Research in the Department of Family and Community Medicine supports our educational, community service, and clinical care missions. Our faculty publish their own scholarly works, collaborate with other campus departments who wish to conduct primary care research in our clinical facilities, and mentor medical students and residents in our research training programs, as outlined below.

Medical Student Training

Educational Research

  • “Embracing the Elephant in the Room” – a medical student curriculum in electronic communication skills, predoctoral training grant in primary care (PI: Morrow, HRSA, Co-I’s: Dobbie, Sepdham, Snell, Foster)
  • Community Medicine Elective – an official elective within the medical school, offering students service training with our Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex community partners (Program Director: Gimpel; Faculty Director: Pagels)
  • Community Health Fellowship Program (CHFP) – an intensive, nine-week summer program in which a small group of exceptional medical students each year complete a community-based participatory research project with one of our Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex community partners (Program Director: Gimpel; Program faculty: Pagels, Foster)
  • CARE program – postdoctoral training in primary care (PI: Gimpel, HRSA; Co-I’s: Pagels, Foster). Participating residents conduct their own community-based participatory research A(CBPR) projects
  • All residents in our program are paired with a faculty mentor to complete a research project during their three-year training
  • Reynolds-UT Southwestern Aging and Geriatrics Education (SAGE) Program (PI: Rubin; Co-I: Budhwar)

Resident Training

Community-Based Research

The Department of Family and Community Medicine engages students and residents in community service training, in addition to conducting research projects of its own within community partnerships we have developed across the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. 

Clinical Research

The Department conducts funded primary and collaborative research in our University Hospital and Parkland clinics. Recent clinical studies funded by the NIH and other sources include:

  • Facilitating Risk-Appropriate Colorectal Cancer Testing (PI: Skinner, R01, NCI; Co-I’s: Julka, Morrow)
  • A Comprehensive Intervention for Diabetes and Comorbid Depression in Primary Care (PI: Trivedi, R34, NIDDK; Co-I: Morrow)
  • Combining Medication to Enhance Outcomes of Depression (CO-MED) trial (PI: Trivedi, R34, NIMH; Co-I: Budhwar). 
  • Community-Based Projects Program Assessing Health Literacy levels in Family Medicine Clinics (PI: Pagels, Physician Assistant Foundation; Co-I: Foster)
  • Flu Study (PI: Gimpel, Co-I’s: Pagels, Foster)