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FEATURED STORY: Emily Maxson, 2009-2010 CRTP Fellow   

Unique CRTP Project Leads to New Initiative

Emily Maxson, a 2009-2010 CRTP Fellow

Over 14 years, the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) has provided year-out clinical research training to 310 medical and dental students.

One of the stars of the 2009-2010 CRTP class is Emily Maxson, who joined the CRTP after her second year at the Duke School of Medicine. As a CRTP fellow, Emily focused on health policy research, specifically in the area of health information technology (IT). She was part of a team that developed and launched the $235 million Beacon Community Program. This program provides funding to selected communities to build and strengthen their health IT infrastructure. Emily found her passion for health IT while working for Dr. Farzad Mostashari at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There they launched the Primary Care Information Project, an initiative to equip primary care providers in New York City's medically underserved and disadvantaged communities with prevention-oriented electronic health records.

Because one of the great benefits of the CRTP is the option to pursue research interests both within and beyond the NIH, Emily had the opportunity to work a second time with her former mentor, Dr. Mostashari on the national health IT agenda. So, unique to most of her CRTP colleagues, Emily was exposed to cutting-edge bioinformatics research at the National Library of Medicine, as well as translating her research to policy and program development at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology under the mentorship of Dr. Clement McDonald.

During her year in the CRTP, Emily and one of her mentors published an article in The New Physician regarding need for physicians to embrace health IT and its transformational benefits. She was also honored with a Special Act Award for her service. Shortly after completing her CRTP fellowship she published three first-author manuscripts. Emily also returned to Washington, DC in November 2010 to present a poster on her research at the American Medical Informatics Association’s National Symposium.

Reflecting on her year at NIH, Emily commented, "The breadth and depth of my classmates' research humbled and inspired me. The presentations highlighted the fact that medical students can come to the NIH and pursue their passions, whatever they may be, from investigating conditioning regimens for bone marrow transplants to considering community preferences for interventions targeting social determinants of health."

MORE SUCCESSFUL CRTP FELLOWS:

Carter Monique Owen

Carter Monique Owen

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
4th Year Medical Student
Medical College of Georgia
B.S. - Biology; B.A. - French, University of Georgia
Hometown: Augusta, GA

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Edward Vazquez

Edward Vazquez

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
4th Year Medical Student
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
B.A. - Economics, Tufts
Hometown: Sparta, NJ

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Camille

Camile Puronen

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
4th Year Medical Student
Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
B.S. - Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S. - Major: Biology; Minor: Chemistry, University of New Mexico
Hometown: St. Louis, MO

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Tom Sanford

Thomas H. Sanford

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Cancer Institute
4th Year Medical Student
John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii
B.A. - Psychology, Dartmouth College
Hometown: Kamuela, HI

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Angela A. Chang, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Resident, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery program, University of California, San Diego Medical Center
M.D., David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
B.A.-Music, B.S.-Physiological Science, University of California, Los Angeles
Hometown: Brea, CA

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Brieanne V. Midura, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Resident, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Boston and Boston Medical Center
M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
B.S.- Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Sweet Briar College
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK

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Cesar M. Castro, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Clinical Fellow, Oncology, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
Resident, Internal Medicine, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
M.D., University of California, San Francisco
M.S.-Health and Medical Sciences, University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health
B.A.-Psychology, University of California-Berkeley
Hometown: New York City, NY

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Erica D. Taylor, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Resident, Orthopedic Surgery, University of Virginia
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine
B.S.-Major Engineering Science, - Minor Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia
Hometown: Reston, VA

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Gerhard S. Mundinger, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Resident, Plastic Surgery, Johns Hopkins University
B.S. Biology (University of Michigan)
B.S. Environmental Policy (University of Michigan)
B.S. Ecology and Natural Resource Management (University of Michigan)
Hometown: Madison, Mississippi

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Margaret F. Lippincott, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Cardiology Branch
Resident, Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
B.A. Biology and Economics (Swarthmore College)
Hometown: Wellesley, Massachusetts

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Eunice H. Rhee, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Cancer Institute / Pediatric Oncology Branch
Resident, Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus
M.D., UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
B.S.-Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Hometown: Tenafly, NJ

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Jason A. Clark, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Transitional Year-Albert Einstein Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA)
Resident, Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine/Emory Hospital
M.D., Duke University School of Medicine
B.A.-Psychology, Emory University
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Omair Yousuf, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Resident, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Hospital
M.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
B.A.-Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Hometown: Fresh Meadows, New York

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Tara Rao, M.D.

Clinical Research Training Program Fellow
National Cancer Institute
Preliminary Year-Internal Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center (New York)
Resident, Dermatology, University of Texas Southwestern (Dallas)
M.D., New York University School of Medicine
B.S.-Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland

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