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Summer LEADS Student Team & Leadership Training
SUMMER LEADS Student Team & Leadership Training

MD Program Applicants: The CU SOM curriculum is evolving! Content in the LEADs Track will be incorporated into the core curriculum starting in 2020 (all students will get this content). As a result, there will be no new track applications accepted for the Urban Underserved and LEADS Tracks for medical students applying to start in 2020 and beyond. The Research, Rural and Global Health Tracks will continue to accept new cohorts each year.​ 

Mission Statement

LEADS is a beacon to inspire, expand, and redirect the service-oriented energy of interprofessional students across campuses, community members and health professionals into service to and with the community. LEADS is a resource center for developing and delivering leadership training, advocacy education, and community building using service and experiential learning, dynamic mentorship, and a strong sense of community and purpose. LEADS is committed to expand the scope of professional responsibility to include addressing health determinants.

LEADS is a Track dedicated to addressing the needs of the underserved and disadvantaged.  The goal of LEADS is to expand your repertoire as health care providers - to help you connect what you see in your examination room with what happens in the world around you - and to provide you with the vision and skills to be leaders and advocates for your patients/clients and their needs.

Program Objective:

  • promote awareness of the social and cultural antecedents of health and illness
  • address barriers to care and disparities in health 
  • promote diversity at the School of Medicine
  • highlight the role of health care professionals in promoting the health of communities


Our success relies on three principal factors:

  • providing students with a community that will focus on service to the underserved
  • providing students close, active, and ongoing mentorship by exceptional role models
  • training students in leadership and advocacy and inspiring them to assume roles beyond traditional clinical service


Our goal is to empower students with the vision and skills necessary to address currently unmet needs head-on and to create effective change where change is needed.  LEADS will help you learn how to improve your patients' opportunities and choices and to empower you to act on their behalf.  The LEADS Program does this through leadership and advocacy skills development and by providing guidance and mentorship through your Mentored Scholarly Activity.

The LEADS Program begins in the Fall of Phase I.  The selection of LEADS Track Scholars is based on interest, and evidence of commitment to community service and to the underserved.   We ask that students submit a structured application to the program steering committee, and minority and disadvantaged students are especially encouraged to apply.  Applications will be due toward the end of Fall Phase I.

LEADS Track Policy & Requirements:

  • At least 50% of the IMPACT seminar series for the time period beginning in spring of Phase I through the completion of Phase II
  • All three electives:  Fall 1st year, Spring 1st year and Fall 2nd year
  • LEADS summer internship including leadership curriculum
  • All track meetings held during integrated clinicians' course (ICC) sessions
  • Mentored Scholarly Activity (MSA) on a topic related to leadership, advocacy, public health, or community health (subject to approval by the LEADS Executive Committee)

Successful completion of tract components will be determined by the Executive Committee and will receive special  recognition as part of commencement ceremonies and will be able to list completion of the track on their CV and residency application materials.


                                         We welcome your interest in the LEADS Program!


Jeremy Long, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, LEADS Program Director                                        


Acknowledgement of Funding:  This project is a collaboration between the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Section of Academic General Pediatrics. Funding comes from the Colorado Health Foundation with additional support from the CU School of Medicine.