Akron Children’s welcomes summer scholars


Twelve students will be working at Akron Children’s Hospital this summer as part of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program.

The students – college sophomores or juniors who are interested in careers in medical-related fields – will conduct research projects mentored by physicians, surgeons, clinical pharmacologists and others. Students also attend weekly educational classes covering biomedical research fundamentals.

This year’s students will work on projects, such as identifying access barriers to dental care for children living in refugee communities, studying preoperative fears in pediatric orthopedic patients, and implementing new infection control guidelines in the hospital’s cystic fibrosis center.

The 2012 summer scholars are:

Akron Children’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars Program began in 2006. To date, 55 students have been involved in the program and several of these students’ investigations have culminated with an abstract poster, an oral presentation at a national conference or publication in a scientific journal.

At the conclusion of the program, the students present their findings to medical staff members, researchers and peers.

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