Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Pediatric Research Program

General Information about the Program

  • To provide a mentored research experience for medical students to enhance research awareness and knowledge
Who Can Participate:
  • Any UNTHSC Medical Student who:
  • Is in good academic standing
  • Completes:
  • First year of medical school
  • An application to participate in the Pediatric Research Program
  • All required learning modules
  • Has been accepted into Program and has an approved research mentor
What Kind of Research Projects Can Students Participate In?
  • Clinical Research: Typically, the studies that are considered exempt or qualify for expedited review by the IRB
    Examples: Case Reports; Retrospective Chart Reviews, Registry Studies (e.g. data mining)
  • Translational: Research in a laboratory setting
  • Community/Population Research: Work with the faculty members who are conducting research aimed at the issues affecting the community
  • Pediatric Research Student Scholar Status (certificate)
  • Introduced to research environment
  • Improve skills in clinical/community/translational research, data collection/analysis
  • Learn/practice presentations
  • Tips for preparing case reports and research articles
  • Opportunity to present work at local (RAD or CCMC)/regional/national platforms
  • Publications (abstracts, case reports, case series, research articles and reviews)

The University of North Texas Health Science Center, Department of Pediatrics & Women’s Health and Cook Children’s Medical Center are collaborating to provide unique learning experience for rising second-year medical students.

Students can participate in a variety of Pediatric areas, including:

Cardiology Endocrinology Hematology/Oncology
Nephrology Neurology Orthopedics
Otolaryngology Pharmacology/Quality & Safety Urgent Care
Urology Community Health Epidemiology
Translational (Cancer Therapeutics, Genetics, Immunology and Nanotechnology etc.) Women’s Health Pediatric Surgery / Trauma

Students are teamed with a mentor, who is either a pediatric physician or researcher. Students are tasked to formulate a research hypothesis, design and implement a research study, analyze the data collected, prepare a final manuscript and present an abstract to at least one medical meeting. A one-month summer experience provides only enough time for a preliminary experience, but may set the stage for continuing productive research in the ensuing years of medical school, as well as enhancing the student’s capacity to appreciate and critically analyze the research literature. The students have presented their findings at scientific meetings and have been honored for their research.


Research Program students

Pediatric Research

                                                                                      2018 PRP Group Picture

News Links from the Pediatric Research Program


Program Contacts:

  • Program Email: prp@unthsc.edu
  • Paul Bowman, MD, Professor & Chairman, Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health – email:  Paul.Bowman@unthsc.edu
  • Riyaz Basha, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health – email: Riyaz.Basha@unthsc.edu
  • Tyler Hamby, PhD, Research Project Manager, Cook Children’s Health Care System – email: Tyler.Hamby@cookchildrens.org
  • Leah Zimmerman. Research Project Coordinator, Department of Pediatrics and Women’s Health – email: Leah.Zimmerman@unthsc.edu

This page was last modified on May 29, 2019