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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:

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

Elizabeth Tammaro (with Suzanne Cashman)
Determinants of Health Curriculum Project: Incorporating Social Determinants of Health into Preclinical Curriculum

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

Preventive Medicine/Public Health Elective:

Kaleigh Timmins (with Judy Savageau, MPH and Jennifer Bradford, MD, MPH)
Health Care Needs of Women Who Experience Sexual Exploitation in Worcester, MA

Jessica Fournier (with Judy Savageau, MPH)
Nutritional Counseling Resources for Patients and Providers

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

2017-2018 Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Projects:

Kathryn Czepiel
Teen Health: Advocacy through Social Media
Advisor: Heather-Lyn Haley, PhD

Thomas Ford
Streams of Consciousness: A UMass Medical School Library Journal
Advisor: Emily Ferrara, MA

Anna Handorf
Primary Care Principles Optional Enrichment Elective: Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Advisor: Linda Cragin, MS

Katarina Anderson and Jasleen Kaur
Targeting Adolescent Substance Abuse: The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Optional Enrichment Elective at UMass Medical School

Advisor: Margret Chang, MD
Gisele ArreyAn Observational Study: Screening and Management of Preeclampsia and Eclampsia at the Bamenda Regional Hospital, Cameroon

Advisor: Lee Mancini, MD
Courtney Birchall
Quantifying the Impact of Global Health Experience on Family Physician Training
Advisor: Olga Valdman, MD

Jessica Fortin and Jonathan Gammel
Opioid Overdose Policy and Prevention
Advisor: Jeffrey Baxter, MD

Trupti Ingle
Hotspotting: UMMS-UMMHC Task Force on Inpatient Super-Utilization
Advisor: Suzanne Cashman, ScD

Nicholas Losso
Footcare Clinic for the Homeless
Advisor: Erik Garcia, MD

Jessica Plager, Cassidy Mellin, and Brittany Novak
Expanding Adolescent Sexual Health Education: A Pilot Study
Advisor: Cynthia Jeremiah, MD

Yevin Roh
Improving How the Social Determinants of Health are Taught Using Small Group Discussion, and Faculty Facilitator Training through Role Play
Advisor: Suzanne Cashman, ScD

Jeffrey Sumner
Addressing In-Home Environmental Triggers of Asthma at Head Start Sites Through Educational Intervention
Advisor: Leanne Winchester, RN, MS

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