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University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG): Student Project Database
A database of projects completed or started by USCSOMG medical students has been compiled and can be searched by specific keywords or by research mentor. Medical student research is inclusive of the following topical areas:
  • Bedside (Clinical and Translational)
  • Bench (Cellular and Molecular)
  • Community Health
  • Medical Education
  • Population Health/Health Policy
  • Other areas
Additional information regarding student projects is available upon request.

Student Research Database

Project Title Mentor Name Department Research Keywords
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Alcohol Screening in the ED Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine Alcohol screening, Substance Use Disorder (SUD)
Alcohol screening Phillip Mochella Emergency Medicine ED, alcohol, screening
Palliative Care Pilot Study Rebecca Snyder Surgery palliative care, stage 4 colorectal/stage 4 lung cancer. hospice. physical therapy. social work. nutrition. administrative codes. billing codes. ICD-9 procedure codes.
Foot Drop Encountered in the Practice of OBGYN Shanna Williams Biomedical Sciences Plexopathy Neuropathy Foot Drop Intrapartum OBGYN
Foot Drop Encountered in the practice of OB/GYN Shanna Williams Biomedical Sciences Plexopathy, radiculopathy, neuropathy, foot drop, obstetrics
Foot Drop Encountered in the Practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Anatomical Aspects of Clinical Diagnosis Shanna Williams Biomedical Sciences footdrop, postpartum, lumbosacral plexopathy, common fibular neuropathy, Radiculopathy
Survey of HPV vaccination status and related perceptions for male and female undergraduate and medical school students John Cull Surgery HPV vaccination
Incidental Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs) Found during Bariatric Surgery: 10-Year Retrospective Study at a Single Institution Christine Schammel Surgery GIST
“Opt-out” HIV Screening in The Emergency Department Discovers a High Prevalence of Undiagnosed HIV in the Upstate of South Carolina: Brief Report on the Conclusion of a 8-year Emergency Department Collaboration with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine undiagnosed HIV, screening, Emergency Department, South Carolina, DHEC
SHROOM4 Case Report Curtis Rogers Pediatrics Genetic disorder, SHROOM4 gene mutation
Programming Strategies to Reduce Blood Pressure and BMI in a Comprehensive Pediatric Weight Loss Program, Dev Desai, Irfan M. Asif, MD, Erin Brackbill, MD, Dorothy Schmalz, PhD, Vicki R. Nelson, MD, PhD Irfan Asif Family Medicine Purpose: To evaluate the role of structured exercise, psychology and nutrition visits on reduction of systolic blood pressure and BMI in a comprehensive pediatric obesity program.
Predictors of thrombolysis in telestroke and non telestroke hypertensive stroke patients Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences rtPA
Gender as a risk factor for stroke with incidence dyslipidemia Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences rtPA
Comparative Anatomy of Fossil Mammals Lauren Gonzales Biomedical Sciences Uncertain as of now
Delayed Gastric Emptying in Diabetic Patients after Esophagectomy Sharon Ben-Or Surgery Delayed Gastric Emptying (DGE), Diabetes, Esophageal Cancer, Esophagectomy
Delayed Gastric Emptying in Diabetic Patients After Esophagectomy Sharon Ben-Or Surgery delayed gastric emptying, diabetes, esophageal cancer, esophagectomy
Surgery or Medical Suppression Before Embryo Transfer Improves Outcomes in Women with Abnormal Endometrial BCL6 Expression: A Cohort Study Bruce Lessey OBGYN Endometriosis
Arthroscopic release for shoulder internal rotation contractures secondary to brachial plexus birth palsy in children four years of age and older Whitney Gibson Orthopaedics Brachial plexus, birth palsy, children, orthopedics
Shear Stress MechanoTransduction in 3D Cellularized Collagen Tubes Richard Goodwin Biomedical Sciences collagen, shear stress, atherosclerosis, three demensional
Amniotic Stem cells Jeremy Mercuri Clemson Research stem cells,human stem cell extraction, human stem cell isolation and characterization, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, osteoarthritis, tissue explant culture, ex vivo modeling, in vivo guinea pig
Pituitary Adenoma Michael Lynn Surgery Pituitary adenoma, vectors of spread, predictive modeling, cohort v outcomes-based medicine, microscopic v transnasal resection
Student Perceptions of Emergency Medical Technician Training William Wright Biomedical Sciences EMT, Medical Schools
Diet, Exercise, and Cardiac Biomarkers Irf Asif Family Medicine diet, exercise, heart,
Implementation of Group Medical Visits for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at a Community-Based Primary Care Clinic Shannon Taylor Family Medicine Implementation of Group Medical Visits for Diabetes Management
Paramedian Forehead Flap Salvage Through Pedicle Full-Thickness Skin Graft Dr. Brian Leach MUSC Dermatologic Surgery Paramedian Forehead Flap Salvage Through Pedicle Full-Thickness Skin Graft
Stroke scale for posterior circulation strokes Mahmoud Rayes Neuroscience posterior circulation stroke|stroke scale|NIHSS
Link to inpatient recovery (Addiction Project) Lauren Demosthenes Internal Medicine Link to inpatient recovery (Addiction Project)|at Carolinas Levine Cancer Institute - work on multiple oncology clinical trials, most recently for thyroid cancer, lung pulmonary carcinosarcoma, lipsarcoma,
A Case of Toxic Shock Syndrome Secondary to Parotitis in an Adolescent James Fulcher Pathology Parotitis, pediatrics, toxic shock syndrome, MRSA
Outcomes of Intramedullary Nailing for the Treatment of Pathologic Humeral Fractures: Reamed or Unreamed? Scott Porter Orthopaedics pathologic fracture|intramedullary nail|bone metastasis|humeral fracture|reaming
Association between phases of the menstrual cycle and exacerbation of psychiatric and mood disorders Benjamin Griffeth Psychiatry menstrual cycle phases|Psychiatric exacerbation
Inpatient Link to Addiction Recovery: A Pilot Program Prerana Roth Internal Medicine Addiction|Research|Recovery|Mentor|Inpatient|Opiates
The Impact of Scopolamine on Declarative and Motor Memory Consolidation Across a Night of Sleep or a Day of Wakefulness Matthew Tucker Biomedical Sciences Cognitive Neuroscience, Memory, Sleep, Scopolamine, Neurology
A Double-blind, Randomized Study Comparing Steroid Injection and BioDRestore for Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis Jeremy Mercuri Clemson Research Orthobiologics, Osteroarthritis, Amniotic tissue matrices, biomedical engineering, synovial fluid, ELISA
Presentation, progression, and predictors of ovarian insufficiency in classic galactosemia Judith Fridovich-Keil Human Genetics--Emory University galactosemia, ovarian insufficiency, metabolic, diet, genetics
Analysis of positive responses to two different heart health questionnaires in NCAA Division 1 Athletes Irf Asif Family Medicine Abstract Title: Analysis of positive responses to two different heart health questionnaires in NCAA Division 1 Athletes||All Authors: Joseph DeStefano, MS; Hampton Williams MS; Douglas Reeves, MD, Joseph A. Ewing, PhD, Irfan M. Asif, MD||Affiliation: Greenville Health System, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville; Greenville, SC||Purpose: To determine the rates of positive responses to heart health medical history questions within collegiate athletes before and after a change in our cardiovascular screening questionnaire.||Methods and Study Design: In 2011, a set of heart health history questions (questionnaire 1) was implemented within our NCAA Division I institution and was used for 4 seasons (2011-2014). In 2015, these questions were revised (questionnaire 2) and used during the recent 3 seasons (2015-2017). Comparisons between each questionnaire were examined using Chi-Square and Fisher's Exact tests.||Results: 1118 athletes (52.3% male, 70.3% Caucasian) from 10 different sports were included. 556 (49.7%) athletes received questionnaire 1, while 562 (50.3%) received questionnaire 2. The rate of abnormal responses was higher in questionnaire 1 vs. 2 (73% vs. 57%, p<0.001). Highest abnormal rates were seen in mascots, golf and basketball athletes. Abnormal response rates in football players (82% v. 55%, p<0.001), whites (70% v. 57%, p<0.001), and males (74% v. 54%, p<0.001) improved from questionnaire 1 to 2. In both evaluations, questions with the most abnormal responses included those for family history (63% vs 57%). Abnormal response rates for family history questions related to sudden death improved from questionnaire 1 to 2 (86.88% vs. 12.15%), while questions related to overall family history related to cardiovascular disease appeared to worsen in specificity (0% vs. 69.16%). ||Conclusions: Heart health questions used during the pre-participation exam have a high rate of abnormal responses, especially questions related to family history that may be perceived as vague.||Significance of Findings: Refinements in the medical history of the pre-participation exam are needed to improve the statistical measures of performance for detecting underlying cardiovascular pathology in young athletes.||Acknowledgments: None|
Inpatient Link to Addiction Recovery - A Pilot Program Prerana Roth Internal Medicine addiction|recovery|opioid|drug|substance use disorder
Treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip Thomas Gibson Orthopaedics Research with the orthopedic team at Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville, SC. I will be assisting Dr. Gibson in his treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip research project.
Circulating Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein-A (PAPP-A): A Novel Marker of Follicular Maturation William Roudebush Biomedical Sciences follicle, PAPP-A, IVF
High Resolution Manometry Esophagogastric Junction Outflow Obstruction Functional vs. Anatomic Steve Clayton Internal Medicine High Resolution Manometry|Esophagogastric Junction Outflow Obstruction|GI|
Comparison of ECG Criteria in College Athletes Irfan Asif Sports Medicine NCAA, Clemson, Sudden Cardiac Death, Athletes, EKG, Screening
The effectiveness of subcutaneous lidocaine injector for paronychia drainage Elizabeth Page Bridges Emergency Medicine Paronychia |Analgesia |Emergency medicine |
Multiple Myeloma Project Sergio Arce Biomedical Sciences pathology, immunology, histology
Analysis of Medical Knowledge and General Preparedness of Hikers in Upstate SC State Parks Mark Pittman Emergency Medicine hiking, outdoors, wilderness, medicine, clinical, first aid, first responder, basic skills, basic life support, training, preparation, first aid kit, etc.
Guided Growth Strategies in Pediatric Limb Deficiencies David Westberry Orthopaedics growth arrest
Different autism studies (no title) Desmond Kelly Pediatrics I helped get IRB approval with multiple studies;
Gender Differences in Exclusion crietria for tPA in AIS Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences gender/sex differences|hyperlipidemia/dyslipidemia|exlcusion/exlcusive criteria|recombinant tPA for acute ischemic stroke|risk factors
Luteal phase HCG support for unexplained recurrent pregnancy loss - a low hanging fruit? Des Kelly OBGYN hCG|recurrent pregnancy loss
A Framework for Managing Multiple Chronic Conditions in Older Adults Brent Egan Internal Medicine Multiple chronic conditions|Diabetes|Cardiovascular disease|Heart failure |Hypertension
Open Abdomens John Cull Surgery Open Abdomens
The Non-Operative Instability Severity Score (NISIS): A validated scoring system to predict who needs operative management in the scholastic athlete Michael Kissenberth Orthopaedics Shoulder instability|Shoulder dislocation|Student athlete|High school athlete
Undetermined at this time (Stroke research at GHS) Christine Schammel Pathology Stroke
N/A Christine Schammel Pathology EGD, head and neck cancer
Shoulder Osteoarthritis and How the Clinical Care Pathway Affects Patient Outcomes Sarah Floyd USC - Arnold School of Public Health Osteoarthritis|Shoulder|Clinical Care pathway
Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke Population; the use of inclusion and exclusion criteria in assessing gender differences. Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences Gender|Acute ischemic stroke|Recombinant tissue-type plasminogen|activator (rtPA)
Postmenopausal Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis of the Colon: Rare Location and Novel Medical Therapy Gary Abrams Internal Medicine Endometriosis|Duavee|Postmenopausal|Deep Infiltrating
Ethics and cost-savings of an innovative neonatal abstinence syndrome treatment model Jennifer Hudson Pediatrics Neonatal abstinence syndrome; neonatal withdrawal syndrome; opioid abuse
High Blood Pressure and Risk Taking Behaviors James McCubbin Clemson Research The top killers in the U.S. and other industrialized nations are chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease, cancer and diabetes. The risk, expression and clinical course of each of these diseases is directly linked to our behavior, including lifestyle factors related to stress, diet, exercise and sleep patterns. This means we have valuable new biobehavioral tools and strategies for prevention and more effective treatment of these diseases and clearer pathways to a more healthy and happy citizenry and a more cost-effective national health care system
HPV Vaccination Rates in Greenville Health System ObGYN Practice: Are We Meeting Goals? Lauren Demosthenes OBGYN Human papillomavirus vaccine|Pediatrics|OBGYN|Quality improvement|Cervical cancer|Electronic medical records
Melanoma Gene Christine Schammel Pathology TbD
Amputation Outcomes in Congenital Pseudarthrosis of the Tibia David Westberry Orthopaedics Pediatrics|
Metaplastic Breast Cancer: Molecular Typing and Identification of Potential Targeted Therapies at a Single Institution Christine Schammel Pathology Distant metastases; Genetic profiling; Novel therapy for poor prognosis; Rare breast cancer; Second primaries
Athlete Self-Perceptions on Fitness to Drive Following a Sport-Related Concussion Andrew Albano Family Medicine Sports medicine, Concussion, Minor traumatic brain injury
New stroke scale with increased sensitivity and specificity to posterior circulation stroke Mahmoud Rayes Neuroscience Posterior circulation stroke|Stroke|Stroke scale|Stroke scale sensitivity and specificity to posterior circulation stroke|
Antimicrobial properties of human galectin proteins Anna Blenda Biomedical Sciences Antimicrobial properties of human galectin proteins
Boosting Resistance to Interference: The Sleeping Brain's Influence on Verbal Memory Matthew Tucker Biomedical Sciences Memory|Sleep|Interference
Boosting Resistance to Interference: The Sleeping Brain's Influence on Verbal Memory Matthew Tucker Biomedical Sciences Memory |Sleep |Interference
Acetylcholine Blockade with Scopolamine: Effects on Memory Consolidation Across Sleep and Wake Matthew Tucker Biomedical Sciences Ach, scoplamine, sleep, reward, wake
Scopolamine and Memory Consolidation Across Sleep and Wake Matthew Tucker Biomedical Sciences Memory, Sleep, Neuroscience, Scopolamine, Neurology
Fullerton Grant Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences Stroke, thrombolytic therapy
Implementation and outcome of a self-directed interactive learning based upon clinical cases in the medical neuroscience curriculum. Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences self-directed, interactive, medical, neuroscience, curriculum
Effects of a 12-week Oncology Rehabilitation Program on Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Metabolic Fitness, Muscular Strength, Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Function and Body Composition in Cancer Survivors. Jenniffer Trilk Biomedical Sciences (((Cancer) AND Exercise) AND Patient) AND Survivor
Neuropathies in OBGYN Patients Shanna Williams Biomedical Sciences Neuropathies in OBGYN Patients
Pharmacological thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke treatment: gender differences in clinical risk factors Jenniffer Trilk Neuroscience stroke; tPA; gender
Functional Ambulation in tPA use in stroke patients Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences ambulation. tPA. Stroke. Antihypertensive
Stroke and Cardiovascular Health Education in Middle School Aged Students Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences Stroke, AHA, Education, Population health
Adolescent Bunion: Early Results of the Modified Ludloff Thomas Nathaniel Pediatrics Shriners Childrens Hospital, Modified Ludloff Procedure
Assessing the Knowledge and Utilization of Shared Decision Making for Internal Medicine Residents Meenu Jindal Internal Medicine Shared decision making, statins, shared decision making aids
The sensitivity of the Crayfish reward system to exploratory and appetitive motor patterns Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences The sensitivity of the Crayfish reward system to exploratory and appetitive motor patterns|Neuroscience
Undetermined - project is currently stalled John Siddens Ophthalmology Transitional cell carcinoma of the lacrimal sac
Fine Needle Aspiration Versus Gencut Core: Is One Biopsy Method Superior in Terms of Tissue Volume? Sharon Ben-Or Surgery Fine needle aspiration, core biopsy
LoseWell Research Irfan Asif Family Medicine LoseWell program at GHS with employees
Accurate Diagnosis of B Cell ALL Mutations Using FISH and Karyotyping in Adolescent/Young Adult and Adult Populations Christine Schammel Pathology B cell ALL, FISH, karyotype
Role of Bethanechol in Improving Smooth Muscle Motility in Patients with Ineffective Esophageal Motility (IEM) Steven Clayton Gastroenterology IEM, Bethanechol, GERD
Flank and Lumbar Hernia Repair Alfredo Carbonell Surgery Flank, Lumbar, Hernia, Repair, Open, Laparoscopic, Robotic, Retroperitoneal, Technique
Effects of a 12-week Oncology Rehabilitation Program on Cardiorespiratory Fitness, Metabolic Fitness, Muscular Strength, Skeletal Muscle Mitochondrial Function and Body Composition in Cancer Survivors Jennifer Trilk Biomedical Sciences (((Cancer) AND Exercise) AND Patient) AND Survivor )
Physician referrals patterns to Help Me Grow, a child developmental delay network" Kerry Sease Pediatrics Pediatrics, Help Me Grow, delayed development
FACILITATE CURRICULUM: Flexibility, Adaptability, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, and Listening: Improvisation, Theater, and Acting Training and Educational Curriculum Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine Medical Education, Innovation, Medical Humanities, Active Learning
Carolinas Collaborative (Triple P) Lochrane Grant Pediatrics Conducting research on the effectiveness of the Triple P program currently in West Greenville, as well as the No Hit Zone initiative.
TBD Irfan Asif Family Medicine LoseWell, Sports Medicine, Retrospective Weight Loss Study of GHS employees and others
IUI Outcomes and Semen Parameters Bruce Lessey OBGYN IUI, Semen Analysis, Infertility
Trends in Social Determinants of Health and Legal Needs in Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Nancy Powers Pediatrics Social Determinants of Health and Legal Needs
(unofficial title) Efficacy of Intraoperative Frozen Sections for Breast Cancer Lumpectomy Christine Schammel Pathology Lumpectomy, Frozen Sections, Breast Cancer
Maternal and neonatal outcomes before and after implementation of the "39-week rule" Francis Nuthalapaty OBGYN N/A