The Dell Medical School Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care Value-Based Health Care Summer Research Internship provides an accepted or currently enrolled medical student with experience working closely with leading Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty on clinical and/or health services research projects on a full-time basis over the course of an 8-12 week period. Students will have opportunities to work with faculty such as Department Chair Dr. Kevin Bozic MD, MBA, Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care Dr. David Ring MD, PhD, Director of Value-Based Health Care and Outcome Measurement Dr. Prakash Jayakumar, MD, PhD, and Medical Director of the UT Health Austin Musculoskeletal Institute Dr. Karl Koenig, MD, MS.

Required Qualifications

  • Interest in value-based care and/or one or more clinical areas within the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care
  • Accepted or currently enrolled in medical school
  • Demonstrated competency with Microsoft Office programs (Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Responsible and timely, with the ability to manage multiple ongoing projects and the ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Professional and collegial attitude
  • Completion of college-level statistics coursework and/or experience with data analysis
  • Prior experience with core research-related competencies, such as study design, preparing presentations and/or posters

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency with data analysis
  • Familiarity with SAS/Stata
  • Fluency in Spanish



  1. Work with Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty on research projects relevant to value based health care payment and delivery models.
  2. Duties may include but are not limited to: literature review; patient recruitment; data collection, entry, and analysis; abstract and manuscript writing; administrative duties as needed to support research projects.
  3. Abide by all research standards, including compliance with documentation requirements, ethical conduct of research, and good clinical practices.
  4. Help prepare research-related presentations and publications presented by Surgery and Perioperative Care faculty at national conferences.
  5. Opportunities for observation and shadowing in the clinic and/or operating room may be available depending on interest and receipt of required clearances and approvals.



Expectations for deliverables will vary by project, but will typically include the preparation of an abstract and/or manuscript for each research project. Expectations will be discussed in an ongoing basis with the project Principal Investigator and during weekly meetings with the Assistant Director of Research.


This is a paid internship at a rate of $15/hour.

How to Apply

Eligible students can apply by sending a cover interest addressing interest and fit for the position and a resume/CV (with USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores, if applicable) to Lauren Uhler (lauren.uhler at austin.utexas.edu) by January 10th, 2022. Please limit your cover letter to 1 page and your resume to 2 pages. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The approximate position start date will be June 1, 2022 and will last for approximately 8-12 weeks. Hours will be Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Learn More

Please see our website for additional information: https://dellmed.utexas.edu/education/academics/additional-training-programs/value-based-health-care-research-internship

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