The University of Colorado School of Medicine is opening a branch campus in Fort Collins, in partnership with Colorado State University. In June 2020, the program welcomed 11 third-year medical students from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to complete their core clinical training year in the Fort Collins medical community. In July 2021, the first four-year cohort of 12 medical students will matriculate.
“It’s safe to say that for years now, leadership at both the CU medical school and CSU have talked about ways to collaborate on human health in more significant ways than we have,” said Mark Stetter, Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at CSU. Prior to the medical school branch, the two state universities have collaborated on programs, such as comparative oncology and the effect clinical trials in animals have on human treatments.
“There’s a new term called ‘One Health’ that talks about the connections between animal health, human health and environmental health,” he said. “There is a trend for health professionals to work together in multidisciplinary teams. But I don’t think there’s a trend yet in putting medical education in vet schools. I think that makes us unique.”
“It’s exciting to start a new branch at the time we will also have a new curriculum to build on,” said Suzanne Brandenburg, Associate Dean for Education at the CU School of Medicine, who is coordinating the establishment of the branch. The new campus provides opportunities to innovate by integrating some of the best of what CSU has to offer. "We want to capitalize on the fact that this is a collaboration between two large state schools that both have great reputations for education and science.”
Classes will be held on the fourth floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center, which opened in 2017. The floor was intentionally left unfinished when the building was originally constructed. Construction of the new space was completed in April 2020.
Suzanne Brandenburg MD, Associate Dean, Fort Collins Branch
Greg Amberg, PharmD, PhD, Director of Basic Science Curriculum, Fort Collins Branch; Plains Director, Fort Collins Branch
Rita Knoll, Fort Collins Branch Program Administrator
Christie Reimer, MD, Assistant Dean, Fort Collins Branch
Amy Reppert, MD, Director of Fort Collins Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship
Anuja Riles, MD, Director of Health and Society Curriculum, Fort Collins Branch
Marta Rowh, MD, PhD, Advanced Sciences Director
Jennifer Smith, Program Director