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Students share findings from a summer spent in research

Scholarship Day 2018
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The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell hosted its seventh annual Scholarship Day on Nov. 7, 2018, featuring the investigative work of more than 75 Zucker School of Medicine students comprised of both MD and MD/PhD candidates.

“Although research involvement is not mandatory for our students at the Zucker School of Medicine, it is encouraged as a way to promote understanding of how medicine works and impacts prevention, care, and treatment,” said Joel N.H. Stern, PhD, associate professor of science education/neurology and chair of the student research advisory committee at the Zucker School of Medicine. “We’re happy to report continued and growing interest in research activities with each class.”

Scholarship Day serves as a forum for new knowledge contributed by medical students in the summer of their first year of training and beyond. Medical students who elect to pursue research studies, either individually or collaboratively, are invited to submit an abstract which is reviewed by a committee made up of Zucker School of Medicine faculty. During Scholarship Day, students present their work in poster presentations while speaking about the basis for their investigations to event participants. These include faculty-mentors, students, staff, and donors who funded several medical student projects ranging from studies in surgery, infectious disease, and cancer to medical training, patient satisfaction, and quality improvement.

“I have found that research is not only a meaningful, hands-on way to learn more about a specialty area but also a great opportunity to connect with mentors in medicine,” said Amitha Kapyur, a second-year student who participated in a study focusing on late cardiac effects following breast cancer treatment. “Research is critical to helping physicians to determine the best care for their patients.”

Left to right: Drs. David Battinelli, David Hirsh, Lawrence Smith, and Alice Fornari.

Scholarship Day activities were preceded by a talk on the science of learning and the future of medical education given by visiting professor David Hirsh, MD, FACP, the George E. Thibault Academy associate professor and director at Harvard Medical School.  His lecture served as the inaugural event for the Academy of Medical Educators at the Zucker School of Medicine, a selected group of outstanding faculty who embrace the academic guiding principles of the school and demonstrate mastery of design, delivery, or leadership in medical education.

Thank you to donors for their generous support of student summer research, including the Robert Chasanoff Summer Internship, The Ellis Family, the Klar Family, Cheryl Manne Summer Stipend for Multiple Sclerosis Research, The Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative, The Dr. Vincent Vincinguerra and Dr. Jonathan Kolitz Summer Research Stipend given by Dr. Dale Zand, Charlotte E. Zand Memorial Research Stipend, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the Zucker School of Medicine.

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Adrienne Stoller

Adrienne Stoller is communications manager at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. For more information about news items or media inquiries, please send a message to or call 516-463-7585.

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