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Phase II

Goals and Requirements Phase II
    • During the fall of Phase II, students will attend (mandatory) regularly scheduled meetings of the Research Track Program. These meetings will be held from 1:15 – 2:45pm. Topics will include presentations by other students in the program and discussion of research issues.
    • Students will have the opportunity to present their research plans and findings:
                            • To peers in the program: In oral presentation format (10-15 minutes) at the Research Track seminar—either in the summer between Phase I and II or during fall of Phase II. PowerPoint slides recommended.
                            • To campus-wide peers: In poster format at the annual Health Sciences Center Research Day—December of Phase II.
                            • To a national group of peers: In oral format (5 minutes) at the annual Western Medical Student Research Forum, held in Carmel, California—January of Phase II (students will receive funding for travel and registration to the meeting) **See travel information for futher information.
                      • To a local group of faculty at an organized department faculty function: Format will vary depending on your mentor’s departmental affiliation. Presentations to departmental faculty/Poster Presentations are required and may occur during the study period prior to Step 1 examinations.
  • Sessions at which attendance is required will be so designated in orientation and by calendar invites and/or communicated via e-mail to your UCDenver e-mail account. Otherwise you will be expected to organize your own schedule, with guidance from your mentor.
  • During the period from January of Phase I through November of Phase II, students are allowed to miss one required session, only if they notify the research track coordinator and research track director in advance. If student is late to or leaves early from 2 required meetings, the research track director may count this as a missed session.
How will students be graded in the Research Track?

For full description of grading policy, please refer to the Phase I Essentials Core and Phase IV Electives General Information in the University of Colorado School of Medicine Policies and Procedures MD Program (White Book)​

​​​The Research Track courses (IDPT 5095, IDPT 6095, IDPT 7095, and IDPT 8095) are Pass/Fail courses.

Phase IV Research Track courses (IDPT 8601 and 8602) are graded on an Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail basis. Rubrics are available on the Research Track website ( and on Canvas.​


Travel Information:

During phase IV each student is required to travel to a national conference. Use the Phase IV travel check off list to assist with guidelines.

Withdrawing from the Track
If a student is unable to continue with the Research Track, the student must meet with the Research Track Director to review issues and it will only at that time where a decision will be made if the student is to continue with the program. If a decision has been made that the student is to drop the research track program, the student must contact the MSA director to start a plan for a new MSA project. Student’s that transfers from the research track are not eligible to use the project from the research track to meet MSA requirements.
The stipends are supported by a grant or department. During phase I and IV research track students receive two 1-month $2000 stipends.
Additional Resources:
HEALTH SCIENCE LIBRARY - the Research Track program has librarian who can help with research for the background sections of proposals and with systematic reviews. Librarians can assist with:
  • Problem identification and focus
  • Question formulation
  • Search strategy
  • Identifying resources for literature review
  • Organizing and managing citations
  • Manuscript style requirements
  • Scouting journals for publication
Research Track students can contact the librarian to schedule a FREE individual consultation. Most consultations are scheduled for an hour and provide training and help in customizing your research strategy for PubMed, Google Scholar, or other resources such as EMBASE (European and international medical journals), Cochrane Library (evidence based systematic reviews), genetic/molecular biology or legal/historical/ethics resources. After the initial consultation librarians are available via email, phone or in person for follow up.
Basic Science Research Lynne Fox (303-724-2121)
Clinical Research John D Jones Jr (303-724-2117)
Global Health
John D Jones Jr (303-724-2117)
Humanities & Social Sciences
Lilian Hoffecker (303-724-2121)
Public Health & Epidemiology Ben Harnke (303-724-2146)
Students can also contact the Library via the Ask Us! link on the Library’s homepage. Please provide information on your research topic or identify your thematic area as part of your Ask Us! request.
The campus writing center is an excellent resource to help you with your rough and final draft papers. The writing center is available as follows:
  •  Anschutz Medical Campus, Health Sciences Library 1204,
    • Tuesday through Friday 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m
    • Sun 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Auraria Campus, First floor of the Auraria Library
    • Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Friday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Online Drop BoxThe Online Drop Box is an asynchronous service whereby students submit a document and receive feedback in about four business days.  CU Anschutz students might be especially interested in our Principles of Scientific Writing handout.  More handouts available on the How-To Guides page.​

Biostatistical support - The Research Consulting Laboratory is available for teaching on statistical approaches without charge to Research Track students (look under MSA clinics). Please be sure to identify yourself as a Research Track/MSA student.