Research Thesis Project

The thesis project is a hypothesis-driven proposal in a topic relevant to the practice of clinical or behavioral medicine and/or health policy.  School of Medicine faculty mentors each student during the construction of the project while a private writing tutor (http://www.yale.edu/bass/) aids to improve the scientific writing acumen.  Students also consult with fellows of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program regarding their project methodology.  Highly motivated students have had their theses funded and published.  Theses are evaluated by members of the Thesis Committee and the students with the highest scores are invited to present at the Honors Thesis presentation at the end of the clinical phase of the program.  The following theses were presented in 2009:

  • Vitamin D as an Adjunctive Therapy for Chronic Back Pain in Vitamin D Insufficient Elderly Women, Sarah Bailey, PA-S II
  • Ethinyl Estradiol Dosage, High Body Mass Index, and Combined Oral Contraceptive Efficacy, Dominique Caruso, PA-S II
  • Birth Outcomes among Low Risk Pregnancies Receiving Care from Low-vs High Intervention Providers, Thea Cogan-Drew, PA-S II 
  • Micronutrient Supplements and Antiretroviral Therapy Effectiveness in South Africa, Megan Dieterich, PA-S II
  • Self Management and Physical Therapy for Patellofemoral Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Danielle Harris, PA-S II
  • Advance Care Planning in Early Dementia: Promoting Discussion between Patient & Caregiver, Susanne Kenagy, PA-S II
  • Effect of Zinc Supplementation on Tumor Necrosis Factor Alpha in Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation, Katherine Kunstel, PA-S II
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma vs. Platelet-Derived Growth Factor in the Treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulceration, Kathleen Lacci, PA-S II
  • Imiquimod versus Photodynamic Therapy: Efficacy and Tolerability as Treatment for Actinic Keratoses, Geoffrey Streeter, PA-S II