UIWSOM Office of Research and Innovation 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 students 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 students 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 policymakers), 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 student-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

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Research Chalk and Talk Series

Time: TBD
Building 1, A142

The Office of Research and Innovation would like to welcome you to attend the Chalk and Talk session for the Fall 2024 semester! The goal of the Chalk and Talk is to provide a forum where we can learn about research being done by students, staff and faculty. Our format is flexible; you can choose to present a 46-minute seminar, a 10-minute meeting presentation, or a panel discussion/debate. Be creative and sign up for one of the dates below to discuss your ideas, projects you are working on, and anything else that interests you.

Series Dates: TBD


Meagan Khan, Michelle Biko, Ma’at Hembrick (2023) When Constipation is More than Just Constipation: A Rare Case of OHVIRA Syndrome

  • Winner of Medical Student Single/Multi Case Presentation Category in the 2023 Texas Pediatric Society E-Poster Contest


Martinez, Victor H. BS1,a; Zaheer, Aroob BS1; McCarrell, Jerod BS1; Checketts, Jake X. DO2; Hanson, Chad D. DO2. Education Research in Orthopaedic Surgery: A 6-Year Analysis. JBJS Open Access 8(2):e22.00090, April-June 2023. | DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.OA.22.00090

Genera F, Yousefian F, Danosos G, Friedler S, Martinez V. Multifocal Serratia Marcescens infection in a healthy adult. JAAD Case Rep. 2022 Oct 13;30:48-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jdcr.2022.10.006. PMID: 36386055; PMCID: PMC9647325.