Health Research Projects

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Project Information Location Mentor
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Published guidelines for Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Children: Reduce the use of cephalosporins to 10% and increase use of ampicillin to 90% for hospitalized pediatric CAP patients in 6 months. Contact Info: Sandy Arnold, MD Le Bonheur Children's Hospital,
Memphis Sandy Arnold, MD
Campbell Clinic Summer 2018 Research Opportunity
Campbell Foundation (CF), in association with Campbell Clinic, has a wide variety of active research studies including prospective and retrospective studies involving patients with orthopaedic conditions. Volunteer positions will be available during June and July 2018 to UTHSC medical students who have completed at least their first year of training. The student will be asked to complete an average of 20 hours per week for 8 weeks during the summer months. A combination of on-site and off- site hours is possible. Assignment to a research project will be based upon current needs.
Submit the following by February 28, 2018 to
     • Current CV
     • Documentation of UTHSC academic standing
Schedule an interview with Karen Romer, RN, BSN at 901-435-5704 by March 31, 2018.  Interviews will be conducted on:
     • April 12, 2018 from 1 pm to 5 pm
     • April 13, 2018 from 8 am to 12 pm.  
Complete group 3 CITI training at  associated with UTHSC-Memphis. Bring the certificate of completion of this training to your interview.
 Memphis Karen Romer
(901) 435-5704
Combating Vascular Disease Through Molecular and Genetic Targets
Contact Info: UT Veterinary College of Medicine
Knoxville Deidra Mountain, PhD
Guy Talk
Guy Talk is a program designed to give male adolescents the opportunity to learn more about their bodies and overall sexual health. Topics include male anatomy, STI and pregnancy prevention and improving decision making skills. We are seeking male medical students to (1) assist our Community Health Coordinator in delivering content and facilitating the question and answer portion of the presentation and (2) assistance in developing an evidenced based pre- and post-test to measure the effectiveness of information delivery. Data collected from these tests can be used for the LSP. Guy Talk events typically take place in the late afternoon/early evening at community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs. One or more male medical students can participate.

For further information, please contact Sydney Ashby at
Hematology and Oncology
Dr. Liza Makowski has expressed an interest in working with a student on research this summer. Please email her if interested.
Memphis Liza Makowski, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine - Division of Hematology and Oncology
Cancer Research Building Room 322
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
19 South Manassas
Memphis, TN 38163
phone: 901-448-1425
fax: 901-448-4006
Pediatric Obesity Program-Healthy Lifestyle Network Research Opportunity
The UTHSC/Le Bonheur Children's Hospital (LBCH) Pediatric Obesity Program (POP) is focused on personalized care to help children and their families lead healthier lifestyles because one size does not fit all. In order to address the issues of obesity throughout the Mid-South, the POP includes three components: 1) Healthy Lifestyle Clinic-Preventing and treating obesity; 2) Discovery and Innovation-Learning about contributors of obesity and effective treatments; 3) Healthy Lifestyle Network-Creating programs for a healthier community. This intern opportunity will be specific to community programs, public health initiatives, and population health research. Requirements: Submit CV and semester/summer availability to, schedule an interview with Program Coordinator at 901-287-6876 and complete group 1 and 2 CITI training at prior to interview. Minimum of 200-hours commitment over the course of 1-2 semesters (may be completed in the summer as well).
Memphis Chantis Mantilla, PhD
We don’t have a lot to offer the student interested in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, but here’s an opportunity to explore either a clinical experience or a research project.

The Association of Academic Physiatrists is again offering clinical and research opportunities for medical students in summer after Year 1. See details below.

Student applications are now being accepted for the AAP summer research and clinical externships for medical students. Both programs are eight-week summer externships offered to medical students between the first and second year of medical school with an attached stipend of $4,000. Participating students will also have the opportunity to attend Physiatry ’19, the AAP Annual Meeting and present their work from the summer.

For students interested in a clinical-based experience, the Medical Student Summer Clinical Externship (MSSCE) offers the opportunity to see patients while rotating through various PM&R services and to establish mentors in PM&R. This is not a research program.

For students looking to gain research experience, the Rehabilitation Research Experience for Medical Students (RREMS) offers the chance to pursue structured research while working alongside the most successful and respected faculty members in PM&R.

For more information on both programs, email Amy Schnappinger at The deadline to apply is February 1, 2018.
  Amy Schnappinger at
Projects Using Film to Destigmatize Mental Illness and Address Countertransference Issues
Looking for a couple medical students to help with several projects using film to destigmatize mental illness and address countertransference issues. We are conducting research to determine if these interventions are effective. Please email Dr. Whitehurst at or Cynthia Carter at for questions
Memphis Dr. Whitehurst at and Cynthia Carter at
Restrospective Analysis or Radiation Dose
A retrospective analysis that compares the radiation dose and the resultant risk of cancer in two groups who both kidney resections for renal cell carcinoma. Contact Jason Rogers at for more information.
Knoxville Dr. Jason Rogers
Summer Genetics Scholars Program
Translational research related to fatty acid oxidation disorders combined with medical genetics clinical experience. Program is sponsored by the American College of Medical Genetics Foundation and supports one scholar per summer. Application deadline is January 29, 2016. Additional information: Vicki Park, PhD, Department of Pediatrics,
Memphis Joel Mroczkowski, MD, PhD
Understanding Mortality and Other Adverse Events at a NSQIP-Pediatric Hospital
Uncommon but devastating problems occur after surgery in children. Our research group seeks to understand how to anticipate and prevent these events. We also are embarking on a related study of how such events are perceived by and affect families in the context of their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Contact info: Max Langham, MD (901) 287-6300
Memphis Max Langham, MD
University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Otolaryngology
Research Opportunitis Available (Medical Students Only)
Memphis Jerome W. Thompson, MD, MBA
(901) 486-9418
Urinary Tract Infection Study
5-10 medical students needed to enroll babies under age 2 for a study of urinary tract infection in the Le Bonheur ED. Hours in evenings from 5-10 PM or 6-11 PM. Available for LSP credit (not paid).
Memphis Sandra Arnold, MD, MSc
(901) 287-6256
West Cancer Center/UTHSC M1 Summer Cancer Research Program
All medical students enrolled at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center are encouraged to engage in research activities—basic, clinical, and translational—during their academic career. The West Cancer Center/UTHSC M1 Summer Cancer Research Program (SCR Program) allows first year medical students the opportunity to engage in funded research between their first and second year summer break. Students begin the process of communicating with researchers with whom they can arrange a summer project. This can be laboratory based research or clinical research depending on the research mentor.
For more information, view the information packet.
Memphis Martin D. Fleming,
Nancy Wedgworth,
(901) 448-2919