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Research Plan

Our mission is to develop innovative approaches to promoting health through basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, education and community research and mentor students in investigative methodologies and information retrieval, appraisal and dissemination.

Through research, we will enhance students':

  • Curiosity and creativity
  • Disciplined thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Appreciation of evidence-based medicine
  • Sense of responsibility to their patients, profession and community
  • Pride in their accomplishments
  • Preparedness and competitiveness for residency

Visit our research focus areas section to learn more about PCOM research activities.

What We Do

Support and Enhance Research Productivity

The Division of Research facilitates scholarly activity by providing:

  • Guidance for project development and management.
  • Regulatory review of human and animal studies.
  • Assistance with grant proposal preparation, budget, submission and management.
  • Seed money for pilot projects.
  • Staff, equipment and consultants.

Productivity metrics include:

  • Mentoring students.
  • Faculty and student presentations.
  • Publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts, review articles and book chapters.
  • Interviews, webinars, etc.
  • Editorial boards, study sections, manuscript reviewer.
  • Submission of applications for extramural funding.
  • Grant and contract awards.

Optimize Utilization of Funding, Staff, Space, Equipment and Supplies

These efforts include:

  • Maximizing resource and space sharing to enhance productivity and student involvement.
  • Facilitating internal and external collaborations.
  • Continuing to upgrade equipment.

Expand Clinical Research Opportunities

We will work to expand clinical research opportunities by:

  • Facilitating collaborations between faculty, alumni, external clinicians, residents and medical students in clinical research studies and clinical trials.
  • Maintaining the student research opportunities website.
  • Obtaining support for clinical project managers.

Increase Extramural Research Support

In order to increase extramural research support, we will:

  • Continue to identify and communicate sources of funding.
  • Establish partnerships with companies offering sponsored and collaborative research funding.
  • Identify sources of support for research required to attract licensing of PCOM’s inventions.
  • Seek contracts that utilize our facilities.
  • Expand partnerships with health insurance companies to test innovative strategies for healthcare delivery and outcomes assessments.

Manage Intellectual Property

As part of our strategic research plan, we will continue to evaluate licensing and commercialization potential of PCOM inventions, evaluate models for partnerships with faculty companies, and provide support for external consultants that:

  • Offer guidance for federal small business grant applications.
  • Develop roadmaps for licensing technologies.
  • Identify funding partners.
  • Facilitate licensing agreements.

Expand Educational Resources Related to Research

These efforts include:

  • Assisting with development of a curriculum that educates students about the principles and practice of research.
  • Training faculty and students in the use of programs that assist with protocol building.
  • Offering faculty tutorials in intellectual property, technology transfer and roadmaps to licensing agreements and clinical trials.

Continue to Enhance Visibility of PCOM Research

We will continue to enhance the visibility of PCOM research by updating web-based research pages on a regular basis and continuing to communicate research accomplishments to Marketing and Communications, Library, Institutional Advancement, Cabinet and Board of Trustees.

Expand Community-Based Research Opportunities

We will expand community-based research opportunities by:

  • Publicizing faculty and student research related activities and opportunities within the community.
  • Fostering relationships with patient advocacy groups and community leaders.
  • Organizing symposia to present research to patient advocacy groups and community leaders.

Research Plan Milestones

Protected Time

Formula developed for protected time to engage in research that balances teaching loads with productivity.


Increased extramural funding.


Increased opportunities for clinical research.


Increased preparedness of students to engage in research.


Increased student involvement in clinical research.

Student Accomplishments

Increased student research accomplishments for resume building and competitiveness for residencies.

Development Support

Identified potential sources of support for mid-stage development of inventions required for licensing agreements.

Model Identification

Models identified for technology development, patent support and relationships with faculty owned companies.