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Phase III

Goals and Requirements Phase III

Research Track Course Guide

  • Students 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 III December ICC.
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.​

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.
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.
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.