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Summer Research Training Program for Minority Students

One of the objectives of the Center for Health Disparities Research is to provide summer research training opportunities for minority students. The Center support 3 minority summer students each year.

2008 Summer Research for Minority Students

Erica Haynes - South Carolina State University - Biology major – 3rd year

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

Tremayne Mitchell - South Carolina State University - Biology major – 3rd year

Project Title: Ethnic Differences in Patient Empowerment, Medication Adherence, and Glycemic Control in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes.

Ashley Primus – MUSC, College of Medicine – 2nd year Pre-Med

Project Title: Racial/ Ethnic Differences in Diabetes Fatalism and Health Literacy in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.

The three students were mentored by Dr. Leonard Egede, and participated in guided study and active recruitment of patients. Through guided readings the students reviewed pertinent literature on ethnic disparities in health, developed basic understanding of statistical methods, developed basic understanding of survey research methods, and developed basic understanding of scale development and testing. They recruited 138 patients at the Medical University of South Carolina Internal Medicine clinic,to examine racial/ethnic differences in diabetes knowledge, self-care, and glycemic control. They found significant differences in these factors by race and ethnicity. The findings were presented at the 2008 MUSC Students Research Day.
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2007 Summer Research for Minority Students

Cerrone Cohen
Second year medical student, MUSC

Brittany Smalls
Senior, College of Charleston

Jerome Higgs
Senior, Voorhees College

Threestudents were mentored by Dr. Leonard Egede, and participated in guided study and active recruitment of patients. Through guided readings the students reviewed pertinent literature on ethnic disparities in health, developed basic understanding of statistical methods, developed basic understanding of survey research methods, and developed basic understanding of scale development and testing. They recruited 300 patients at the Medical University of South Carolina Internal Medicine clinic,to examine racial/ethnic differences in quality of life,health literacy,complementary and alternatives of medicine use. They found significant differences in these factors by race and ethnicity. Their results were presented at the 2007 MUSC Students Research Day.
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2006 Summer Research for Minority Students

Brittany Smalls
Third year student, College of Charleston

Sylvia Smith
1st year medical student, MUSC

Ashley Hambright
1st year medical student, MUSC

Three students, two first year MUSC medical students and one Junior at the College of Charleston were mentored by Dr. Leonard Egede, and participated in guided study and active recruitment of patients. Through guided readings the students reviewed pertinent literature on ethnic disparities in health, developed basic understanding of statistical methods, developed basic understanding of survey research methods, and developed basic understanding of scale development and testing. In addition the students administered the multidimensional trust in medical care system scale (MTMCSS) to a sample (n=300) of primary care patients to establish the psychometric properties of the scale in primary care patients. They found that the MTMCSS is a valid and reliable measure of trust in the medical care system and that the three subscales of the MTMCSS were valid and reliable measures of trust in health care providers, healthcare payers, and health institutions. The study findings will be presented at the 2006 MUSC Students Research Day.  


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