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BA/BS-MD Program Information

The BA/BS-MD degree program at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus aims to promote the diversity of medical professionals practicing medicine in Colorado and to better se​rve the health care needs of the State of Colorado by assembling 10 outstanding students each year from broadly diverse backgrounds. Applicants must be Colorado residents and have an interest in serving the health care needs of Colorado as primary care physicians. This program is a partnership between the University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

Being accepted to the program allows students to earnreserved spot at the University of Colorado School of Medicine provided he or she meets specific academic, non-academic, and professional requirements annually.

Admission of individuals will be conducted through a holistic review in a manner which treats each applicant fairly, on the basis of experience, attributes, and metrics. Please visit the Eligibility page for specifics: 

*Note: It is important that you apply for undergraduate admission to the University of Colorado Denver by October 26, 2018. The admission process to the University can take up to 6 weeks. 

Pre-Application Information Sessions

The University of Colorado School of Medicine and University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be hosting three Pre-Application Information Sessions for the Bachelor of Arts-Bachelor of Science- Doctor of Medicine program for 2018-2019. The dates for these sessions are:
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018
    • The session on September 8th will be held at the downtown Denver Campus (CU Denver Campus) in the Academic Building (aka Student Commons Building), Room 1500 (1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204) from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.
    • View a map of the Downtown Denver Campus 
  • ​​Thursday, September 20, 2018
      • The session on September 20th will be held at the downtown Denver Campus (CU Denver Campus) in the Academic Building (aka Student Commons Building), Room 1600 (1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204) from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.
      • View a map of the Downtown Denver Campus ​
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018
    • The session on October 6th will be held at the downtown Denver Campus (CU Denver Campus) in the Academic Building (Student Commons Building), Room 1600 (1201 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80204) from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.
    • View a map of the Anschutz Medical Campus
The pre-application information sessions will provide attendees with an overview of the program philosophy, as well as the admissions and application process for this program. Both sessions will also provide an overview of the academic as well as the non-academic requirements and answer any questions you might have about applying. Attendees only need to attend one session​. The information provided at each session is the same.

If you are interested in attending an Information Session, please RSVP by clicking on the appropriate link below. The information provided will be used for sending specific information regarding your attendance and informing​ you about session changes if necessary.

Click on the following link to RSVP for the Saturday, September 8, 2018 Information Session (CU Denver Downtown Campus):

Click on the following link to RSVP for the Thursday, September 20, 2018 Information Session (CU Denver Downtown Campus):

Click on the following link to RSVP for the Saturday, October 6, 2018 Information Session (CU Denver Downtown Campus):

What Students are Saying 

Katherine Ketcham, Gunnison

BA/BS-MD Cohort 6

“I have always enjoyed learning about the life sciences and my passion in life is to improve the quality of other people’s lives; so I knew at a young age that medicine was the perfect fit for me. The BA/BS-MD Program has helped me fuel that passion by granting me clinical opportunities that have taught me more than my classes have. Other impactful opportunities include research and seminars on the medical campus to learn about various relevant topics, such as health insurance. I was not prepared for college because my rural high school did not offer many science classes, but with the support of the program, through its directors and tutors, I was able to excel academically. A lot of my college career that shaped me into the open-minded, tender-hearted, and diverse future physician I aspire to be is due to the program’s encouragement, opportunities, and dedication to each student's success.”​

Amar Gill, Westminster

BA/BS-MD Cohort 6

My interest in medicine originated relatively recently. Towards the end of high school, I shadowed a physician’s assistant and gradually became drawn to the longitudinal and patient-centered aspects of the profession. This combined with the humbling nature of the field is what prompted me to pursue the BA/BS-MD program. Maneuvering my way down the pre-medical route has certainly been no walk in the park. I like to think of this program as a toolbox of resources available to help ensure we are prepared for the eventual transition to medical school.

I have been taught that nothing in this world is simply handed over; one must work hard to achieve what he or she desires. By drawing on my many experiences throughout college and all this program has to offer, I have been able to further cultivate my skills and passion to become a physician.

Karima Osman, Denver

BA/BS-MD Cohort 7

Imam Al-Ghazali says, "What is not meant for you will pass you even if it is between your two lips, and what is meant for you will reach you even if it is beneath two mountains." This belief serves as the framework of my medical journey, as the choices I make throughout are testaments to my unique truth and experience. Medicine is my calling, that is absolute; however, the route in which I take is variable and operates on faith. I am incredibly grateful for the educational opportunities I have gained from being in the BA/BS-MD program.  The medical institution views diversity as a prerequisite to medical excellence, and my multi-hyphenated identity is respected and understood to be an asset to their mission.  Through my supportive network and academic persistence, I have earned my spot in this program and I shall continuously strive to be holistically deserving of my place in medical school. In staying true to my aspirations and values, I have inevitably met resistance, but that too is part of this path. I hope to ultimately serve as a physician in Colorado and in Somaliland— the two places I call home. Verily, I will meet different challenges in each setting, but through my interdisciplinary experiences in the program, I have gained insight into the power of teamwork and the importance of self-advocacy. In practice, this will serve me as a physician. It takes a village to get an individual into medical school, and I am honored to have the support of those who invest in my potential.

Yaswanth Chintaluru, Colorado Springs

BA/BS-MD Cohort 7

I was born in a small rural town in India. As a result of the lack of medical resources in their location, my family suffered. At a young age, I realized there was a real lack of proper medical resources in rural areas. Their experiences inspired my aspiration to become a physician and serve the millions of people in Colorado, and around the world that similarly suffer from the lack of medical resources. I chose to be a part of the BA-BS/MD program as I felt that there is no other program that would push me to, and give me the opportunity to, become the best physician possible. Thus far, through the program I have been able to chase my passions. I have been given the opportunity to learn in rural comminutes of Colorado with the CU School of Medicine’s Rural Health Track, intern in various neuroscience research labs, learn from accomplished physicians, and be involved in health focused seminars. Experiences from the program continue to inspire, motivate, and shape me into a better future physician.

Brandon Busch, Grand Junction

BA/BS-MD Cohort 7

Medicine wasn’t always my first interest, but I always knew that I wanted to be able to help individuals. There were many points in my life where I’d seen my family members in and out of the hospital for anything from cancer to emergency life threatening surgeries. There were even times where even I had to rely on medical professionals to help me return to a healthy life. These moments were what made me want to pursue a career in medicine. Through these experiences I was able to see the positive affect these physicians had on the local community and my family especially. The physicians often worked with us at our lowest points but still provided us with the care, support, and expertise necessary to help us return to our normal lives. It was because of these great physicians that I want to be able to provide my community with the same level of care and support and hopefully be able to assist people in living the healthy life we all deserve. The BA/BS-MD program is helping me tremendously with reaching that goal. Not only has the program provided me with the support needed to get through the rigorous school work required, it has also given me opportunities to work with great physicians, researchers, community members, and students in the Colorado area. The BA/BS-MD program has also provided me with a support system of other students who all have the same goal and passion for medicine in mind. The BA/BS-MD program has fostered an environment in which I know I have the capability to become the future physician I aspire to be. Overall, this program has continued to prepare me to take on this difficult journey, and has increased my passion to become a physician and serve my Colorado community.


Yishak Bedaso , Aurora

BA/BS-MD Cohort 8

 When I was 11, my family and I were selected by the diversity lottery to come to the United States from Ethiopia. The healthcare system in Ethiopia is one of the poorest in the world, and most Ethiopians receive inadequate care. Although the healthcare system in the United States is obviously stronger than the one in Ethiopia, there are still people who don’t get adequate care because they don’t know how to access the system, don’t speak the language, or don’t feel comfortable going to doctors. This has motivated me to practice medicine for underserved populations in the United States as well as in Ethiopia, and in both cases I want to work to guarantee quality treatment for all.

The BA/BS-MD program offers me the opportunity to pursue my dream as a physician and gives me the tools necessary to be successful. From helping connect me with physicians to shadow to giving me advice on anything in life, the program and staff have been elemental to my success thus far. I continue to look forward to the coming years and being able to grow as a student and a future physician.


Jesus Dorado, Aurora

2017-2018 BA/BS-MD Cohort 8

Coming from the immigrant Hispanic community of Aurora, I have noticed how difficult it is to obtain proper healthcare and health insurance. Uninsured, Medicaid, and Medicare are the few words I grew up hearing when visiting the doctor myself, the few times that I did. A large part of my community does not visit the doctor on a regular basis and once things are serious, it is often too late. I strive to do my part to change current policies and serve the people like my own family. Through my acceptance into the BA/BS-MD program, my vision for serving my people in these areas has never been clearer. I see myself becoming the physician patients come to see and are familiar with because I look like them and speak the same language. I will understand their struggles and worries when it comes to their lives, and I will be able to serve them as more than a doctor but as a friend and community member. The BA/BS-MD program has offered me incredible opportunities to involve myself in talks about health insurance policy, shadowing with physicians who teach medical school students, and allowed me to meet other students with diverse perspectives. In all honesty, this program has opened doors for me that I would have never found on my own, and all the unbelievable people involved will keep enhancing the education of future Colorado doctors.