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.
This two-year fellowship requires 50% protected time for research and education.
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.
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.
Concurrent with the program, fellows are encouraged to take classes in the Colorado School of Public Health or the Graduate School if they do not already have an advanced research degree. Recommended courses include Biostatistics I and II, Epidemiology, Research Methods, SAS, and Survey Design. Tuition is not covered by the SCORE program. Fellows are encouraged to use their faculty tuition benefit or make additional arrangements with their Division or Department to cover tuition costs. If a Master’s degree is desired, fellows should also apply to appropriate program (e.g. Masters in Clinical Science program at the Graduate School, Masters in Public Health program at the Colorado School of Public Health). Please check the deadlines and apply to the relevant Master’s degree program to ensure you are enrolled prior to class registration. Most Master’s degree tracks have an application deadline in the spring for coursework beginning in the fall. Degree-seeking students are prioritized over non-degree-seeking students in course enrollment.
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:
SCORE Fellowship Application Criteria:
Please send the following documents to Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org:
1-2 page statement of Research Goals
1-2 page statement of Career Development Plan and Mentorship Needs
Current curriculum vitae
Up to 2 Letters of Support – Must include a letter of support from department chair/division chief addressing research and career plans, as well as assuring departmental/divisional tuition and release time commitment (fully acceptable as only LOS)
The fellowship does not adhere to a match date, and therefore schedules interviews at the convenience of the applicant and of the admissions committee. 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.
For additional questions regarding logistics, how to apply, or details about current and previous fellows please contact Rebecca (Becca) Speer at Rebecca.Speer@cuanschutz.edu.