Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Summer Programs

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.

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.


PRECISION Clinical Research Fellowship Program

The PRECISION Pain Research Registry offers a Clinical Research Fellowship Program for students beginning in the Summer following Year 1. The Summer Didactic component is presented in June, wherein fellows participate in general and small-group sessions on clinical research design and evidence-based medicine as they pertain to chronic pain and its management. They learn about various aspects of registry operations, including participant screening and recruitment, data collection, biospecimens collection and handling, institutional review board documentation, and strategic planning. Each fellow is assigned to a research team under the supervision of the Program Director to complete a research project during the following Fall and Spring semesters. Anticipated program benefits include a stipend for participation in the Summer Didactic component; complimentary textbook and materials; paid poster presentation at Research Appreciation Day; co-authorship upon publication of the team research project; and fellowship certificate at graduation upon completing research and all related requirements. The deadline to complete the online application is in January of Year 1, and competitive applicants are invited for an interview and selected by February. Please forward inquiries to the Program Director:

For more information, please contact:

John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA, FACPM
Regents Professor and Richards-Cohen Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research, Department of Family Medicine
john.licciardone@unthsc.edu


MSTAR – Medical Student Training in Aging Research

Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) program for TCOM students administered by the Center for Healthy Aging (CHA) at UNTHSC. This is a paid summer research opportunity with a $1000/month stipend. The MSTAR-CHA program will provide TCOM students (who will have completed Year-I) 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 the 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 the summer. The students will compete for a total of 6 awards.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kiran Chaudhari, MD Ph.D., Coordinator, MSTAR, at Kiran.Chaudhari@unthsc.edu OR Dr. Janice Knebl, DO MBA, Director, Center for Geriatrics at Janice.Knebl@unthsc.edu