Medical Student Externship Diversity Scholarship

Announcing an opportunity for academic year 2023-24

Medical Student Externship Diversity Scholarship

The University of Colorado Department of Anesthesiology is offering an Externship Diversity Scholarship opportunity for 4th year visiting medical students who are interested in Anesthesiology. The program and scholarship will be offered to up to three (3) eligible students doing electives in the late summer/early fall of the academic year 2023-2024.

The Department of Anesthesiology at University of Colorado encourages 4th year visiting medical students who are underrepresented in medicine to apply to our Externship Diversity Scholarship to explore an interest in anesthesiology as a specialty but do not have the economic means to access an anesthesia rotation outside of their own program.

The Program will provide accepted "Acting Intern" (4th year medical students) with a four-week rotation at University of Colorado in General Anesthesiology or any of its subspecialties once scheduled for early fall 2023.

As a scholarship program, the Department of Anesthesiology will also provide up to $2,500 of expense reimbursement to help the accepted extern(s) defray the cost of flights, application fees, transportation, meals, and housing expenses.


Program Description

The Externship Diversity Scholarship Program is designed to give students the experience of rotating as an anesthesiology “Acting Intern” (4th year medical student) at University of Colorado Department of Anesthesiology. The "Acting Intern" will function in the role of an anesthesiology resident and will be required to attend all conferences including core curriculum, morbidity and mortality conference, rotation-based clinical case conferences, and simulation lab experiences with the anesthesiology residents.

Who Should Apply

The Program is open to applicants who belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health profession including African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander and/or LGBTQIA+.
The Externship is four weeks in duration and will only be offered in the late summer and early fall of the academic year. Eligible students must be enrolled in their final year of medical school and prove to be in good academic standing at an LCME-accredited medical school.

Additionally, students must have completed all required core clerkships to be eligible for the Externship. Students will be accepted into clinical rotations only if space is available during the preferred time period. In addition, all students must meet all requirements of the University of Colorado School of Medicine for visiting students. Medical Students interested should apply electronically through VSAS and their application sent to the Dean’s Office. See the medical school's Extern (Visiting Students) page for a list of CU's requirements and a link to VSAS.

Application Requirements


Please submit a brief statement of interest (one page), one letter of recommendation, and curriculum vitae to apply for the Externship Diversity Scholarship. An application form from the Department of Anesthesiology should be submitted by April 30, 2023, to Dr. Mario Villaseñor at

Externship decisions will be made by June 16, 2023.