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New UC Denver program puts high school grads on pathway to med school


Program a result of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Medicine partnership

 DENVER (Nov. 25, 2009) – High school students eager to begin their careers in medicine now have the opportunity to “reserve” a seat in a top-ranked medical school immediately after high school, thanks to the University of Colorado Denver's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and UC Denver’s School of Medicine combined bachelor of arts/bachelor of science-doctor of medicine BA/ BS-MD program. A first of its kind at UC Denver and in Colorado, the purpose of the degree program is to reach out to high school academic achievers from diverse backgrounds who are committed to serving the health care needs of Colorado.

The focus of the program’s guidelines and eligibility requirements is on selecting eight to ten diverse graduating high school seniors who are not only committed to practicing medicine, but practicing medicine in Colorado. The students must have proven their academic excellence in the classroom as well as demonstrated exemplary characteristics in their communities.

“Acceptance into the program and successful completion of all requirements gives students a reserved seat in a top-ranked medical school and the freedom to explore other interests during their college years at UC Denver,” said Dean Daniel J. Howard, PhD, UC Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The BA/BS-MD program takes eight years to accomplish. Selected students enroll in a bachelor’s degree of choice and also complete the sequence of required premedical course work. The BA/BS-MD students will participate in medical seminars, both clinical and research related, during the summer months. The program provides focused navigation with yearly reviews to keep the students on track to medical school. Upon successful completion of the bachelor’s degree and all program requirements, the students enter the UC Denver School of Medicine.

“Allowing Colorado students to chart a direct course to medical school when they enter UC Denver as undergraduates will ensure that our students have a chance to attend a top-notch school in their own backyards and the state of Colorado can receive the high quality, diverse medical workforce it so desperately needs,” said UC Denver’s Chancellor M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS.

“It’s our responsibility to create a diverse workforce, develop our focus on health care disparities, and participate in increasing the number of students going into primary care and rural health so we can help meet the health care needs of the state and the nation by selecting a talented group of students that intend to practice medicine of the 21st century,” said Richard D. Krugman, MD, dean of UC Denver School of Medicine and vice chancellor for health affairs.

The deadline for fall admission is December 15. Please visit admissions for more information.

The University of Colorado Denver is located on two campuses, the Denver Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo. UC Denver offers more than 120 degrees and programs in 13 schools and colleges and serves more than 28,000 students. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom.


Contact: Caitlin Jenney, 303.315.6376,

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