OverviewThe Department of Medicine Research and Equity
in Academic Medicine (DREAM) Program was created to increase the pipeline of
‘physician scientists’ – physicians who both provide care to patients and
conduct their own research, typically in an academic setting – and to increase
underrepresented minorities within that pipeline. The DREAM Program provides the opportunity
for emerging second year students from the University of Colorado to conduct a
research project of their own choosing and with a mentor of their own choosing
during the summer before their second year of medical school.
The DREAM Program offers a summer research
program for 8 weeks—typically June to August (can be flexible - determined
with the research mentor)—for up to 10 CU medical students who meet the broad definition of diversity adopted
by the CU School of Medicine which includes race, ethnicity, sexual
orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, political beliefs and
socioeconomic status, as well as life experiences, record of service and
employment, and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance our
scholarly, clinical care and learning environment. To make this program
accessible to all students, the Department of Medicine provides a stipend of
$3,000 for the summer.
Program RequirementsTo successfully complete the program, you will
be required to complete the project described in your application (with
modifications approved by your research mentor if applicable), provide a final
report, and present a research poster at a graduation luncheon or other event
hosted by the Department of Medicine. Program participants are encouraged to
consider publishing their research with their research mentor where
appropriate. This activity can be added to your resume and applications for
residency and possibly form the basis for an MSA project.
Students are strongly encouraged to identify a
research mentor within the Department of Medicine, but DREAM program staff are
available to help you with your selection.
To apply for the DREAM Program, you will be
required to find a mentor, develop a project, and complete the DREAM application.
Please email the form (with your resume or CV) to John Repine, MD and Natalie
De Leary (see below). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the
final deadline to apply for the summer is April 1 of the year before you begin.
help locating research mentor:
John Repine, MD - DREAM Program
information, application documents:
Natalie DeLeary, DREAM Program Administrator