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Spotlight on Student Research

This page intends to highlight the strong and diverse array of research projects being performed by our medical students. The University of Michigan Medical School fosters a culture of creativity and discovery, and the faculty are deeply supportive of medical students' academic endeavors. At MJM, our goal is to further strengthen the student research community at the medical school by teaching medical editing and writing. We also aim to provide students with recognition for their research efforts through various outlets, such as this page, as well as publication in our journal.

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Irina Khurana
Editor, MJM, MJM
Class of 2018
Irina is a 4th year medical student at Michigan with research interests quality improvement, health policy, and health technologies. She has been involved in a consulting project to increase smoking cessation throughout the state of Michigan. She has also done research projects including quality improvement research on the intra-hospital transfers of pediatric patients and research on the role of medical technologies in the prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus. Currently, she is involved in the Health Policy Path of Excellence and in research investigating whether radiology accreditation programs have helped Michigan hospitals achieve radiation doses As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA). She plans to go into Internal Medicine at a residency program that will allow her to pursue her diverse interests.
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Nathan Patel
Editor, MJM
Class of 2018
Nathan is a 4th year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School with academic interest in human computer interfaces in the context of medicine in the modern era. His research has focused on building databases of disease/gene/mutation associations using natural language processing to extract and structure information from genetics literature. During the first two years of medical school he worked for a start-up company, Genomenon, attempting to bring this idea from the lab to the hands of genomic data scientists. This idea allows clinicians to stay on the cutting edge of the quickly changing landscape of human genetics. In the future he would like to pursue a career in medical informatics, increasing the availability of decision support and ontology mapping of information to assist in medical decision making.
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Henry Lather
Editor, MJM
Class of 2018
I'm a fourth year medical student on the editorial team of MJM and was a reviewer for the past 2 years. I'm also part of the social media committee where I create and tweet visual abstracts for MJM articles. Although I've done a couple smaller research projects, my main research is with the US Registry for Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD), the largest registry of FMD patients in the world. Specifically, I work with my mentor, Dr. James Froehlich, and the Michigan Clinical Outcomes Research and Reporting Program (MCORRP), which is the coordinating center for the FMD Registry. I started working with Dr. Froehlich the summer after my M1 year as part of the medical school-sponsored Summer Biomedical Research Program (SBRP). My project looks at the prevalence of intracranial aneurysms in FMD and how that might impact screening recommendations. Although no longer planning to be a cardiologist, doing my own research has been invaluable in helping me to understand how to interpret the medical literature at large. In my free time I enjoy mountain biking, backpacking, and downhill skiing./dd>
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Eric Ross
Class of 2018
Eric Ross is a 4th year medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School who is interested in mathematical modeling of patients and populations, as applied to disease prevention, epidemiology, and cost-effective treatment. In his pre-medical school days, he worked with a group at Massachusetts General Hospital performing mathematical modeling research related to HIV - his work included developing novel methods for modeling HIV transmission dynamics and treatment adherence, and performing a cost-effectiveness analysis using data from the landmark HPTN 052 trial. At Michigan, he has worked on cost-effectiveness modeling projects related to HIV preexposure prophylaxis and anti-VEGF drugs for treating diabetic retinopathy. He is now working with the hospital's Clinical Design and Innovation team on two quality improvement projects related to treatment of atrial fibrillation and sepsis. He'll be doing his residency in psychiatry, and is currently toying with the idea of doing a cost-effectiveness analysis on appropriate indications for ECT.