.

For more information about diversity and the Department of Pediatrics, please visit our Diversity website.

​​Photo taken during the 2017 intern hike

RECRUITMENT: In order to help promote the program, we participate in various recruiting and outreach efforts, including attending national medical student conferences and working with our local Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter. In addition, DIPC hosts Diversity Dinners (please see the Events tab on this page) during the residency interview season. These events are a time for interviewees interested in the objectives of the committee, or with questions about diversity in Denver or at Children’s Hospital Colorado, to meet with DIPC residents and faculty in a causal setting. For more details about the upcoming Diversity Dinners, please see the Events tab on this page.

OUTREACH: DIPC members are involved in various outreach activities, working with students from elementary school through college. From local health fairs to hosting suturing workshops to facilitating health education events for local schools, our residents love being out in the community.

GROWTH: Our committee is continually growing! Resident-driven, the goals and objectives are fluid and enhanced by every committee member’s input. While continuing to advance the projects underway, we are full of ideas and hope to begin expanding the objectives to include more in-depth community outreach, research, or whatever the residents want to do!​​


  • Aug. 3, 2017: The Morning Report, feauting case discussion and strategies for effective cross-cultural communication. Sponsored by DIPC. Breakfast provided. Aspen Conference Room, 7:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 26, 2017: DIPC Kickoff Event. Meet and Greet DIPC Faculty and Residents – LaSandia Northfield. 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 22, 2017: Toast To Diversity – Sponsored by the School of Medicine Office of Diversity & Inclusion – Renaissance Hotel, Denver, 6-9 p.m.
  • Oct. 20-22, 2017: SNMA Region 3 Conference – Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Feb. 1-2, 2018: Second Look Event for Resident Applicants

  • Please continue to check our site for future events such Resident Recruitment Activities, Meet & Greet Happy Hours, Resident Graduation, and more.

    Diversity Dinner

    Each recruiting season, the Diversity in Pediatrics Committee (DIPC) hosts events for interviewees interested in the committee and its mission. These events are open to any pediatrics residency program interviewee and are coordinated with the regularly-scheduled program. Attendance at these events is optional and does not in any way impact your application to the residency program or your rank status. RSVP is requested. To RSVP, or if you have any questions about the committee or the dinners, please see the Contact Us tab on this page.

    A set of talks is designed to connect those interested in diversity to our faculty with diverse experiences and backgrounds. Through short presentations and open conversations, we hope to learn more about how diversity (gender, race, previous experiences, specialty choice, etc.) has affected and continues to play a role in careers in pediatrics.​


    The Diversity in Pediatrics Committee is a resident-run committee with administrative support based in the Department of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Colorado Graduate Medical Education office.

    For more information about the Pediatric Residency Diversity Committee or the Externship Stipend, please feel free to contact us via email at, or contact:

    Brandi Freeman, MD, MS
    Director, Diversity in Pediatrics Committee
    Liaison for Diversity in Pediatric Resident Recruitment and Education 

    DIPC Mailing address:
    Children’s Hospital Colorado
    13123 E. 16th Avenue, B-158
    Aurora, CO  80045
    Attn: Eric Sommers