Welcome to Pediatrics
The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics is proud to offer 22 sub-internship and elective courses for fourth year medical students interested in Pediatric clinical experiences. These courses are generally four weeks in length and are structured to gauge a student's clinical abilities based on the core competencies. Our courses are appropriate for students who are interested in Pediatrics and supplemental to students who are pursuing other specialties.
These courses provide students with exposure to all aspects of pediatrics including general academic pediatrics, subspecialized care, inpatient medicine, emergency and intensive care, along with research courses and scholarly activities. Each course has its own course director who oversees the development and implementation of the curriculum for their respective courses. Many of these courses are open to visiting students who are currently enrolled in an accredited student program.
On the first day of the rotation we provide each student with an orientation manual. This manual includes key information about contacts, evaluations and grading criteria as well as course expectations.
Below is a list of the Pediatric Fourth Year Courses:
||Immunology and Allergy
||Child Abuse and Neglect
||Pediatric Infectious Disease
||Pediatric Pulmonary Disease
||4 weeks |
||4 & 2 weeks|
||Pediatric Emergency Medicine at CHCO
||Pediatric Intensive Care
||Vaccinations in Pediatrics
||4 & 2 weeks|
||PED Course Work Away
||4 & 2 weeks|
||Research in Pediatrics
||12, 8 ,4 & 2 weeks|
||Pediatric Research Away
||8, 4, 2 weeks|
Interested in One of Our Courses?
For more detailed information about each of the courses we offer, please view the School of Medicine Course Book (pdf). You can also visit the Office of the Registrar's website to learn how to register. Any specific questions about registering for a course should be directed to the University of Colorado School of Medicine registrar:
Our fourth year student program welcomes students from over 125 LCME accredited medical schools across the U.S.. We use the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS), which is an online application service developed by the AAMC for senior "away" electives. Please check with your institution to see if they use this service. In order to register for a rotation with our program, you will need to submit a request through VSAS.
Osteopathic or international medical students who are interested in registering for one of our pediatric courses should review the University of Colorado Visiting Student webpage for a more detailed information about the application requirements. For additional information, please contact the University of Colorado visiting student coordinator:
For any additional questions about our pediatric courses, please contact:
Interested in Pediatrics or Med/Peds?
The University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics is committed to advising any medical student who is considering a career in Pediatrics or Med/Peds. Dr. Jennifer Soep, who is the Clerkship Director for Infant Child and Adolescent Care and the Pediatric Phase IV Medical Student Director is happy to meet with any University of Colorado student that is contemplating a career in pediatrics. She can assist students with questions about career exploration, fourth-year scheduling, residency applications and specific information about residency programs. Students who are fully committed to a career in pediatrics are encouraged to meet with the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Stephen Daniels.
Curious About our Pediatric Residency Program?
Planning Your Fourth Year?
In August of each year, the Department of Pediatrics hosts an evening meeting for all senior students interested in pediatrics. This is an opportunity for students to ask questions about selecting a residency program, preparing a CV, writing a personal statement and interviewing for a pediatric residency position. At this meeting, we provide students with a copy of the University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Preparation Manual.
Additional websites that may be helpful for students considering a career in pediatrics:
- Prospective pediatric residents are encouraged to contact the residents directly regarding the pediatric residency program at the medical school they've attended. A photograph of the current housestaff with a list of their names and the medical schools they have attended can be found on the “Who We Are” link.
- Students are also encouraged to contact any of our fellows by using the following link to the homepage for each of our fellowship programs. On each fellowship webpage you will find a "current fellows" tab. This is were you will find a list of fellows, along with the name of the medical school and the residency program they have completed.