Medical student receives prestigious urology research award

July 1, 2012

Lissette Gomez
Lissette Gomez

Fourth-year medical student Lissette Gomez's dream to be a physician-scientist in the field of urology is nearing reality.

"There is so much variety in the field of urology – from the different types of conditions to surgeries, there is just a lot of room for research and that really drew me in," said Gomez, who is on the medical student research track at BCM.

The track allows her an extra year of training in basic science research on top of the standard four years of medical school. She is currently training in the lab of Dr. Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at BCM and vice chairman for research in the Scott Department of Urology at BCM.

Gomez has received a prestigious competitive award from the American Urological Association to participate in its Summer Medical Student Fellowship Program. Only three medical students receive the honor each year.

This will give her additional funding to broaden her research by studying possible genetic defects that could be responsible for male infertility.

"This is an important milestone for Lissette in what will hopefully prove to be a long series of successes in urologic research," said Lamb.