Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL with Dr. Steven L. Daniel. August 2011 - December 2011.
I was enrolled in a graduate class that completed a project which involved isolating E. coli strains from various untreated surface waters around Charleston, IL. This project was published in the Open Microbiology Journal in 2013.
Janezic, K.J., Ferry, B., Hendricks, E.W., Janiga, B.A., Johnson, T., Murphy, S., Roberts, M.E., Scott, S.M.,Theisen, A.N., Hung, K.F., Daniel, S.L.. (2013, February 22). Phenotypic and Genotypic Characterization of Escherichia coli Isolated from Untreated SurfaceWaters. http://benthamopen.com/FULLTEXT/TOMICROJ-7-9, Pub Status: Published.
I am currently working on a project to produce a podcast about Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia through PedsCases, a Podcast company that focuses on developing high-yield lectures/podcasts for medical students.
I volunteered to be a tutor group leader for second year students during the hematology, immunology, and infectious disease unit as well as during the endocrine, reproduction, and gastrointestinal unit. SIU's curriculum is focused on training students in clinical skills from the beginning of the medical training, and they enforce this through "tutor groups", a method of problem-based learning. Second year students have computer access to a standardized patient case from which they develop learning issues. The learning issues guide their studies for that particular week. As a tutor group leader, my job was to make sure the students identify the key learning issues relevant to the particular case, facilitate discussion among group members, and focus the group to stay on topic throughout tutor group sessions.
As an orientation leader, I was one of five fourth year students who had prepared and designed lectures and curriculum to teach second year medical students doctoring and clinical skills during their orientation week. We participated in the teaching and evaluation of second year medical students, including teaching hands-on skills, evaluating their standardized patient interactions,and providing immediate feedback on oral case presentations and interaction skills. We also developed and presented components of physical examination and history-taking in lecture form. Our activity was supervised and given immediate feedback by the Doctoring Director, Dr. Rull. The goal was to assist in developing various learning methods and strategies for better development of clinical reasoning, retention of information, and clinical skills.
As part of this elective, we would meet once a week from June until mid-August. During this time, we learned about graduate educational methods and theory of adult learning, practiced identifying a learner's level and how to teach at different stages, learned about evaluation and feedback techniques, and learned how to develop performance standards.
I volunteered to help design a module on "Fluid and Electrolyte Balance" for the new 3rd year curriculum that was implemented at SIU School of Medicine in the year 2016. I worked with a faculty member in Internal Medicine.
I was a graduate assistant for various classes in the Biology Department at Eastern Illinois University, including Life Science I, Animal Physiology, and Endocrinology. I would grade lab reports, prepare any solutions, assist the professor during designated lab times, and occasionally lecture before a lab experiment.
I was responsible for grading lab reports and assisting the students with lab experiments.
I give tours to resident applicants interviewing at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.
I assisted the Emergency Department Physicians in a simulated experience in which they were evaluating their residents' behaviors in various social/medical situations that can arise in the ED. I played the position of a nurse. ER residents had to make decisions based on their clinical knowledge. ER attendings were observing the scenario through a one-sided window and evaluating the residents in the process.
Twice a year, students from surrounding areas are selected to experience a "pipeline" program, which aims to expose children to the field of medicine. The program involves high school students. They complete an application and go through an interview process in order to be selected for the program. The students are taught how to complete a history and physical examination and are given the opportunity to practice on standardized patients. They also experience tutor groups, a hallmark of SIU SOM's curriculum. They learn what it is like to go through a clinical scenario and are assigned "learning issues" to complete for the case for the week. As a tutor group leader, I would lead tutor groups, walk the students through the various physical exams, and assist them with an standardized patient encounter.
Through this program I was able to go to various elementary schools in Springfield and teach about the harmful effects of tobacco and alcohol on one's health.
I was a member of an organization involving medical students that meets once every two weeks to discuss topics both involving and outside the realm of medicine (i.e., current events, religion and medicine, standards of beauty, Affordable Care Act, Death With Dignity Act).
As a second year student, I would give tours to applicants of SIU School of Medicine. I would answer any questions they may have had about "life as a medical student", what SIU was like, etc.
I was paired with a child at ENOS Elementary School. I would visit her once a week. I would eat lunch with her, help her complete any assignments she hadn't finished, read with her, and play games. Children selected for the mentoring program were children who would be considered less-fortunate.
This was a bi-annual event that is student-run and aims to provide basic healthcare needs to those who are homeless or less-fortunate. Students interview clients who attend the free health clinic and address any health concerns said clients may be having. Clients are provided with free screening for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, etc. They are provided with refills for medications they are currently prescribed. This clinic is organized with graduate students as well as local pharmacy students to attempt to address as many client needs as possible.
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