Yale University-Mayo Clinic CERSI

2019-2020 CERSI Scholars

Yale University

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James Johnston

Doctorate of Medicine Candidate (2022), Yale School of Medicine
Project Title: How Health Canada and the FDA Regulate Moderate to High Risk Medical Devices: A Comparative Study

James Johnston is a medical student at Yale School of Medicine. His research interests include health policy and how it relates to patient outcomes. Currently, he is focusing on projects regarding the regulation of medical devices. His CERSI Scholars project is a comparison between the Canadian and American regulatory systems for medical devices. He first became interested in medical device regulation after doing statistical and coding work for a device start up during his gap year and hopes to incorporate regulatory science research into his future practice.

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Jeremy Puthumana

Doctorate of Medicine Candidate (2020), Yale School of Medicine
Project Title: Comparison of Expedited Development Programs Across Four Regulatory Agencies

Jeremy is a medical student at the Yale School of Medicine. He is interested in the impact of the US Food and Drug Administration and its policies on clinical care. In particular, he is interested in special regulatory pathways to expedite the development and approval of promising new therapies. He has previously conducted studies evaluating the FDA's compassionate use program as well as the Breakthrough Therapy Designation.

Mayo Clinic

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Tyler Benning

Doctorate of Medicine Candidate (2022), Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Project Title: Effects of Pediatric Pharmaceutical Legislation on Drug Prescribing Patterns

Tyler Benning is a medical student at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine, and he is pursuing a joint degree in the Science of Health Care Delivery. He is interested in the intersections among law, medicine, and politics, as well as in the ways that academic research affects health policy. Tyler is currently studying federal legislation which encourages greater enrollment of children in clinical trials. His project seeks to describe the effects of this legislation on pediatric pharmaceutical prescribing patterns and to assess whether federal policies have been effective in promoting evidence-based prescribing in pediatrics. In the future, Tyler hopes to practice in pediatrics and to study the specific challenges of pediatric health care delivery.

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Thulasee (Tulsi) Jose, MD

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology and Preoperative Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Project Title: Assessment of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Device Use in Electronic Medical Records

Dr. Jose is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow training with Dr. David O. Warner at Mayo Clinic and investigating tobacco use interventions during the perioperative period. Dr. Jose is also training to be a physician builder on EHR-Epic and collaborates with the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center on the NCI Moonshot Initiative Grant to implement comprehensive tobacco control among oncology patients at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. Her current research is focused on developing patient registries within EHR-Epic and optimizing patient-generated EHR data to improve tobacco use (including electronic nicotine delivery devices) assessments in EHR. After her fellowship, Dr. Jose plans to pursue a clinical residency training in Anesthesiology and become a clinician scientist, working on clinical and translational science research to enhance tobacco cessation treatment reach and effectiveness among clinical cohorts.

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Cambray Smith, BS

Post-Baccalaureate Research Assistant, Biomedical Ethics Research Program, Mayo Clinic
Project Title: Exploring Oncologists’ Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding FDA’s Expanded Access Program and Right to Try

Cambray Smith has worked as a research assistant in biomedical ethics since graduating from NC State University in 2018. Her primary projects surround the ethics of regenerative medicine, specifically focusing on the unproven stem cell therapy marketplace and appropriate translation of biomedical advances. Previously, she has worked on studies in anthropology, epidemiology, nutrition, and immunology, covering a wide variety of topics including religion and health beliefs, HPV vaccination, and maternal and infant nutrition. She is pursuing a career in academic medicine, with plans to focus her research on ethical, policy, and regulatory concerns that impact public health.

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Kirk D. Wyatt, MD

Clinical Fellow, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Mayo Clinic
Master of Advanced Study Candidate (2020), Health Informatics, Arizona State University
Project Title: Clinical Evaluation of Apple Watch Abnormal Heart Rate and Rhythm Alerts

Dr. Wyatt is a third-year clinical fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Mayo Clinic. He is also completing a Master’s degree in Health Informatics at Arizona State University. His primary research interest is clinical informatics, including patient- and provider-facing health information technology. Research aims include studying the safety and effectiveness of end-user health information technology applications. His CERSI Scholars project aims to study the costs associated with false-positive abnormal pulse alerts from a smartwatch.