Goals and Requirements Phase IV:
Research Track Course Guide
In order to complete Research Track requirements during your fourth year you need to complete the following:
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 MSA grade 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 Health Sciences Center Research Day—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 MSA
- 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
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.
How will students be graded in the Research Track?
There are two
major components to a student’s Phase IV grade in the research track:
Each student will receive a grade (Pass/Fail) at the end of each
semester based on their progress through the course requirements, this grade
will be reflected on the MSA course.
For full description of grading policy, please refer to the Essentials Core General Information.
Grading for Electives – Due the last day of the rotation
Student must submit an abstract and present at a national non-student meeting (Remember abstract deadlines are often 6 months before a meeting) * Refer to travel information
Students are not eligible to attend a national meeting during ICCs, during the week of the match, or during graduation exercises.
For the 2013-2014 academic year, dates you are not eligible to attend a national meeting:
Mar 3-21, 2014
- May 5-16, 2014
- May 23-24, 2014
Please be throughtful in planning which meeting to attend. Meetings which occur between Nov 1 and Jan 31 of each year may conflict with residency interviews. Dates which are risky:
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
The stipends are
supported by a grant or department. During phase I and IV research track
students receive two 1-month $2000 stipends.
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.
Writing Center Resources:
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 without charge to Research Track students. The RCL can help with
study design, power & sample size calculations, data analysis
and interpretation. You can make an appt. by calling
303-724-4619, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to
identify yourself as a Research Track/MSA student.