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Student Research

Medical students engage in research across the Prisma Health Sciences Center (UofSC SOMG, Prisma CLE, Clemson, Furman, UofSC Arnold School of Public Health). These research experiences include but are not limited to:
  • Clinical Research
  • Translational Research (including bench research in cell, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology and immunology)
  • Community Health
  • Medical Education
  • Population Health/Health Policy
The database below includes a listing of research projects that rising M2 students participated in during the summer of 2020. Additional information regarding student projects is available upon request.

Project Title Mentor Name Department Research Keywords
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CT Angio Pelvic Trauma Study Christine Schammel PhD Radiology CT, angiography, pelvic trauma
TBD Jenny Knight, MD Pathology Multiple myeloma; neutrophilia; CNL
Single-Center Review on the Management of Acute Intramural Descending Thoracic Aortic Hematoma Emilia Krol Surgery Aortic Disection, Aortic Hematoma
Dietary Risk: Sodium and caffeine consumption in teenagers and effect on hypertension Sudha Garimella Pediatrics Sodium; caffeine; pediatrics; hypertension; dietary counseling
Bench Research, Ethics, and Social Justice: Patient Engagement in IVF Research​ Melanie Cozad, PhD USC - Arnold School of Public Health patient engagement, IVF
Young Adults' Perspective on Childhood Food Allergies Cynthia Corbett, PhD, RN, FAAN USC - Columbia Child public health, social support, social relationships, food allergies, social isolation
Do Pregnant women perceive receiving nutrition counseling by their healthcare provider? Jennifer Trilk, PhD, FACSM, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences OBGYN pregnancy, nutrition, counseling
Benefits and Barriers to Healthcare Access Utilizing Telemedicine Services at North Shore Community Health David Toth North Shore Community Health - Salem, MA COVID, COVID 19, telehealth, telemedicine, healthcare access, community health center, virtual health, benefits, barriers
Melanoma Patient Database Research Christine Schammel PhD Pathology pathology, surgical oncology, dermatology, melanoma, database
Pediatric Solid Organ Trauma Robert Gates Surgery Solid Organ Injury
Social Work in Pediatric Trauma Cases Robert Gates Surgery Trauma, Social Work, Pediatrics
Pilomatrixoma Case Study Robert Gates Surgery Pilomatrixoma
The Effect of COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders on Medical Student Stress, Sleep, and Satisfaction with the Learning Environment Lauren Fowler PhD Biomedical Sciences COVID-19; pandemic; coronavirus; sleep; stress; satisfaction; learning environment; medical student
The Effect of COVID-19 Pandemic Stay-At-Home Orders on Medical Student Sleep: A Retrospective Study Lauren Fowler PhD Biomedical Sciences COVID-19; pandemic; coronavirus; sleep; retrospective; medical student
OUD and overdose in the time of Corona Virus Dr. Margie Stevens OUD OUD, overdose, corona, Covid-19, recovery, disease.
Addressing Community Health Needs Through the Development of a Student-Led Community Health Fair Lauren Fowler Neuroscience Community Outreach, Health Fair, Disparities, Health Education, Community Cohesiveness
Using Social Cognitive Theory to Assess Mobile Applications for Rheumatoid Arthritis Management: A Systematic Review of Commercially Available Apps Melanie Cozad, PhD USC - Arnold School of Public Health rheumatoid arthritis; mHealth; patient engagement; mobile app; shared decision making; social cognitive theory; health promotion; behavior change
Assessing Medical Student Stress and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic Lauren Fowler, PhD Biomedical Sciences COVID-19; anxiety; stress; medical students; coping
NAC-FAM Trial John O'Connell Biomedical Sciences NAC-FAM
Compiling a Digital Fossil Archive to Reconstruct Environments from the Middle Miocene Era Lauren Gonzales Biomedical Sciences 3D scanning, kenyapithecus, Maboko Island, 3D models, anthropology
"Coping Behaviors of Underrepresented Minority Physicians to Race/Ethnicity-Related Experiences in the Clinical Learning Environment" Angelica Perez Clemson Research "coping behaviors"
Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Thrombolysis Therapy in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients Thomas Nathaniel PhD Biomedical Sciences Ischemic Strok
In-Hospital Falls Shanu Kothari, MD Surgery Falls
The role of IFI27 in the antiviral immune response to SARS-CoV-2 Jennifer Grier Biomedical Sciences IFI27, SARS-CoV-2, antiviral immune response
Risk Factors of Maternal Mortality in South Carolina Lauren Gonzales OBGYN Risk Factors, Maternal Mortality, South Carolina
Colorectal decision tool Melanie Cozad USC - Arnold School of Public Health We worked on a tool that informed patients of their colorectal screening options. Their cost, and pros and cons with each.
Do student pre-matriculation metrics correlate with student performance in the Foundations Module? Wiliam Wright Biomedical Sciences Biomedical Science, Curriculum Assessment, Matriculation Data, Medical Student performance
Analysis of student performance on assessments, student perception of content delivery, and student participation in M1 and M2 modules delivered remotely versus traditional in-class delivery. Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences Online curriculum delivery, medical student performance, student perception, student participation
Mutational Analysis of Biochemical Pathways Associated with Malignant Breast Cancer Cells Show Therapeutic and Targetable Relationship with Galectins Anna Blenda Biomedical Sciences Galectins
Insurance Status Influence on Discharge Location After Ischemic Stroke Christine Schammel Pathology N/A
Project COPE Ann Blair Kennedy Biomedical Sciences Documenting burn out and moral injury in essential and non-essential health care workers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Increasing Research Expertise among Residents: A Local Assessment Irene Pericot-Valverde Clemson Research Research presentation, Internal Medicine, Resident Learning
Disparities in prenatal depression screening and referral: A retrospective cohort study Laura Carlson (MD) OBGYN The primary objective of this study is to assess whether disparities exist in frequency of screening for perinatal mood disorders by race and insurance status.Secondary objectives include assessments of frequency of referral and medication initiation for perinatal mood disorders by race and insurance status. Additionally, we intend to assess for disparities in both screening and treatment by age, preferred language, and maternal BMI.
Open Abdomen John Cull Surgery Researching best would closure methods after invasive abdominal surgeries.
Molecular analysis of blastocoel fluid from preimplantation embryos to identify gene expression signatures associated with positive implantation results Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences Embryo, blastocoel, embryogenesis, preimplantation embryo, gene expression signature, molecular signature, positive implantation
The relationship between ventriculoperitoneal shunt dysfunction and constipation in a pediatric population. Christopher Troup Pediatrics Ventriculoperitoneal shunt
Seminal Prostaglandins and Sperm Motility: Biomarkers of Male Reproductive Health William Roudebush Biomedical Sciences Seminal fluid
Extra-cranial malignancies in patients with pituitary adenomas: a single institution report Christine Schammel Pathology pituitary adenoma, extra-cranial malignancies, nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma, functioning pituitary adenoma
Innate Immune Gene Contributions to SARS-CoV-2 Clinical Complications Jennifer Grier, PhD Biomedical Sciences SARS-CoV-2, coronavirus, COVID-19, immunology, innate, immunity, gene, clinical, bacterial, coinfection, IFI27, IFI35, ISG, IGS12a
Patient Engagement In Ethically Charged Bench Science Study Ann Blair Kennedy LMT, BCTMB, DrPH Biomedical Sciences patient engagement studio, patient engagement, pes, patient experts, experts, ivf, in vitro fertilization, ethics, gripp2, core
Studying the barriers presented to PASOs patients when accessing Prisma Health's MLP program Dr. Julie Linton Pediatrics Hispanic community health outreach, Medical Legal Partnership, Community Health
Have you heard? Inner ear morphological adapatations and its application in primate evolution Lauren Gonzales, PhD Biomedical Sciences anthropology; 3D modeling; engineering; ears; biomedical sciences; evolution
Clinical Risk Factors Influencing Stroke Severity in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Thomas Nathaniel- PhD Biomedical Sciences NIHSS, ischemic stroke, sleep apnea, stroke severity, neurological deficits
Retrospective review of the use of onabotulinum toxin A (Botox) for the treatment of chronic migraine in adolescents Blake Windsor Pediatrics botox, migraine, adolescents
Comparison of Neurobehavioral Outcomes in Term Opioid Exposed Infants by Physician- determined Treatment Groups Darla McCain, MD, MA, FAAP, NCSP Pediatrics opioid exposed infants
Evaluation of resource utilization for acute appendicitis Shanu Kothari Surgery appendicitis resources
Analysis of in-hospital fall data Shanu Kothari Surgery hospital fall
Minimally Invasive Surgery Repair Jeremy Warren Surgery Minimally invasive surgery
Dietary Risk: Sodium and caffeine consumption in teenagers and effect on blood pressure Sudha Garimella Pediatrics hypertension in adolescents; dietary intervention; sodium and caffeine consumption
Opioid use after Roux-en-Y bypass Shanu Kothari, MD Surgery surgery, gastric bypass, opioid use, MME, bariatric surgery
Ovarian Inflammation Lisa Green OBGYN Ovarian
African American Males in Medicine Green Lisa OBGYN African American Males in Medicine
Robotic Repair of Non-midline Abdominal Wall Hernias Jeremy Warren, MD Surgery Robotics, Abdominal wall hernia, Lateral hernia repair, Hernia recurrence
Tailored Operative Technique for Chiari type 1 Malformation using Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials. Chris Troup MD Pediatrics Chiari malformation, Syringomyelia, Posterior fossa decompression, Duraplasty, Intraoperative technique, Retrospective chart review
Covid-19: Treating Opioid Use Disorder During a Pandemic Margie Stevens, Ph.D., CRC Prisma Health Addiction Research Center Opioid Use Disorder, Qualitative, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Substance Use Disorder, Peer Recovery Coaches, Behavioral Health Counselors, Addiction, Recovery Support Meetings, Harm Reduction
Melanoma Team Christine Schammel, PhD Pathology melanoma, database
Case Report and Literature Review of Polycystic Disease of Pancreas Christine Schammel, PhD Pathology pancreas, isolated cysts
QI Care Team Video Patrick Springhart, MD Surgery explanation of care team, patient video
Application of Stem Cell Reproduction Lisa Green OBGYN Determining the different ways stem cells can be used to aid in male and female reproduction .
Identification of Vitamin D Deficiency in Prisma Health Patients with COVID-19 Arwen Declan Emergency Medicine COVID-19
Impact of New Technologies and Techniques in the Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke Jan Vargas, MD Neuroscience Stroke
N/A Anna Blenda Biomedical Sciences Breast Cancer
Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma Christine Schammel PhD Pathology Non-Small Cell Lung Carcinoma
Perspective on Immigrant Health Dr. Julie Linton Pediatrics Virtual health equity research project focused on the health of immigrant families and children.
Prisma Health Rapid Innovation Task Force COVID19 Registry Smith Heavner-Sullivan - MS, BSN, RN, PCCN Emergency Medicine COVID19, registry, program evaluation, quality improvement, patient centered outcomes, emergency department, critical care
Tailored communication strategies based on motivational interviewing to improve medication adherence in patients with Hypertension Meenu Jindal, MD Internal Medicine Motivational interviewing, communication, hypertension, adherence
Are pregnant women being counseled about nutrition by physicians? Jennifer Trilk OBGYN pregnancy, nutrition, counseling
Insurance Status Influence on Discharge Location and Length of Stay After Ischemic Stroke Christine Schammel Pathology N/A
Substance Use Disorder Prerana Roth, MD Addiction/Substance Use Addiction, Substance Use Disorder, FAVOR
Galectin Characterization and Profiling of Colon Cancer Anna Blenda Biomedical Sciences Galectin Colon Cancer A adenocarcinoma
A Review of Potential Therapeutic Options for SARS-CoV-2 Arwen Declan Emergency Medicine COVID-19 SARS-CoV-2 MERS SARS Antivirals
Seasonal Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Pediatric Patients Jonathan Markowitz Pediatrics I will be looking at pathology reports of esophageal biopsies to determine if there is seasonal variation in the number of eosinophils present in pediatric patients with eosinophilic esophagitis.
COVID-19 Data Abstraction Arwen Declan Emergency Medicine COVID-19
Improving the Health and Well-Being of Older Teenagers through Emphasizing a Routine Adolescent Immunization Visit at 16 Years of Age Sarah Hinton Pediatrics Improving the Health and Well-Being of Older Teenagers through Emphasizing a Routine Adolescent Immunization Visit at 16 Years of Age
Tubular Adenoma of the Pancreas, Case Report Christine Schammel, PhD Pathology tubular adenoma, pancreas
Glycomic Profiling of Patient Samples to Enhance Cancer Patient Database and Optimize Disease Diagnosis and Treatment Anna Blenda, PhD Biomedical Sciences Cancer, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Programming, Database
Reconstructing paleoenvironment using 3D anatomy and new automated digital approaches Lauren Gonzales, PhD Biomedical Sciences anatomy
Castle- Melanoma Christine Schammel Pathology Create registry and collaborate with Castle (mol typing); maintain a db; develop a ‘high-risk’ clinic eventually
Intraductal Tubular Adenoma with Distal Pancreatectomy: A Case Report and Literature Review Christine Schammel, PhD Pathology intraductal tubular adenoma
Prophylactic Use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Sternotomy Closure Gautam Bhatia, MD Surgery negative pressure wound therapy
A comparison of standard office based postpartum BP monitoring to a text based remote self BP monitoring program in the management of maternity patients with a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy Lauren Demosthenes, MD OBGYN postpartum, OBGYN, hypertension, telehealth, pilot project

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