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 kathleen.tuthill@cuanschutz.edu.

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
kathleen.tuthill@cuanschutz.edu