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2018-2019 Capstone and Discovery Projects

Corinne Ainsworth, MPH
Teen Mothers’ Health Education Program: Nutrition Curriculum Design and Implementation Advisor: Judy Savageau, MPH

Laurel Banach
Peer Mentoring and Teaching Experience within the Worcester Free Clinics
Advisor: Jim Ledwith, MD

Annika Bannon
Integrating Oral Health at a Free Medical Program
Advisor: Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Malina Filkins
Evaluating the Impact of Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education Using Standardized Patient Encounters
Advisor: Olga Valdman, MD

Joanna Glanz and Ellie Meyer
The Worcester Baby Box Initiative
Advisor: Sara Shields, MD, MS

Supreetha Gubbala
Unexpected Gatekeepers of Justice: The Unique Role of Healthcare Providers in the Assessment of Asylum Seekers
Advisor: Lucy Candib, MD

Maxwell Kruse, Simon Ostrowski, and Peter Schnorr
The Worcester People Project
Advisor: Erik Garcia, MD

Christine Martin
Longitudinal Capstone in Global Health: Furthering the Development of USMLE Step 1 Resources for the Global Health Pathway
Advisor: Michael Chin, MD

Gwanyalla Nguendab
Discussion-based Health Education Program in Worcester's African Immigrant Population
Advisor: Suzanne Cashman, ScD

Sarah Ohnigian and Michelle Silver
Med Moth: The Application of a Storytelling Platform in the Medical Community
Advisor: Mike Ennis, MD

Dhrumil Patel
Free Clinics vs. Primary Care Physicians: Why Patients Choose One Over the Other
Advisor: Amber Sarkar, MD

Sean Reid
Care Management as a Model for Improving Healthcare Outcomes and Educating Students
Advisor: Suzanne Cashman, ScD

Blair Robinson
Addressing Food Insecurity in Massachusetts Healthcare Systems: A Multi-Tiered Approach
Advisor: Melanie Gnazzo, MD

Noah Rohrer
Lessons Learned from the Opioid Epidemics of the European Union: Many Approaches, Differing Results
Advisor: Matilda Castiel, MD

Kaleigh Timmins
Creating a Partnership Between UMASS Health Professions Students and Local Refugee Families
Advisor: Olga Valdman, MD

Megan Veno
Short Coats: Assessing Tactics to Optimize Reflection from a Student Standpoint
Advisor: Hugh Silk, MD, MPH

Joanna Wang
Advancing Medical Education on Advance Care Planning
Advisor: Jennifer Reidy, MD