Center for Education Research & Scholarship


The Department of Pediatrics Center for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS) supports research and scholarship in health professions education and creates a culture of collaboration among educators across the department. 

Education Research and Scholarship​

The center has developed a growing community of education scholars in the Department of Pediatrics. We meet weekly to share updates and gather to build skills and expertise for doing education scholarship. Anyone interested in education is welcome to join us.

Services and Support

CERS will facilitate and offer guidance and support to faculty, fellows, residents, and students in their medical education research and scholarship efforts, fostering a community of education scholars and, by doing so, align with Medical Education’s vision of being recognized leaders in medical education.

To best serve the community of medical education researchers in the Department of Pediatrics, we have identified the following areas that have a need for support and guidance: 

  • Support for doing research and writing grants in education
  • Faculty development: Equipping faculty to do research & scholarship in education
  • Curriculum development and innovation: Creating new approaches to education
  • Assessment and evaluation: Evaluating the education we do and making plans for further improvement
  • Teaching and learning: Studying education and developing innovative approaches 


If you have any questions, please email us at or call us at one of the numbers below.

Meghan Treitz, MD
Co-Director of CERS
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Sheilah Jiménez
Professional Research Assistant

Application Process

Before you complete the online application form, please gather all the required documents listed below and submit them along with the application before the close of the application due date, May 15, 2019.

To be Submitted with Application:

  1. If you are considering applying for residency we need a copy of your USMLE transcript.  If you have not completed the Step 1 and Step 2 examination, please do not apply until you have completed them.
  2. A faculty letter indicating your class ranking and whether or not you were an honor student
  3. Copy of your medical school transcript that gauges clinical performance
  4. Copy of your CV

Expectations and Guidelines:

  1. All observers must wear a Children's Hospital Colorado photo ID at all times while on site. The badge must be returned at the end of the rotation. There is an assessment of a fee for unreturned or damaged ID badges.
  2. Observers must be supervised at all times by an attending faculty physician, fellow, or supervising resident physician.  Observers should never be in the presence of a patient by themselves.
  3. Observers may participate in lunch conferences and other didactic activities as appropriate.
  4. Observers must not provide medical care, conduct patient interviews, take a medical history, examine a patient, provide medical advice to a patient, or assist in any procedure.
  5. Observers must not make entries into patient medical records.
  6. Observers should never make copies of any patient medical records or other materials identified with patient names or other patient information.
  7. Observers must not write orders for patients or make verbal orders for patients.




  • Can you tell me what electives have seats available? The roster is constantly changing; therefore, we cannot determine what seats are available. We encourage you to apply for the electives you plan to specialize.
  • Are there any periods for which you are not accepting international observers? Yes, the months of July and December.
  • A faculty member has already told me that I may attend their elective. Is this allowed? In order to ensure fairness to all observers, we do not allow observers to make their own arrangements for observerships directly with individual faculty members and course directors. All scheduling is done on a space-available basis through an application process. 
  • How long until I receive information regarding whether or not my application was approved? June 24, 2016, which is six weeks after the application due date.
  • Supplemental Information - Submit after receipt of acceptance (The supplemental information must be submitted a minimum of 60 days prior to the start of the rotation.)
    • Proof of health insurance coverage
    • Copy of your international criminal background check
    • Proof that you passed a drug screen, requirements on application
    • Proof of immunizations, requirements on application
    • Copy of HIPAA training certificate 
    • $100.00 dollar registration fee.  Please pay by online, by U.S. check or money order upon arrival
  • Where should I send my additional supplemental application paperwork? Once an applicant has been approved for an observership, all supplemental paperwork should be emailed exactly 2 months prior to the start of the rotation and sent to the following email address:
  • What if I am a medical student and I'm looking for credit towards graduation from my medical school?  If you are a medical student from outside of the United States and you are looking for credit towards graduation, please read the instructions to apply for a rotation through the University of Colorado School Medicine by clicking on the link below. Here is the link:  International



  • Where can I find more information on housing during my rotation? Contact for a list of current housing options.
  • Are meals provided? No, meals are each individual’s responsibility.
  • What is the hospital’s dress code?  You are required to dress professionally and wear a short white lab coat at all times during your stay at the hospital.
  • Can I take a day off during my observership and/or change my observership?  No, time off and changes are not permitted.  All assignments are final.