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 and multidisciplinary clinics, and will have the opportunity to observe in the operating room.
The MSRP is open to:
What to know about the MSRP:
We look forward to reviewing your applications for the 2023 program!
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 on a date in mid-June (TBD). We will provide introductions, review program requirements, and share project ideas.
With the help of your mentor, you will write a one-page report detailing the research project plan. This will include a brief introduction into the topic, gaps in the current literature, specific aims of your project, and an outline of your research design.
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, scheduled for December 2023.
Depending on the state of COVID, we will offer in-person clinical or operative encounters this year, if permitted/possible.
Dates, times, and topics are subject to change pending presenter availability. Due to the limited time for this course, we will ask students to do some pre-work to include the below. Specific dates for this pre-work is to be announced.
|Weekly Lab Meeting
|Weekly Lecture Topic
(Thursday, 4:00 PM)
7/24 - 7/28
|Literature Search Results||
7/31 - 8/4
|GME Quality and Safety
“How to Write an Abstract”
8/7 - 8/11
“Manuscript Writing 101”
08/14 - 08/18
“How to Give an Effective Presentation”
08/21 - 08/25
|M & M
||Review Results, Tables, Figures||
Resume Writing & Support Letters
08/28 - 09/01
||Abstracts and Feedback||
Medical Student Program Coordinator
Department of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
12631 East 17th Avenue, MS-291, Room 5402
Aurora, CO 80045