“The Relationship Between Eye Contact and Patient Satisfaction in Primary Care.”
Coachman, a biology major from Andrews, South Carolina, studied interactions between health care providers and their patients to examine the role of eye contact in patient satisfaction.
“Zaria not only collected but organized, analyzed, and presented her work in a way that was streamlined and easy to understand, even for those with no background in health research,” wrote Caroline Rudisill, Coachman’s thesis director, in her nomination letter. “She demonstrated a clear passion for the field of medicine as a whole and in particular for the delivery of primary care amongst disadvantaged and underserved communities. Her ambitious research provides a clearer view of how patient interactions in primary care may influence long-term health outcomes. It has also provided relevant data to craft further research improving healthcare delivery and support policies that encourage time away from computer screens and other electronic devices in favor of more interactive and interpersonal care.”
Coachman received the William A. Mould and Peter C. Sederberg Scholarship, as well as the Deborah H. Piellusch Annual Scholarship and the Robert Hampton Hill and Catherine Finely Hill Study Abroad Scholarship. She is taking a gap year to study for the MCAT and apply to medical school. Her goal is to be an obstetrician-gynecologist.