Patient-Oriented Research Practicum

The UF MD-PhD Practicum has enjoyed strong faculty leadership and mentorship by experienced clinical investigators since 2010. Our Practicum Director is Coy Heldermon, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology).

The morning sessions include: Introduction to Resources at UF Health Science Center (HSC) and UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Practical considerations for clinical study design are explained through case studies. Ethical and regulatory considerations are introduced.

The remainder of the time is spent developing an idea for a Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Study supervised by Dr. Heldermon. Projects since 2010 are shown in the following table:

MD-PhD Clinical Research Practicum Projects (’10 – ’18)

cOHORT YEAR PROJECT
2010-2011 The effect of Intermittent Fasting on Adaptive Oxidative Stress Response and Mitochondrial Biogenesis
2011-2012 The Effects of Hyperoxia on Cytoprotective Factors and Inflammation
2012-2013 NO PROJECT/CRC Transitioning from Shands to Clinical Translational Research Building (CTSI)
2013-2014 The Effect of Short-Term Atorvastatin Treatment on Immune Response to Pneumovax 23
2014-2015 The Effect of Obesity on the Immune Response to PPSV23
2015-2016 Assessment of Satiety Following Oral Administration of an Erythritol Sweetened Beverage
2016-2017 Searching for Biomarkers of Chronic Stress in Medical Students
2017-2018 The Impact of Non-Nutritive Sweeteners and Soluble Fiber on the Human Microbiome
2018-2019 Metabolic and Microbiome Crossover Following Chronic Artificial Sweetener Ingestion
2019-2020 Frailty and Pre-habilitation in Patients Scheduled for Complex Lumbar or Thoracolumbar Spine Surgery