Learner Research

Follow the links below to read about areas of learner research, meetings where our learners present the results of their research (conference presentations), and extramural and intramural sources of funding support for learner research. If you are interested in participating in UIWSOM research studies, please follow the available research opportunities link.

Database Analysis

  • Infection rates and poor medical outcomes
  • Obesity
  • Pediatrics
  • Pregnancy

Case Studies

  • Renal disease
  • Pathology
  • Infection
  • Disease


  • Education outcomes
  • Pathology
  • Microscopy techniques


  • UIW vaccine drive data

Learner Publications

The Office of Research and Innovation has supported the following learner conference attendance:

  • Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE)
  • Texas Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) 64th Midwinter Conference
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine- Texas Chapter (TSCCM)
  • Children's Hospital of San Antonio (CHoSA) Research Day
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
  • Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
  • American Osteopathic Association - Osteopathic Medical Education Conference (AOA-OMED)

UIW Sources of Funding

UIWSOM Sources of Funding

This intramural program is to assist in supporting the research of UIWSOM learners to present their research at local and national meetings.

UIWSOM Learner Research Award

The deadline for application of Learner Research Award applications was April 1, 2020 for a start date of June 1, 2020. The Research and Scholarly Activity Committee (RSAC) feels that considering the lockdown a more flexible timeline is warranted. Therefore, the RSAC will accept applications for Learner Research Awards at any time during this fiscal year.

Please contact the Office of Research and Innovation if you have questions.

UIWSOM Travel Award

Extramural Funding 

UIWSOM/CHOFSA Summer Research Elective (2021)

Through this program, each student will receive a one on one mentoring experience with practicing physicians as it relates to research and scholarly work. The following are examples of the areas the students worked in:

  • Critical Care 
  • Cardiology  
  • Internal Medicine 
  • Bariatrics 
  • Neurology  
  • Medical Education  

Due to the success of this program, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the application forum is being extend to the class of 2024. This program will take place in the summer and will primarily be in the June and July months. Scheduling and time commitment will be discussed between you and your individual mentor.

Learn more about the UIWSOM/CHOFSA Summer Research Elective

Associated of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Clinical and Research Opportunities

The AAMC Careers in Medicine provides a database of summer and year-round clinical and research opportunities for medical students.

Learn more about the AAMC Clinical and Research Opportunities

Summer Physiology Experience

Purpose of the Experience and Expectations

This summer physiology experience is open to current OMS-I learners and will take place June 7 to July 16, 2021. This experience will provide learners with the opportunity to apply physiological concepts through the development of live physiology educational labs. Participants will be expected to aid in the creation, development, and refinement of various physiology labs utilizing the BIOPAC Data Acquisition Systems. The development of these will likely take the duration of the summer, as they need to be completed by the end of the experience. Through this project, participants have the potential to develop this into an educational research project. 

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide a hands on experience in the development of live physiology educational labs.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop and strengthen skills in communication, interpersonal relations, and teamwork.
  • Provide an opportunity to aid in the development of long standing educational research project.


  • Two current OMS-I learners in good academic standing.
  • Learners will need to attend an initial meeting to discuss deadlines and to orient them to proper handling and use of the equipment.
    • Date: June 7, 2021
  • Learners need to be creative and work as a team.
  • Learners must be organized and meet deadlines required for the experience. 

Attendance Policy

  • As long as deadlines are met, learners will be able to create their own schedule in accordance with their teammate.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria will be based on successful completion of Units 1-4, Dr. Bradley’s approval, academic standing, and short essay.  Academic standing will be verified by the Office of Admissions and the Office of Medical and Interprofessional Education.

Please email your completed application to Dr. Bradley at jmbradle@uiwtx.edu.

The application is due by Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m.


Briefly describe your goals in applying for the summer physiology experience. (Limit 250 words)

Gun Safety Research Project

Two UIWSOM faculty are seeking dedicated and self-motivated first-year learners for assistance with a long-term research project addressing OMS interviewing patients about gun safety. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and will be able to conduct literature reviews, design surveys, perform statistical analysis, and collaborate with other health professionals within and outside the SOM. Applicants must be available to meet with the faculty investigators on a weekly basis and be able to meet deadlines. Work on this project will begin immediately, and preference will be given to learners that can continue working through the summer. The successful applicant also needs to be in good academic standing and have an outstanding record of professionalism.  

Interested learners should provide a one paragraph summary of your interest in gun safety and a brief explanation of your qualifications that make you a good fit for this research team. 

Please email your completed application to Dr. Seidenfeld at seidenfe@uiwtx.edu.

The application is due by Friday, May 14, 2021 at 5 p.m.

If you are interested in opportunities to conduct research, please help us better understand your interests and availability by completing the following form.