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

Two UIWSOM learners have won awards for their research. Christina Nguyen (OMS- II) received an award as the First Place Abstract at the October, 2019 meeting of the Texas Society for Critical Care Medicine for her work titled “Autonomic Imbalance and heart Rate Variability in Hospitalized Children Prior to Cardiac Arrest.” Joshua Kuehne (OMS-II) won first place as the Best Poster by a Medical Student at the Children’s Hospital Research Day, October 2, 2020 for his work titled “Pediatric COVID-19: A Descriptive Report of Children Admitted to the Children’s Hospital.”

Below is a list of SOM learners that presented their research at the Children’s Hospital Research Day. Many of these learners were participants in the UIWSOM-CHoSA Summer Research Program.

  • Radha Patel – Assessment of Cardiac Output Parameters Using Non-invasive Monitor in Critically Ill Children with Shock in the Emergency Department
  • Hannah Redwine - Communication skills evaluation in pediatrics: Analysis of parent, faculty, and resident assessments within a “bad news” curriculum
  • Christina Nguyen – Autonomic Imbalance and heart Rate Variability in Hospitalized Children Prior to Cardiac Arrest
  • Ivy Bui – Three-Dimensional printing and Augmented Reality in Medical Education and Pre-Surgical Planning
  • Roxanne Miller - The Case of a Rare Malformation Corrected by a Rare Mutation
  • Holy Chou – SOFI at CHofSA, Implementing a national quality initiative to standardize the use of IV fluids locally
  • Josh Kuehne - Pediatric COVID-19: A Descriptive Report of Children Admitted to the Children’s Hospital

UIWSOM learners presented their work at the Virtual AOA-OMED Research Poster Session in October, 2020. Katelyn Franck and Margaret Jonas, Jaydee Foster, Matthew Morrey, MD; Scott Smith, PhD and Roberto Fajardo, PhD presented their work titled “Perspectives on Healthcare Decisions and Total Joint Arthroplasty from the Southside of San Antonio, a Majority Minority Region.”

Alex Paivla and Carol Browne, DO presented their work titled “Undergraduate Pre-Medical Students Attitudes Regarding Osteopathic Medicine and Awareness Level of New Osteopathic Medical Schools.”

UIWSOM learners Tyler Tolopka and Joshua Kuehne presented their research at the Society of Critical Care Medicine Discovery Research Network initiative in October 2020. Tyler presented “The Role of Underlying Childhood Obesity in Acute Presentation and Outcomes of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio” and Joshua presented “Pediatric COVID-19: A Descriptive Report of Children Admitted to the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio”.

Join us in congratulating the learners for their hard work and for their interesting research!