In two years, students will start training to become medical doctors at Colorado State University as part of a first-time collaboration with the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Through the partnership, the CU School of Medicine will start a new branch on the CSU campus, where a dozen students are expected to begin classes in 2021. That initial enrollment will likely grow over time.

The training program will marry strengths at both universities, joining CU School of Medicine’s leading medical education and research programs with CSU’s expertise in human, animal, and public health.

Medical students enrolled at the Fort Collins branch will complete all four years of their studies on the CSU campus, with classes taught by faculty from both universities and clinical training provided through medical facilities in Northern Colorado.

The new educational program will draw on CSU’s deep expertise in biomedical sciences, among other broad fields. This includes human anatomy and neuroanatomy, the focus of state-of-the-art laboratories in the recently opened Health Education Outreach Center on campus. Biomedical sciences underpin Colorado State’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, ranked the No. 3 veterinary school in the country.

Colorado’s two major universities have collaborated for many years on health education and research, with partnerships in the Colorado School of Public Health, the CU Cancer Center, and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. These and other connections make the new partnership a natural, Tony Frank, chancellor of the CSU System, noted.

The medical school branch will be housed on the fourth floor of CSU’s Health and Medical Center. Officials at the two schools are now working to address needs related to faculty, curriculum, and accreditation.