ARCOM has charted a course to build and sustain a vibrant research enterprise that will promote a culture of inquiry for students, faculty, and staff.  These efforts complement the educational mission of the institution as it strives to train and produce outstanding osteopathic physicians who know how to ask excellent questions, to seek knowledge and to pursue a life of learning and understanding to provide the best in patient care. ARCOM provides training and mentorship for our faculty, students and residents in the development and conduct of research programs. For ARCOM students, aspects of the teaching/learning of classical and clinical epidemiology incorporates principles and processes of clinically-oriented research, including the processes and considerations of experimental study design, data collection, data analysis and data interpretation as a component of the curriculum.  Specifically, all ARCOM students will receive basic training regarding the process of science in the “Foundations of Healthcare” (FHC) course.  This course in the OMS-I year is designed to provide a focused introduction to biomedical statistics, epidemiology, public health, preventive medicine, and the types and nature of clinical research studies.  In addition, this course includes an examination of the process of generating answerable questions and testing hypotheses as well as collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and applying data in the context of both research and evidence-guided patient care.  Approaches to reading, reviewing, and preparing clinically oriented scientific presentations and manuscripts for publication are also addressed within the designed programs of student learning in the OMS-I/OMS-II years.  ARCOM students, in good academic standing and with approval by the Dean and a recommendation from a full-time ARCOM faculty member, may submit a proposal for a research elective that can be taken either during semester breaks or as a component of the OMS-III or OMS-IV years as an elective rotation. The Associate Dean/Director for Research or designee of the Dean will oversee the process of mentorship and development of faculty and residents who desire to enhance their understanding of and participation in research.

Dr. Lance Bridges was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for $323,628.  NIH is the premier funding source for human health and disease research in the nation.  The NIH-funded project will focus on the regulation of enzymes, proteins that speed up the rate of biological processes.  Criteria for grant selection include having undergraduate involved in the research.  As of 2019, students from University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, and Ouachita Baptist University have completed research in the ACHE Biomedical Research Suite.