Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes Research (SCORE) Fellowship

​​This program is designed to train outstanding physician researchers in clinical translational and outcomes research, focusing on surgeons and subspecialists interested in research training. The primary goal of the 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. The program offers candidates the opportunity to obtain advanced degrees through the Graduate School and the Colorado School of Public Health.

Key Components of the SCORE Fellowship

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

1. Coursework

Concurrent with the program, fellows take classes in the Colorado School of Public Health or the Graduate School. Fellows are expected to take core courses that include Biostatistics 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 3-6 curriculum credits/year, depending on budget and fellow needs, 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. If you plan to pursue a Master’s degree while in SCORE starting coursework in the fall of your first year, you will likely want to check the deadline and apply to the Master’s degree program of your choice at the same time you submit your SCORE Fellowship application. This is because most Master’s degree tracks have an application deadline in the spring for beginning coursework in the fall as a degree-seeking student, and degree-seeking students are prioritized over non-degree-seeking students in course enrollment.

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: 

  • Stacie Daugherty, MD, MSPH (Director)
  • Jacinda Nicklas, MD, MPH, MA
  • Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH
  • Pamela Peterson, MD, MSPH
  • Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH
  • Brooke Dorsey Holliman, PhD
  • John Rice, PhD
  • Krithika Suresh, PhD

For More Program Information Please contact:

Rebecca Speer, Research Training Program Manager:

To Apply to the Prog​ram 

Please send CV, a statement of goals for the fellowship, and two letters of recommendation to​​

The fellowship does not adhere to a match date, and therefore schedules interviews at the convenience of the applicant and of the admissions committee. While there is no absolute deadline for application materials, applicants are encouraged to provide their materials by March 15th. Fellows admitted into the program begin on July 1st. 

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