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What is required of a Mentor over the 4 Years?


Application Process:

    • Meet with potential Research Track student
    • Assist and review student application
      • Unlike graduate and other types of students, the majority of medical student training will occur outside your lab. Most students will have little additional time beyond what is prescribed for participation in this program. Thus, it is important that you work with the student to identify a project which is
    • Feasible in the limited time available to a student (see below)
    • That is of enough interest to you and your lab to support and provide mentorship, but that can be deferred up to 3 years before manuscript submission and completion
      • Each field of science is different and each lab is different, but one possible time-line for student projects is
    • Spring Phase I (1/2 day per week) – clarify project, regulatory approval, skill development
    • Summer between Phase I and II (8 weeks full time) – data collection
    • Fall Phase II (1/2 day per week) – data organization, initial data analysis, poster preparation. It is important to remember that students will be leaving the project for 17-22 months and need to be able to recognize what the data means when they return
    • Phase IV May-November (two 4-week rotations) – recommend that the two rotations be at least 3 months apart
    • Rotation 1 – complete analysis, write up and submit manuscript, prepare and submit abstract for national meeting
    • Rotation 2 – review submission feedback; revise and resubmit
      • To complete final application, a separate email from you, the mentor, confirming your willingness to be involved with the applying student.

During Student’s Phase I

    • Student will spend a minimum of ½ day per week January-May of Phase I.
    • Help students obtain necessary approvals to work in your lab (CHC and VA are examples of locations that require additional approval beyond that provided by UC Denver.
    • Help determine need for IRB or IACUC approval
    • Refer student to CITI or other appropriate training
    • You will be asked to act as a judge for other student’s research presentations at the annual Health Sciences Center Research Day. This will occur during the Phase I December ICC.

Summer between Phase I and Phase II

    • Students will spend eight weeks in a full time summer research experience between Phases I and II. Students will receive a stipend of $4000 ($2000 on July 1 and $2000 on July 31).
    • During the summer between Phase I and Phase II and during the fall of Phase II, students will attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Research Track Program. These meetings will be held Wednesdays from 1:15-2:45. Topics will include presentations by other students in the program and discussion of Research issues in Ethics. All mentors are encouraged to attend.
    • Students may be asked to present early stages of their research work during the summer

During Students Phase II

    • Students are expected to spend a minimum of ½ day per week August through December
    • During the summer between Phase I and Phase II and during the fall of Phase II, students will attend regularly scheduled meetings of the Research Track Program. These meetings will be held Wednesdays from 1:15-2:45. Topics will include presentations by other students in the program and discussion of Research issues in Ethics. All mentors are encouraged to attend.
    • Students may be asked to present early stages of their research work during the fall
    • One of the primary goals is to teach students about dissemination of results. All students will have a series of opportunities to present their research multiple times in a sequential process:
      • To their peers in the research track (may occur in the summer or the fall) – oral format
      • To their campus-wide peers at the December Student Research Day – poster format
      • To a national audience at a January medical student research forum. – generally in oral format although may also include in poster format.
      • All students must present their work to a local group of faculty outside of the primary mentor’s research lab/group. This is often done as part of Departmental Research Days or similar. Mentors should help identify an appropriate venue for this activity

During Phase III

    • Students will have little to no contact during their clinical rotations.

During Phase IV

    • Students will spend eight weeks in a full time research experience during Phase IV. The eight weeks should be completed before Dec 1 of Phase IV. The students will receive a stipend of $4000 ($2000 per month).
    • Students are required to present at a National Conference. Students are expected to submit an abstract to a national meeting. Presentation format will vary.
    • A primary goal of all Research Track participants is the submission of a first author manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for possible publication. This submitted manuscript may also be utilized to fulfill the mentored scholarly activity requirement of the School of Medicine. The manuscript submission must be submitted by Dec 1st of Phase IV.

Ongoing Mentor Roles

    • Provide ongoing feedback and evaluation in person with student and Research Track Director.
    • Assist with the student’s first author manuscript.
      • Students should be responsible for the work and planning to complete this objective. You as the mentor should assist and guide.
    • If there is an issue with a student, please contact the Research Track Director, Randy Ross, MD.
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