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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

TCOM Research

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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. Students also have the option to receive a Health Science Research Microcredential that represents efforts above and beyond in the field of health sciences research. 

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 20 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.

A Clinical Research Fellowship Program is available in conjunction with the PRECISION Pain Research Registry. Didactic training is provided during the summer between year 1 and year 2, and practical training continues thereafter while students remain in TCOM. Students participating in this program may qualify for stipends.

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.

A research elective administered by the Institute for Healthy Aging (IHA) is offering a summer research opportunity between year 1 and year 2. The program titled the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) is a paid summer research opportunity. The MSTAR-IHA will provide TCOM students an educational experience in geriatrics clinics and aging-related research, under the guidance of top experts in geriatrics and aging. The students will participate in clinical shadowing in geriatrics. Students will be introduced to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. This is translational or health services research relevant to older people. 

Third and fourth-year medical students may take advantage of a one-month research elective on a topic of their choice. 

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.

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