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Colorado Springs Branch Office Opens

School of Medicine

2/20/2014

Leaders from the University of Colorado School of Medicine on Wednesday celebrated the opening of its branch in Colorado Springs at a ceremony in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

The branch in Colorado Springs will allow the CU School of Medicine to expand its class size and offer new clinical-training opportunities for third- and fourth-year medical students.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to accomplish many of our goals – teaching students, caring for patients and building strong relationships with communities and health care providers throughout the state,” said School of Medicine Dean Richard Krugman, MD.

The opening of the Lane Center  at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is the result of a $4 million gift from the John E. and Margaret L. Lane Foundation to UCCS and Peak Vista Community Health. The School of Medicine will occupy the fourth floor of the building at 4863 N. Nevada Ave.

Among the speakers at the event was Erik Wallace, MD, who is associate dean of the School of Medicine’s Colorado Springs branch.

“The School of Medicine’s branch in Colorado Springs, along with partnerships and support from UCCS, community health-care providers, and community stakeholders will be able to provide a superior medical education experience for our students who will then become outstanding 21st century physician leaders improving the health for everyone in this community for many years to come,” Wallace said.

This summer, the School of Medicine plans to matriculate 184 students pursuing medical degrees, an increase from its current class size of 160. Beginning in 2016, the additional 24 students per class will receive clinical training at sites in El Paso County.

 

*This article refers to the "UCCS Branch."  For clarification, this will be the University of Colorado School of Medicine Colorado Springs Branch.  The administrative and academic offices of the Colorado Springs Branch will be located in the Lane Center for Academic Health Sciences on the UCCS campus.