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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 
Medicine-Infectious Disease

Aimee Bernard, PhD
Immunology & Microbiology  

Nicole Draper, MD 

Danielle Royer, PhD
Cell and Developmental Biology  

Tom French, PhD 

Jessica Duis, MD
Biochemistry and Genetics  

Matt Zuckerman, MD
Emergency Medicine-Medical Toxicology and Pharmacology  

Sarah Milla, MD       
Radiology- Pediatrics

Arun Kannappan

Lisa Lee
Histology and Embryology

Content Directors for Fort Collins Branch Students

Greg Amberg, PharmD, PhD
Physiology, Pharmacology

Tod Clapp, PhD
Aneuroanatomy, Anatomy 

Jeff Wilusz, PhD

Marcela Henao-Tamayo, MD, PhD

Ilana Kafer, MD

Mary Ann Degroote, MD
Infectious Disease 

Nicole Kelp, PhD
Biochemistry; Genetics; Pathology 

Elizabeth Ryan, PhD

Zach Throckmorton, PhD
Anatomy; Histology; Embryology, 

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.