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The Scholar's Year


Hoping to expand your horizons in medical school and beyond? The Scholar’s Year program lets you customize your medical education.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers the Scholar’s Year program to students seeking the opportunity to participate in educational experiences outside of the regular curriculum. Scholar’s Year programs are customizable to meet the student’s professional interests and improve the student’s ability to serve their patients and communities.

The Scholar’s Year allows students to take one year away from the regular curriculum for specialized study. Students pay only minimal student fees and no tuition during this time, yet retain the benefits afforded to full-time students, including health insurance, financial aid, federal loan forbearance, and access to campus facilities and support.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Scholar’s Year program provides a significant degree of flexibility for students to pursue opportunities that will inform and enrich their careers and benefit their patients and communities.

How does it work?

All medical students in good standing are eligible to apply. Students must first identify a project and mentor and then attend a preliminary meeting with the Office of Student Life. The student must then complete the Scholar's Year application and submit it to an advisory committee for review and guidance. If accepted, the student may begin his or her work after completing the third year of studies.

Potential academic experiences may include:

  • Basic science or clinical research
  • Global health
  • Community-based learning
  • Health policy
  • Humanities in medicine