Update from Our Summer Scholar, Rebekah Russell
The Foundation is receiving updates from our 2022 Summer Scholars recipients regarding their progress, their internship experiences, and reflections on what is next in their medical career journey.
Tell us about your summer research program. What are you working on?
I have been very busy during my summer research program. My first project has been conducting research at University Hospital exploring socio-economic factors involved in preterm birth within Cuyahoga County. In addition, I have been working on other research projects focused on the relationship between environmental factors and maternal health, the health of transgender individuals, and race and ethnicity in medical education. Furthermore, I am working on a few community projects. One project involves working with Birthing Beautiful Communities, a nonprofit community of birthworkers, to improve health education. My second community project is working with East Mount Zion Baptist Church to hold a community Health Fair.
What impact has the OSMA Foundation Summer Scholars program and internship had on you and your research/career goals?
- I am grateful for the OSMA Foundation Summer Scholars program because it provides me an opportunity to focus on my various research interests and community service projects without the burden of having to find Summer employment. Also, I am excited to be connected to a large network of physicians within Ohio.
What’s next for your medical career journey?
I begin third-year clerkships very soon, and I am excited to enter this new phase of my medical school journey. I hope to learn more about what it takes to provide direct patient care and learn from all of the physicians and fellow students I will meet along the way.