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Researchers Discover Mesolithic-Period Infant Burial That Could Be One of Oldest of Its Kind

The remains of an infant that researchers came to call Neve emerged slowly from 10,000 years of sediment. Near the back of Arma Veirana cave above the village of Erli in northwest Italy, delicate brush strokes first revealed perforated shell beads and pendants and then, on the last day of the 2017 excavation season, fragments of a tiny human cranium.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 19, 2022
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State of the School 2022

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Colorado School of Medicine still had many accomplishments to celebrate in 2021.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date January 13, 2022
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Family Motivates Mission to Break Down Health Barriers

Growing up and watching her dad dress in slightly mismatched suits and ties, Jasmin Torres smiled as she witnessed his fashion choices. While a fond memory of her childhood, she eventually learned her father’s fashion wasn’t a quirk, but rather a result of color blindness.


Author Rachel Wittel | Publish Date January 12, 2022
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Grandmother’s Experiences During World War II Influence Student’s Decision to Pursue Medicine

Rebecca Henkind grew up seeing the example of her grandmother’s volunteer work with people experiencing homelessness – at the Flemington (New Jersey) Area Food Pantry and with Flemington Presbyterian Church’s shelter.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date January 07, 2022
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Ava Swenson Balances Medicine With History and Art

Even as a premed student at the University of Minnesota, Ava Swenson knew that to feel truly fulfilled in her medical career, she would need to find ways to indulge her loves of art and history along the way.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date December 28, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Top Stories of 2021

This was another exciting year for the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and we were able to share more than 70 stories spotlighting our incredible faculty, staff, trainees, and students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 16, 2021
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Military Lessons Translate to Medical Studies for Former U.S. Navy Pilot

There’s a saying in U.S. Navy aviation: No fast hands in a cockpit. That means if a warning light comes on or anything else happens to indicate an emergency, the pilot doesn’t immediately start poking buttons or yanking levers. They pause, they take a breath, they assess the situation, and then they respond.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date November 11, 2021
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CU Street Medicine Connects Students with Opportunities to Aid People Experiencing Homelessness

Patient care doesn’t always happen within four walls or in buildings with controlled climates and cupboards full of supplies. Sometimes it happens in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, by a trail – wherever a person with need happens to be.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 28, 2021
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Study Finds Family Physicians Deliver Babies in Majority of Rural Hospitals

In the heart of a city, the distances in rural communities may be difficult to envision. The space between neighbors can sometimes be measured in miles rather than blocks; a drive to the nearest hospital may take dozens of minutes rather than a handful.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 19, 2021
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Research Finds Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Fertility Awareness Among Reproductive-Aged Women

When Dana Siegel, MD, was a teacher and mentor to 4th grade students in an under-resourced public school as a City Year AmeriCorps Member prior to medical school, her primary goal was to help bridge education gaps, support equal opportunity for all students, and keep them on track to graduation. What she observed, however, was not just education gaps, but also underlying health care disparities that directly and indirectly impacted her students’ success in the classroom. It was during this time as a teacher that she decided to study medicine.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 07, 2021
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Climate Fellow Working to Support Physicians in Becoming Climate Advocates

It began with a three-week plastic-free challenge that changed the course of Bhargavi Chekuri’s medical career path. The challenge was to go three weeks without the ease and convenience of plastic bags, plastic wrapping, and all the other plastics that make their way into daily life. 


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date September 23, 2021
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White Coat Ceremony Welcomes Members of the Class of 2025

The 184 members of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Class of 2025 were welcomed into the medical profession Friday at the traditional White Coat Ceremony on campus. The group of first-year medical students heard from several speakers before ascending the stage to receive the white coats and stethoscopes that mark the beginning of their new academic journey.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date July 30, 2021
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CU Pediatrician Matthew Rustici Named Macy Faculty Scholar

Matthew Rustici, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at CU School of Medicine, has been named a Macy Faculty Scholar for 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 14, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Names New Chair of Family Medicine

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, has been named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective Oct. 1, 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date July 06, 2021
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Panel Discusses “Being LGBTQIA+ On Anschutz Medical Campus”

On June 28 the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Center for Advancing Professional Excellence (CAPE) hosted the third installment in its virtual community event series “Being _____ On Anschutz Medical Campus.” The goal of the series is to connect with the Anschutz community and amplify diverse voices through candid conversations with members of underrepresented groups. Previous events centered on the Black and AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) communities.


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date June 30, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Holds Commencement for the Class of 2021

The University of Colorado School of Medicine Hooding & Oath Ceremony took place Friday, May 28, 2021, at 9 a.m. Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, the in-person ceremony was limited to the 184 members of the class of 2021, their personal CU School of Medicine faculty hooders, and up to two vaccinated guests each. The event was also livestreamed for friends and family members unable to attend in person.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date May 28, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Graduation 2021

After a year of many celebrations being held virtually, the University of Colorado School of Medicine will celebrate this year's graduates with an intimate hooding and oath ceremony on Friday, May 28, 2021.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 25, 2021
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Scholar’s New Book Amplifies Children’s Voices

When children’s rights expert Warren Binford, JD, EdM, reported in 2019 that children in migration were held by the U.S. government in squalid conditions at the southern border, her description – based on interviews with the children and site inspections of the facilities – was denounced by White House officials and its allies as untrue.


Author Mark Couch | Publish Date April 27, 2021
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New CU School of Medicine at Colorado State University to Welcome First Cohort this Summer

The new University of Colorado School of Medicine at Colorado State University (CU SOM at CSU) branch campus will welcome its first four-year cohort of 12 medical students in Fort Collins this July. The branch will provide new avenues for clinical training for students as well as an opportunity to collaborate with another of Colorado’s top universities.  


Author Valerie Gleaton | Publish Date April 23, 2021
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A Game-Changing New Curriculum at the CU School of Medicine

The Class of 2025, whose members arrive on campus in July to begin their first year of medical school, will usher in a new era at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. It will be the first class to experience a reimagined curriculum aimed at getting students into hospitals earlier and connecting them with patients in a more meaningful way, with a renewed focus on community engagement and social determinants of health.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date April 20, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Moves Up in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 6 in primary care and No. 27 in research on the Best Medical School rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Medical School Students Celebrate Virtual Match Day

For the second year in a row, the University of Colorado School of Medicine Match Day celebration was hosted virtually for students, faculty, staff, family, and friends due to the pandemic. Instead of a mad dash to retrieve an envelope from a bulletin board, like the Match Day Jeff Druck, MD, assistant dean of student affairs, experienced, this year’s Match announcement was replaced by an email that promptly hit inboxes at 10 a.m. MDT on Friday, March 19.


Author Emma Brokaw | Publish Date March 22, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Match Day 2021

It's a time-honored tradition that many medical students dream about. You receive a message, you open it, and suddenly it seems like everything in your life changes. For medical students who are about to graduate, Match Day is a career-defining moment.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 19, 2021
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Colorado Native Takes Global Approach to Medicine

Some kids dread a visit to the doctor’s office, but Sanju Garimella always loved it. In fact, she loved it so much that she spent a day shadowing her pediatrician for a fifth-grade class assignment.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 18, 2021
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A Passion for Providing Care for Underserved Communities

With Match Day approaching, Michael Levy is looking forward to finding out where he will spend the next four years during his residency. Michael came to the University of Colorado School of Medicine after earning his undergraduate degree in human biology from Stanford University.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 16, 2021
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An Athlete’s Journey Into Medicine

Khyla Burrows wants to pay it forward. Physicians helped the fourth-year medical student through her share of injuries when she was a young ski racer growing up in Winter Park, Colorado.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 11, 2021
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On a Mission to Create Meaningful Progress on Diversity and Inclusion

Kia Washington, MD, looks back on her undergraduate experience as four years that helped to shape who she is. One of those years in particular stands out as not just formative, but transformative.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 08, 2021
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Waiting on a Hometown Match

As Anthony Scott awaits Match Day on March 19, when he’ll find out where he will spend the next four years as a resident in psychiatry, he doesn’t find his mind wandering far. Scott, who received undergraduate and graduate degrees at Arizona State University before coming to the University of Colorado School of Medicine, hopes to stay on the Anschutz Medical Campus for his residency, working with some of the same physicians and faculty members he trained with as a medical student.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date March 08, 2021
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CU and Mile High Medical Society Celebrate New Scholarship Fund

The University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus today announced the establishment of the Charles J. Blackwood, MD, Endowed Memorial Scholarship to support Black and other underrepresented medical students.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 22, 2021
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CU Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine Reaches Five-Year Mark for Providing Care in Greenland

Five years ago, the Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (WEM) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine journeyed to Greenland to provide health care services for researchers at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Summit Station.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date February 19, 2021
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CU School of Medicine Sees Applications Double Over Five Years

Even amid an increase in medical school applications across the country, the University of Colorado School of Medicine stands out. Outpacing the rise at most other medical schools, the CU School of Medicine has seen its number of applications double in the past five years, jumping 35% in the past year alone, compared to an increase of 18% nationwide. More than 14,000 candidates from around the world applied for one of just 184 seats in the class of 2025.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 12, 2021
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Increasing Elementary Schoolers’ Access to Science

Along with art and music, science classes are often among the first to go when a school is faced with budget cuts.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date February 04, 2021
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CU Offers Plan for Improving Mental Health Care for Resident Physicians

A pilot program to offer mental health services offered resident physicians at the University of Colorado School of Medicine provides a model for confidential and affordable help, according to an article published today by the journal Academic Medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 04, 2021
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State of the School Address by Dean Reilly

Dean John J. Reilly, Jr., MD, highlighted some of the CU School of Medicine’s accomplishments over the past five years and outlined key initiatives moving forward in his annual State of the School address on January 13. He also spoke to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date January 15, 2021
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Medical Students Gain Valuable Experience Through Community Projects

In October, ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science) and the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute invited a panel of several current and former students from the University of Colorado School of Medicine to share their experiences working on community-based projects with the Committed to Community program through 2040 Partners for Health, an Aurora, Colorado based nonprofit that works to eliminate health disparities and improve health in marginalized communities in the Denver metro area.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date December 23, 2020
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Turning a Program Requirement into an Impactful Community Project

This summer, many parents scrambled as summer camps for their children were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Desperate parents were searching for safe activities that could engage their children after a spring of remote learning and lockdown at home.


Author Chanthy Na | Publish Date September 23, 2020
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CU School of Medicine Welcomes Class of 2024

The University of Colorado School Medicine and Office of Student Life welcomed the class of 2024 with a virtual orientation last Friday, launching the new medical students on their studies while the world continues to deal with a global pandemic.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date August 03, 2020
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CU School of Medicine in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is listed No. 9 on the primary care rankings of medical schools and No. 31 on the research rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date March 17, 2020
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Charles J. Blackwood - A True Pioneer

The University of Colorado School of Medicine was launched in 1883. The new medical school, despite the sentiments about co-ed medical education at the time, did offer medical school admission to “all persons of either sex.” There was no such provision for African Americans. Though the early female students may not have been welcomed with open arms, the first female graduated in 1891. However, it was over 4 more decades, 1947, before CU School of Medicine graduated the first African American student, Dr. Charles J. Blackwood. He was featured in the CU Alumnus magazine on stage with Dr. Florence Sabin with a caption that described him as the first “Negro” graduate.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date February 03, 2020
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Julia Cooper Named Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Julia P. Cooper, PhD, has been named chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics by the University of Colorado School of Medicine, effective March 1, 2020.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 19, 2019
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CU to Offer Innovative Palliative and Hospice Fellowship Training Program

The University of Colorado School of Medicine has been approved to begin offering a first-in-the-nation non-residential fellowship program as a way to meet the need for trained physician specialists in hospice and palliative medicine.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date September 16, 2019
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Brian T. Smith Named Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance

Brian T. Smith has been named Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance for the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Executive Director of CU Medicine, effective August 1.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date June 10, 2019
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CU-CSU Partner to Open Medical School Branch

The University of Colorado School of Medicine is in the planning stages of establishing a medical school branch in Fort Collins in partnership with Colorado State University.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date May 30, 2019
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CU Awarded Grant for Open Educational Resources

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in partnership with other campuses in the CU System has received a $60,000 award under the state’s Open Education Resources (OER) initiative.


Author School of Medicine | Publish Date February 21, 2019
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School of Medicine In the News

Denver Gazette

New COVID-19 antivirals unlikely to help in omicron surge as hospitals ring alarm bells

news outletDenver Gazette
Publish DateJanuary 05, 2022

“I think we are in for a very tough two to three weeks,” Connie Price,
the chief medical officer for Denver Health [and professor of medicine
at CU School of Medicine], told reporters at a Tuesday morning news
conference.

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CPR

The omicron surge is underway in Colorado

news outletCPR
Publish DateJanuary 05, 2022

It’s very likely you know someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

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CBS4 Denver

‘Shocking’ Number Of Kids Going To Emergency Room For Mental Health Issues During Pandemic

news outletCBS4 Denver
Publish DateJanuary 04, 2022

A “shocking” number of young Coloradans have been going to emergency rooms during the pandemic — for behavioral health crises and suicidal ideation. The chief medical officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado says preventing outbreaks and keeping schools open are critical to the physical and mental health of our children.

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CPR

Treatment, testing, booster shots and more to know

news outletCPR
Publish DateJanuary 04, 2022

Fueled by the fast-moving omicron variant, Colorado hit a new record for positive COVID-19 cases in a single day — 11,018 on Dec. 31. That was after two days of case numbers above 9,000.

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