MSSRP unmatched projects – 2020

DEADLINE FOR MATCHES TO BE COMPLETE HAS PASSED (April 30, 2020)


 

Faculty:  Mark Russell, MD 
Department: 
Dermatology
Contact: 
Phone# 924-5599, email:  mr2h@virginia.edu
Project title: 
Digital Photographic Database
Project description: 
Creation of a digital photographic database of clinical and dermatology teaching slides, and teaching tool. The finished instrument will be used for the education of medical students, residents, fellows, and attending’s in the department of Dermatology, the medical school, and the medical center. The student will be involved in the process of scanning, indexing, and validating the photographic contents in conjunction with an archivist and faculty member. The student will also be part of a team that evaluates, and refines the process, and teaching component. This project will appeal to students that are organized, detail-oriented, interested in research and development, and interested in learning more about primary skin disease and cutaneous findings of systemic disease.


 

Faculty:  Nishtha Sodhi MD, FACC 
Department:  Cardiovascular
Contact: 
Phone # 924-2420, email:  NS9SA@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Project title: 
Understanding Contemporary Management of Patients with Mitral Regurgitation
Project description: 
Transcatheter therapies have completely revolutionized the management of valvular heart disease and structural heart disease. Often times, these therapies can provide a minimally invasive alternative to traditional open heart surgery with faster recovery times and sometimes are a patient’s only hope for treatment if they are otherwise prohibitive surgical risk. The Advanced Cardiac Valve Center at UVA is heavily involved with extensive clinical trial and clinical research on aortic, mitral, tricuspid, and pulmonary valve issues along with heart failure and other aspects in cardiology.

There is a large cohort of patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) who are either being under-treated or receiving therapies too late into their cardiomyopathic process. We are seeking to determine current real-world management of patients with both Primary MR and Secondary MR and determine the contemporary utilization of optimal heart failure therapy alone, surgical therapies, and transcatheter therapies (including both transcatheter mitral valve repair and replacement). This data will be obtained from institutional echocardiographic and EMR databases and potentially correlated with national databases to help guide future clinical care regarding optimal patient selection for each therapeutic modality, timing of therapeutic intervention, and expanding the cohort of patients receiving appropriate care. The selected medical student/s will have a designated faculty mentor, Dr. Sodhi, and will also be included in our Multidisciplinary Heart Team and have exposure and interaction with multiple cardiologists and cardiac surgeons and opportunity for clinical context of the research we are performing.


Faculty:  Yevgeniy Shildkrot (MD)
Department:  Ophthalmology
Contact: 
Phone # (718) 541-2146, email:  YS8Q@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
Project title: 
Chart Review 
Project description: 
Retroactive Chart Review Study for 27 Gauge Pars Plana Vitrectomy performed within the University of Virginia Healthcare System


Faculty:  Lois Shepherd, J.D.
Department: Center for Health Humanities & Ethics
Contact:  Phone # 982-3970, email:  lls4b@viginia.edu
Project title: 
Designing, planning, and implementing a station for public, participatory writing, with the goal of engaging and collecting the diverse, voluntarily and anonymously offered perspectives of patients, staff, trainees, and visitors at the hospital 
Project description: 
Carried out in the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics, this project entails designing, planning, and implementing a site in the University of Virginia Medical Center that will be a station for public, participatory writing, with the goal of engaging and collecting the diverse, voluntarily and anonymously offered perspectives of patients, staff, trainees, and visitors at the hospital. The resultant collection of anonymous writings will be made available to the public, in part or as a whole, both to offer windows into shared experiences of diverse participants and to inspire further writings. Analysis of the received set of writings will be expected to provide insights into the personal journeys made through the medical center and its myriad spaces, and aims to uncover the ways that various people visiting/working in the hospital weave identity and story outside and beyond their more conventional, formalized contacts within the institution and its services. Beyond its research utility, the site will provide a safe refuge for reflection in the otherwise hectic environment of the hospital. Matters to be addressed include the logistics of siting and maintaining the writing “station,” review and management of the repository of submissions, ethical and/or legal implications of this activity and its outcomes, and longer-term conservation/preservation of participants’ writings.


 

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