Professional development is enhanced by allowing students to independently pursue an area of interest reflecting the core values that led them to select a medical career. The Distinction Tracks allow motivated students to pursue these interests in a rigorous, longitudinal approach, culminating with a capstone portfolio. Mentors work closely with students through the 4 years of medical school, guiding and evaluating their progress.
Brody School of Medicine offers four Distinction Tracks related to core missions of the school.
Together, these Distinction Tracks provide a mechanism to formally recognize the exceptional accomplishments of medical students.
For more information about Distinction Track programs and administration, please contact Jenna Garris at email@example.com.
For more information about Distinction Track curriculum development and assessment, please contact Luan Lawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical Volunteering in Tacloban, Philippines:
I volunteered in a rural clinic in Sta. Fe, Tacloban, Philippines through an organization called "Volunteer for the Visayans." I was able to learn a great deal about the health system of the Philippines as well as gain some clinical hours helping the nurses with general consultation. I was also able to join the physician in examining patients and learning about how to treat certain diseases. The Philippines is a great country to learn about some Global Health differences between developed and developing countries.
We traveled and worked in a clinic in western Uganda for 3 weeks. During our time there, we both observed/worked with physicians as they saw patients and conducted community-based research for the clinic on antibiotic use, nutrition and traditional health practices. Outside of the clinic, we had time to do a bit of traveling, including rafting class 5 rapids on the Nile and tramping through the Kibale Rainforest. Our research and work with the clinic has potential to be continued and both of us would love to talk to any students who are interested in traveling to Uganda or anywhere else internationally!
Interconception Care Intern at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
I am interested in women's health, rural health and Latino patient populations in Western North Carolina. I worked with a quality improvement team at MAHEC to improve provider documentation of Interconception Care (ICC) during Well Child Checks (WCCs). ICC is an evidence based model developed by the IMPLICIT network to target mothers attending WCC for children younger than two years old. The model is designed to assess risk and provide intervention for four health risk behaviors known to impact low birth weight and preterm delivery: depression, tobacco use, prenatal supplements containing folic acid and birth spacing. We looked at various issues that could be contributing to the lack of documentation of the intervention and data collection suggested failure of correct ICC documentation was independent of a Spanish language barrier or age of the child. When my time was finished at MAHEC we had determined that the next step was to give monthly individual statistics to providers on their personal correct documentation as a means of encouragement. I also assisted in getting an approval from the IRB to survey patients on their perception of ICC and their understanding of the recommendations given by their providers. While working on this project I gained more clinical experience, improved my problem solving skills, developed a better understanding of how Medicare/Medicaid functions in a real practice setting, and I served as an ambassador for the Brody School of Medicine. Some days I felt like I was taking more than I was giving, however my experience was invaluable and I'm grateful for the opportunity I had. Please feel free to contact me regarding any of these topics. Broadwayn15@students.ecu.edu
Title: Needs Assessment for the Continuity of Medical Care at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Description: The goal of this project was to identify the needs of medically at risk adolescents, and to develop a protocol for linking these residents to an accessible medical home upon release.