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Medical Student Research Projects

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.

In addition, the medical school implemented a new graduation requirement of completing a Capstone Project as part of the Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Course.  Many FMCH faculty have advised and mentored students over the past two years.

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

Senior Scholars:

Katherine Sadaniantz (with Janet Hale, PhD – GSN and FMCH)
Assessment of Military Service/Veterans’ Health Medical Curriculum

Preventive Medicine/Public Health Elective:

Carol (Kaia) Renneberg (with Judy Savageau, MPH and Colleen McKay, PhD/Psychiatry) Tobacco Cessation in Patients with Mental Illness / Resources for Primary Care Providers

Alan Xie (with Judy Savageau, MPH
Gambling Addictions Among Chinese Immigrants

Elizabeth McGovern (with Judy Savageau, MPH)
Educational Disparities for Children in Foster Care in Massachusetts

Meghan Hickey (with Judy Savageau, MPH)
Worcester County Resources for Food Insecurity