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Summer Medical Research Program

Medical Students

Purpose

The College of Medicine Summer Research Program offers medical students the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects in basic or clinical disciplines for a 10-week period. The students are matched with a faculty mentor in their chosen area of interests. The student and faculty mentors will discuss the summer project prior to initiation of work in the laboratory. Additionally, the program will feature various group activities, including a weekly meeting to further explore the principles of scientific investigation, including topics of publication, research funding, ethical aspects of human and animal experimentation, regulatory issues, and peer-review. In addition, students will have the opportunity to attend scientific seminars and workshops. Faculty mentors are located at the College Station, Bryan, Temple, Dallas, and Houston campuses and students will be assigned to mentors convenient to their summer residence. Upon completion of this program, students will be better prepared to undertake scientific investigation (basic and clinical) and will be allowed the opportunity to continue their studies through medical school.

Identifying a Mentor

Students should generally seek mentors who have ongoing research projects which are congruent with the students’ interest. The research interests and ongoing research projects of faculty in each department can be found in a few different places.

Summer Research Program

COM Graduate Studies Basic Sciences

COM Programmatic Overview

You are strongly encouraged to directly approach faculty and discuss possible summer research projects. The members of the Summer Research Program Steering Committee (Dr. Kayla Bayless, Dr. Sharon DeMorrow, Dr. Robin Fuchs-Young, Dr. David Huston, Dr. Julian Leibowitz, Ms. Claudia Mattil, Dr. Brett Mitchell, Dr. Samba Reddy, Dr. Mendell Rimer, Dr. Veronica Sanchez, Dr. Andrea Trache, Dr. Emily Wilson, Dr. Van Wilson, and Dr. Warren Zimmer) can also assist students in identifying potential mentors.

Once you identify a mentor, have them send an email to mawolff@medicine.tamhsc.edu confirming they have agreed to be your mentor for the summer.

Students interested in the Summer Research Program in Dallas should first review the available research projects before contacting Ms. Claudia Mattil.  Once a research project is targeted please contact Claudia Mattil and indicate your interest in the SRP in Dallas and who you want to work with. You must complete a formal application through BAMF for the Summer Research Program (deadline of February 15th) and be cleared through BHCS Volunteer Services Application Process (deadline March 15th).

There are a limited number of spots available for the Dallas location of the Summer Research Program. Students applying for the Dallas location are also eligible for the BAMF stipend. Please note, however, the stipend for the summer program is competitive and funds are limited.

Unique Summer Research Opportunity

A unique health promotion project has openings for 2 medical students this summer (2013). Student interns will contribute to the development and implementation of outreach/education program aimed at reducing asthma symptoms and hospitalizations in children living in low SES communities along the Texas Mexico border. Students will work with a team that will develop and disseminate preventive education materials to parents of asthmatic children, providing understandable and useful information on ways to reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Project materials will be disseminated through face-to-face sessions at respiratory clinics in selected communities and the impact rigorously evaluated through a variety of approaches. Students will receive training on human subjects research and assist with all aspects of the project. Successful applicants will be fluent in Spanish and be able to travel for 2-3 days/week for several weeks in a row. Please contact Dr. Robin Fuchs-Young for more information.

Dallas Campus Researchers

  • Dr. Cara East - Cardiovascular
  • Dr. Raphael Schiffman - Fabry Disease
  • Dr. Larry Sweetman - Newborn Screening
  • Dr. Priscilla Hollander - Metabolism, diabetes, insulin
  • Dr. Ann Marie Warren - Trauma Department
  • Dr. Alan Cook - Trauma Registry Project
  • Dr. Ian McCarthy - Cardioverter - Defibrillators
  • Dr. Kristina Stillsmoking - OR Simulation Study
  • Dr. Jim Fleshman - Credentialing of Surgeons for Randomized Trials, Database Projects, other TBD
  • Dr. Arianne Theiss - Basic Science
  • Dr. William Shutze - Vascular Surgery - Projects in Development

Prior to Start Date

Accepted students, in conjunction with their mentors, will write a research plan describing their proposed research. The Research Plan should be 1-3 pages in length, and will consist of:

  1. Title of Project
  2. Specific Aims (objectives)
  3. Introduction and Background
  4. Experimental Approach, including Methods
  5. Significance
  6. IRB or AUP approval number of project
  7. Key References (this section will not count against the page limit)

 

Your research plan should be sent by email to mawolff@medicine.tamhsc.edu  (Mary Ann Wolff) in PDF format, by Friday, May 24, 2014.

Last edited by: kauder 09/01/2014

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