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.



Seth Curtis(with Allison Hargreaves, MD)
Slipping Through the Cracks: A Study of Communication Between Hospitalists and Primary Care Physicians

Shadi Miri (with Frank Domino, MD and Judy Savageau, MPH)
Patient Education Through Graphic Medicine: an Up-to-Date Standard Text vs. an Art Narrative

Megan Weeks (with Hugh Silk, MD, MPH and Judy Savageau, MPH)
Prenatal Oral Health Education in U.S. OB-GYN Residency Programs & Dental Schools


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

Alexandra Marchetta (with Judy Savageau, MPH)
Patient Perspectives of Healthy Eating and Communication abour Healthy Diets with their Primary Care Providers

Matthew Lecuyer (with Judy Savageau, MPH and Phil Fournier, MD)
Interest in and Utilization of a Walk-in Service at UMass-Worcester's Student Health Services

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