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JACKS Summer Scholars Program

Monday, June 9, 2014

Inspiring future generations of pediatric clinician researchers through practical training.

Sponsored by the Jack Cary Eichenbaum Foundation, the JACKS Summer Scholars Program provides a broad pediatric experience for pre-med undergraduates and medical students. Scholars gain team leadership and mentor skills, develop and fine tune their clinical understanding of the professionalism and collaboration required to provide patient centered care and quality and safety improvements in the in-patient setting.

This year the program welcomed eight students selected from over 130 applicants. Undergraduate scholars include Jared Dublin, Fordham University; Iman Richie, Cornell University; Kassandra Kershaw, Mount Holyoke College; and Supriya Patel, VCU. Medical students scholars include Kathryne Kostamo, University of Central Florida College of Medicine; Ben Weger, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine; Advaita Punjala, VCU School of Medicine; and Adaku Lucious, Meharry School of Medicine.

JACKS shadowing experiences include working with teams in the NICU, Neonatal Continuing Care Program, newborn nursery, hospital medicine services, pediatric primary care, pediatric general surgery, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric anesthesiology. Scholar research teams include biostatistics faculty from VCU as part of a CTSI collaborative to enhance clinical research design and analysis education. 2014 research projects include:

  • Targeting parent education in the NICU: impact on Neonatal Continuing Care Follow-up Program utilization
  • Identification of pain management in the NICU: understanding need, risk and outcome
  • Tracheal aspirate use in the NICU in the diagnosis and management of pneumonia: a collaborative with Columbia and Buffalo Divisions of Neonatology
  • Neonatal sepsis: can an early warning system assist in early identification and appropriate treatment

The JACKS end of summer presentations will be help on August 2, 2014. For more information contact Dr. Karen Hendricks-Mu?oz or visit the JACKS website.

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