2020 JACK's Summer Scholars

In the challenging times of the Pandemic JACKS responded by utilizing virtual platforms to address the goals of education.

Areas that are specifically targeted were building medical professionalism, family centered care within Pediatrics and interdisciplinary programs for quality and safety in the areas of Neonatal Medicine, General Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Anesthesia as well as Pediatric Primary Care.

Through incorporation of virtual clinical exposure with outstanding clinician-educators and medical researchers, the Summer Scholar's Program was able to foster students’ understanding of the provision of clinical Pediatrics within a hospital health system, demonstrate the ongoing value of medical research and query, as well as the importance of medical professionalism to improve patient care, quality and outcome.

This national program was shortened to a 6-week curriculum targeting rising 2nd year medical students at Virginia Commonwealth University due to limited access to personal health records outside of our medical center. Students joined in Research Quality and Safety ongoing projects within the setting of Neonatal Medicine in the Hospital.

Content addressed the specific history of the quality improvement process in healthcare, quality databases and improvement process tools and programs. Medical Student scholars were teamed directly with neonatal fellows virtually to apply this knowledge through completion of a mentored quality improvement project in neonatal medicine with mentorship, direction and oversight of Neonatal and Pediatric faculty and interdisciplinary staff of nurses, respiratory therapist, biostatisticians and others. The scholar teams worked on their assigned quality improvement or research opportunity virtually and developed with their mentor’s specific project objectives including, but not limited to, the use of appropriate tools, identification of measurable aims and evaluation methods, sustainable recommendations for process improvement and a comprehensive report abstract as well as developed final abstracts and oral presentations of findings and recommendations at the end of the summer program.

2020 JACK’s Summer Scholar presentations

  1. Assessing Seizure Risk in Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Affected InfantsVahnee Garimella (VCU School of Medicine)
  2. Optimizing Postnatal Growth and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Preterm InfantsManasi Mahashabde (VCU School of Medicine)
  3. Identifying Factors to Predict ECMO Circuit HealthGianna Rotyliano-Sykes (VCU School of Medicine)
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