Graduate and Medical Student Research Opportunities at PCOM
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Graduate and Medical Student Research Opportunities

PCOM designs research experiences for medical and graduate students to stimulate the imagination, gain knowledge and instill commitment to evidence based practices.

PCOM investigators are committed to training students in research methodologies and honing their communication skills. In turn, students contribute to formulation of hypotheses, data collection and sharing of information in a collegial atmosphere within the laboratory, patient care center or clinical research facility.

Information for Graduate and Medical Student Researchers

How can I get involved with research at PCOM?

There are numerous opportunities for medical and graduate students at PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia to get involved with PCOM research projects.

  • Read our research related webpages.
  • Read about our research focus areas that may be of interest to you.
  • Within the focus area pages are links to individual faculty members' research pages.
  • Additional information about faculty research can be obtained by reading their publications listed in Digital Commons. Direct links to Digital Commons are provided on the faculty research pages.
  • Review the listings for on- and off-campus research projects located in the Student Research Opportunities page accessed through the Student Research section in myPCOM.
  • Attend the Faculty Research Forum event to receive the most current information on thesis and part time research opportunities.
  • Contact faculty, residents, residency directors and attendings to discuss research opportunities.

Where can I find additional resources for student research?

Responsibility and conduct

All students are required to take the Responsible Conduct of Research course accessed through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program website. Your faculty mentor/principal investigator will guide you to other courses that are pertinent to your project.

Review the guidelines for student conduct in the laboratory located within the Research Resources page in myPCOM.

Publication fees for open access journals

The PCOM Library covers author publishing fees for a multitude of open access journals. Publishers include BioMed Central, BMJ Case Reports, PLOS, and SpringerOpen.

Find out more about our open access subscriptions and policies.

Research poster printing

The Office of Marketing and Communications can assist students with poster design, printing and associated deadlines. View PCOM's Research Poster Guidelines (PDF).

Can I earn Federal Work-Study funds while participating in research?

Some research lab positions may allow students to earn funds through Federal Work-Study (FWS) while participating in faculty research projects.

What Our Students Say

"As a medical student, I have found it fascinating to be involved in laboratory and clinical research to witness, analyze and interpret first-hand scientific results. Research has made me appreciate the advancement of medicine and innovation that improves our ability to manage patients and outcomes."

Nathan Morrison (DO ‘22)

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Nathan Morrison (DO ‘22) portrait

"As a thesis student in graduate school, my advisor … stimulated my interest in research. He allowed autonomy for my curiosity to grow and freedom for me to mold my project."

Annie Phung (DO ’21)

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Annie Phung (DO ’21) portrait

"Although I am primarily focused on practicing psychology, research has been a very important part of my professional training. Since completing my master’s degree, I have wanted to have as many opportunities to be involved in research as I could."

Nicholas Hope (PsyD ‘22)

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Nicholas Hope (PsyD ‘22) portrait

Information for Principal Investigators

If you are a principal investigator offering a student research opportunity, please complete our research opportunities Google form or contact Jacquelyn White, PCOM Division of Research office manager, at

Student Research Spotlight

Cieremans Named PCOM Student Researcher of the Year

March 6, 2023

David Cieremans (DO ‘24), an Ensign in the United States Navy, has conducted research in various fields such as neuro-oncology and orthopaedics.

HH&Y Program Challenges Students to Design Their Own Research

March 2, 2023

The Havas Health & You (HH&Y) Research Scholars pilot program is designed specifically for DO students.

First Year Med Student Jumps into Ophthalmology Research

February 14, 2023

Mara Crispin (DO '25) is the first author of a new paper describing a potential therapeutic approach to preventing proliferative vitreoretinopathy.

Shahrzad Zamani (DO '25) Named Student Researcher of the Year

February 9, 2023

President of the research and journal club, Zamani was selected by her peers to represent PCOM South Georgia in a national competition.

Total Hip Arthroplasty Revision Rates in Younger Patients

January 31, 2023

Osteopathic medical student David Cieremans' research found that younger total hip replacement patients have low revision rates at eight years post-surgery.

Anorexia and Slow Heartbeat: Is a Pacemaker Needed?

December 31, 2022

Student researcher participates in a study aimed at informing the medical community about a rare presentation of profound asymptomatic sinus bradycardia.

Brianna Hector (DO '26) Selected for NIH Research Program

December 16, 2022

The PCOM med student will investigate maternal mortality rates of Black and Latino mothers in the Philadelphia area using the research hub.