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University of Colorado Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship


​The University of Colorado Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship is designed to train outstanding physician researchers in clinical translational and outcomes research.  This joint program of University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health is designed for pediatric surgeons and subspecialists interested in research training. The fellowship is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

The primary goal of this two-year Fellowship is to provide existing or new faculty with the building blocks to conduct clinical translational or outcomes research and, in the future, to be  successful in obtaining extramural funding. The fellowship also has a strong curriculum addressing faculty development to ensure that trainees remain in academic positions and advance in their careers. 


​Key Components of the SCORE Fellowship

This two-year fellowship requires 50% protected time for research and education.  

1. Colorado Schoo​l of Public Health Coursework

Concurrent with the program, fellows take classes in the Colorado School of Public Health. Fellows are expected to take the core courses required for a Master of Public Health (MPH). These courses include Biostats I and II, Epidemiology, Research Methods, SAS and Survey Design. If a Master’s degree is desired, either a Masters in Clinical Science at the Graduate School or an MPH at the CSPH can be completed, although completion of either degree within the 2 year period of Fellowship would require more than 50% research time.  The fellow can accomplish much of the course work and continue to take the electives necessary to complete the Master’s after completion of the fellowship if research time cannot be increased.  Faculty fellows have up to 9 curriculum credits/year, which should cover courses we consider critical in the first 2 years.  If a Master’s Degree is prolonged over 3-4 years, all tuition can be covered in this fashion.  If a shorter time period is desired, additional tuition may be needed.


2. Individual Resear​ch   

At the beginning of the fellowship, fellows will work with their mentors to identify a mentorship team and a research theme. Completion of at least one independent project requiring study design, data collection, and statistical analysis will be required; many fellows complete more than one project during the program.  Weekly work in progress (WIP) sessions allow each fellow to develop researchable questions, discuss methods, review data collection instruments, discuss actual output from statistical analyses, practice presentation of abstracts and posters in preparation for scientific meetings, and comment on sections of manuscripts in preparation.


3. Mini-Co​urses  

The fellowship includes mini-courses on a range of topics such as secondary data analysis, preparing an IRB application, writing an excellent abstract and manuscript, community-based participatory research, qualitative methods and community engagement, among other topics. Fellows also participate in an intensive grant-writing course in the second year of fellowship.   


4. Strong Mentorship  

The program is led by a multidisciplinary team of established researchers. Each fellow is assigned a primary fellowship mentor and encouraged to identify a mentorship team from the research faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health. 

Our core faculty members include: 

  • Allison Kempe, MD, MPH
  • Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD


For More Program Information Please contact:

Dr. Allison Kempe, Fellowship Director: Allison.Kempe@childrenscolorado.org 

Katina Widmer Racich, Fellowship Coordinator: 303-724-6429 or katina.widmerracich@ucdenver.edu​


To Apply to the Prog​ram 

Please send CV, a statement of goals for the fellowship, and two letters of recommendation to katina.widmerracich@ucdenver.edu​

The fellowship does not adhere to a match date, and therefore schedules interviews at the convenience of the applicant and of the admissions committee. We encourage candidates to submit complete applications by December 15th . Fellows admitted into the program begin on July 1st. 

The University of Colorado encourages applications from women and minority candidates.