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:

Lindsey Hildebrand (with Judy Savageau)
Medical Student Knowledge of Health Care Policy and Reimbursement

Xingyue (Star) Wang (with Suzanne Cashman)
Medical Students’ Reflections on Implicit Bias

Preventive Medicine/Public Health Elective:

Elizabeth Baratta (with Judy Savageau, MPH and Jennifer Carty, PhD/Barre Family Health Center)
Pediatric Gender Dysphoria and the Role of the Primary Care Provider

Jennifer Long (with Sara Shields, MD and Jennifer Moffitt, CNW)
Centering Pregnancy: Comprehensive Prenatal Care

Jacob Koshy (with Judy Savageau, MPH and the MA DPH)
Sepsis Detection in a Selected Sample of Massachusetts Health Care Facilities

Jeremy Vincent (with Judy Savageau, MPH and Joe DiFranza, MD)
Opioid Use Data Registry for QI in Family Medicine Clinic


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