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Promoting Diversity in Research Training for Health Professionals (PDRT)

The racial and ethnic minority population in Texas surpassed the Anglo population in 2004 and is projected to increase substantially in the coming years. Projections for educational attainment for minorities, historically low because of socioeconomic and other factors, suggest continued disparity for college, graduate, and professional school enrollment. Admission of minority students into the doctoral study in biomedical sciences in Texas, and indeed in the nation, remains low despite population changes in Texas, the second-most populous in the country. Thus, there is a critical need to train a large number of health professionals to serve minority populations, not only in Texas but also at the national level.

Learn more about the PDRT program.

Pediatric Research Program

A summer research program in pediatrics is available to rising second-year medical students 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 Pediatric Research Program Applications are due February 3, 2020.

Learn more about the Pediatric Research Program.

Honors Research Practicum

The Honors Research Practicum has an overarching goal of providing lifelong competency in research methods and is open to second-year students on a competitive basis.  The practicum includes twenty 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.

Research Elective (one month)

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

Dual-Degree Programs

For TCOM students interested in a more rigorous research experience dual-degree programs in partnership with the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or the School of Public Health are available that lead to a DO/Ph.D., DO/MS or DO/MPH upon completion.

MSTAR – Medical Student Training in Aging Research

The deadline for application is March 1st, 2019.

We are seeking applications from TCOM students for the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program administered by the Institute for Healthy Aging (IHA) at UNTHSC. This is a paid summer research opportunity with a $1000/month stipend. The MSTAR-IHA program will provide TCOM students (who will have completed Year-I by June 2019) 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 that will be counted towards TCOM Year-II preceptor requirement. The students will be introduced to research and academic experiences early in their training that they might not otherwise have during medical school. This is 6-week structured research, clinical preceptor in geriatrics, appropriate to their level of training and interests. Research projects are offered in clinical/basic/ translational or health services research relevant to older people. The scholars will do their training and research during summer of 2019. The students will compete for a total of 6 awards.
Students will be notified on 15th March 2019 regarding selection.
Program dates June 3rd – July 12th, 2019. (tentative dates depend on the TCOM schedule. Might vary by 1 week.)
If you have any further questions or need guidance with the application, please contact Dr. Kiran Chaudhari, MD Ph.D., Coordinator, MSTAR, at OR Dr. Janice Knebl, DO MBA, Director, Center for Geriatrics at

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