Columbia University Medical Center

P&S Students to Discuss Summer Research at New York Academy of Medicine Forum

Four P&S students were among 12 medical students who received grants and fellowships from the New York Academy of Medicine to support research conducted during the summer of 2014.

The awards were among more than $350,000 awarded to medical students, seasoned physicians, and investigators to support the advancement of health care studies.

The medical students will present their research at the 2014 Medical Student Forum on Sept. 4 at the New York Academic of Medicine. “NYAM is deeply committed to conducting and advancing evidence-based research to improve the public’s health, and we are pleased to support the critical research efforts of this year’s fellowship and student grant recipients,” says Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, NYAM president.

Li-Wei Chang’17 received a Glorney-Raisbeck Medical Student Grant in Cardiovascular Research for research titled “Developing an Algorithm for Classifying Tissue Types in Myocardial Images Obtained by Optical Coherence Tomography.” The Glorney-Raisbeck grants give stipends to students to pursue a research project seeking better understanding of the causes, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

Three P&S students received funds through the David E. Rogers Fellowship Program, which was established to enrich the educational experiences of medical and dental students through projects that bear on medicine and dentistry, contribute to the health of communities, and address the needs of underserved or disadvantaged patients or populations. Students received stipends to complete their research projects.

Amulya Iyer and Elizabeth Ackley in the Dominican Republic

Amulya Iyer and Elizabeth Ackley in the Dominican Republic

Elizabeth Ackley’17 and Amulya Iyer’17 received funds for their research in the Dominican Republic, “Sexual, Reproductive and Preventive Needs of Young Men in La Romana,” and Nicholas Hutchings’17 received a stipend for his research, “Identifying Risk Factors for Fragility Fractures among Elderly Armenians: Initiating Treatment and Prevention Strategies.”

The New York Academy of Medicine has addressed health challenges facing the world’s urban populations since 1847, taking interdisciplinary approaches to policy leadership, innovative research, evaluation, education, and community engagement.