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

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 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.
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).

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

Cabrini Partnership Offers Research Experience for Undergrads

September 6, 2023

PCOM faculty, staff and students work with Cabrini undergraduates as part of medical research teams.

Student Research Spotlight: Alec Wheeler (DO '26)

August 21, 2023

Wheeler is the first PCOM student to be accepted into the highly competitive urological research program at the University of California at San Diego.

DO/PhD Graduate Continuing Research During Residency at Yale

August 17, 2023

First year anesthesiology resident David R. Garcia Castro, DO, PhD '23, discusses his research experience at PCOM and his future at Yale.

Combination Approach Restores Motor Function of SBMA Mice, PCOM Study Finds

August 17, 2023

PCOM researchers find increasing the SIRT3 protein and inhibiting PARPs improves the motor endurance of mice modeling Kennedy's Disease.

PCOM Georgia Hosts Its Largest Research Day

May 22, 2023

Medical and graduate students showcased their poster presentations for an array of judges made up of faculty and other health professionals.

PCOM South Georgia Students Share Their Work During Research Day

May 18, 2023

The annual College event helps address a major challenge for medical education in rural areas: research and scholarly activity.

Advancing Interest in Research Among BIPOC Students

April 17, 2023

Lincoln University undergraduate students receive training in behavioral research in partnership with PCOM and Public Health Management Corporation.