Department of Medicine Research and Equity in Academic Medicine (DREAM) Program

DREAM posterOverview
The Department of Medicine Research and Equity in Academic Medicine (DREAM) Program was created to increase the pipeline of ‘physician scientists’ – physicians who both provide care to patients and conduct their own research, typically in an academic setting – and to increase underrepresented minorities within that pipeline.  The DREAM Program provides the opportunity for emerging second year students from the University of Colorado to conduct a research project of their own choosing and with a mentor of their own choosing during the summer before their second year of medical school.

The DREAM Program offers a summer research program for 8 weeks—typically June to August (can be flexible - determined with the research mentor)—for up to 10 CU medical students who meet the broad definition of diversity adopted by the CU School of Medicine which includes race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, political beliefs and socioeconomic status, as well as life experiences, record of service and employment, and other talents and personal attributes that can enhance our scholarly, clinical care and learning environment. To make this program accessible to all students, the Department of Medicine provides a stipend of $3,000 for the summer.

Program Requirements
To successfully complete the program, you will be required to complete the project described in your application (with modifications approved by your research mentor if applicable), provide a final report, and present a research poster at a graduation luncheon or other event hosted by the Department of Medicine. Program participants are encouraged to consider publishing their research with their research mentor where appropriate. This activity can be added to your resume and applications for residency and possibly form the basis for an MSA project.

Students are strongly encouraged to identify a research mentor within the Department of Medicine, but DREAM program staff are available to help you with your selection. 

Application Process

To apply for the DREAM Program, you will be required to find a mentor, develop a project, and complete the DREAM application. Please email the form (with your resume or CV) to John Repine, MD and Natalie De Leary (see below). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but the final deadline to apply for the summer is April 1 of the year before you begin.

Questions or help locating research mentor:
John Repine, MD – DREAM Program Director, 303-917-4257    

Program information, application documents:
Andy Poczobutt, DREAM Program Administrator​, 303-724-1785

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