Here, in my opinion, we have the 'best of both worlds' with access to not only the limitless opportunities at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus but also those present at CSU and its many prestigious graduate programs.
Nick Felan Class of 2025
Health & Society Integration - Service Learning Projects
Respite Care is non-profit organization that provides childcare for children between the age of 6 weeks and 21 years who have developmental disability and cannot be served in a traditional childcare setting or school. Students work closely with
childcare providers, developmental and behavioral health specialists, speech therapists, nurses and parents to provider medical care, education, and therapy to these children. The goal is for them to come away with an understanding of the consequences,
on an entire family, of having a chronically ill child-- from a mental health, employment, and financial perspective and beyond.
The mission of N2N is to open doors and advance lives from homelessness through homeownership by providing sustainable housing, supportive services and education to the Larimer County community. N2N believes in the premise that without meeting basic housing
needs, families struggle with the needs such as meals, education, employment, and health care. LIC students worked with the staff to create a STEM education program for the 300 residents that reside in the 135 units owned by N2N. Students work directly
with residents and have the opportunity to observe firsthand the relationship between access to housing and education, health, and food insecurity and to create educational programming for residents as the needs arise.
Street Dog Coalition is committed to protecting and honoring the special bond between all humans and their families by providing free medical care and related services to pets of people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. Student work directly
with veterinarians and veterinary students from CSU to deliver this care. They also have laid the ground work for the eventual expansion of the Street Clinic work to include care for the human pet owners as well.
Farm hosts up to 75 men in a rehabilitation programs that last up to 27 months on the 100-acre farm filled with chickens, cows, goats, miniature horses, and pigs. Men work on the farm and attend groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotic Anonymous, Christian-based
counseling, academic and vocational studies (covering topics such as resume building and interview skills), and relational and life skill courses such as anger management, self-awareness, debt elimination, and budgeting. Students work directly with Harvest
Farm residents in the agricultural farm settings, group counseling settings, and in life skill courses and have begun to create some medical educational programming.
First Year Electives
Demographic predictions include a growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States. Provision of linguistic-concordant care improves health outcomes for individuals. We would like to introduce students at the Fort Collins branch to medical Spanish to improve their comfort level with communicating with patients and community partners. We are aware of over 20 US allopathic medical schools (including CUSOM at the Anschutz campus) that offer Medical Spanish training.
This weekly one hour class seeks to increase Fort Collins Branch first year medical student comfort level with interacting with Spanish-speaking patients. It is intended to be a precursor to clinical or community settings where they may work directly with Spanish-speaking patients. We also hope to introduce the students to the work being done at the CSU satellite campus in Todos Santos, and begin to brainstorm One Health-related opportunities for an immersion experience later in their training.
Overarching goals for this course: Students should improve upon basic medical Spanish communication skills regarding common health concerns. They will learn about benefits of learning Spanish for future clinical careers, and explore opportunities for a One Health-related immersion experience. Students will recognize the importance of cultural competency as an integral component of language acquisition.
The One Health concept recognizes health connections between humans, animals, and their shared environments. It promotes professional cooperation between physicians, veterinarians, and others to address complex problems affecting multiple species and pathogens in changing environments.
Today's collaborations across fields of health and wellness are insufficient to meet societies' challenges in combating disease and maintaining the ecosystem and public health. For example, researchers have previously found that in the realm of infectious diseases, there is a dearth of communication between veterinary and medical professionals, which, with the recent spread of various infectious diseases such as COVID-19, is necessary to track and respond to zoonotic threats. This problem is worsened by the isolation of the training and education within each profession, as well as the lack of zoonotic disease training and lack of environmental health information in human medicine curricula. Therefore, collaboration is essential to equip future physicians in the skills necessary to collaboratively solve complex societal problems including climate change, toxic waste, water pollution, food safety and security, and more.
While many medical educators may not yet be familiar with the concept, the One Health approach has been endorsed by a number of major medical and public health organizations and is beginning to be implemented in a number of medical schools including Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington Medical School. Currently, outside of a single lecture during the Health and Society Curriculum, there is no specific emphasis on One Health throughout the Plains year curriculum.
The proposed elective aims to use an innovative approach to allow our students to provide improved patient care in the context of One Health and to promote healthy environments benefiting all species.
Introduction to general surgery and a variety of surgical specialties with an emphasis on foundational skills and knowledge development. Weekly lectures given by Department of Surgery faculty from Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies in specialties such as ENT surgery, trauma surgery, surgical oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, urology, and orthopedics. Additional skills sessions will be provided to introduce students to surgical instrumentation and basic surgical skills.
Medical Center of the Rockies Ranked Second Best Hospital in Colorado
Poudre Valley Hospital Ranked Fourth Best Hospital in Colorado
General Surgery - 4 weeks Inpatient Internal Medicine - 4 weeks Obtestrics/Pediatrics -3 weeks
Advanced Science Courses
Students spend fourteen weeks in an Integrated Advanced Sciences Courses curriculum during their third year. At the Fort Collins Branch, basic science faculty from CSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences will collaborate with clinical faculty in the Northern Colorado medical community to teach cardiovascular connections, global health and underserved populations, advanced immunology and immunotherapeutics, and advanced neurosciences. Students will engage in authentic clinical experiences, utilize science concepts to advance the care for patients, and explore health and society concepts in the context of clinical patients.
Mentorship and Coaching
Our COMPASS (Coaching, Mindful Reflection, Professional Identity Formation, Assessment, Self-Care, Self-directed learning) program operates like the Anschutz campus program.
Focused in the first year on small group learning surrounding communication and preparation for clinical skills in year two (LIC).