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​Colorado Springs Mentored Integrated Curriculum


The Colorado Springs Branch (CSB) is the first Regional Medical Campus for the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The CSB accepts up to 24 students each year. These students will complete their third year (Phase III) core clerkship rotations in Colorado Springs as part of a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model.

The COSMIC LIC facilitates the development of students into their role as doctors as well as their roles as leaders in their community. In COSMIC, CSB students spend approximately the first 2 months in “inpatient immersion” rotations. These are 1-2 week rotations in surgery, anesthesiology, internal medicine, pediatrics, labor and delivery and psychiatry. During the remaining 10 months of COSMIC, CSB students complete all 10 of the core Phase III specialties at the same time throughout the year. Students spend 2-4 half-days per month on average in each specialty, mostly in the outpatient setting, depending on the length of the specialty block during Phase III. Additional required and selective inpatient experiences are scheduled throughout the year.

Course Goals:

1. As strong physician leadership improves patient care and community health, we aim to develop uniquely capable 21st century physician leaders who are poised to lead interdisciplinary teams to effect change across healthcare systems and communities and deliver outstanding patient care.

2.To demonstrate competence in developing a QI intervention and navigating patients through the healthcare system in a safe and compassionate manner.

Learning Objectives: 

1. Identify leadership roles and responsibilities that 21st century physicians assume in administrative, clinical, and civic arenas.

2. Explain recognized leadership styles, including the advantages and limits of their own natural leadership style.

3. Analyze the impact of Emotional Intelligence for effective leadership and communication.

4. Compare and contrast conflict management styles.

5. Describe models for community engagement and organizational change.

6. Become an effective partner for collaborative action:

  • Identify methods and resources to characterize community needs

  • Delineate organizational structures that affect decision-making

  • Create and deliver an effective message

  • Evaluate the impact of your intervention

7. Analyze a process of care for a healthcare quality gap that they identify.

8. Quantify the identified gap and make recommendations for closing the quality gap.

9. Demonstrate the characteristics of a compassionate provider. 

For more information about the COSMIC LIC program please check out our website. ​