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Current MD-PhD Student - James Tom

James Tom

Name: James Tom

Year in Program: MY4

Undergrad University: University of Texas-Austin

Mentor: Andrew Dunn, Ph.D.

Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering

   

    Research Interests

  • Optical Imaging

    Honors & Awards

  • Thrust 2000 - John E. Kasch Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Engineering, University of Texas at Austin (2009-2012)
  • Engineering Foundation Endowed Graduate Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin (2008-2009)
  • George J. Heuer, Jr. Ph.D. Endowed Graduate Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (2007-2008)
  • Blocker Scholar, University of Texas Medical Branch (2006)
  • Engineering Honors, University of Texas at Austin (2001-2005)
  • Friends of Alec Endowed Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin (2001-2005)
  • Distinguished Scholar, University of Texas at Austin (2003-2004)
  • Engineering Scholar, University of Texas at Austin (2003-2004)
  • Silicon Laboratories Scholarship (2002-2004)
  • University of Texas at Austin Freshman Scholarship (2001)

    Publications

  • W. J. Tom, A. Ponticorvo, and A. K. Dunn, "Efficient Processing of Laser Speckle Contrast Images," IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 27(12): 1728-1738, 2008.
  • A. B. Parthasarathy, W. J. Tom, A. Gopal, X. Zhang, and A. K. Dunn, "Robust flow measurement with multi-exposure speckle imaging," Optics Express 16(3): 1975-1989, 2008.

    Presentations

  • A. Ponticorvo, W. J. Tom, M. Aura, T. A. Jones, and A. K. Dunn, "Imaging hemodynamic effects of ET-1 on cerebral blood flow in rats," Biomedical Applications of Light Scattering, Proceedings of SPIE 6446: 64460U, 2007.
  • W. J. Tom, A. B. Parthasarathy, and A. K. Dunn, "Blood Flow Imaging by Nonparametric Estimation of Autocorrelation and Power Spectral Density from Time-Integrated Dynamic Light Scattering Measurements," Gordon Research Conference: Lasers in Medicine & Biology, Holderness, NH, July 20-25, 2008.
  • A. B. Parthasarathy, W. J. Tom, A. Gopal, X. J. Zhang, and A. K. Dunn, "Quantitative imaging of flow with Multi Exposure Speckle Contrast Imaging," Gordon Research Conference: Lasers in Medicine & Biology, Holderness, NH, July 20-25, 2008.
  • W. J. Tom, A. B. Parthasarathy, and A. K. Dunn, "Blood Flow Imaging with Time-Integrated Dynamic Light Scattering Measurements by Nonparametric Estimation of Autocorrelation and Power Spectral Density," 23rd Annual MD/PhD Student Conference, Keystone, CO, July 20, 2008.
  • A. B. Parthasarathy, W. J. Tom, A. Gopal, X. J. Zhang, and A. K. Dunn, "Quantification of flow with Laser Speckle Contrast Imaging," Engineering Conferences International - Advances in optics for biotechnology medicine and surgery, Naples, FL, June 10-14, 2007.
  • A. Ponticorvo, W. J. Tom, M. Aura, T. A. Jones, A. K. Dunn, "Characterization of ET-1 using optical imaging techniques," SPIE Photonics West, January 20-25, San Jose, CA, 2007.

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Career Development

The career development of an MD-PhD student is critically important and extends out well past the date of graduation with the dual degrees. The UTMB MD-PhD Program carefully guides and nurtures students throughout the Program. Early in the Program, critical issues are mentor selection and choice of a graduate program. MD-PhD students meet regularly with a faculty advisor, a student "big sibling" and members of the advisory committee. Opportunities to be exposed to research opportunities are provided through Program activities as well as the scientific activities on campus. Most students do their initial laboratory rotation during the summer before starting medical school. Additional laboratory rotations can be completed during the summer before the first and second years of medical school and after the second year of medical school. Once students are established in their labs, they are guided through their research by a mentor and dissertation committee.

For MD-PhD students, selection of the dissertation committee is essential and our Program requires students to include a member who is an MD scientist who can provide guidance on career progress and residency selections. As thesis defense approaches, students design their optimal clinical experiences with members of the MD-PhD committee to maximize chances to obtain the types of residency training that will be most compatible with further development as a physician scientist. The Program runs career guidance seminars to alert students to many of the important issues, pitfalls and milestones that they will need to navigate in the future. These include the pros and cons of short-track residencies, the need for additional postdoctoral training, and how to select and negotiate a first faculty appointment. The UTMB MD-PhD graduate is thus well positioned to make the most out of the advantages that MD-PhD careers offer.