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Medical Sciences 

Our new curriculum moves away from traditional medical education, with two years of basic sciences followed by two years of clinical training. Instead, the medical sciences are interleaved throughout the pre-clerkship phase, the clerkship phase, and the post-clerkship phase in order to help reinforce for our students the integral connection between the medical and clinical sciences. 

There are nine medical science content areas in the Trek curriculum: gross anatomy, embryology, histology, radiology, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. These run longitudinally through the curriculum. 

Content Directors for Anschutz Medical Campus Students

Bruce McCollister, MD 
Content Director, Microbiology Content 
Medicine-Infectious Disease

Aimee Bernard, PhD
Content Director, Immunology
Immunology & Microbiology  

Nicole Draper, MD 
Content Director, Pathology 

Danielle Royer, PhD
Content Director, Anatomy
Cell and Developmental Biology  

Tom French, PhD 
Content Director, Pharmacology 

Jessica Duis, MD
Content Director, Genetics
Pediatrics-Angelman/Duplication 15q Clinic  

Michael Yeager, PhD 
Content Director, Biochemistry 

Matt Zuckerman, MD
Content Director, Pharmacology
Emergency Medicine-Medical Toxicology and Pharmacology  

Sarah Milla, MD       
Content Director, Radiology     
Radiology- Pediatrics

Content Directors for Fort Collins Branch Students

Greg Amberg, PharmD, PhD
Physiology, pharmacology, cell biology, biochemistry, therapeutics

Tod Clapp, PhD
Aneuroanatomy, anatomy 

Jeff Wilusz, PhD
Microbiology, genetics 

Marcela Henao-Tamayo, MD, PhD

Ilana Kafer, MD

Mary Ann Degroote, MD
Infectious disease 

Nicole Kelp, PhD
Ocology, endocrinology, genetics, cell biology, biochemistry 

Elizabeth Ryan, PhD
Immunology, toxicology 

Zach Throckmorton, PhD
Anatomy, embryology, histology 

Mission statement

Students will learn the principles of diverse scientific disciplines – from anatomy to microbiology to pharmacology – in the context of organ system-based courses and in concert with clinical training. This facilitates students’ ability to apply scientific knowledge to patient cases in the classroom and the clinic.