University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Medical students present clinical epidemiology research projects

Third-year medical students gave oral presentations of their clinical epidemiology research projects on June 2–3. A total of 28 clinical research projects were completed by the 59 medical students, who worked in groups of two to three people. The research involved conducting chart reviews at community hospitals in Grand Forks, Bismarck, and Fargo.

Students on the Bismarck campus presented their 10 research projects on June 2. Topics included the use of autologous platelet gel to reduce site infection in coronary artery bypass graft procedures and the metabolic side effects from the use of atypical antipsychotics in male prisoners. Students on the Fargo and Grand Forks campuses presented their 18 projects on June 3. Topics included whether serum calcium increases the risk of prostate cancer, comparison of health care utilization in refugees and non-refugees with mental health diagnoses, and several projects with gastric bypass surgery as the focus.

The Clinical Epidemiology course in the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences provides medical students with an opportunity to develop and conduct a clinical research project. Students are required to develop a research question, gather data, present their findings, and write a research paper. The course is directed by the Department of Family and Community Medicine with support from the Department of Internal Medicine.

-- Denis MacLeod, assistant director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2733,

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