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Student Research

University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville (USCSOMG): Student Project Database
A database of projects completed or started by USCSOMG medical students has been compiled and can be searched by specific keywords or by research mentor. Medical student research is inclusive of the following topical areas:
  • Bedside (Clinical and Translational)
  • Bench (Cellular and Molecular)
  • Community Health
  • Medical Education
  • Population Health/Health Policy
  • Other areas
Additional information regarding student projects is available upon request.

Student Research Database

Project Title Mentor Name Department Research Keywords
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The utility of serial hemoglobin monitoring in blunt splenic injury Kat Pellizzeri Surgery serial hemoglobin
Outcomes of Neonates with Antenatal Diagnosis of CNS Abnormalities Christopher Troup Pediatrics maternal fetal medicine; ultrasound; CNS abnormalities; MRI; NICU; nursery; neonate; outcomes
Hypertension in Athletes - Prospective Study Vicki Nelson Family Medicine N/A
Cervical Ripening Lauren Demosthenes OBGYN cervical ripening
Ventral Hernia Repair in a Contaminated Field Jeremy Warren Surgery VHR, abdomen, hernia, surgery
"Exercise Counseling in Pregnancy: Are women receiving the information they need?" Jennifer Trilk OBGYN An evaluation of exercise recommendations being given to pregnant women by their OBGYN physicians here at PRISMA Health.
Investigation of patient's diagnosed with ADH/ALH and their progression to invasive carcinoma Christine Schammel Pathology atypical ductal hyperplasia and atypical lobular hyperplasia
Routine Cultures of Nonunions John Adams Orthopaedics Orthopaedic surgery, osteomyelitis, nonunion surgery
Acute GI bleeding: Patient characteristics, Endoscopy, Embolization/Surgery and Outcomes Gary Abrams Family Medicine GI Bleeding
Medical Student Perceptions of Emergency Medical Technician Training During the First Year of Medical School William Wright Biomedical Sciences Emergency Medicine
The Role of EMT in Med School (ish, not decided yet) William Wright USC - Columbia EMT, Research, Curriculum
Helping Patients with Chronic Diseases (HTN, DM, Depression) To Understand Behavioral Changes Meenu Jindal Internal Medicine Chronic disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes mellitus, depression, food behaviors, food preferences
Perceived and Physiological Fatigue: Contributing factors, effects on cognition, empathy, and burnout Lauren Fowler Biomedical Sciences Perceived fatigue, physiological fatigue, biomarkers of fatigue, empathy, cognitive performance, burnout
Gender differences in the outcomes of individuals with the treatment of Ischemic Strokes via the use of TPA Thomas Nathaniel Neuroscience gender, TPA, ischemic, stroke, treatment
Bleeding on OAC Sarah Fox Surgery Colorectal surgery, colonoscopy, bleeding.
US for Pelvic Pain in Reproductive Age Women Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine Ultrasound, CT scan, High value care, pelvic pain
Gender Differences in Pre Depression and Stroke Outcomes Thomas Nathaniel Neuroscience Neuroscience, stroke, depression, gender differences
The Effect of Pre-Stroke Depression on Patient Outcomes using TPA Methods of Treatment Thomas Nathaniel Biomedical Sciences Neurology, Neurosurgery, TPA, Tele-stroke
Opioid-Dependent Births Case Series Jennifer Hudson Pediatrics Opioid-dependent, birth
Disparities in perinatal depression screening and referral: A retrospective cohort study Laura Carlson OBGYN OB/GYN
Disparities in perinatal depression screening and referral : A retrospective cohort study Laura Carlson OBGYN Depression, perinatal, screening
Multimedia surgical description of removal of a leiomyoma Sharon Ben-Or Surgery Leiomyoma surgery, multimedia, laproscopic
Blood analysis of tumor markers in lung cancer Sharon Ben-Or Surgery Treatment efficacy, lung cancer, tumor markers, blood sampling, improved patient treatment
Attitudes, Beliefs and Behaviors of Religiosity, Spirituality, and Cultural Competence in the Medical Profession: A Cross-sectional survey study Ann Blair Kennedy Biomedical Sciences cultural competence
Case Report: An Atypical Presentation of Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria and Concurrent JAK2(617F) Mutation Mark O'Rourke Internal Medicine Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria; PNH; Budd-Chiari Syndrome; JAK2(617F) mutation; chronic abdominal pain
The Relevance of Personality and Resilience in Medical Students' Choice of Medical Specialty John Cull Clemson Research Personality; Resiliency; Specialty Choice; Burnout; Brief Resilience Scale; Big Factor Five Inventory
Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Endometriosis: Prospective Analysis of the Effect of Surgery. Bruce Lessey OBGYN IBS; endometriosis
A Multi-modal, Opioid Sparing Pain Management Strategy in Cardiac Surgery Caroline McKillop Anesthesiology opioid, pain, pain management, cardiac surgery, anesthesia
Insurance Status Influence on Discharge Location and Length of Stay After Ischemic Stroke Christine Schammel Pathology Stroke
Reported Rationales for HPV Vaccination vs. Non-Vaccination Among Undergraduate and Medical Students in Upstate South Carolina. John Cull Surgery HPV
Microwave Ablation of a Gallbladder Remnant Following Partial Cholecystectomy Michael Devane Radiology Ablation
Management of Tibial Bow in Fibular Deficiency David Westberry Orthopedics Tibial Bowing
cfDNA/blastocoel Fluid Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences Embryos
The Effect of Timing of Post-Operative Radiographs on Coronal Balance in Idiopathic Posterior Spinal Fusion Patients—A Retrospective Analysis Michael Wattenbarger Orthopaedics Orthopaedics
CATCH Project Julie Linton Pediatrics We will be working with Berea Middle School as well as Pasos in order to increase the amount of resources available to the underserved Latino and African American students and their families.
Assessing the potential therapeutic efficacy of amnion-based biologics for osteoarthritis Jeremy Mercuri Clemson Research amnion-based biologics, osteoarthritis, steroid injections
Epic Mentor Program Kerry Smith Clemson Research eukaryotic
Petrosal Bone Morphotype Investigation Lauren Gonzales Biomedical Sciences Petrosal Bone, Comparative anatomy, cochlea, semicircular canals, paleontology
Laparoscopic vs. Open Placement of Ventriculogallbladder Shunt in Cases of Pediatric Hydrocephalus Earl (Chris) Troup Neuroscience ventriculogallbladder shunt, pediatric neurosurgery, pediatric shunt revision, hydrocephalus
Outcomes of Revascularization in Patients with Previous Contralateral Amputation Sagar Gandhi Surgery Amputation, revascularization, critical limb ischemia
Retrospective Comparison of Operative Variables from Single Event Multi-Level Surgeries Performed by Two Attending Surgeons versus Single Event Multi-Level Surgeries Performed by One Attending Surgeon Lauren Hyer Shriners Children's Hospital for Orthopedics Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery, Surgeon
Comparative Biology - Morphotyping the Petrosal Bones of Various Animals to Look at Inner Ear Function Lauren Gonzales Biomedical Sciences Inner Ear, Cochlear, Hearing, Comparative biology, Morphotype
Contaminated Mesh- VHR Jeremy Warren Surgery Contaminated mesh
Patient Engagement Studio Efficacy Ann Kennedy Biomedical Sciences Patient
Sea urchins treated +/- PAF and RNAseq on whole embryos and cfDNA on blastocoel fluid Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences blastocoel fluid
Human survivable aneuploidies and aneuploid vs. euploid Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences Embryo, aneuploid, euploid, DNA, gene expression, blastocoel fluid
Embryo Research Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences Sea urchins treated with +/-PAF and then measure intracellular Ca+2 release
Inner Ear Comparative Morphology Lauren Gonzales Biomedical Sciences Functional Morphology, Comparative Morphology, Gross Anatomy, Petrosal Bones, CT Scans, Plain film X-Rays, 3D Modeling
Diabetes Research John Emerson Center for Family Medicine Diabetes Research
Pediatric Pain Management Blake Windsor Pediatrics Pediatric, pain, non-opioid pain managment
GRE1902R: Functional Outcomes of Complete Excision of the Navicular in Pediatric Foot Deformity David Westberry Orthopaedics pediatrics; navicular bone; Shriner's Hospital for Children; foot deformity
I will know in early May - it will have to do with Surgical Oncology and Breast Cancer Nancy DeMore Cancer Institute Surgical oncology, breast cancer, MUSC Breast Center
Patient Engagement Studio Quality Improvement Evaluation Ann Blair Kennedy Biomedical Sciences TBD
Arteriovenous fistulas in non-hemodialysis patients: A contemporary analysis of a forgotten alternative to venous access Christopher Carsten Surgery TBD
Comparing Y90 Radioembolization and DEB-TACE for Unresectable Hepatocellular Carcinoma with evaluation of ALBI Grade and Child-Pugh Score as prognostic indicators Christine Schammel Pathology Hepatocellular Carcinoma treatment options: Y90 (TARE), DEB-TACE, Sorafenib
Human Economics Project on IVF Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences IVF, OB/GYN
Prevalence of Nocturnal Hypertension and Non -Dipping on Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring studies in Obese Children Sudha Garimella Pediatrics Hypertension
Patient Engagement Quality Improvement Research Ann Blair Kennedy Biomedical Sciences Patient Engagement in Research, value, efficacy
EPIC MEnTOR Program Research Kerry Smith Clemson Research pathogen
Dissemination and Implementation of Effective Childhood Obesity Treatment Innovations Kerry Sease Pediatrics I haven't started the project yet so I am not sure what the keywords will be.
To Be Determined Stephan Pill Orthopaedics Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Arthroplasty
Data Collection for Shoulder Arthroplastic and Arthroscopic Surgeries Dr. Stephan Pill Orthopaedics Shoulder arthroplastic and arthroscopic surgeries
Enhancing the YMCA-Diabetes Prevention Program with Mindfulness Training: A Pilot Study Meenu Jindal Internal Medicine Prediabetes, diabetes, mindfulness, prevention
Creation and Assessment of a Modified Stroke Scale with Increased Sensitivity to Posterior Strokes Mahmoud Rayes Neuroscience Creation and Assessment of a Modified Stroke Scale with Increased Sensitivity to Posterior Strokes
Management of Mesh Infection Jeremy Warren Surgery hernia repair, general surgery, mesh infection
Mouse reversine treatment (aneuploiud vs euploid) with cfDNA, RNAseq and RT-PCR Renee Chosed Biomedical Sciences embryo, aneuploid, euploid, cfDNA, OBGYN, reversine, embryos, implantation
Patient Consent for Seed Grant 2 Lauren Demosthenes Psychiatry Patient consent, opioids,FAVOR, seed Grand 2, overdose, psychiatry
Outcomes of an ERAS program in patients undergoing laparotomy or minimally invasive surgery for pelvic disease jeffrey elder OBGYN ERAS
In vitro modulation of human lymphocyte and myeloma cell function by bacterial enterotoxins Sergio Arce Biomedical Sciences The heat-labile enterotoxins (HLT) of Escherichia coli LT-IIa, LT-IIb and LT-IIc are potent adjuvants which induce distinct T-helper (Th)-cell cytokine profiles, immunoglobulin G (IgG) subclass and anti-tumoral responses. To determine if the distinct immune regulatory/anti-tumoral effects observed for LT-IIa, LT-IIb, and LT-IIc are elicited by binding of the HLT to their cognate ganglioside receptors, the populations of human lymphoid and myeloma cells that interact with the three HLT and their effects on various lymphocyte/myeloma responses in vitro will be evaluated. It is expected that the data obtained in this study will reveal novel regulatory pathways for enhancing anti-myeloma immune responses and will provide useful information towards understanding the mechanisms which underlie HLT-associated adjuvanticity.
ERAS Protocol Jeffery Elder OBGYN ERAS
Retrospective Analysis of Shoulder Arthroplasty and Arthroscopy Stephan Pill Orthopaedics orthopedics, shoulder, arthroplasty, athroscopy
Comparative Anatomy of Fossil Mammals. Lauren Gonzales Biomedical Sciences Ear Anatomy
ALH and ADH Breast Cancer Christine Schammel Pathology I will be assisting with this project
Colorectal Cancer Christine Schammel Pathology I will be assisting with this project
“In vitro modulation of human lymphocyte and myeloma cell function by bacterial enterotoxins” Sergio Arce Biomedical Sciences enterotoxins, lymphocyte, myeloma cell
Design and Implementation of a Multi-Disciplinary Diabetes focused clinic within a primary care center to support patient self-efficacy and improve diabetes outcomes in an uncontrolled diabetic patient population John Emerson Family Medicine Diabetes
Implementation of Group Medical Visits for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at a Community-Based Primary Care Clinic Shannon Taylor Family Medicine Diabetes
Endometrial BCL6 testing for predicting IVF outcomes: a cohort study Bruce Lessey OBGYN BCL6, endometriosis, IVF
Comparison of SPECT/CT and 2-D Planar Lymphoscintigraphy for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in Melanoma of the Head and Neck Christine Schammel Surgery Melanoma, SPECT, CT, SLNB
HCV in Pregnancy Jill Boland OBGYN Hepatitis C, prenatal care, infectious disease, preventative care
Cost Analysis: Port Placement in the OR vs. IR Christine Schammel Pathology Chemo Port, Cost Analysis, Operating Room vs. Interventional Radiology
Open Abdomen Outcomes Study John Cull Surgery Surgical, Open Abdomen, Hernia
Patient Satisfaction is Influenced by Physician Stress and Workload Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine patient satisfaction, physician fatigue, workload, emergency
Treatment of Acute Migraine with Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block in the Emergency Department Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine migraine, acute, sphenopalatine ganglion, nerve block, emergency
Bacterial Contamination of Various Surfaces in the Emergency Department Phillip Moschella Emergency Medicine bacteria, surface contamination, cleaning, emergency
Effects of interval interference on declarative memory. Matthew Tucker Neuroscience Sleep
Retention of Medical Knowledge across the First Year of Medical School. Matthew Tucker Neuroscience Medical Students
Training Surgeons: The Trend Towards Integrated Programs Brian Boland Surgery Integrated surgery residency, general surgery residency
The Impact of Commuting Distance Irfan Asif Family Medicine distance
Marital and Parental Status, Exercise, and Cardiac Biomarkers. Irfan Asif Family Medicine marriage
Socioeconomic status, zip code, and bystander CPR impact on cardiac arrest outcome within Greenville County SC John Cull Emergency Medicine Cardiac arrest, CPR outcome, socioeconomic status, zip code, Greenville
Accurate Diagnosis of B Cell ALL Mutations Using Karyotyping and Fluorescence In-Situ Hybridization (FISH) in Adolescent/Young Adult and Adult Populations Christine Schammel Pathology B-ALL, cytogenetics, FISH, AYA
Blastocoel Cell-Free DNA: A marker of embryonic quality William Roudebush Biomedical Sciences cfDNA, embryo, apoptosis
HPV Vaccination Rates in Greenville Health System ObGyn Center Postpartum Lauren Demosthenes OBGYN HPV Vaccination Rates in Greenville Health System ObGyn Center Postpartum
The Modern Need or Not for Tetanus Prophylaxis in Open Fractures in the United States Michael Sridhar Orthopaedics Tetanus, Open fracture, Orthopaedics, Orthopedic surgery
Self-perceptions on Fitness to Drive in Collegiate Athletes Following a Sport-related Concussion Andrew Albano Family Medicine Concussion, sports medicine
Telemedicine in Pediatric Urology Patrick Springhart Surgery Urology
Significant Impact of Body Mass Index on a Modified Sperm motility-Morphology Algorithm William Roudebush Surgery Fertility
CT Utilization Following Initial Trauma Bay Survey in Blunt Trauma Patients Meghann Kaiser Surgery CT Utilization Following Initial Trauma Bay Survey in Blunt Trauma Patients
Risk Factors for Failure of Valgus Impacted Femoral Neck Fractures in the Elderly After Internal Fixation John Adams Orthopaedics Valgus impacted hip fractures, elderly population, arthroplasty, cancellous screws, femur, fracture
Guided Growth Strategies in Pediatric Limb Deficiencies David Westberry Other limb deficiency, amputee, hemiepiphysiodesis, pediatric, genu valgus, genu varus
The relationship between leptin and insulin like factor 3 in preeclampsia. (working title) Lisa Green OBGYN The relationship between leptin and insulin like factor 3 in preeclampsia. Interaction between leptin and insulin like factor 3 in causing preeclampsia.

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