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Mentored Scholarly Activity

Scholarship for Life Long Learning

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.

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.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use the scientific method to test and or verify hypotheses in clinical and translational research.​ 

MSA I - IV Course​ goals with objectives PDFs:


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.

Contact Information​

MSA Course Director: Allan Prochazka, MD  303-399-8020 ext. 2144

Thematic Areas and Associate Directors:

Basic Biomedical Science – Robert Sclafani, PhD
Bioethics, HumanitiesArts, & Education – Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD​
Clinical Science – Allan Prochazka, MD
Epidemiology, Public & Community Health – Rita Lee, MD

Global Health – Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH ​​

                        Leana May, DO, MPH

Program Coordinator:  Caitlin Zoghby –​​​​​

MSA Library Liaison: John Jones –​ 303-724-2121