Sanford School of Medicine Office of Medical Education

SPP Student Profiles

Jordan Nordquist  Jordan Nordquist

Pathway: Research

Project Title: Drug X: a novel drug for cancer therapy

Mentor: Subhash Chauhan, PhD

Why did you enroll in the Scholarship Pathways Program?

When I started medical school I knew that I wanted to accomplish something outside of the classroom.  The SPP seemed like a good avenue to give me the direction, structure, and resources needed to do this.  After being in the program for a year and a half, I can say that this program has met my expectations.


How did you decide on your project?

I had done a research project for about eight months leading up to medical school.  Our lab was investigating the effects of a drug on ovarian cancer.  As I began to plan my project for SPP, this prior research provided a good foundation.  It was easy to build on that experience and continue this research project.

How did you benefit from the project?

This project has opened my eyes to the world of research.  It is easy to read scientific research articles without realizing the massive amount of work required to publish those final products.  Through my project I have learned about the intricacies associated with this whole process.  I have learned how to do certain research techniques and how to acquire publishable data.  I have also learned how to write a research paper.  By the end of the project I hope to publish a peer-reviewed journal article.   SPP has helped motivate me to learn how to budget my time.  I study when I need to but still have been able to find the time for a significant accomplishment outside the classroom.

What have you enjoyed most about working on your project?

Most of my enjoyment has come from my sense of accomplishment.  With the help of my mentor and other researchers in my lab, I have been able to formulate a hypothesis, design the experiments, and collect data that is showing some promising results in the treatment of ovarian cancer.

 

 

Andrea Seurer  Andrea Seurer

Pathway: Service

Project Title: Low health literacy: a barrier to effective patient care

Mentor: Bruce Vogt, MD
Why did you enroll in the Scholarship Pathways Program?

I enrolled in the Scholarship Pathways Program to further expand on the research I had done during my undergraduate career.  I feel strongly about health literacy and its implications and wanted to continue to expand my knowledge while educating others on the importance of the subject.  The SPP is an excellent portal through which I can continue my research with the support of a medical school faculty member.

How did you decide on your project?

I chose to continue with the project I had worked on during my undergraduate career for two reasons.  Although I have  gained a good knowledge base there is so much more to learn on the topic.  In addition, I want to share the information with other health care professionals through the use of interactive learning sessions and informative brochures that can be made available to patients through their physicians.

How did you benefit from the project?

Researching health literacy and the effects this important topic has on the physician-patient relationship will improve my knowledge on the subject.  By educating myself on the most effective ways to communicate with patients, I will be better prepared to care for patients throughout my career.  As a physician, a main component of my professional career development will be self-directed learning.  The work that I do to complete my SPP project will help me hone these skills.

What have you enjoyed most about working on your project?

I have enjoyed continuing to learn and gain understanding about health literacy.  I have also learned the importance of teamwork.  Several individuals at the medical school have been crucial in assisting me with the work I have completed thus far.