Research Opportunities for Students
The research division is dedicated to training medical, graduate and undergraduate students and residents in the scholarly aspects of primary care. There are experiences for students through established programs and courses and through independent study experiences. All Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) research faculty mentor and train students at various levels, so there are a wide variety of research experiences available to students.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Opportunities
- ROSE (Research, Observation, Service, Education) Program of the UC College of Medicine
Faculty in the DFCM serve as mentors to students selected for competitive two year program for undergraduate students throughout Ohio. Research areas have included developing a web based diabetes genomics platform (2009), patient safety and work flow in home hospice (2009 – 2010) chronic pain management in family medicine (2010-2011), determining health status of primary care patients (2011-2013) and clinical trial studying a computer based tool to treat social anxiety and drinking (2011-2013) Learn more.
- Independent self-study
Faculty in the DFCM also serve as mentors to students in independent self-study or electives from their schools. If students have an interest in working with a DFCM research faculty mentor on a project for a course elective, they should contact the research director or the specific faculty member at least 4 months prior to the start of the elective or self-study period.
- MedSci 4028L: Community and Practice Based Research
This elective for students in the Medical Sciences undergraduate Major or Minor (or other students with permission of the course director) will introduce students to practice and community based research that addresses issues related to health and the delivery of healthcare by primary care. Students will work primarily with a research mentor; the exact task for each student will vary. Recent research projects include effectiveness of integrative medicine techniques in various diseases, improving chronic pain care, assessing social anxiety and alcohol use and studying clinical outcomes of patients with diabetes. Students will also participate in weekly research meetings, 2-3 clinical shadowing sessions observing family physicians, and monthly meetings with the course director to discuss assigned readings. More information can be found at http://med.uc.edu/medicalsciences/major/CoMcourses
Medical Student Opportunities
- Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship
Medical students between their first and second year are eligible for the program. This summer experience matches students with a DFCM research faculty member to perform clinical and practice based research. Each student also spends ½ day per week shadowing a family physician in order to see how the research and clinical experiences inform each other. An additional ½ day is spent in an intensive small group session with a DFCM faculty member learning important research skills, including reading and evaluating the medical literature, practice based research, qualitative research skills, health care policy and writing for publication. Stipends are generally available for this experience, and students frequently complete publications and abstracts for presentation. 2017 UC COM Summer Student Application (PDF).
- Elective in Family Medicine Research
This fourth year elective is available to all medical students with an interest in clinical, practice based or health services research. Students MUST contact the research division director a minimum of 3 months prior to planned elective month in order to complete online human subjects and research ethics training prior to the start of the elective. Learn more