Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) students have opportunities to participate in elective research projects involving the biomedical sciences, patient-centered clinical studies or health services and policy. Under the direction of a faculty mentor, the research experience is often tailored to meet the student's interests.
A research elective in pediatrics is available during the summer between year 1 and year 2 in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics and Cook Children's Medical Center. This four week program provides an introductory learning experience on a wide range of pediatric related research projects. Students participating in this program may qualify for stipends.
The Honors Research Practicum has an overarching goal of providing lifelong competency in research methods and is open to second year students in the top 10% of the class. The practicum includes thirty hours of research didactics, a hypothesis driven research project under the direction of a research mentor, and a scholarly presentation at the Health Science Center's annual Research Appreciation Day.
Third and fourth year medical students may take advantage of a one month research elective on a topic of their choice. For TCOM students interested in a more rigorous research experience dual-degree programs in partnership with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) or the School of Public Health (SPH) include a DO/PhD, DO/MS or DO/MPH.
In addition to the more formal research opportunities offered at TCOM many of our students may also participate as team members in a wide variety of research projects on campus.