The primary goal of the Medical Student Summer Research Program is to provide a hands-on, mentored research experience in surgery for medical students.
The Department of Surgery offers an annual 6-week summer research internship opportunity. The University of Colorado School of Medicine has recently approved this course as a 12-credit elective.
Each student will be paired with a surgeon-scientist to independently conduct a study and prepare a first author abstract for submission to a national surgical meeting. Students will also participate in a structured curriculum to learn how to ask scientific questions, plan projects, and produce abstracts, oral presentations, and manuscripts. Students will also be invited to participate in Grand Rounds, multi-disciplinary clinics, and will have the opportunity to observe in the operating room.
The MSRP is open to:
What to know about the MSRP:
Participants should reach out and schedule a meeting with their mentor to discuss potential project ideas prior to start of the program. Orientation will be held in April. We will provide introductions, review program requirements, and share project ideas.
You will work with your mentor and a work-in-progress group leader to progress through a research project and develop an abstract for submission to a national surgical meeting.
Participants must attend all lectures and meetings. The MSRP curriculum has been designed to build and complement the completion of an independent research project, with the introduction of basic research concepts during weekly lectures reinforced at subsequent lab meetings. Conferences offer opportunity for early clinical exposure.
All participants will be expected to prepare a summary of the project and may be invited to give an oral presentation at the Summer Student Research Symposium. The Symposium will be held on Monday, December 5, 2022.
Depending on the state of COVID, we will offer in-person clinical or operative encounters this year if possible.
|Weekly Lecture Topic||Weekly Lab Meeting||Conferences|
|Week 1 |
07/25 - 7/29
|Orientation & Basic Statistics (TBA)||Literature Search Results|
|Week 2 |
08/01 - 08/05
|How to Write an Abstract |
(S. Ahrendt, MD)
|Project Plan||SOAR Meeting|
|Week 3 |
08/08 - 08/12
|Manuscript Writing |
(M. McCarter, MD)
|Progress Report||GI Conference|
08/13 - 08/21
|How to Give an Effective Presentation (E. Cumbler, MD)||Statistical Plan||(No Conference)|
08/22 - 08/26
|Resume Writing & Support Letters (N. Christian, MD)||Statistical Plan||M&M Conference|
|Week 6 |
08/29 - 09/01
(M. Nehler, MD)
|Abstracts and Feedback||Breast Tumor Board|
|12/05||MSRP Research Symposium|
We look forward to reviewing your applications for the 2022 program!