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DeJarra Johnson, a third-year medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently presented her research on cross-cultural care preparedness at the second Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress in Miami.
Johnson was one of 20 medical students around the country selected to participate in a summer research trainee program through Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital. During the program, she completed a research project on cross-cultural care preparedness, which looks at how patient-physician socio-cultural differences influence communication, decision-making and clinical outcomes. Johnson said she chose to focus on this topic because of the health disparities documented in the field of movement disorders.
“This experience has made me so excited for the future of clinical medicine," she said. "Attending conferences is a way to learn from others on the best ways to care for patients."
After presenting her original research, Johnson was asked to present at the annual congress held by The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society. Over 600 medical professionals and physicians attended the annual event to learn about the latest research on movement disorders.
"How we provide quality patient care is always changing," Johnson said. "Having the opportunity to be a part of the change involving patient care is a priceless experience."
Johnson recommends all medical students to become involved in at least one research opportunity and to attend a conference, regardless of field of interest.
Learn more about the Summer Research Trainee Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Learn more about The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
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