Contact Info

Track Director
Marsha Anderson, MD
Assistant Dean for Longitudinal Curriculum
Office Phone: 720-777-6877
Track Coordinator
Zachary Lundquist​



Research Track

The Research Track is a four-year program. Students leave medical school prepared to continue their research into residency, fellowship and throughout their academic careers.

The Research Track also serves the dual purpose of fulfilling students' Mentored Scholarly Activity​ requirement.​​ The SOM Research Track provides students with in-depth long-term exposure to research. This is an open and competitive program for all first year medical students. Students admitted the program will:

  • Work with a mentor to build a research plan
  • Carry out that plan through their four years of medical school
  • Receive a stipend over the summer between Phase I and Phase II
  • Receive a second stipend during the 4th year of medical school
  • Have multiple opportunities to present their findings
  • Present their research at the Western Student Medical Research Forum in Carmel California
  • Present their research at a national meeting in their specialty
  • Submit a first-author manuscript prior to residency

Research Track Goals (PDF with objectives)

  • ​Graduates will have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to be lifelong, self-directed learners.
  • Foster student development of an identity as a physician capable of being involved with and completing research efforts.
  • Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills to successfully complete the components of a research project including:
    • Identification of a health care related scientific questions
    • Participation in data collection and analysis
    • Oral dissemination of scientific information
    • Written dissemination of scientific information

For Students Considering Applying to Research Track

Please note: The School of Medicine’s Curriculum has undergone reform. Please visit this page for more information on how curriculum looks for the 2025 student class and beyond.