Students Complete Inaugural Fellowship with WM

Three EVMS students completed the 2015 Schroeder Center-Brock Institute (SC-BI) Summer Fellowship Program, a new collaboration between William & Mary and EVMS.

The program supports student-faculty research related to health policy analysis as well as health services and community health research, according to Cynthia Romero, MD, Director of the EVMS M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health.

Jillian Rae Capucao, a first-year MPH student in the epidemiology track, worked with Amy Paulson, MPH, Instructor of Pediatrics and Director of the Consortium of Infant and Child Health, on “Understanding Community Progress & Outcomes One Year Following the Conclusions of a CDC REACH Grant.”

Meghana Kaloji, a second-year medical student, worked with Natasha Sriraman, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, on “Breastfeeding Resources for Latina Mothers in Healthcare Provider Facilities in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and the Eastern Shore.”

Abirami Thiyagarajan, also a second-year medical student, worked with Jagdeesh Ullal, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Strelitz Diabetes Center, and Tina Cunningham, PhD, Director of the EVMS Center for Health Analytics and Discovery, on “A Retrospective Study of Diabetic CABG Patients in Hampton Roads.”

The EVMS SC-BI fellows interacted with four William and Mary student fellows, and each SC-BI fellow met with faculty advisors from the partnering institution.

Other EVMS faculty involved as mentors were Andrew Plunk, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics; Dr. Romero; Paul Chidester, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine; Stephen Deutsch, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; John Ball, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; and Jessica Mees-Campbell, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Kathie Zimbro, PhD, RN, Director of Clinical & Business Intelligence & Quality Research Institute for Sentara Healthcare, was a guest presenter.