Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSRP)

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:

  • CU SOM students currently in good academic standing.
  • Preference will be given to 1st year (rising 2nd year) medical students without current clinical obligations.

What to know about the MSRP:

  • Program duration is approximately 6 weeks during the summer of 2022.
  • Participants must commit to completing program requirements, including attending orientation and weekly lectures and conferences, outlining a project plan, and providing a final oral presentation on program completion. Participants who cannot attend the final presentation are required to submit a poster.
  • A list of mentors, projects, and the application will be sent by the end of January 2022.
  • Please complete the Application no later than 11:59PM (MST) on February 18, 2022. Please direct any questions to the Director of Education via email at

We look forward to reviewing  your applications for the 2022 program!

Program Contact Information

Kathleen TuthillProgram Manager: 
Kathleen N. Tuthill
Director of Education
Department of Surgery
University of Colorado School of Medicine
12631 East 17th Avenue, MS-291, Room 5404
Aurora, CO 80045