Research Track Goals
1. Graduates will have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be lifelong, self-directed learners.
2. Foster student development of an identity as a physician capable of being involved with and completing research efforts
3. Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the components of a research project including:
a. Identification of a health care related scientific questions
b. Participation in data collection and analysis
c. Oral dissemination of scientific information
d. Written dissemination of scientific information
Requirements Phase IV:
- Students may spend up to 12 weeks (three 4-week
rotations) in a full time elective research experience during Phase IV via IDPT
8601 and IDPT 8602. Grades for 8601 and
8602 will be assigned as Honors/High Pass/Pass/ or Fail for work
completed in these courses in
addition to the IDPT 8095 (Research Track) Pass/Fail grade. It is recommended to complete the first four week
rotation in the first few months of Phase IV (August or earlier); It is recommended to start the second 4-week
rotation at two to three months
after the first rotation, Both the first and second rotation should be completed before Dec 1 (preferably before
Nov 1) of Phase IV. Students will receive a stipend of $2000 for IDPT 8601 and
a stipend of $2,000 for IDPT 8602. 8602
may be taken a second time for an additional 4 weeks of credit and a grade, but
there is no stipend for the second 8602 enrollment.
Research Track students may need to complete elective rotations in their mentor’s
lab in the Aurora/Denver area during Phase IV.
- Course 8601: May-August – goal should be
to have first submission of first author
paper by the end of this month.
- Course 8602: Sept-December (generally 3-4
months after first month)– appropriate for rewriting
- Course 8602 may be
repeated once for credit; however, remember there is no stipend for the second month
- Work submissions – Due the last day of the rotation
Attend and present at a national/international meeting in the NAFTA zone (United States, Canada, and Mexico). Students can attend other conferences, but it will not complete the Research Track requirement and may not be supported financially by the track.
- Submit a first-author manuscript and evidence of submission Submit by December 1st (NOTE THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN GRADES FOR IDPT 8601 OR IDPT 8602)This is what the students' fall Research Track grades is based on.
- All research track students will present at the MSA Capstone presentation in March of graduating year.
- Optional – Students present a poster format at the annual campus Student Research Forum—December of Phase IV.
Students may spend up to
12 weeks (three 4-week rotations) in a full time elective research experience
during Phase IV. Research Track students may need to complete elective rotations in their mentor's lab in the Aurora/Denver Area during Phase IV.
Students will receive grades for these courses in addition to the Research Track
- It is recommended that students complete the first four week rotation in the
first few months of Phase IV (August or earlier);
- It is recommended that students
start second 4-week rotation at least three months after the first
It is recommended that both the first and second rotation should be completed before Dec 1
of Phase IV. You will receive a stipend of $4000 ($2000 per month).
Course IDPT 8601
: Recommended: May-August – goal should be to have first submission by the end of this month.
Course IDPT 8602
: Recommended: Sept-December (generally 3-4 months after first month) – appropriate for rewriting and resubmission.
Course IDPT 8602
may be repeated once for credit; however, there is no stipend for the second month.
How do you sign up for the elective?
- Complete elective registration form; within 30 days of starting elective.
Have mentor sign off on elective registration form.
The completed elective form will be sent by email to Student affairs for registration. The student registering will be included in the email.
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
Problem identification and focus
resources for literature review
and managing citations
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.
Clinical Research John D
Jones Jr (303-724-2117)
Global Health John D Jones Jr
Humanities & Social Sciences Lilian
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:
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.