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Primary Care Clinical Research

Kimberly Fulda, DrPH, Graduate Advisor
Primary Care Research Institute
Phone: 817-735-0225
E-mail: Kimberly.Fulda@unthsc.edu

Graduate Faculty: Cage, Cardarelli, DeHaven, Franks, Fulda, Licciardone, Mann, Sanders,

The Primary Care Clinical Research program, administered by the Primary Care Research Institute (PCRI), is designed to provide select osteopathic medical students with the research training, experience, and mentoring necessary to pursue a career in clinical research or academic medicine.

The program offers research practica and mentoring in projects undertaken by many of the family medicine faculty, plus other collaborating investigators within the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Public Health, and the School of Health Professions.

At entry to medical school and throughout the medical curriculum, each student will establish collaborative research relationships with faculty members within the PCRI and other departments of the Health Science Center. These relationships will enable the student to become part of research teams working on various projects relative to family medicine, primary care, and osteopathic medicine.

As part of the program, students will complete the requirements for the Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. This program is offered to provide students with clinical research training pertinent to family medicine and other issues involving primary care and osteopathic medicine. This degree affords students an opportunity to acquire the didactic training needed to complement their research practica.

The formal presentations and courses in the program are designed to give the student a knowledge base in clinical research design; evidence-based medicine; biostatistics and epidemiology, policies, procedures and compliance issues relevant to human subjects research and responsible conduct of research; scientific communications and writing; and educational methodologies for becoming an effective instructor.

Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy

Qualifying Examination

An oral qualifying examination determines if the doctoral student has mastered information needed to succeed in the discipline of primary care clinical research. The oral exam will be administered by a committee comprised of Primary Care Clinical Research faculty, one basic science graduate faculty, and a biostatistician, selected by the departmental graduate advisor in consultation with the Executive Director of the Primary Care Research Institute and the Director of the primary care clinical research programs. The student's major professor may be present but does not participate in the examination. The initial phase of the qualifying examination consists of presentation of a published research article in the student's chosen field of research with a subsequent question period. In the second phase of the examination, the student will be required to address questions of scientific knowledge in the chosen field of study. The areas covered may include biostatistics, clinical research, and epidemiology. A maximum of two attempts to pass the qualifying examination will be allowed. A doctoral student who does not pass after the second attempt may be dismissed or alternatively allowed to complete the requirements for a Master of Science degree.

Grant Writing (BMSC 6310)

Following the qualifying examination, and before completing 72 hours of course work, the student will complete BMSC 6310, prepare, and defend an original research grant proposal in conformance with the guidelines of the National Institutes of Health. The grant application will describe the student's dissertation research project, and will serve as the student's dissertation proposal. Following a public, oral presentation of the research proposal in the grant application, the student will defend the grant application and research proposal before his/her Advisory Committee. Upon approval of the grant application and the research proposal, the student is advanced to candidacy.

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