HEMPSTEAD, NY—The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell hosted its eighth annual Scholarship Day on Nov. 6, 2019, including the summer research of close to 90 Zucker School of Medicine students comprised of both MD and MD/PhD candidates. The event kicked off with a special presentation hosted by the Zucker School of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators featuring John Mahoney, MD, associate dean for medical education emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
In his talk, Dr. Mahoney spoke about systems and strategies to support faculty academic efforts.
“We have come together for a common reason. We take care of patients, and we teach medical students who take care of patients,” said Dr. Mahoney to a gathering of invited faculty and clinicians. “The knowledge that you share with your students today will touch the lives of millions in their care.”
Facilitated by the Advisory Committee for Student Research and the Office of Student Affairs, 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, submit abstracts and display their work in poster presentations at Scholarship Day and discuss research findings with event attendees. Those in attendance include faculty who serve as mentors throughout the investigative process like Roman Zeltser, MD, who guided more than five student retrospective studies in cardiology.
“Students are responsible for the entire process including writing and submitting the IRB, doing data analysis, and developing the abstract and poster,” said Dr. Zeltser, associate professor of cardiology at the Zucker School of Medicine. “Research is priceless. The dissemination of knowledge benefits the general public, students, and professionals alike with better knowledge and approaches to care.”
In addition to the academic support of mentors, Zucker School of Medicine donors helped to fund several medical student projects. These explorations covered issues such as substance abuse, multiple sclerosis, obesity, perinatal depression, head and neck cancer, quality improvement, and health disparities.
“Research allows for a better understanding of the field you’re planning to enter,” said second-year student, Danielle Howell, who presented two studies that examined the social determinants of health education in medical curricula and quality improvement measures to reduce black maternal morbidity and mortality. “It also provides a better sense of who you are as a person and the skills to serve your patients in the best way possible.”
Thank you to donors for their generous support of student summer research including American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin of Queens and Long Island (AAPI-QLI), the Korn Family, the Klar Family, the Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative, the Cheryl Manne Fund for Multiple Sclerosis Research, the Charlotte E. Zand Memorial Research Stipend honoring Dr. John A. Procaccino and Dr. Sarah K. Girardi, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Medical Scholars Pipeline Program Fund, and the Zucker School of Medicine.