We also offer many opportunities for research, as the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is one of the country’s leading public research institutions with faculty highly active in leading research in both internal medicine and pediatrics spanning basic science to clinical investigation and public health. Whether you have had the opportunity for significant research before residency or wanted to jump into a project based on your clinical interests, there are a vast amount of resources available to you in our booming research ecosystem on the Anschutz campus.

In Internal Medicine, there is a Careers in Academic Medicine group that meets throughout the year at former chair of medicine Dr. David Schwartz’s home to network and allow for honing skills in scientific investigation as well as networking with potential mentors across fields. In addition,  University of Colorado School of Medicine is one of the few institutions nationwide (others including MGH, Stanford, Duke, UCLA, University of Pittsburgh, Mayo Clinic) to be awarded the prestigious Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR) R38 Award through the National Institutes of Health. This research training program is open to Med-Peds residents and began July 2020, and serves to support residents for up to 2 years of research training and career development. During this time, scholars are mentored, coached, and prepared to transition to a research-oriented subspecialty training program.

ScholarshipAlthough there is no official “research track” or Physician-Scientist Training Program (PSTP) in the Med-Peds program, you will have access to an amazing wealth of resources, both in terms of institutional infrastructure and mentor support, along with the ability to take up to 2 months of dedicated research time throughout residency.

We are fortunate to have a breadth of opportunities available to our residents interested in devoting time to research and scholarship. In addition, all residents have $1500 in scholarship funds to support registration and travel to conferences. Below are some useful links and just a few of the ways residents get involved.

While training at University of Colorado, residents are supported in their efforts to identify research projects, scholarship opportunities, and mentors. Below is an example timeline of how our residents accomplish this across the four year.

  • R1: Meeting with Dr. Tyler Buckner and completion of scholarship intake form to identify career goals, academic interests, and potential mentors.
  • R2: Write a case report or abstract to submit to local/national conference
  • R3: Present QI project and other scholarship at Med-Peds Spring Scholarship Symposium
  • R4: Present a poster or oral presentation at a local or national conference related to

Below is a list of additional resource our residents have available to them during training:

  • Assigned Career/Research Mentors 
  • Internal Medicine PSTP Wednesday Education Sessions
  • Up to 2 months dedicated research time
  • Opportunity for grant funding with StARR
  • Access to medical librarians for assistance with literature reviews
  • Access to biostatisticians and survey creators for assistance with project development and statistical analyses
  • Free statistics, database maintenance, and citation software through the CU Anschutz Health Sciences Library 
  • See our list of publications and presentations our residents have participated


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