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2021 Research Grant Awardees

AACOM congratulates the 2021 grantees of its annual Research Grant Program. This program supports research in osteopathic medical education by providing topic-specific medical education and institutional study grants to qualified applicants from colleges of osteopathic medicine.

AACOM's Research Grants Program includes awards for medical education research and institutional research. Visit AACOM Research Grants for details.


Osteopathic Inter-Institutional Research


Using hands-on interprofessional culinary medicine education to increase the confidence and ability of medical and dietetic students to address lifestyle and nutrition related disease.

Primary Investigator:
Kathryn H. Thompson, PhD, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigators and Institutions:
Anne Mathews, PhD, RDN, Medicine, University of Florida
Carolyn G Carter, MD, MS, University of Florida College of Medicine
Leslie Ouellette-Todd, MS, RD, LD, MPH, University of New England
Celeste Bouchard, DO, Mayo Clinic


Determination of the Most Effective Visualization Technologies for the Instruction of IN SITU Heart Anatomy by Anatomical Context and Question Type to First Year Medical Students

Primary Investigator: 
Kenneth Hisley, PhD, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigator(s): 
Mark Terrell, PhD, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


Osteopathic Institutional Research


Pursuing an internal medicine subspecialty: a review of the factors influencing female medical students’ intentions for fellowship

Primary Investigator: 
Sheeba Varughese Tano, DO, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigator: 
Gina Sun Gilderman, OMS-II, Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine


A Pilot Program Studying the Effects of Student, Peer-Facilitator Development in Support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum Learning Activities

Primary Investigator:
Edward Barnes, MD, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific - Northwest

Co-Investigators: 
Mirabelle Fernandes-Paul, EdD, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific – NW 
Vicki Wedel, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Stephanie White, DO, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific


A Faculty Development Training Program to Improve Communication about Medical Uncertainty in Graduate Medical Education

Primary Investigator: 
Anna M. Kerr, PhD, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigator(s): 
Charee Thompson, PhD, University of Illinois
Alexander Rakowsky, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Claire Stewart, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital
John D. Mahan, MD, Nationwide Children's Hospital


Standardizing Cadaveric-based Lab Experiences and Assessments for Multiple Campus Medical Schools

Primary Investigator:
Kent Smith, PhD, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – Tahlequah

Co-Investigator: 
Denna Wheeler, PhD, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine – Tahlequah


The impact of 3-D printed and computer models on learning cranial nerve anatomy

Primary Investigator: 
Randy J Kulesza Jr, PhD, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigator(s): 
Mark Terrell, EdD, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Brittney L. Link, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine


Sideline Sonography for Ankle Fracture Evaluation (SSAFE): A Pilot Study

Primary Investigator: 
Jacob Turnbull, DO, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus

Co-Investigators: 
Stephanie Aldret, DO, CAQSM, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus
Randy Aldret, EdD, LAT, ATC, CSCS, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus
Travis Smith, DO, CAQSM, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus
John Lipka, MD, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus
Lin Kang, PhD, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Louisiana Campus


Enablers and incentives to promote research participation by osteopathic medical students

Primary Investigator:
Sarah Zahl, PhD, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigator(s): 
Jonathan Lowery, PhD, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michael Baumann, PhD, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 


Enriching the Preclinical Medical Genetics Curriculum through OSCE Learning

Primary Investigator:
Martin Schmidt, PhD, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigators: 
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Efficacy of an OMM Virtual Reality Program on Medical Student Learning

Primary Investigator:
Sheldon C. Yao, DO, FAAO, DO, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Co-Investigator: 
Randy Stout, Jr., PhD, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine