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Phase II

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 II Goals

  1. Demonstrate progress towards the completion of your research project
  2. Publicly communicate understanding of the project to others​

Requirements Phase II
  1. During the fall of Phase II, students will attend (mandatory) regularly scheduled meetings of the Research Track Program. These meetings will be held from 1:00 – 3:00pm. Topics will include presentations by other students in the program and discussion of research issues.
  2. Students will have the opportunity to present their research plans and findings:
    1. To peers in the program: In oral presentation format (10-15 minutes) at the Research Track seminar—either in the summer between Phase I and II or during fall of Phase II. PowerPoint slides recommended.
    2. To campus-wide peers: In poster format at the Annual Student Research Forum— during ICC.  This year the Annual Student Research Forum will occur on January 11, 2021 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  
    3. To a national group of peers: In oral format (5 minutes) at the annual Western Medical Student Research Forum, held in Carmel, California—in late January/early February of Phase II (students will receive funding for travel and registration to the meeting) **See travel information for further information.
      1. With restrictions on travel due to Covid-19, many scientific meetings are transitioning to a virtual format.  For 2021, the Carmel meeting will be virtual.
    4. To a local group of faculty at an organized department faculty function.  Format will vary depending on your mentor's departmental affiliation.  Presentations to the departmental faculty/poster presentations are required and may occur during the study period prior to Step 1 examinations.
  1. Sessions at which attendance is required will be so designated in orientation 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 it as a missed session.
Travel Information
  1. During Phase II each student is required to travel to the Western Medical Student Research Forum, held in Carmel, California—in late January/early February of Phase II (students will receive funding for travel and registration to the meeting).  Use the WSMRF travel check off list to assist with guidelines.
    1. With restrictions on travel due to Covid-19, many scientific meetings are transitioning to a virtual format.  For 2021, the Carmel meeting will be virtual.  

Additional Resources
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 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.