Research Initiatives

Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships and Capstone Project

The University of Massachusetts Medical School offers many summer research fellowships to incoming first and second year medical students. This fellowship began in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and has grown to encompass many departments conducting both population-based as well as basic science research.

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.

2017-2018 Student/Faculty Projects:

Gianina Monestime with Sara Shields, MD and Sara Casey, MD (Family Health Center of Worcester)
Group Prenatal Visits: A 10-Year Review of the Impact on Mother and Baby Outcomes

2016-2017 Capstone Scholarship and Discovery Projects:

Dinah Gorelik
Health Journalism - Advocacy and Education
Advisor: Matilde Castiel, MD

Sydney Greenberg & Jeffrey Larnard
Improvement in Medical Student Confidence in Preparing Meals and Discussing Nutrition with Patients: A Medical Student Led Culinary Medicine Elective
Advisors: Barbara Olendzki, MPH and Frank Domino, MD

David McCarthy
Preventing Pediatric Asthma: A Community and Clinical Partnership Approach
Advisors: Warren Ferguson, MD and Sai Cherala, MD, MPH

Valerie Valant
UMMS Running Club: Creating Community and Promoting Wellness Among Medical Students
Advisor: Phil Fournier, MD

Shakti Nochur
Implementation and Efficacy of the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS) at MCI-Concord: A Case Study of an Immunization Database in the Massachusetts Correctional System
Advisor: Patricia Ruze, MD

Aqib Chaudhry
Preventing Falls in the Elderly
Advisor: Erika Oleson, MD

Christina Kunycky
Delving into Determinants: Integration of Social Determinants of Health into the Preclinical Curriculum
Advisor: Suzanne Cashman, ScD

Jorge Finke
Preparation of Latino High School Students for Careers in Health Care: The Lawrence Mentorship Program
Advisor: Jaime Vallejos, MD, MPH

Patrick McGuire
Medical Marijuana Education for Medical Students
Advisor: Jeff Baxter, MD

Alyse Wheelock
Clinical Applications of One Health
Advisor: Louis Fazen, MD 

Patrick Alvarado
Resources for Patients Seeking to Understand and Resolve Hospital Bills
​Advisor: Robin Clark, PhD

Courtney Temple
A Youth Program for Refugee Teens
Advisor: Meredith Walsh, NP

Michael Maddaleni
Injury Prevention in Youth Sports
Advisor: Lee Mancini, MD

Rachel LeBlanc
Caring for Patients with Autism: How to Embrace a “Pediatric” Disorder in an Adult Care Setting
Advisor: Robert Baldor, MD

Yevgeniya Harrington
Burnout Assessment and Prevention at the YWCA Central MA: Promoting Wellness and Preventing Burnout with the Help of UMass Medical Students
Advisor: Alan Chuman, MPH

Jeremy Vincent
Diabetic Registry Preplanning Pilot Program
Advisor: Amber Sarkar, MD

Minh Phan
Rowing to Recovery – Improving Mental Health and Quality of Life in Substance Abuse Disorders Through Rowing
Advisor: Alexa Connell, PhD

Jennifer Fishbein
Enrichment of Health Education Curriculum for Teenagers in Correctional Facilities
Advisor: Judy Savageau, MPH

Rayna Trietsch
Educational Module on Tools for Advanced Care Planning at UMass
Advisor: Jennifer Reidy, MD

Justin Vaida
Efficacy of Video Instruction in Teaching Medical Students Physical Diagnosis Skills
Advisor: Frank Domino, MD

Elizabeth Rosen
The Farm to Health Center Initiative (FHCI)
Advisor: Melanie Gnazzo, MD

Naomi Malam and Sara Rosenbaum
Easing the Transition to the Clinical Years
Advisor: Mary Lindholm, MD

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