The School of Medicine is one of the 4 components of
the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
The others are the schools of Dentistry and Nursing,
and their Graduate School. The School of Medicine
began in 1883 in Boulder. The first University Hospital was a 30-bed facility contracted in 1885, then
relocated in 1911 to Denver, a city that offers many cultural and recreational facilities.
4-year semimodern. First year: Introductory basic sciences and courses in genetics and biometrics, as well as
the first of a 3-year longitudinal course in primary care.
Second year: Advanced basic sciences and courses in
physical examination and preclerkship, pathophysiology of disease, clinical neurosciences, basic cardiac life
support and primary care. Third and fourth years:
Clerkship rotations through the major clinical specialties, electives, and free time. Seminars in minor clinical
specialties are held throughout the school year. A large
number of clinical and basic science opportunities are
offered for the elective quarters. This allows students to
major in certain specialties or subspecialties or to have
experience in programs in community medicine, family medicine, or rural practice. It also provides for
additional work in basic sciences or in laboratory
research. An elective rural preceptorship is available,
and participation in independent research during vacation is strongly encouraged. Among electives offered
are courses in alcoholism, drug abuse, community medicine, ethical problems in medicine, geriatrics, health
care delivery systems, human sexuality, occupational
medicine, and environmental health hazards.
Minority admissions: A minority-group students program gives special consideration to the applicants,
provides advisory and tutoring services, and grants
financial aid for eligible students.The school also offers
an 8-week summer course, Introduction to Medical
Science, for some students. Other degree programs:
Combined MD-PhD programs are offered in the basic
medical sciences and in biometrics, biophysics, and
genetics; there is a combined MD-MBA program.
Required courses include the minimum premedical science courses plus 1 year of college-level mathematics
and English literature, and 1 semester of English composition. About 85% of the approximately 125
first-year openings are awarded to residents. Transfer
and advanced standing: Applicants in good standing
from approved U.S. medical schools will be considered, when openings occur, for admission to sophomore classes. Preference is given to Colorado residents.
Colorado residents who have completed their basic sciences at nonaccredited medical schools must have
successfully passed Step 1 of the USMLE before being
considered for openings in the sophomore class.
System used is Honors/Pass/Fail. The performance of
each student is considered by curriculum and promotion committees, which determine when students have
satisfactorily completed appropriate coursework.
Teaching: Basic sciences are taught in the School of
Medicine Building, which also has space for faculty
offices and research laboratories. Clinical teaching takes
place at the University Hospital (386 beds), at Colorado
General Hospital (450 beds), at the VA Hospital (500
beds), and at Denver General Hospital (340 beds).
Other: The Sabin Building for Cellular Research, the
Webb-Waring Institute for Medical Research, the Clinical Research Wing of the Colorado General Hospital.
regularly. Housing: No residence halls available.