Project Sponsor(s): Monisha Arya, MD, MPH
Project Sponsor Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Institution and Location: Baylor College of Medicine. Of note, our office is outside of the main medical center. Our office is located at 2450 Holcombe Blvd. Houston, TX 77021. You must have a car.
Despite national recommendations for HIV and HCV screening, many patients do not get screened for these infectious diseases. In fact, there are many people in the U.S. that are infected with HIV or HCV and are unaware they are infected. HIV and HCV can remain asymptomatic for many years. Unfortunately, those infected and unaware may develop life-threatening complications of these infections over time; only then do they receive their first HIV or HCV test. It is too late.
This research aims to develop and study media campaigns to improve HIV and HCV screenings in the primary care setting. We will be recruiting participants to obtain their feedback on our team’s campaigns.
Students joining the research team will:
Understand the process for obtaining institutional approval to conduct research with human subjects
Experience the excitement and challenges of recruiting human subjects to participate in research
Learn methods for data organization and data analysis
Attend weekly research meetings with the Principal Investigator and team members to review the status of the research
Participate in journal club sessions to read and review the published literature pertaining to HIV and HCV screening and to health campaigns
Develop skills to communicate research results to the community through oral presentations, poster presentations, and/or published manuscripts
Expectations of student (Rice University requirements are listed):
- The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress.
- The student must have a car to travel between Rice and our office and, if applicable, to clinical sites
- The student should have excellent organizational and time-management skills
- The student will be expected to have clear and professional written and verbal communication skills
The student should enjoy working in a team on collaborative projects and should be equally comfortable working independently
Must have exceptional organization skills
Must be able to communicate well orally and in writing
Prefer students that are pre-med or pre-public health
Must have car to travel to clinical settings to meet with patient participants