University of Colorado School of Medicine


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.

Unique Programs

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. Library:DenisonMemorialLibraryislocatedinabuildingbearingthesamename.Thecollectionincludesmore than150,000volumes,and2000periodicalsarereceived regularly. Housing: No residence halls available.

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