Beginning in 2006, the Undergraduate Pre-Health Program (UPP) offers summer paid opportunities for students in career exploration at the Anschutz Medical Campus from the Colorado School of Public Health, College of Nursing, School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy, Graduate School, and the School of Dental Medicine. Students have direct access to faculty, deans, and staff on the campus; the opportunity to work in both clinical and scientific research, and to shadow healthcare professionals; and receive coaching, tutoring, and exam review (i.e. MCAT, PCAT, DAT, GRE). Moreover, students receive assistance with graduate and professional school applications, letters of recommendations, personal statements, interview skills, mentoring opportunities, and post-graduate program opportunities.
The objective is to produce competitive applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations for professional health programs by, (1) helping to increase the number of underrepresented individuals within the health care professions to reduce health disparities in Colorado, and (2) exposing students to health disparities and their impact on the underserved populations.
Overall, this program has assisted in increasing the enrollment of historically ethnic minority populations in health-related programs at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. Twenty-five Latino students have completed the program. Of these students, 15 have applied and have been accepted into the following professional programs: 1 Physician Assistant, 1 Graduate School (Public Health), 2 Dental Medicine, 5 Nursing, and 6 Medicine.
This program was recognized as an Honorable Mention for making innovative and/or significant improvement in increasing Latino student success.