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The purpose of this program is to guide and support medical students from under-represented groups who have an interest in pursuing emergency medicine as a career. This externship is a combination of a sub-internship with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center and University of Colorado Hospital and community service that focuses on reducing healthcare disparities and increasing the diversity of the healthcare workforce.  In addition to 14 clinical shifts, students will engage in community outreach opportunities from the various organizations affiliated with Denver Health including: AIM and Denver Public High Schools in the , MedConnect program, and the BA/BS MD Medical School University Pipeline Program for Underrepresented students.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine and the University of Colorado Department of Emergency medicine are passionately committed to:

  1. Encouraging, supporting and providing equal opportunity to diverse individuals to be prepared and competitive to enter the field of medicine regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, sexual orientation or gender identification.

  2. Increasing diversity and inclusion in medicine in order to advance performance through increased understanding, acceptance, and shared worldviews through pipeline programs, modeling, and support at the community, undergraduate and graduate level.

  3. Assuring success and retention of diverse residents, junior faculty and faculty through education, exposure and mentorship with clear academic and community support.

  4. Developing culturally sensitive evidence based health care practices and educational programs.

  5. Reflecting the diversity of our surrounding communities and the world around us so that we may ensure exceptional health care and alleviate healthcare disparities and inequities by having diverse representation in all spheres of practice.


The externship is a 4 week rotation with both a clinical and community pipeline portion.


This course is open to fourth year medical students from under-represented backgrounds (racial, ethnic, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification) who intend to match into an emergency medicine residency program.


Students will rotate a total of 14 clinical shifts allocated between Denver Health and the University of Colorado Hospital. You will also have the opportunity to attend Emergency Medicine didactic conferences and participate in various learning opportunities including medical student lectures, teaching rounds, student workshops in US/EMS/Sim, etc. During this time, you will be assigned a resident mentor. The resident mentor will be a resource for students during their clinical rotations.

Rotation Dates Available:

  • 8/15/22 - 9/09/22

  • 9/12/22 - 10/7/22

  • 10/10/22 - 11/04/22

Community Engagement Activities 

Students will have the opportunity to work with a diverse and talented group of undergraduate students at the University of Colorado BA/BS MD pipeline program whose goal is to increase diversity and representation among young professionals entering the medical field in Colorado. 


BA/BS MD Pipeline Program - Click here to learn more! 

Previous community engagement work included working with the At-Risk Intervention and Mentoring (AIM) program, as well as students from Denver Public Schools with this system.


Here is a video representing some of those experiences.


At the end of the rotation, students will participate in a social with faculty and residents at a local Colorado location.

Interview/Letters of Recommendation

Externs will receive a Standard Letter of Evaluation (SLOE), an interview during the rotation and a letter of recommendation from their faculty advisor to add to their ERAS if they choose to do so. Additionally, diversity externs (along with sub-interns) who rotate at our residency program will be automatically considered for a residency position in the upcoming intern class.

Application for 2022-2023 Academic Year

The externship is open to MS4’s at any US medical school. It offers selected externs a $1500 scholarship for travel, lodging, and other expenses. Applications are due 60 days before the start of the rotation. You are encouraged to apply early as positions fill up VERY quickly.  All interested students must apply via VSLO, and complete the below survey. The course name is EMED 8011 URM Career Elective, Emergency Medicine. Students are welcome and encouraged to apply both to EMED 8011, and to EMED 8006 (traditional career track elective). 

Application Checklist

☐ Complete survey above

☐ Apply to 8011 in VSAS 

☐ CV uploaded to VSAS
☐ Copy of Step 1 score (to confirm pass) uploaded to VSAS (supplemental documents)
☐ Copy of transcript (to ensure you are in good standing with your medical school) uploaded to VSAS
☐ 500 or less word essay uploaded to VSAS (supplemental documents)

Prompt: In 500 words or less describe any experiences in your personal life or in your training that have led you to appreciate the difficulties faced by the medically underserved. How do you foresee caring for the underserved in your future practice?


Visit for housing opportunities. If accepted, we will contact you with additional housing options in the area.


Manuel R. Montano, MD

Co-Clerkship Lead

Director of Medical Student and Intern Education

Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine

Staff Physician, Denver Health Medical Center

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

University of Colorado School of Medicine


Renee King, MD

Co-Clerkship Lead

Faculty, Emergency Medicine

Staff Physician, Denver Health Medical Center

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

University of Colorado School of Medicine

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