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

DO Students Discover Racial Discrepancies in Pulse Oximetry Readings

October 27, 2022

PCOM South Georgia medical students discovered current pulse oximetry technology can produce inaccurate results in patients with darker skin tones.

Student Research Spotlight: Jaci Carithers, MS '22 (DO '26)

October 10, 2022

Jaci Carithers explains the importance of her research on lead contamination in soil samples and how environmental factors can impact patient health.

Treating Joubert Syndrome with Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques

September 22, 2022

DO students from PCOM South Georgia have successfully used osteopathic manipulative techniques (OMT) to treat a patient living with a rare brain malformation.

Student Research Spotlight: Bryan Klapes, PhD, MA (DO ’24)

June 27, 2022

DO student Bryan Klapes uses the Evolutionary Theory of Behavior Dynamics to simulate treatment plans in order to help increase the efficiency of clinicians.

Student Research Spotlight: Shreya Dundumalla (DO `24)

April 19, 2022

Dundumalla's research is identifying a set of guidelines all physicians can follow in treating long-COVID symptoms and reducing clinical variation.

Havas Health & You Research Scholars Program

April 7, 2022

PCOM has partnered with Havas Health & You (HH&Y), the world's largest global health network, to engage DO students in research.

Student Research Spotlight: Georgina Boateng (DO '25)

March 24, 2022

Osteopathic medicine student Georgina Boateng has focused her research on the impact of sickle cell disease on pregnancy outcomes.