Mission Statement

The Office of Research and Innovation's mission is to train outstanding and professional scholars with an osteopathic focus on patient and justice-based research and scholarly activity. Through clinical and laboratory opportunities, our learners obtain the professional skills and experiences that will prepare them for intra- and inter-disciplinary research and scholarly activity.

Research Areas of Interest

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to providing learners and faculty with research opportunities in the Anatomical Sciences. Our state-of-the-art anatomy facilities currently support projects in the following areas:

  • 3D model printing
  • Anatomical variations
  • Online course design
  • Ultrasound technology
  • Osteopathic integration
  • Innovative teaching modalities

Our anatomy faculty are involved in several multi-institutional collaborations related to the anatomical sciences and are excited to engage all UIWSOM faculty and learners interested in anatomy education research.

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine is committed to supporting research in community health assessment and improvement, clinical quality improvement, medical informatics, health services research, worksite wellness, preventive medicine and public health.

UIWSOM will utilize multidisciplinary and community-engaged approaches to scholarship with the goal of jointly developing (with civil society organizations, practitioners, administrators and policy makers), implementing and assessing interventions aimed at evidence-based solutions to health differences that are driven largely by social, economic and environmental factors. Research efforts are aimed at improving equity of access to appropriate primary healthcare and address individual, social and structural determinants of health that lead to or reinforce conditions of vulnerability and a greater risk of poorer health outcomes.

The University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine supports scholarly activity in the design, development, implementation and evaluation of osteopathic medical education. Areas of current faculty interest and investigation include:

  • Curriculum design and instructional strategies innovations
  • Evaluating integration of osteopathic principles with biomedical science education
  • Learning through assessment and evaluation
  • Faculty development program initiatives
  • Academic leadership training
  • Mentorship training
  • Integrating facilitation of physician personhood/professional identity formation into a learner-centered curriculum
  • Interprofessional education

The Department of Translation Medicine within the University of Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine has a unique capability for conducting benchtop-to-bedside and bedside-to-benchtop, pre-clinical research, connecting military and civilian applications.

Our department’s scientists seek to understand and develop fundamental critical care technology of injury and illness that impact our community and military personnel across the U.S., and to translate the most cutting-edge medicine findings to bring novel lifesaving interventions to the patients that need them the most.

Our scientific programs are complemented by substantial core facilities, and by an extensive pre-clinical, clinical and applied translational relationships, providing additional expertise and collaboration. Our faculty is dedicated to training the next generation of physician- and basic-scientists through the Department of Translational Medicine, UIWSOM.

Focus on Research

After a successful Inaugural UIWSOM 2020 Virtual Research Week, the Office of Research and Innovation is pleased to announce the winners of the poster presentation awards. Congratulations to all the learners, staff and faculty who participated and to our award recipients. We are glad we had a forum to recognize the hard work everyone put into their research studies and the thought and skill they used to convey their important findings to their colleagues. Best of luck and continued success as you continue your careers at the SOM!

First Place:

Emilee Bell OMS-3, Dr. Hans Bruntmyer, DO

  • Impact of Volunteering in San Antonio’s Homeless Point- In-Time Count on Medical Students’ Attitudes Towards Underserved Populations

Second Place:

Timothy L. Counce Jr., MS, OMS-2; Jenna M. Rivera, MBS, OMS-2; Amy Ko, BA, OMS-2; Anthony D. Martinez, MBS, OMS-2

  • Evaluating the Effect of an LGBTQI+ Safe Space Training in Increasing Osteopathic Medical Student Comfort with the LGBTQI+ Community

Third Place: 

Katelyn Franck OMS-2; Margaret Jonas OMS-2, MS; Jaydee Foster, MA; Scott Smith, PhD; Roberto Fajardo, PhD

  • Patient Perceptions of Healthcare: A View of the South Side of San Antonio