Student Research at Morsani College of Medicine

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Most medical students engage in research as part of the Scholarly Concentrations Program supported through The Office of Research, Innovation & Scholarly Endeavors (RISE). RISE aims to provide a centralized resource to promote and support students engaged in research, scholarship, innovation and creative endeavors.

MCOM 2016 Student Summer Research Award

The MCOM 2016 Student Summer Research Award is available to medical students for medical research performed under the guidance of the faculty of the Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM). The goal is to foster student scholarship in biomedical discovery and scholarly inquiry and to encourage students to consider a future academic career in biomedical research. Please contact Ms. Roberta (Bobby) Collins at for more information (and password for application). Open to MCOM medical students only. Applications due: March 7th, 2016.

See What Our Students Are Doing

Some of the research projects being done by MCOM's current medical students can be found on their class pages (in the left hand navigation). The impressiveness of the student accomplishments listed is demonstrated by presentations at local and national meetings, publications in peer-reviewed journals, creative endeavors, and sustainable service projects.


Perkins, EA, Lamartin, KM. The Internet as Social Support for Older Carers of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, March 2012

Cohen GF, Lopez JJ, Divine JM, Etzkorn JR – "Technique for Facial Contour Correction with Autologous Fat Transfer". Cosmetic Dermatology. 2012; 25(6):272-74.

Payne WG, Bhalla R, Hill DP, Pierpont YN, Robson MC. 2011 Wound healing trajectories to determine pressure ulcer treatment efficacy. Eplasty. 11:e1.

Vivas, AC, Baaj, AA, Benbadis, SR, Vale, FL: "The Health Care Burden of Patients with Epilepsy in the United States: An Analysis of a Nationwide Database over 15 Years". Journal of Neurosurgery, March 2012

Etzkorn JR, Divine JM, Lopez JJ, Cohen GF – "Autologous Fat Transfer: Techniques, Indications, and Future Investigation". Cosmetic Dermatology. 2011; 24(10):470-76.

Oral Presentations

Reeves C, Tufts M, Burns JC, Zadikany R, Marshall WG Jr.; Life Sciences Entrepreneurship: Education, Training, and Practice, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Wellington, NZ, June 2012

Reeves C, Tufts M, Marshall WG Jr.; The Master’s Degree in Entrepreneurship for Applied Technologies: A Five-Year Follow-up, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Wellington, NZ, June 2012

Abuaita A., Non-clinical Career Options for Medical Students - A Focused Approach for Medical School Advisors AAMC CiM Professional Development Conference in Miami in June 2011.


Regulated Market Solution to Eliminate Organ Shortages: The Case of Kidney Transplantation, Proceedings of the Congress of Humanities and Social Science Research (on-line publication), Paris, FR, 2012

Henderson ER, Groundland JS, Pala E, Dennis JA, Wooten R, Cheong D, Windhager R, Kotz RI, Mercuri M, Funovics PT, Hornicek FJ, Temple HT, Ruggieri P, Letson GD. 2011. Failure mode classification for tumor endoprostheses: retrospective review of five institutions and a literature review. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 93,5:418-429.

Nicholas DeVito, Michael Yu, Ren Chen and Edward Pan. 2011. Retrospective Study of Patients with Brain Metastases from Melanoma Receiving Concurrent Whole-brain Radiation and Temozolomide. Anticancer Research 31: 4537-4544

Abismbra J, Blair L, Hill S, Jones J, Kraft C, Rogers J, Koren J, Jinwal U, Lawson L, Johnson A, Wilcock D, O’Leary J, Jansen-West K, Muschol M, Golde T, Weeber E, Banko J, and Dickey C. 2010. Phosphorylation dynamics regulate Hsp27-mediated rescue of neuronal plasticity deficits in tau transgenic mice. Journal of Neuroscience. 30(46): 15374-15382

J.R. Williams, S.B. Goldin, J.P. Di Gennero, M.T. Brannick, M. Shames, C. Paidas, R. Singh, K. Downes, H. Lomas, R.E. Heithaus, D. Molloy, D. Donohue, J. Groundland. 2010. Surgical Novice Response to Laparoscopic Surgery Training on Simulators Before and After Training. Journal of Surgical Research, 158(2): 251

Oral Presentations

Otsuka M, Gonzalez E, Guerra L, Marshall WG Jr.: "The BRIDGE Clinic – Business of Medicine Bootcamp Partnership: Managing a Functioning Inter-Professional Healthcare Organization", Society of Student-Run Free Clinics (SSRFC), Long Beach, CA, February 2012

Pullen, S., "The Impact of a Specialized Curriculum on Empathy and Residency Choice in USF Medical Students" Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Spring Conference, April 2010

Henderson ER, Pepper AM, Binitie OT, Cheong D, Letson GD. 2011. Outcomes after Limb Preservation with Expandable Endoprostheses for Malignant Lower Extremity Tumors in Skeletally Immature Patients 16th Annual Meeting of International Symposium of Limb Salvage, Beijing