CU medical students begin clinical training in Colorado Springs

Erik Wallace
Erik Wallace

A community reception to welcome 22 students from the CU School of Medicine class of 2018 is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 29 at Ivywild School, 1604 South Cascade Ave.

The students began  core third-year clinical training in hospitals and clinic facilities across the Colorado Springs community, including Pueblo and Canon City on April 26.

The Colorado Springs Branch is the first regional branch for the School of Medicine, based on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Students in the branch complete their first two years of medical school in Aurora and then complete their clinical experiences in southern Colorado as part of a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship model.  Students will learn to become 21st Century physician leaders who will integrate with inter-professional health care delivery teams to deliver high-quality, cost-conscious, and patient-centered care to the patients, according to Dr. Erik Wallace, associate dean for Colorado Springs branch, CU School of Medicine.

The UCCS Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences serves as the administrative home for the Colorado Springs Branch of the CU School of Medicine. Students will learn at Memorial Hospital, part of UCHealth, which provides funding for the CSB, as well as at Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center, Evans Army Community Hospital, the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, the VA’s PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Outpatient Clinic at Colorado Springs, and dozens of other medical groups in Colorado Springs and Canon City.

The reception is co-sponsored by the El Paso County Medical Society.

Questions? Contact Wallace, erik.wallace@ucdenver.edu.

— Mark Couch, CU School of Medicine

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