Elective Opportunity for Medical Students Interested in Working with a Diverse Population of Pulmonary Patients  


The section of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics has established an elective rotation for fourth year students who are interested in working with diverse populations. The goal of this rotation is to expose students from outside institutions to pediatric pulmonary care in an incredibly diverse community.

The students, residents, faculty and administration of the University of Colorado School of Medicine (SOM) believe that diversity is a value that is central to the School’s educational, research, community service and health care missions. Therefore, the SOM is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, house staff, and faculty.

Disclaimer: Being accepted for an externship rotation with our institution does not constitute or imply an endorsement by our residency program and sponsoring faculty.  Application approval and participation in a rotation does not guarantee an invitation for an  interview for a residency position. In addition, availability for a preferred sub-specialty rotation is left to the discretion of each division considering  the division’s resources and the needs of learners who are already part of the University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics. Any applicant who applies to AAMC's Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSOL) website portal also needs to complete our supplemental application.


  • Four week rotation is offered year-round
  • Rotate through Pulmonary and Sleep outpatient clinics and inpatient services, along with community-based clinics and programs
  • Includes general pediatric pulmonary care as well as specific conditions, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, and sleep disordered breathing
  • Educational opportunities such as grand rounds and weekly pulmonary conferences

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Complete a comprehensive pulmonary consultation including focused history of present illness, past medical history, review of systems, social history and complete physical examination with particular focus on the pulmonary examination.
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis and develop an assessment and plan for common pediatric respiratory conditions.
  • Interpret pulmonary function testing and gain exposure to interpreting pulmonary imaging and flexible bronchoscopy.
  • Interact professionally with and recognize the value of the members of an multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Describe how coordinated care can be provided across inpatient, outpatient, and community settings.
  • Continue to develop and use the skills of self-directed and life-long learning.