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Urban Underserved Track


​​Urban Underserved Track (CU-UNITE) is a longitudinal track for students at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, College of Nursing Nurse Practitioner program and the Physician Assistant (CHA/PA) program. CU-UNITE is designed for students interested in working with urban underserved communities. The track will provide the skills and support needed for future health care providers serving those urban populations.

For more information please contact:

​Jamaluddin Moloo MD, MPH​​
Urban Underserved Track Director
Jamaluddin.moloo@ucdenver.edu

Urban Underserved Track Coordinator
cu-unite@ucdenver.edu​


 

 

 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.​​​1

 What is the goal of the Urban Underserved Track?

  The purpose of the Urban Underserved Track is to provide mentorship, additional knowledge, broadened skills and urban underserved experiences that will support and encourage interest in urban underserved practice. The ultimate goal of the track is to support health professional students who want to pursue health careers caring for multiethnic and racially diverse underserved populations and people living in urban areas with limited access to quality health insurance and healthcare services. ​​​​2

 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, labs, and workshops are held several times a month that will help interpret and bring an urban underserved focus to what students are learning in their regular courses.

·         The summer between Phases I and II, students have the opportunity to participate in a 4 week summer opportunity where students receive financial support to participate in one of the following summer opportunities:

o    Research Project

o    Clinical Experience

·         During Phase II students will also participate in 1 service learning experience per semester. (Example: Providing foot care at downtown homeless shelters)

·         In Phase III and IV we focus on mentoring, self-care, career planning and professional development.

·         The SOM curriculum includes a scholarly activity requirement. MD students are not required to complete this project on a urban underserved-related topic, but are offered mentorship and support from Urban Track faculty.

·         Information on scholarship and loan repayment programs is provided.

The Urban Underserved Track continually works on forming links within urban underserved communities that are recruiting for new physicians.​

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 How do I apply?

SOM

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.

 

CHA/PA

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

Jane.Kass-Wolff@ucdenver.edu

Phone: 303-724-8531​

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 What are the requirements of the Urban Underserved Track?

Students in the Urban Underserved Track are expected to fully participate in all track activities. During the academic year, most activities take place on Wednesdays from 1-3pm during designated track/elective time.  All Urban Track students are required to participate in surveys throughout their duration in the track and after graduation as a requirement to being accepted in to 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.​

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 How many students are accepted per class?

Between 10-15 MD students, between 10-15 NP students and 4 PA students are admitted into each Urban Track cohort.​

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 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.​

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 Are there any scholarships specifically for Urban Underserved Track students?

No, there are no scholarships automatically awarded to Urban Underserved Track students​​​8


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