Medical Student Research

20101113_MedPhoto_005research250x180Public health projects connect education, service to our community, and scholarly work. Many College of Medicine students have had the opportunity to present their public health project findings at national professional meetings, such as the American Public Health Association.

Although not a requirement of the course, with help from the Course Director and faculty mentors, abstracts of high-quality projects with important and interesting findings may be submitted to local, regional, or national meeting for presentation. If accepted, student presenters may have the opportunity to participate in scientific sessions of professional meetings and gain experience presenting projects and sharing findings in national venues. Students have also had the opportunity to author or co-author publications related to public health projects.

Medical students have several opportunities to participate in and initiate research projects throughout their medical education. Year 2 students collaborate in leadership groups to design and complete a community health research project.

Projects completed by Year 2 students

Presented at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Public Health Association:

  • Bisphenol A and Phthalates: Public Knowledge and Risk Perception.
  • Alcohol Misuse in Elderly Care Facilities in Chittenden County, Vermont.
  • Assessing Barriers to Utilization of Adult Day Care Centers in a Rural County.
  • Are Mandates the Answer? Improving Palliative Care and Pain Management.
  • Identifying Barriers to Health Care in the Burmese and Bhutanese Refugee Populations of Burlington, Vermont.
  • Assessing Health Concerns and Obstacles to Diesel Exposure Reduction in Vermont Diesel Operators.