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TCMC to host Spring Research Symposium

Friday, May 13, 2020

Scranton, Pennsylvania – On Thursday, May 19 from 4:30 to 6pm and Friday, May 20, 2020 from 3:30 to 5:30pm, students and faculty members of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) will present research projects during poster sessions at Lackawanna College in Scranton. The second annual Spring Research Symposium is the culmination of medical and graduate students’ year long research topics in quality improvement and community health. Arthur Kaufman, MD, vice president for community health, Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico, will deliver the keynote address on Friday, May 20 at 1:30pm at The Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College. The public is invited.

The Community Health Research Projects (CHRPs) and Quality Improvement (QI) projects are a unique part of TCMC medical and graduate curriculum whereby students partner with community organizations to investigate a health issue in an effort to impact practices and help improve community health outcomes. More than 20 CHRPs research topics including: oral health, autism, palliative care, lupus, cancer, diabetes, HIV, and tobacco use as well as QI projects on hand washing, depression screening, diabetes patient education, and influenza vaccine among healthcare workers will be displayed during the two day research event.  Selected faculty research and education posters will also be displayed.

“I am very pleased with the quality and in-depth analysis of the research and quality improvement projects that our students completed with the cooperation and support of our partner organizations,” stated Janet Townsend, MD, chair, department of family, rural and community health.  “We at TCMC are grateful to provide this resource that will benefit our community by developing innovative solutions that are aligned with healthcare needs today and into the future,” Dr. Townsend continued. 

At the beginning of the school year, small groups of medical and graduate students are paired with mentors from social service agencies, medical practices and other community organizations throughout northeastern and central Pennsylvania.  Together, they choose a topic, develop research methods, and gather data over the course of the year.  A presentation of their findings will be displayed during the poster sessions at the research events and will be shared with staff and other key stakeholders at the partner organizations.

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