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Urban Underserved Track

 What is a "Track"?

A track is a set of extracurricular activities that extends through multiple semesters and three or more years of medical school on a longitudinal basis. A track focuses on general areas of interest that lie outside the scope of any specific clinical specialty. Examples include the Rural Track, Urban Underserved Track (CU-UNITE), LEADS Track, and Research Track. Participation in a track is NOT required of all students. Tracks often involve activity outside of the regular school schedules, particularly during the summer between Phases I and II and during the inter-sessions of Phases III and IV. Tracks do not add additional semesters or years to medical school, unless specifically stated.​


 What are the aims of the Urban Underserved Track?

  1. To inspire a continued commitment to advocating for the urban underserved through meaningful community engagement and service
  2. To educate students about resources and skills that will empower them to be excellent providers for underserved populations
  3. To create a community of collaboration and support among students with a passion for the care of the urban underserved
  4. To cultivate a diverse community within the Anschutz Medical Campus​


 What is the curriculum of the Urban Underserved Track?

The general components of the Urban Underserved Track curriculum include:

  • During Phases I and II, a variety of lectures, panel discussions, cased-based learning, and community engagement experiences are held twice a month that will expose students to urban underserved populations and issues
  • During Phases I and II students will be able to participate in longitudinal service learning experiences through local organizations that serve urban underserved populations
  • During Phases III and IV the track focus on mentoring, self-care, career planning, as well as personal and professional development
  • The SOM curriculum includes a mentored scholarly activity requirement. MD students are encouraged (but not required) to complete this project on a urban underserved-related topic and are offered mentorship and support from UUT faculty

 How do I apply?


The Colorado secondary application to the standard AMCAS application permits one to submit an application specific to the Urban Track in addition to the general application to the School of Medicine. One must have a complete application to the regular MD Program to be considered for the Urban Track.

Students who wish to be considered for the Urban Track must submit an additional essay on this topic on the Colorado secondary application. Applicants are reviewed for participation in the Urban Track based on their interest in practicing medicine in urban underserved populations. Decisions on acceptance to the MD program and the Urban Track are made independently.

Please contact the Urban Track Program Coordinator if you are an MD applicant with questions about the Urban Track.



Physician Assistant students are invited to apply to the Urban Track shortly after entering the CHA/PA program. Applications are reviewed by members of the CHA/PA faculty. Visit the CHA/PA website for additional information.


CON-Nurse Practitioner Program

Nurse Practitioner students are invited to apply to the Urban Track shortly after entering the NP program. To apply please download this application. Submission instructions are included on the document. Please remember to include your Resume/CV when submitting your application. Please contact the College of Nursing, Nurse Pratitioner Program Faculty Advisor with any questions regarding the application process.

Jane Kass-Wolff, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Phone: 303-724-8531​​


 What are the requirements of the Urban Underserved Track?

Students in the Urban Underserved Track are required to attend and fully participate in all track activities (unless otherwise noted). During Phases I and II, most activities take place on Wednesdays from 1-3pm during designated track/elective time. 
All Urban Track students are required to participate in evaluation surveys throughout their duration in the track and after graduation as a requirement to being accepted into the track. The faculty and staff work diligently to minimize the burden of the evaluation process on track participants. The evaluation process is integral to the track’s ability to demonstrate short and long-term outcomes to both the University and program funders.​​


 How many students are accepted per class?

Between 10-15 MD students, between 5-10 NP students and 4 PA students are admitted into each Urban Underserved Track cohort.​​ Cohort sizes are subject to change each cycle.


 Are there additional fees or tuition to participate in the Urban Underserved Track?

No. The general operation expenses for the Urban Underserved Track have been covered thanks to generous contributions from the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, CHA/PA program and College of Nursing along with The Colorado Health Foundation.​


 Are there any scholarships specifically for Urban Underserved Track students?

No, there are no scholarships automatically awarded to Urban Underserved Track students​