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 Printing Solutions can assist students with research poster printing. 

Download 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

For One Research Day Participant, PCOM is 'Like a Miracle' of Scholarly Opportunity

May 23, 2024

The College's 13th annual Research Day event featured 130 presentations highlighting the scholarly activity of students, faculty and staff.

Long Covid Fibromyalgia: Perspectives from Pain Psychology

April 15, 2024

Clinical psychology doctoral candidate Joseph Harrison, MS, MBDS (PsyD '25) collaborated on a case study exploring this unique health issue.

Award-Winning Student Research Abstract Highlights Medical Mystery

February 26, 2024

Third-year medical student Jillianne Santos' (DO '25) abstract of a unique medical case recently earned her ACP honors.

Med Student Selected as Research Scholar for Myeloma Health Equity Program

February 14, 2024

The Cobb Scholars Program pairs minority medical students with myeloma experts for six months to conduct research on health disparities.

Student Examines PAP Devices for Treating Sleep Apnea

December 15, 2023

Neeti Shirke's (DO '26) research focuses on how successful patients are when they attempt using a PAP device after an unsuccessful previous attempt.

Working to Affect the Viral Replication of COVID-19

October 4, 2023

PCOM Georgia PharmD student Krishna Chavada describes her research to find FDA-approved drugs which could inhibit the replication of COVID.

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.