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Research Opportunities


The Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is invested in promoting and cultivating research opportunities for those residents who are seeking research experience to enhance a future academic career, fellowship candidacy or both. Our approach combines ample elective time of which 3 months can be used for research rotations, multiple mechanisms to meet potential research mentors and departmental level research guidance and mentorship from the Associate Program Director for Subspecialty Training, Dr. Joshua Klopper. Additionally, the Department of Medicine provides funds to help offset the cost of travel to regional or national meetings for residents who submit original research abstracts.

The Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has a strong track record of excellence in biomedical research. The Department of Medicine accounted for 32% of all NIH funding to the school of medicine in 2012. Our diversity is our strength, as Department of Medicine faculty are based at multiple hospitals and campuses in our system, providing unique research opportunities across a variety of topics and patient populations. Finally, the vision of Dr. Schwartz includes collaboration among different departments within the School of Medicine and across the University of Colorado to increase opportunities for all trainees and faculty.

Education – The Research Pathway

Many residents are interested in careers as physician-scientists but have not had significant research experience and/or do not have an in-depth understanding of the reality of investing significantly in a research focused academic career.  The research pathway curriculum provides interactive sessions for those medicine residents who anticipate research to be a significant component of their future training and career. In the first 6 months of the year, there are topics that are considered “core sessions” that all residents attend as they pertain to any medicine trainee. In the second half of the academic year, the research pathway provides interactive sessions to those self-selected residents who want a better understanding of research options, funding opportunities and alternative careers in research outside of academia.  Additionally, there are specific sessions to help prepare for fellowship applications and interviews such as a research fellow panel discussion as well as a fellowship program director panel.

Our Research Pathway is led by Associate Program Director Dr. Joshua Klopper, MD