mark deutchman

Welcome to the Rural Program

​Message from the Director

Hello, I’m Dr. Mark Deutchman​, Director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Rural Program. In 2005, the Rural Track was founded as an elective for School of Medicine students interested in future rural practice. The Rural Program builds on the 15-year success of the Rural Track, with the goal of increasing the number of CU medical school graduates who eventually enter and remain in practice in rural Colorado. 

In rural medicine, you will be truly needed and appreciated.  You can have a rich, varied, rewarding professional and personal lifestyle.  From the plains to the mountains, our state offers a variety of opportunities for students to live and train. The Rural Program includes a robust clinical experience that provides future physicians with the knowledge, skills, and support from like-minded students and faculty to serve rural and underserved communities.

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Contact Info

Mark Deutchman, MD
Director & Associate Dean for Rural Health
mark.deutchman@cuanschutz.edu
303-724-9725
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Roberto Silva, MD
Assistant Director​
roberto.silva@cuanschutz.edu
303-724-8418
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Josina Romero O'Connell, MD MPH
Faculty
josina.oconnell@cuanschutz.edu
303-724-0540
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Melanie DeHerrera, MPA
Program Manager
melanie.deherrera@cuanschutz.edu
303-724-0340
Lucille (Lu) Heimerl
Admin Assistant
lucille.heimerl@cuanschutz.edu
303-724-5090

Melissa Darzins, MBA
LIC Coordinator
melissa.darzins@cuanschutz.edu


Please note: The School of Medicine’s Curriculum has undergone reform. Please visit this page for more information on how curriculum looks for the 2025 student class and beyond.