Infectious Diseases’ Medical Students Win Recognition for Research Projects

Two medical students working with UNMC ID Division faculty were recognized by the Department of Internal Medicine for excellence and will receive the 2017 Medical Student Research Award at Grand Rounds on June 2.

Jordan Broekhuis, a fourth year student working with Dr. Sara Bares in the HIV Enhanced Medical Education Track (EMET), conducted a survey of pharmacists in Nebraska and Iowa and found that although many respondents had limited knowledge and experience with HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), most indicated a willingness to provide PrEP after additional training.  The results of the study were presented in Seattle at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI).

Logan Jones, a fourth year medical student working with Dr. Mark Rupp, conducted a study examining blood culture practices at Nebraska Medicine.  In a retrospective review using a conditional hierarchical linear model, Logan noted that blood cultures obtained through a central venous catheter contained a significantly greater volume of blood than cultures obtained via peripheral venipuncture.  This observation has clinically significant implications regarding the diagnostic yield of blood cultures and the accuracy of the differential time to positivity assessment.  Logan presented his findings at the annual ID Week meeting in New Orleans in October 2016.

Jordan Broekhuis will start Surgery Residency training in July at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, and Logan Jones will enter Internal Medicine residency training at the University Health Science Center in Portland, OR.

Congratulations to Jordan Broekhuis and Logan Jones!


-Content courtesy of Dr. Mark Rupp

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