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Phase I

Research Track Syllabus​​​​

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:
    1. Identification of a health care related scientific questions
    2. Participation in data collection and analysis
    3. Oral dissemination of scientific information
    4. Written dissemination of scientific information

Phase I Goals

  1. Students will identify a mentor and establish a research mentor-mentee relationship.
  2. Students will develop a well-defined mentored research project and timeline for completion.
  3. Students will have basic skills in the use of scientific article citation management.
Requirements Phase I
  1. Students are expected to spend a minimum of ½ day per week through the remainder of Phase I and for August through January of Phase II working on their Research Project.
  2. Students will spend six weeks in a full time summer research experience between Phases I and II. You will receive a stipend of $3420 ($1710 on June 30 and $1710 on July 31).  Note:  Research Track students must terminate any other University employment they may have before beginning your full-time research experience.
  3. During the spring and summer between Phase I and Phase II, students will attend mandatory regularly scheduled meetings of the Research Track Program. These meetings will be held from 1:00-3:00 pm on Wednesdays. Topics will include presentations by other students in the program and discussion of ethics issues in Research. 
  4. Students will serve as judges during the Annual Student Research Forum.
  5. There may be additional requirements depending on the source of funding.

Required only if your project includes human subjects:

  1. Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board (COMIRB) – If your project involves human subjects you must complete COMIRB training/certification on line and plan ahead to submit your protocol as soon as possible.  

Required only if your project includes vertebrate animal subjects:

  1. If your project involves vertebrate subjects your project must be approved by IACUC. Plan ahead to submit your protocol as soon as possible.
  1. Sessions at which attendance is required will be so designated in orientation on the Phase I/Phase II Research Track meeting schedule and by calendar invites and/or communicated via e-mail to your UCDenver e-mail account. Otherwise you will be expected to organize your own schedule, with guidance from your mentor. 
  2. During the period from January of Phase I through November of Phase II, students are allowed to miss one required session, only if they notify the research track coordinator and research track director in advance. If student is late to or leaves early from 2 required meetings, the research track director may count this as a missed session.

Additional Resources
HEALTH SCIENCE LIBRARY - the Research Track program has librarians 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.

Basic Biomedical Science Research Wladimir Labeikovsky​, PhD (303-724-2114)
Clinical Research Kristen DeSanto, MSLS, MS, RD, AHIP (303-724-2121) 
Global Health John D Jones, Jr, MSIS 
Humanities & Social Sciences Lilian Hoffecker, PHD, MLS (
Public Health & Epidemiology Ben Harnke​, MLIS (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:
  •  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.