The CU Anschutz Center for COMBAT Research is administratively housed within the Department of Emergency Medicine and partners closely with the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Surgery, and Anesthesiology. The Center provides expert consultation to physicians, basic scientists, and academic and military leaders. The Center guides, designs, and executes acute care research to fulfill the needs of the U.S. Military, including solutions in combat casualty care, critical and emergency care, surgical trauma, and acute mental health.
The COMBAT Scholar Program (Program) is designed to promote and foster a collaborative research environment on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. The Program aligns with the UCHealth mission to improve lives by providing high-quality, evidence-based care that continuously adapts and innovates to meet patient needs in a fast-paced, ever-changing healthcare environment. The Program identifies research as a pivotal component of clinical practice excellence, emphasizing U.S. military partnership and research impacting the warfighter and combat medic.
The Program provides CU Anschutz students and fellows (medical, nursing, PhD, etc…) the opportunity to be a part of something larger than themselves. Students interested in pertinent military research will address clinically-relevant
practice problems through rigorous academic methodology in a supportive, highly-mentored environment. The yearlong obligation (renewable annually for up to three  academic years based on the project) allows students to actively engage in military-relevant
research (design, conduct, publish). The Program seeks highly motivated, productive, and focused innovators aiming to change medical practice through scholarship and research to improve the lives of our nation’s warriors and translates to civilian
practice. The Program provides mentorship and guidance on research hypothesis development, methodology, and scientific writing/presentation skills toward completion of the study/project. The expectation is that the student will develop and submit
an abstract(s) for publication in a military or civilian journal or conference.
The Program’s mission is to advance the professional development of students/fellows with an interest in U.S. military-relevant research through mentorship and guidance in a collegial, collaborative environment.
The primary objective of the Program is to recruit talented, high-performing student-scientists, broaden their experience with military-relevant research, and train the leading clinician-researchers of tomorrow. The Program will:
The Program is a 1-3 year program for CU Anschutz students to develop, conduct, and disseminate military-relevant research. COMBAT Scholars (Scholars) will receive regular guidance from a mentorship team. Scholars will participate in multiple research roles, including project lead or as a team member on a study.
A pilot Program commenced in the spring semester of 2020 with two (2) Scholars. Each Scholar will have a strong interest in military healthcare and/or a military background.
Scholar Expectations/Key Outcome Measures:
The eligibility criteria for the Program are:
Competitive Scholar vacancy applications will be publicized through CU Anschutz Center for COMBAT Research website, summer activities fair, Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), College of Nursing, and other CU sources. Incomplete applications (missing documents, signatures) will be declined. Applications will be submitted to the Center for COMBAT Deputy Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) three times a year; Nov 1st, March 1st, July 1st (two-week open application) with a start date of Jan 1st, May 1st, and Sept 1st. Up to two (2) scholars will be accepted each calendar year (maximum of eight (8) total in program at any one time).
Application components with supporting documents or instructions include:
|1.||Contact Information||First and last name; e-mail address; preferred telephone number|
|2.||Practice Interest||Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Surgery, other|
|3.||Resume/CV||Current copy of resume/CV|
|4.||Summary of Interest in the COMBAT Scholar|
Explain your interest in the COMBAT Scholar Program (limit of 200 words)
The Program Selection Committee will consist of two (2) members of the Center for COMBAT Research, and one (1) member of the Center for COMBAT Research Executive Committee or a COMBAT investigator. The Center for COMBAT Research administrative assistant will collect and forward applications to the Selection Committee for evaluation and scoring.
The Program Selection Committee will review all complete applications and evaluate for eligibility and scholarship criteria. Personal interviews may be requested by the Selection Committee.
Each Scholar will be aligned with a primary mentor. A team-based mentorship approach will be implemented to assist the Scholar in successful completion of the study/project. The team may consist of CU Anschutz Center for COMBAT Research members, COMBAT Executive Committee members, CU Anschutz leaders, Principal Investigators, or U.S. military stakeholders.
Scholar Program Oversight
The Director, Deputy Director and the Program Manager of the Center for COMBAT Research will provide oversight for the Program. Additionally, the Center for COMBAT Research Deputy Director will collect data to evaluate the success and sustainability of the program, including (but not limited to):
John Hesling, MD
Program Class of 2023
COMBAT Scholar 2020-2021
Matt Paulson, MD
Program Class of 2023
COMBAT Scholar 2019-2021
Michael Klausner, MD
Program Class of 2021
COMBAT Scholar 2020-2021