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Medical Student Program

Careers in Surgery


Sculpture by Christopher Weed, Anschutz Medical Campus

Students considering a career in surgery should meet with Thomas A. Whitehill, M.D., at their earliest opportunity (303-393-2863). Students should call Dr. Whitehill's VA office for an appointment or email him at the link below.

The Surgery Department strongly encourages all students interested in a career in surgery to take SURG 8000 or 8001 to confirm their interest. IDPT 7050 (Operative/Perioperative Care) does not have to be taken at University of Colorado Hospital or Denver Health Medical Center. If students took IDPT 7050 at UCH or DHMC, they should take surgical electives in those areas in which they have an interest (i.e., Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Pediatric Surgery, or Cardiothoracic Surgery). These rotations are especially valuable for those students who are uncertain whether they want a surgical career. The courses also benefit the students who want to become better known by the surgical staff.

Thomas A. Whitehill, MD
Medical Student Program Director
Department of Surgery
Thomas.Whitehill@va.gov
303-393-2863
Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Room 4B117