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Longitudinal Curriculum

The Longitudinal Curriculum at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine contains curricular components that extend from one Phase, or year, into another. Some of these components last for all four years. Student participation in Tracks is elective but the rest of the curriculum is required.


Foundations of Doctoring Curriculum- During Phases I, II and III students will have clinical experiences with a community preceptor, and learn communication and physical exam skills.

Integrated Clinicians Course- ICC is an 8-week curriculum spread out over Phases III and IV, which brings the students together from the clinical blocks to provide important skills and knowledge in areas that are vital to the practice of medicine.

Integrated Radiology Curriculum - A four year curriculum covering Radiology and imaging. Medical students begin learning in the first course of medical school, Human Body and build on that foundation for the rest of the program. 

Interprofessional Education and Development (IPED)-I PED develops core competencies in teamwork and collaboration, values and ethics, and quality and safety for first and second year health professions students from dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy and the physician assistant programs.

Mentored Scholarly Activity- Over the four years of medical school, students will work with a mentor on a scholarly project culminating in a capstone presentation in Phase IV.

Problem Based Learning- During the Essentials Core students work through clinical cases in small groups with a faculty facilitator.

Threads- These longitudinal essential themes run through all four years of the medical student curriculum.

Tracks- These elective concentrations are available to students with additional opportunities to enhance learning and practice.