The University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU SOM) opened a four-year branch campus in Fort Collins, in partnership with Colorado State University (CSU). In both 2020 and 2021, the program welcomed third-year medical student cohorts from the CU Anschutz Medical Campus to complete their core clinical training year in the Fort Collins medical community. The clinical community and the patients in Northern Colorado have been tremendous partners in this endeavor paving the way for excellent clinical training. The Fort Collins community at large has also played a key role as our students In July 2021, the first four-year cohort of 12 medical students matriculated.
“It’s safe to say that for years now, leadership at both the CU SOM 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.
“It’s exciting to start the new branch campus as the CU SOM simultaneously launches a new curriculum. We are partnering on many levels with the goal of preparing graduates to address the complex health care issues that individuals and society face,” said Suzanne Brandenburg, Associate Dean for Education for the CU SOM at CSU. “The new campus provides novel opportunities by integrating some of the best of what both institutions have to offer from science education to translational research to a One Health(hyperlink?) framework and more.”
The Fort Collins branch is housed on the fourth floor of the CSU Health and Medical Center, which opened in 2017. The floor was recently built out as a state-of-the-art learning space for the CU SOM at CSU.
While the advantages of being affiliated with two major universities are attractive in themselves, I primarily chose the FCB because I knew I would thrive in the more intimate learning environment.
Nick Felan, Class of 2025
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
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