Medical Student Research Projects

Fourth Year Medical Student Research Projects

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health offers a number of research opportunities for fourth year medical students, including the university-wide Senior Scholars Program and a departmental Fourth Year Elective in Preventive Medicine and Public Health (both of these coordinated by Judy Savageau, MPH). The Senior Scholars Program allows the student a two- to three-month opportunity to participate, in depth, in a research project. Numerous departmental faculty offer a number of opportunities for these students to explore/expand their research interests in adolescent medicine, substance abuse, community oriented primary care, international health, health status of vulnerable populations, and many more. The Fourth Year Elective provides a month-long block rotation for students interested in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, during which time students spend 50% effort on a research project that they define and the remaining 50% effort encompasses many short-term clinical segments related to this field. Some of these include exercise physiology, dyslipidemias, nutrition, the history of public health, mental health and primary care, clinical preventive medicine, refugee health, and communicable diseases.

The following students participated in these research opportunities during the past two academic years.

Senior Scholars:

Sarah Roderick (with Debra Hurwitz / Commonwealth Medicine)
Integration of Behavioral Health into Patient-centered Medical Homes (PCMH) by the Care Transformation Collaborative of Rhode Island

Justin Pespisa (with Alixe Bonardi / Commonwealth Medicine / Shriver Center)
Effects of Participation in the Best Buddies Program on Attitudes of Medical Students Towards Individuals with an Intellectual Disability

Preventive Medicine/Public Health Elective:

Sarah Roderick (with Judy Savageau, MPH)
"Patient Knowledge and Acceptance of Behavorial Health Integration in the Family Medicine Outpatient Clinic"

Meegan Remillard (with Judy Savageau, MPH)
Development of Healthy Eating Opportunities among Consumers Using Worcester’s Food Pantries


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