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.
MSA Course Goals:
- Demonstrate progress through the Phases and display independence and collaboration.
- Demonstrate ability to formulate a specific problem statement, question, hypothesis or aim.
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively with a mentor.
- Demonstrate ability to critically review and analyze literature on an important scholarly topic.
- Demonstrate ability to prepare a scholarly project with appropriate methods and develop a plan to complete the project.
- Demonstrate ability to synthesize and present results of a scholarly project.
Assessment: Grading will be pass/fail, assessed at the end of each semester based on the student meeting the expectations and requirements for that particular phase of the curriculum. The final grade in Phase IV
will be determined by the Director, Mentor, Associate Director and a team of faculty evaluators.
MSA Course Director: Allan Prochazka, MD
Allan.Prochazka@ucdenver.edu 303-399-8020 ext. 2144
Thematic Areas and Associate Directors:
Global Health – Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH firstname.lastname@example.org
Leana May, DO, MPH Leana.May@childrenscolorado.org
Program Coordinator: Jessica Hitt-Laustsen – SOM.MSA@ucdenver.edu
MSA Library Liaison: John Jones – John.Jones@ucdenver.edu 303-724-2121