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2013: The Undergraduate Pre-Health Program

Deadline: February 14, 2013 at 05:00 PM MST - CLOSED


Purpose of UPP:
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus | Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Kaiser Permanente Health Plan of Colorado | Diversity Development Department partner to provide summer internships for undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers related to health care. Both organizations are committed to helping increase the number of historically underrepresented individuals within health care professions for the purpose of reducing health disparities among underserved communities in Colorado.

Students will enroll in a 13-month Undergraduate Pre-Health Program. Topics will include health disparities in underserved communities and career and educational opportunities in health care. The session will be lead by distinguished University of Colorado faculty, staff, and students and will consist of lectures, demonstrations and professional development. The program will start in April with an orientation and students will participate in lectures, demonstrations and a 10-12 week summer internship. After the summer program the participants will be required to attend Saturday Academies once a month from September 2013 - May 2014.

Program Opportunities:
✦ Annual participation in UPP’s Anschutz Medical Campus Track or Kaiser Permanente Track and year-round Saturday workshops

✦ Career exploration: presentations and day-long visits to Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Graduate, Public Health and Dentistry colleges and schools at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

✦ Direct access to faculty, deans, assistant deans and members of admissions committees at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

✦ Laboratory research

✦ Lectures and discussion on topics such as cultural competent care, health disparities in underserved communities and patient counseling

✦ Coaching year-round

✦ Opportunities to shadow healthcare professionals (opportunities vary and are based on performance)

✦ Access to study groups

✦ Assistance with school application letters and writing personal statements

✦ Scholarship for exam reviews (i.e., MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE) ***based on commitment, academics and overall preparedness for graduate programs

✦ Mock interviews

✦ Opportunity to mentor high school students, and serve the community


Students are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, and an interest in the Healthcare Professions. We encourage students from underrepresented groups or categories (first generation college attendee, low-income, or ethnic minorities such as Black or African American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander or Asian) to apply. Applicants must have completed at least one year of college by June 2013 (30 or more credits). Applicants must hold a sophomore or junior status and must be enrolled as a fulltime student for the duration of the program (Fall 2013 and Spring 2014).

Applicants must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.

Application Requirements:
✦ Minimum GPA cumulative GPA of 3.3 (preferred 3.5)
✦ Two (2) letters of recommendation (at least one from science faculty)
✦ Must answer essay questions
✦ Current Official Transcript (please include transcripts from all institutions you attended)
✦ Interview (Week March 11)

Kaiser Permanente Track:
✦ Full-time paid internships
✦ Department’s regular work hours
✦ 8-hour days, 5 days/week Monday through Friday
✦ No part-time positions

Anschutz Medical Campus Track:
✦ Full-time paid internships
✦ Preceptors regular work hours (but typically 8-hour days, 5 days/week Monday through Friday)
✦ Students will receive a stipend per month during the summer months of June and July of 2013. Stipends subject to change, depending on funding sources
✦ No part-time positions