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The research mission of the University of Colorado Department of Emergency Medicine is to: 


  1. develop and sustain outstanding, nationally-recognized emergency care research programs; and 
  2. provide scientific training and career development with the goal of ensuring successful progression of faculty members towards independent research careers. 


To achieve this mission, we recognize the critical importance of deliberate early career development and mentorship to the success of Department of Emergency Medicine junior faculty physician scientists, as well as mid-career mentors, by building a self-sustaining cadre of independent scientists and trainees.


The Colorado Emergency Medicine Scientist Training and Mentorship Program has been developed  to foster and accelerate the career development needs of junior faculty physician scientists and mid-career mentors in the Department of Emergency Medicine. 


The EM-STIM Program objectives are:

  1. To sustain an infrastructure for research career development, mentorship, scientific review, and collaboration within the Department of Emergency Medicine.
  2. To prepare EM-STIM mentees with requisite skills in study methodologies, effective oral and written communication, and collaboration for successful major career development award applications and ultimately, independence as physician-scientists.
  3. To develop a cadre of highly-trained emergency medicine physician-scientists and mentors to support robust, nationally recognized emergency care research programs.​
More information on Program Format and Structure as well as Mentor/mentee responsibilities and benefits EM-STIM

EM-STIM Personnel  (2014-2015)


Department Chair

Richard Zane, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine



Chris Colwell, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine (Denver Health)
Timothy Givens, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Children’s)
Richard Zane, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)


EM-STIM Pre-K Mentees

Jason Hoppe, DO, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Sarah Perman, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Halden Scott, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Children’s)
Margaret Sande, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Stacy Trent, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (Denver Health)
Jody Vogel, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (Denver Health)


EM-STIM K to R Mentees

Marian (Emmy) Betz, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Roberta Capp, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Daniel Lindberg, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Andrew Monte, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)


EM-STIM Program Mentors

Adit Ginde, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Director; University)
Jason Haukoos, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine (Denver Health)
Diane Fairclough, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics (COHO)
Rakesh Mistry, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Children’s)
Marion Sills, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Children’s)


EM-STIM Program Senior Advisors

Lalit Bajaj, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Children’s)
Richard Dart, MD, PhD, Professor of (Denver Health/RMPDC)
Ed Havranek, MD, Professor of Medicine (Denver Health)
Anne Libby, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pharmacy (CCTSI)
Steven Lowenstein, MD, MPH, Professor of Emergency Medicine (University)
Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology (School of Public Health)
Desmond Runyan, MD, DrPH, Professor of Pediatrics (Children’s)
Richard Traystman, PhD, Vice Chancellor for Research (University)


EM-STIM Program Coordinator

Katie Rowan, Department of Emergency Medicine (University)

Mentored Scho​​larly Activity (MSA)

The MSA project is a four year requirement for all undergraduate medical students. The project culminates in a capstone presentation in Phase IV prior to graduation. The goal of the MSA curriculum is to foster self-directed, life-long learning over the course of the medical student career. The MSA requires students to identify and work with a mentor to complete their projects, which also prepares them for working with mentors in their careers and serving as mentors to others in the medical profession​. For more information...​
Active MSA Projects in DEM (per 10/2013)




Project Title

2014 - May

Jacob Nacht


Secondary Analysis of National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey

2014 - May

Brandon Sawyer


Workforce Survey of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants

2016 - May

Myles Tamsen


Access for and the Utilization of Acute Care for Underinsured Medicaid Patients and Uninsured Patients at Urgent Care Centers.

2014 - May

Cole Wiedel


Ethylene Glycol Toxicity

2016 - May

William Brandenburg


Medical Knowledge and Preparedness of Climbers on Colorado’s Fourteen Thousand Foot Peaks

2015 - May

Lauren Ayres


Medical Legal Partnership: Addressing the legal determinants of health among indigent patients by performing legal needs assessment research and establishing cooperative partnerships between community health centers and pro-bono and reduced-fee legal serv

2014 - May

Kenneth Jones


Refinement of AED Placement Policy using Infrastructure Demographics

2014 - May

Claire Ojima


CPR and First Aid Education in at Risk Communities of Denver, CO

2015 - May

Alexander Connelly


Strategic placement of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in high-risk neighborhoods

2016 - May

Tom Califf


Targeted CPR Education to Improve Survival from Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in Neighborhoods at Risk for Low Bystander CPR Provision

2015 – May

Adam Bariteau


A review of outcomes of patients suffering cardiac events mid-flight or en route to Denver International Airport

For questions, please contact the MSA Liaison for Emergency Medicine, Dr. Marian Betz.


Non-MSA mentees 

We welcome all non MSA students, Residents an Fellows.

Please feel free to contact either individual faculty members based on content areas or the campus specific research directors: AMC Ginde​, DH Haukoos, Children's Bajaj

Academic Research Interest (alpha) and associated faculty member

Acetaminophen poisoning Kennon Heard, MD
Adenosine pathways in acclimatization Chris Davis, MD
Anti-coagulation Kristen Nordenholz, MD, MSc
Asthma Jeffrey Druck, MD
Cardiac arrest Charlie Little, DO
Cardiac arrest & resuscitation Sarah Perman, MD, MS
  Todd Larabee, MD
Cardiovascular poisoning Kennon Heard, MD
Climate change and human health Jay Lemery, MD
Clinical algorithms Kristen Nordenholz, MD, MSc
Critical care Sarah Perman, MD, MS
Critical care/sepsis/ARDS Adit Ginde, MD, MPH
Device Design Margaret  Sande, MD, MS
Disaster and pandemic flu preparedness and response Charlie Little, DO
Disaster medicine Jacqueline Ward-Gaines, MD
Disaster preparedness Richard Zane, MD
Drug interactions/toxicology Chris Hoyte, MD
  Andrew Monte, MD
Drugs of abuse Kennon Heard, MD
Early detection & prevention of child physical abuse Daniel Lindberg, MD
ED operations Michael Jobin, MD
  Jennifer Wiler, MD, MBA
  Richard Zane, MD
Emergency airway Fred Severyn, MD
EM health policy Adit Ginde, MD, MPH
  Jennifer Wiler, MD, MBA
  Richard Zane, MD
  Roberta Capp, MD, MS
Emergency department information systems Michael Yaron, MD
End of life and ethics issues Jean Abbott, MD
Environmental emergencies Michael Yaron, MD
Ethics and professionalism Kelly Bookman, MD
Exercise and hypoxia Robert Roach, PhD
Frequent ED utilizers and healthcare navigators Roberta Capp, MD, MS
Genetics of acclimatization to hypoxia Robert Roach, PhD
Geriatric EM Adit Ginde, MD, MPH
  Kennon Heard, MD
  Emmy Betz, MD, MPH
GIS  Ben Honigman, MD
Global health Renee King, MD
  Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD
Global public health and disasters Charlie Little, DO
Health and human rights Jay Lemery, MD
High altitude medicine/hypoxia Michael Yaron, MD
  Robert Roach, PhD
  Chris Davis, MD
  Vaughn Browne MD, PhD
Human factors Margaret Sande, MD, MS
Injury epidemiology and public health Steven Lowenstein, MD, MPH
Injury prevention & epidemiology - older drivers Emmy Betz, MD, MPH
Injury prevention & epidemiology - suicide prevention Emmy Betz, MD, MPH
Medical device development Todd Larabee, MD
Medical education Bonnie Kaplan, MD
  Steven Lowenstein, MD
  Jeffrey Druck, MD
  Todd Guth, MD
Moderate hypoxia (altitude) on chronic conditions  Ben Honigman, MD
Multicenter observational networks Daniel Lindberg, MD
Obesity Chris Hoyte, MD
Operations/Administration Kelly Bookman, MD
Opiate diversion Jason Hoppe, DO
Pain management Jean Abbott, MD
Patient assessment of emergency Care Jeffrey Druck, MD
Personalized medicine Andrew Monte, MD
Pharmacogenomics/metabolomics Andrew Monte, MD
Pre-hospital care/EMS Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD
  Fred Severyn, MD
Prediction & prevention of acute mountain sickness Robert Roach, PhD
Prescription drug monitoring-GIS+ Jason Hoppe, DO
Qualitative & quantitative methods Emmy Betz, MD, MPH
Quality/Patient Safety Kristen Nordenholz, MD, MSc
  Jennifer Wiler, MD, MBA
Reflection in Medicine Margaret Sande, MD, MS
Safety and efficacy of medications Andrew Monte, MD
Simulation/Medical Education Margaret Sande, MD, MS
Sudden cardiac death Chris Hoyte, MD
Survey Research Steven Lowenstein, MD
Technology applications in emergency medicine Michael Yaron, MD
The brain in hypoxia Robert Roach, PhD
Therapeutic hypothermia Sarah Perman, MD, MS
Toxicity of performance-enhancing drugs Chris Hoyte, MD
Toxicology Jason Hoppe, DO
Trauma management Fred Severyn, MD
Tropical medicine Renee King, MD
Ultrasound Vaughn Browne MD, PhD
Venous thromboembolism   Kristen Nordenholz, MD, MSc
Vitamin D/infection Adit Ginde, MD, MPH
Wilderness medicine Todd Larabee, MD
  Jay Lemery, MD
  Barbara Blok, MD
  Chris Davis, MD
Women’s health Jean Abbott, MD

The two year research fellowship consists of:
  1. Obtaining a Master-level degree in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, or health services


  3. Conducting a clinical research study in which the fellow functions as the principal investigator


  5. Working as an attending physician in the emergency department at Denver Health Medical Center