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Summer Fellowship - 2008 Recipients

"The Role of the Partera in Rural Honduras"

Victoria Elliot

Victoria plans to travel to Honduras to research different aspects of the partera’s (midwife’s) role in rural Honduras. She hopes to learn from the parteras’ perspective, the part they play in rural medicine, find out more about their unique practices and methods, and discover how formally trained health-care providers view parteras.

Victoria is also interested in learning about beliefs of Honduran women surrounding pregnancy and delivery. As an aspiring bilingual obstetrician, she hopes to gather information that will help her better understand Hispanic patients’ beliefs and fears. Victoria will focus her research on the towns of Catacamas, Olanchito, La Esperanza, and Sonaguera, Honduras.


"Advance Care Planning North Carolina 2008"

Senthuran Ravindran

Sen proposes to create a new video on advance directives for use with patients, future (students) and current health care professionals. He will present this information in a manner that will appeal to viewers’ emotions as well as provide concrete information about advance care planning and the three advance directive choices now available in North Carolina: Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, and Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment (also known as MOST). The video will introduce, briefly explain, and provide clear up-to-date information on these choices.


"Cultural/Societal Aspects of Breast Cancer-Illness, Reporting, Treatment, and Prevention: A Cross-Cultural Study of Breast Cancer Patients in Sichuan, China and Greenville, North Carolina"

Ying Zhang

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in females in the U.S., and is shown to be increasing in developing Asian and African Countries. Ying plans to focus her research on the towns of Chengdu, Sichuan, and Rongxian, China and Greenville, North Carolina.

She hopes to learn more about the cultural/societal effects on breast cancer reporting, illness perception, treatment choices, and preventive strategies employed by Chinese women and compare and contrast cultural factors that influence the way different American females deal with breast cancer as compared to the patients in China.