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.

UIWSOM to host virtual research day June 1-5, 2020!

We hope all UIWSOM faculty and learners who were able to present a poster at a meeting this year, as well as those whose plans to submit were disrupted by COVID-19, will participate in the UIWSOM Virtual Research Day during the week of June 1-5, 2020. For a detailed list of instructions for poster presentations please contact ORI@uiwtx.edu. The main things to be aware of are:

  1. The PowerPoint file must be saved as a pdf and be under 10MB. A link to a compression program is provided in the instructions.
  2. You can record a 3-5 minute video introduction and overview of your poster.
  3. Upload your poster using the link provided in the instructions.
    1. Make sure you click on the button by the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine and not the University of the Incarnate Word above ours. The UIW Research Week follows ours and is June 8-12, 2020.
    2. The form will require presenters to sign in with a Google account.
    3. The deadline to submit presentations is Monday, May 25, 2020.
  4. Between June 1-5, 2020 you may access all Research Week presentations at Symposium by ForagerOne.

Log into the Symposium website as often as you'd like between June 1-5, 2020. Leave comments, questions and engage with your colleagues as we learn more about the exciting research being performed by our learners and faculty.

Stay safe and well,

Office of Research and Innovation

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 USA, 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

Dr. Hans Bruntmyer: Street Medicine San Antonio

Hans Bruntmyer, DO, is an Assistant Professor at the UIWSOM. Dr. Bruntmyer also serves as the medical director for the Street Medicine-San Antonio organization Imago Dei Ministries which has provided a community outreach opportunity for UIWSOM students. Street Medicine-San Antonio/UIWSOM is a student organization whose mission is to provide medical and healthcare to the homeless population. Through interactions with the homelessness, the goal is for medical students to be exposed to and acknowledge humanity with homeless, vulnerable and underserved populations. One UIWSOM learner, Emilee Bell, worked with Dr. Bruntmeyer to test if this goal was being achieved. Ms. Bell administered the Health Professional Attitudes Toward the Homeless Inventory questionnaire to first-year students who participated in San Antonio’s annual homeless census, the Point in Time (PIT) Count, and to second-year students who did not participate in the PIT-Count.

Ms. Bell and Dr. Bruntmyer found that the PIT-Count experience did have an impact on the first-year medical students as seen in a significant improvement in confidence, interest in working with, and attitudes towards homeless populations compared to the second-year medical students. They concluded that medical education should have integrated experiences for students to go out and meet underserved populations in their living situations. This will help students to gain confidence, learn the needs of this population, and be more empathic towards the homeless, which will potentially benefit the unserved population who would receive better healthcare in the future. Emilee was invited to present the results of her and Dr. Bruntmyer’s study at the American Medical Association Expo Research Symposium in San Diego! This is a great example of UIWSOM faculty and students working together to serve the community in which we live.