38 Works

Fostering Conversations: Supporting First-Generation/Low-Income Students in Medicine

Haley Meade, Lydia Prokosch & Stephany Vittitow
The First-Generation/Low-Income Students in Medicine organization was founded in November 2020, after a small group of students recognized a lack of support and representation for first generation and low-income students at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In the past year, we have organized various events for medical students, residents, and faculty to support their well-being and create spaces for participants to share about their identities. We would like to highlight the wide spectrum...

Art, Health Disparities, and Medical Education

Lydia Prokosch
Historical and contemporary artists have used visual representations to lead, and contribute to, dialogue on healthcare disparities. As a first-year medical student, I created paintings of the historical segregated hospital wards at UVA and of the Fifeville neighborhood adjacent to UVA hospital in partnership with the UVA Center for Health Humanities and Ethics. Since then, I have worked with UVA faculty to study paintings, photographs, and murals that depict a variety of topics related to...

Hair Loss in Women of Color Toolkit: A step toward closing the gap

Landon Hobbs
Hair loss is a primary reason for women of color to seek dermatologic care. In addition to physical disfigurement, patients with hair loss are more likely to report feelings of depression, anxiety, and low self- esteem. There exists a critical gap in advocacy efforts and educational information intended for this demographic. We investigated the American Academy of Dermatology resources and advocacy efforts and found that none of the six main public programs (https://www.aad.org/public/public-health) nor any...

Multidisciplinary Course on Medical Care for LGBTQ+ patients

Dana Redick
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) -identified patients comprise a large proportion of the overall patient population: 4.5% in the United States (1). Patients who identify as LGBTQ+ often face unique health risks, requiring an individualized approach to cancer screenings, infectious disease screenings, and vaccinations. LGBTQ+ patients are also more likely to have mental health needs, due to the significant minority stress they experience. Discrimination by healthcare providers and lack of provider knowledge about...

Perspectives on Creating an Inclusive Clinical Environment for Sexual and Gender Minority Patients and Providers

Jasraj Raghuwanshi
Background: Sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) face discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). This discrimination permeates healthcare and hinders SGM patients and providers. Objectives: The aim is to determine if discrimination against SGM providers is present in hospice and palliative care (HPC). An auxiliary goal is to determine how to improve HPC for SGM patients. The ultimate goal is to create an inclusive environment for patients and providers. Methods: A convenience...

Compounding Inequity: Structural Racism, Allostatic load, and Implications for Behavior Change

Dawson Brown
The impact of modifiable health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, etc.) on downstream health disparities has become a subject of magnified interest amongst researchers, practitioners, and policymakers alike. This interest stems from the significant impact that modifiable health behaviors have on the total burden of disease in the United States, with almost 40% of deaths each year attributed to these behaviors. This burden of harmful health behaviors disproportionately impacts Black Americans - as...

Differences in treatment and outcomes among racial and highest-attained education level in Peripheral Arterial Disease patients in an imaging study performed at UVA

Helen Sporkin
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a prevalent atherosclerotic disease characterized by atherosclerotic lesions in the limbs. Patients with PAD have been shown to have a delayed phosphocreatine recovery due to chronic ischemia. Patients with PAD may be candidates for revascularization, but outcomes are variable. CrCEST allows for creatine concentrations to be monitored at high spatial resolution, while ASL quantifies perfusion into tissue. We use this combination to assess revascularization in patients undergoing both endovascular and...

Working with the Monticello Area Community Action Agency to reduce disparities in central Virginia

Ani Chandrabhatla
Introduction: The Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of low-income individuals throughout central Virginia. Intervention: As part of the School of Medicine’s “Social Issues in Medicine” curriculum, we engaged in three initiatives to improve MACAA’s operations. First, we completed an asset mapping project to update MACAA’s database of local organizations’ capabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, we conducted resource analyses to quantify the areas in which...

Remote Social Determinant of Health Screening for University Medical Associate Patients

Zuhayr Shaikh
University Medical Associates (UMA) is one of the largest clinics at UVA with 13,000 established patients. The medical group sees over 150 patients per day and over 35,000 visits per year and serves a diverse patient population that experiences many social determinants of health (SDOH). Social determinants of health are nonmedical factors like housing and food insecurity, cell/internet access, access to transportation, feelings of loneliness, and health literacy, that can significantly impact medical outcomes. Despite...

Transgender Community Beauty Event in Charlottesville

Laura Fuhr & Krishna Patel
The estimated transgender population of Virginia is 34,500 (0.55% of the state population). As an academic health center, UVA Health serves a large proportion of transgender patients from Central Virginia. According to recent statistics, approximately 800 transgender patients are served through gender-affirming care clinics at UVA. However, transgender Virginians continue to experience widespread discrimination in both healthcare and daily life. Given UVA Health’s widespread reach in providing gender-inclusive care across Central Virginia, there remains an...

How to Re-Tool Librarians for Data Curation

Andrew Sallans & Sherry Lake
The University of Virginia Library has begun a process of “re-tooling” subject librarians to meet emerging demands of scientific data management. In leading this new initiative, the Scientific Data Consulting Group (SciDaC) focuses on two main activities: 1) “Data Curation Brown Bag” discussions, and 2) data interviews. Through this process, we hope to gradually help traditional subject librarians develop literacy in issues surrounding scientific data management. Each brown bag session focuses on a very specific...

Scholarship without Publication: The Case of the Mayan Epigraphic Database Project

Rafael Alvarado

Responsible Research and Innovation in the Classroom: A workshop report

Beverley Gibbs, Rider Foley & Paul Martin
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) recently gained traction in science, engineering and technology (SET) policy in the European Union and United Kingdom and is currently an important initiative for both researchers and educators to consider as they pursue public funds. While attention is often paid to the implications of RRI in the research arena, fewer conversations have explored how this SET policy affects educational and curricular efforts within research-intensive universities. This workshop was an opportunity...

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