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2013 Summer Research Students

Amartha Ogburu-Ogbonnaya

Mentor: Cheryl Lynch, MD, MPH

Project Title: The Effects of Generalized Anxiety and Stress on Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with
Type 2 Diabetes

Bradley Ketner

Mentor: Cheryl Lynch, MD, MPH

Project Title: The Role of Patient-Centered Care and Health Literacy in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

David M. Cykert

Mentor: Joni Strom Williams, MD, MPH

Project Title: The Influence of Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status on Self-Care and Medication
Adherence in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Jugal Dalal

Mentor: Kelly Hunt, PhD

Project Title: Multiple Risk Factor Control in Depressed Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Lavern Keitt, Jr

Mentor: Libby Dismuke, PhD

Project Title: Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Diabetes Control in non-Hispanic Blacks and
non-Hispanic Whites

Vandene Miller

Mentor: Joni Strom Williams, MD, MPH

Project Title: Prevalence of Kidney disease by race in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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2012 Summer Research Students

Katie Anderson

Mentor - Cheryl Lynch, MD, MPH

Project Title: Barriers to Exercise as a Predictor of Glycemic Control

Mandev Guram

Mentor - Melba Tejada-Hernandez, MS, Post Doctoral Scholar

Project Title: Depression, Health Literacy and Medication Adherence in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Azka Nazir

Mentor - Joni Strom, MPH, Post Doctoral Scholar

Project Title: The Impact of Spirituality and Social Support on Depression in Adult Patients with Type 2
Daibetes

Caitlin Shepherd

Mentor - Libby Dismuke, PhD

Project Title: Food Insecurity and Glycemic Control in VA Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Daniel Weinberg

Mentor - Kelly Hunt, PhD

Project Title: Neighborhood Food Environment and Diabetes Management

Under the supervision of Dr. Leonard E. Egede, Principal Investigator of the Short Term Research Training
for Health Professionals grant, five students were mentored through didactic sessions on racial, global and
ethnic disparities in health, basic statistical methods, survey research methods and scale developmeht and
testing.The Summer Health Professions Research Program (SHPRP) students administered a
multidimensional instrument to 356 primary care patients seen at the MUSC Internal Medicine clinic and
Ralph H. Johnson VAMC Primary Care clinic. The 185-item instrument explored many facets of diabetes
care using previously validated surveys. The objective for the students was to examine associations among
diabetes knowledge, medication adherence, health literacy, depression, social support, and glycemic control.
The students also explored the association between environmental factors and glycemic control by assessing
the impact of food security and neighborhood environment on glycemic control. The students will present their
research and findings at the 18th Annual Fall Symposium for Primary Health Care Professionals in Charleston,
South Carolina and the 2012 Perry V. Halushka MUSC Student Research DayThe students will also present 
their projects in January2013, at the Department of Medicine’s 7th Annual Research Day.
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2011 Summer Research Students

Kimberly Arnold

Project TitleAssociation and Willingness to Participate in Research Studies with Payment and Risk
in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes 

Bryan Ashley

Project Title: Locus of Control and Glycemic Control in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes

Shenikqua Bouges

Project Title: Trust and Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Jake Deweerth

Project Title: Delayed Discounting and Blood Pressure Control

Ezenekere Chisom

Project Title: Religionosity/Spirituality and Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 DM

Adam Fox

Project Title: Delayed Discounting and Glycemic Control in Patients with Type 2 DM

Jeanne Lumpkin

Project Title: Association of Delay Discount Rates with LDL Cholesterol in Diabetes Patients

Jameka Reid

Project Title: Ethnic Gender Differences in Composite Risk Factor Control in Patients with Diabetes

Julie Teuber

Project Title: Racial Ethnic Differences in Health Literacy and its Association with Glycemic Control

Rhonda Winchester

Project Title: Effect of Depression on Multiple Risk Factor Control in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

Golsa Yazdy

Project Title: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes 


Eleven students were mentored from May to August 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Leonard E. Egede,
Principal Investigator for the Short Term Research Training for Health Professional Students.
Ten medical students and one undergraduate student was selected to conduct individual research projects
during this period. A team consisting of Dr. Egede, three faculty members and two postdoctoral scholars
mentored the students and guided their research efforts. The students performed study-guided literature
reviews, participated in active patient recruitment, enrolled record numbers of patients for the studies, and
entered data for analysis in preparation for a final report presented at the end of the study. Each of the students
participated in didactic sessions on racial and ethnic disparities in health and basic statistical methods, survey
research methods, and scale development and testing. Collectively, the students recruited 684 primary care
patients with type 2 diabetes from the Medical University of South Carolina’s (MUSC) Internal Medicine Clinic
(UIM), the Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center System, Inc.—a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC),
and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.  In efforts to continue the longitudinal analyses from projects 
developed by students in years past, the purpose of each study was to investigate the effects of socio-
demographic characteristics on self-care behaviors and disease management, health literacy, composite
risk factors, social determinants of health, and clinical factors associated with type 2 diabetes.
Each student presented their work and findings at the 17th Annual Diabetes Fall Symposium for Primary
Health Care Professionals in Charleston, South Carolina and the Perry V. Halushka MUSC Student Research
Day. Eight of the mentees displayed poster presentations while three presented their projects orally. 
The students will again present their projects in January 2012, at the Department of Medicine’s 6th Annual 
Research Day.

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2010 Summer Research Students

Renee Joseph - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Varying Effects of Adherence to Medication and Self-Care Behaviors on Glycemic Control by
Race in Adults with Diabetes 

Riva Misha - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Independent Effect of Site of Care on Health Literacy Levels in Adults with Diabetes:
Comparison of a Community Health Center with an Academic Health Center

Ashely Noisette - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Differential Effect of Depression on Self-Care and Glycemic Control by Ethnicity in Adults
with Diabetes

Bimal Patel - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Predictors of Glycemic Control in Adults with Diabetes at Academic and Community Health
Clinics in Charleston

Roxana Pourdeyhimi - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Effect of Health Literact and Demographic Characteristics on Medication Adherence in Adults
with Diabetes

Craig Thomas - MUSC, College of Medicinne - 1st Year

Project Title:  Sociodemographic Correlatates of Health Literacy in Adults with Diabetes  

Leslie Thomas - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Effect of Health Literacy on Diabetes Knowledge and Self-Care Behivors in Adults with 
Diabetes

Jimmy Walker - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Differential Effects of Diabetes Knowledge on Glycemic Control between Ethnic Groups in Adults
with Diabetes
Eight students were mentored from May to August 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Leonard E. Egede,
Principal Investigator for the Short Term Research Training for Health Professional Students. Students
were selected to conduct individual research projects during this period. A team consisting of Dr. Egede,
three faculty members and one postdoctoral scholar mentored the students and guided their research efforts.
The students performed study-guided literature reviews, participated in active patient recruitment, enrolled
record numbers of patients for the studies, and entered data for analysis in preparation for a final report 
presented at the end of the study. Each of the students participated in didactic sessions on racial and ethnic
disparities in health and basic statistical methods, survey research methods, and scale development and testing.
The eight students recruited primary care patients with type 2 diabetes from the Medical University of South
Carolina’s (MUSC) Internal Medicine Clinic (UIM), and the Franklin C. Fetter Family Health Center System,
Inc.—a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC. 
In efforts to continue the longitudinal analyses from projects developed by students in years past, the purpose
of each study was to investigate the relationships between sociodemographic characteristics on self-care behaviors
and disease management, health literacy, composite risk factors, social determinants of health, and clinical factors
associated with type 2 diabetes. At the end of the 10 week program, each student reported their findings and
presented their work as participants in the 2010 Perry V. Huluska, MUSC Student Research Day.

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2009 Summer Research Students

Leah Bonaparte - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title: Effect of Ethnicity and Health Literacy on Medication Adherence, Blood Pressure and Glycemic
Control in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Emma Carter - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:
  Ethnic Differences in Diabetes Knowledge, Self Care, and Glycemic Control in Adults with
Type 2 Diabetes

Julius Hamilton - MUSC, College of Medicine - 1st Year

Project Title:  Sociodemographic Predictors of Diabetes Fatalism in Primary Care Adults with
Type 2 Diabetes

Mentored by Dr. Leonard Egede, three summer research students participated in active recruitment
of patients and a guided study, which involved reviewing pertinent literature on ethnic disparities in health
and developing a basic understanding of statistical methods, survey research methods, and scale development
and testing.The students recruited 213 primary care patients with type 2 Diabetes from the Medical University
of South Carolina's Internal Medicine Clinic.The purpose of each (individual) study was to investigate the effects
ethnicity and health literacy has on medication adherence, blood pressure and glycemic control in adults with
type 2 diabetes (Leah Bonaparte); analyze ethnic differences in diabetes knowledge, self-care, and glycemic
control (Emma Carter); and examine sociodemographic predictors of diabetes fatalism among the primary care
sample (Julius Hamilton). Each of the students found significant differences that warrant futher research in these
areas. Their presentations and results of their findings were presented at the 2009 MUSC Student Research Day.
 
 
 

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