The Division of Internal Medicine Education Training and Research Program supports students and trainees from partner institutions who are seeking a research experience. View current openings.
Successful trainees appointed through the program will:
- be directly supervised or co-mentored by a Division of Internal Medicine (DoIM) faculty member
- develop skills related to various aspects of research conduct and project implementation
- gain hands-on research experience that will allow them to apply learned principles from their graduate studies as it relates to a specific project
- acquire knowledge and insight on the fundamentals of research, quality improvement and/or program implementation
- receive guidance and mentorship from experienced MD Anderson DoIM faculty and/or research personnel, on respective projects they are involved in
- Students and trainees must be enrolled in UTHealth School of Public Health
- Students can apply to as many projects that overlap with their research interests but will be "matched" in only one project
- Students may be eligible for a stipend or school credit
How to apply
- Identify a project of your interest under the program website
- Projects will be available as they are identified within the DoIM
- The application process has a rolling deadline
- Each applicant will be asked to submit the following:
- Personal statement of why project research is of interest to you
- A statement of commitment by the candidate and university mentor that indicates the applicant's intent to participate
About the Projects
The following projects will offer hands-on research experience and educational opportunities that are matched to a trainee's specific area of study or research interest. See below for project descriptions and links to apply.
Mentor: Efstratios Koutroumpakis, M.D.
Project Title: Assessment of Cardiometabolic Health of Patients
with Prostate Cancer
Project Synopsis: To assess the role of lipid-lowering, antidiabetic, antihypertensive, and weight-loss therapies in preventing adverse cardiovascular and prostate cancer-specific events.
We will also examine associations of baseline cardiometabolic disorders, including obesity/adiposity, dyslipidemia, impaired glucose metabolism, and hypertension with development of adverse cardiovascular and prostate cancer-specific events.
Mentor: Noha Hassan Abdelwahab, M.D., Ph.D.
Department: General Internal Medicine
Project Title: Unveiling, Mitigating, and Decoupling Immune-related Adverse Events in Cancer Immunotherapy
Project Synopsis: To determine the incidence, clinical phenotypes, timing, and severity of immune-related adverse events (irAEs) in melanoma patients from the initiation of adjuvant immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) therapy through two years of follow-up.
In addition, to longitudinally assess patient-reported outcomes (PROs) of fatigue, depression, sleep disturbance, and QOL from the initiation of adjuvant ICI therapy through two years of follow-up.
Finally, to longitudinally characterize patient immune signatures from the initiation of adjuvant ICI therapy through 2 years of follow-up and evaluate their association with irAEs, symptom burden, and QOL.
Mentor: Sai-ching Yeung, M.D., Ph.D.
Department: Emergency Medicine
Project Title: The usefulness of different prognostic biomarkers in cancer patients presenting to the emergency department with pulmonary embolism
Project Synopsis: To assess the significance and utility of various
prognostic biomarkers in predicting outcomes in cancer patients with pulmonary embolisms.
Mentor: Cielito Reyes-Gibby, Dr.P.H.
Department: Emergency Medicine
Project Title: Improving emergency care and outcomes of
immune-related adverse events: The immune related emergency index (irEDI)
Project Synopsis: The aim is to describe the prevalence of neuropathic pain (NP) in cancer survivors. In addition to assess the extent to which disease-related variables (e.g., stage of disease, location of tumor), treatment variables (chemotherapy, dose, duration; surgery; radiotherapy), clinical health status (e.g., comorbid conditions), and sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., age, sex, race) are associated with the epidemiology of NP.
Project Title: Neuropathic Pain in Survivors of Head and Neck
Project Synopsis: The aim is to describe the prevalence of neuropathic pain (NP) in cancer survivors. Also, to assess the extent to which disease-related variables (e.g., stage of disease, location of tumor), treatment variables (chemotherapy, dose, duration; surgery; radiotherapy), clinical health status (e.g., comorbid conditions), and sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., age, sex, race) are associated with the epidemiology of NP.
Project Title: Molecular Epidemiology of Neuropathic Pain in Head and Neck Cancer
Project Synopsis: The aim is to determine the independent influence of cancer treatment, behavioral, epidemiological, biological, and clinical factors in predicting the development of chronic pain (neuropathic/nociceptive) in these patients.
Project Title: Temporal Changes in Oral Microbial Composition in Head and Neck Cancer Patients at High Risk for Oral Mucositis
Project Synopsis: The aim is to determine whether pretreatment oral microbial diversity or cancer treatment-induced change in the oral microbiome (eg, a shift to pathogenic species or reduction in oral microbial diversity) could be an early objective biomarker for the development and severity of oral mucositis (OM) has not been explored in patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck.
Project Title: Clinical, Epidemiologic, and Biological Predictors of Emergency Department Presentation
Project Synopsis: The aim is to determine the prevalence of and factors associated with Emergency Department (ED) presentation, to assess to what extent are gene polymorphisms are associated with treatment related symptoms and toxicities and to assess if ED presentation is prognostic of survival (with specific cancer types, i.e., lung, breast, etc.) among patients admitted at M.D. Anderson (MDA) using existing datasets (Patient History database, Tumor registry, Zero G/Whiteboard, Pharamacology database) and genetic data available.
Mentor: Joanna Manzano, M.D.
Department: Hospital Medicine
Project Title: Reduce 30-day Unplanned Readmissions at MD Anderson
Project Synopsis: This Quality Improvement will employ Quality Improvement tools and principles such as the Plan Do Study Act model to develop tools and implement procedures to help improve institution-wide unplanned readmissions at an institution level.
Lauren Sutton, B.S.
Program Coordinator, Education
Division of Internal Medicine