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  • January 18, 2022

    By MedStar Team

    Structural racism is one of the most pressing issues facing healthcare today.  Unfortunately, academic medicine historically exacerbating the exploitation of vulnerable communities to achieve educational and research goals, especially in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. For example, many traditional research practices among marginalized communities highlight and, in most cases, magnify inequities in care. These can include:   

    • Community members are under informed about research methods and strategies. 

    • Researchers prioritize extraction of information from communities rather than community ownership of information.

    • Researchers accrue funding, prestige, and publications (in which academics’ voices predominate over the narrative perspective of community members) without similar accrual to participating communities.  

    • Researchers’ understanding of questions to be answered may lack cultural context because of their incomplete comprehension of community conditions.  

    The relationship between research institutions and many BIPOC communities is estranged and needs mending to dismantle racial disparities and inequitable research practices. As the area’s largest healthcare provider, MedStar Health is committed to do the work needed to address these issues in everything we do in order to advance health equity for everyone we serve.

    “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    (March 25, 1966 speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights)

     

    Advancing Health Equity in Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Research

    MedStar Health investigators Arrealia Gavins, Celene E. Domitrovich, Christina Morris, Jessica X. Ouyang, and Matthew G. Biel recently published research emphasizing the need to co-learn and to co-develop research with community members themselves to prioritize benefits for both participants and researchers. “Advancing Antiracism in Community-Based Research Practices in Early Childhood and Family Mental Health” was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. This work was done through the Early Childhood Innovation Network (ECIN),  a community-based partnership between two academic medical centers (MedStar Georgetown University Hospital & Children’s National Health System) and several community-based organizations in Washington, DC that strives to provide support to families through caregiver and child mental health services, family peer support, child social and emotional learning, initiatives to address social determinants of physical and mental health for families, and place-based support to families within select communities.  

    In this study, researchers found that to begin to undo the inherent inequities within academic medical research, particularly in studies involving children and caregivers, investigators need to consider how best to build equitable, long-term partnerships with communities through Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) or more specifically, Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR). CBPR offers an alternative to traditional non-participatory research with a collaborative, strengths-based orientation that equitably involves researchers, community members and other stakeholders in all phases of research while embracing their unique expertise. 

    Recently documented increasing rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide in BIPOC youth, compounded by the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on BIPOC communities, has heightened the urgency for progress in community-based research.

    The research team started to utilize CBPR practices to advance antiracism in their clinical research work in child and family health along with working with BIPOC communities. This approach to integrate CBPR practices into the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based interventions seeks to support early childhood mental health in primarily Black communities in Washington, DC. 

    Making an Impact: Insights & Lessons Learned from CBPR

    Through this work of the EICN, the research team found five valuable lessons from applying CBRP principles to research collaborations in community settings. 

    Intervention Practices

    Lessons Learned and Applied

    ECIN launched a group-based mindfulness parenting program to explore how to support the emotional health of parents at a Head Start early education center with the intention to reduce caregiver stress and enhance caregiver-child relationships.

     

    Lesson 1: Invest the time to build trusting relationships

    Providers set up several discussion groups with community partners and medical center-based researchers to review proposed assessment tools to be used with children and families receiving psychotherapy services.

    Lesson 2: Involve community partners in the development of the intervention theory of change and measurement strategy

     

    Clinical staff organized peer specialists to provide support to families with young children through 3 evidence-based strategies: enhancing parents’ knowledge about caregiving with young children;optimizingparent use of existing resources; and increasing parents’ access to social supports.

     

    Lesson 3: Create interventions in partnership with community members

    Clinical staff providedearly childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) in preschool classrooms to enhance educators’capacitiesto support early childhood development and to recognize early signs of mental health concerns

    Lesson 4: Interpret findings in partnership with community members

    ECIN membersparticipatedin formal antiracism training with external experts to incorporate antiracism principles into ECIN’s operations and into the culture of the Network. ECIN formed a Racial Equity Community of Practice (RECOP), that supports 8 intervention teams in developing practices that advance racial equity goals.

    Lesson 5: Embed an antiracism focus in research structures and processes

     

    The research team found this community-based approach to be helpful in conducting research that will have a long-lasting impact on not only the community, but also on members of the research team. During a time where BIPOC families are experiencing the effect of COVID-related deaths and grief, unemployment, housing instability, and police violence; researchers have an opportunity to be engaged in the community and work to eliminate racial inequities within academic medicine and research. 

    Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2021.06.018

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  • December 12, 2019

    By MedStar Health

    Tailgating can be one of the best parts of football season. However, between the plethora of concession stands around the stadium and the unhealthy foods your friends might bring to your tailgate, it can make it difficult to maintain healthy eating habits.

    With a little preparation ahead of time and focusing on quality ingredients, you can attend your next tailgate with healthy foods that won’t kill your diet. Read on for five healthy food ideas.

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    1. Salsa

    Salsa is a staple of tailgating season and with the right ingredients, you can enjoy it without ruining your diet. The good news: it can actually be low in calories. I recommend avoiding jarred salsas that are often filled with preservatives and salt, and make your own with fresh ingredients.

    Consider blending the following ingredients together for a good Tex-Mex style salsa that’s sure to please your tailgating friends:

    • 3 ripe tomatoes
    • Lime juice
    • 1 clove of garlic
    • ¼ cup of onions
    • ¼ cup of cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon of red pepper flakes

    Make sure to adjust the recipe above based on your taste, how many people you’re serving, and food allergies.

    2. Guacamole

    Guacamole is a great food to eat while tailgating, as it’s not messy and easy to use as a dip. What’s more, avocados—the key ingredient of guacamole—are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. A good, general recipe for guacamole consists of:

    • 4 avocados
    • 5 tablespoons of chopped cilantro
    • Juice of 2 limes
    • 2 diced Roma tomatoes
    • ½ cup of diced onion
    • 1 teaspoon of salt

    Blend these ingredients together and enjoy!

    3. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

    For those who prefer to go meatless or don’t like the taste of buffalo wings, this simple recipe is a nutritious and yummy spin on a traditional tailgate party staple. You can feel good about eating it, too, since cauliflower is rich in B vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber, which aids in digestion. You’ll need the following ingredients:

    • ½ cup water
    • ½ cup almond butter
    • ½ cup red hot sauce plus extra for tossing with cooked bites
    • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
    • 1 ½ Tablespoon granulated garlic
    • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into 1 inch florets ( makes about 6 cups)

    Preheat an oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine all the ingredients except the cauliflower in a large bowl and mix well. Add the cauliflower florets and toss to coat them well. Place the coated florets on a nonstick baking sheet in a single layer and bake for 25 minutes until golden brown. Toss them with extra red hot sauce, if desired, and enjoy!

    4. Hummus

    Like salsa and guacamole, hummus can be used as a healthy and tasty dip at your tailgate. Hummus is a terrific source of plant-based protein, about eight grams per serving, and other nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, iron, folate, and phosphorus.

    Furthermore, hummus helps fight inflammation, which is your body’s way of protecting itself from infection, illness, and injury. This is due to ingredients such as virgin olive oil, which contains oleocanthal, an antioxidant that is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties similar to common anti-inflammatory medicines.

    To make hummus, throw the following ingredients into a food processor (and then store it in a plastic bowl that you can bring with you to your tailgate):

    • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
    • ¼ of lemon juice
    • ¾ teaspoon of salt
    • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic
    • ¼ cup of tahini
    • 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

    5. Taco Bowls

    If you’re looking for a filling entree, taco bowls can be a great and relatively healthy option. Although ingredients can vary depending on your food preferences and food allergies, a good and popular recipe includes:

    • Ground beef or turkey
    • Tomatoes
    • Avocado
    • Lime
    • Salsa

    Taco bowls don’t take a lot of preparation, outside of preparing the meat. I recommend grilling the meat while at the tailgate so that it’s warm, or cooking it the night before, refrigerating it, and reheating it in a microwave at your tailgate. Make sure you don’t forget to bring plastic or paper bowls and spoons!

    Maintain your healthy eating habits when you’re tailgating. With a well-planned menu, you can be confident the only penalties that occur on game day are on the field—not with your diet.

    Want more advice from Dr. Theresa Stone? Click to schedule an appointment or watch the video below to learn about the Fresh & Savory Culinary Program.

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  • December 10, 2019

    By MedStar Health

    Millions of people experience ankle fractures (broken ankles) each year—but not all ankle fractures are the same. In fact, an ankle fracture can range from a small avulsion fragment, to a complex injury including several bones, and even a possible dislocation.

    Ankle fractures affect people of all ages, but common scenarios that lead to them include:

    • High energy injury, such as car or motorcycle accidents
    • Jumping on a trampoline
    • Playing sports
    • Falls from heights
    • Slipping on ice
    • Low energy injury, such as twisting injuries

    When you experience an ankle fracture, it could feel similar to an ankle sprain. In fact, sometimes you are even able to weight bear with limited discomfort.  A more serious ankle fracture often result in the inability to bear weight and can necessitate surgery. Let’s discuss key signs that you’ve broken an ankle, common treatment options, and ways you can decrease your risk of another ankle fracture.

    Signs You Broke Your Ankle

    A broken bone might sound like something that you’d be able to notice right away. However, an ankle fracture can sometimes feel the same as an ankle sprain, making it difficult to tell you have a fracture.

    Common symptoms of an ankle fracture include:

    • Bruising
    • Difficulty walking
    • Immediate and severe pain
    • Swelling
    • Tenderness
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    If you suspect you’ve broken your ankle, you should stay off it, use crutches if you can, and visit an urgent care center or emergency room. You will likely need an X-ray to confirm your injury. First-line treatment typically includes icing your ankle, as it helps reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. You also want to keep weight off your ankle until you visit a doctor to avoid further injury.

    Treatment for Ankle Fractures

    Treatment for ankle fractures can consist of wearing a boot brace to protect your ankle while it heals. In some cases, it’s very similar to treatment for a sprained ankle. In fact, I’ve seen some people recover from what they thought was an ankle sprain in six weeks only to later find out their injury was actually an ankle fracture.  Treatment in a boot brace is reserved for stable, non-displaced fractures or for those who surgical intervention may not be an option due to other concerns, such as medical comorbidities.

    More serious ankle fractures, such as when ankle bones are significantly displaced, the fracture pattern shows signs of instability, or the fracture has a history of difficulty healing may require surgery. During surgery, we will re-position your bones so that they line up correctly, and place plate and screws as needed into the fractured ankle to stabilize it.

    Recovery time following an ankle fracture varies depending on the type and severity of your injury. But in general, people typically start progressing weight bearing between four to 12 weeks, hopefully returning to their normal activities once fully healed.

    How to Help Prevent Fractures

    Bone health is vital when it comes to reducing your risk of experiencing a broken bone. You can strengthen your bones by consuming the proper amount of nutrients such as vitamin D and calcium. Our team of orthopaedic foot and ankle specialists at the MedStar Orthopaedic Institute can connect you with an endocrinologist, who can help determine your bone health and ways to improve it.

    If you suffer an ankle injury, it’s also important to receive care from doctors who specialize in orthopaedic foot and ankle care. Our team is made up of experts in the field of orthopaedics—completing extensive residency programs in orthopaedics and additional training in specialty areas related to the ankle and foot. We are also involved with all the latest research and technology, providing you with the best possible care.

    If you’ve suffered an injury to your ankle, schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to receive an accurate diagnosis and get on the road to recovery.

    Experiencing ankle pain and want to visit a specialist? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Wisbeck today.

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  • December 05, 2019

    By MedStar Health

    As a young student in his native South Korea, Yongwoo Kim, MD, dreamed of turning his fascination with science into a career as a researcher. When he reached high school, however, those aspirations were met with a disillusioning dose of reality.

    "It just seemed that all the findings and breakthroughs I read about had little immediate impact on everyday life,” Dr. Kim explains. “Medicine, on the other hand, offered the opportunity to directly help people, while also staying involved with research.”

    After receiving his medical degree from Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul, Dr. Kim came to Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia for an internship in internal medicine, and a residency in neurology. He went on to complete a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease at the Stroke Center and Department of Neurology at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

    “Of all our internal organs, the brain is the least revealed,” Dr. Kim says of his specialty. “While great strides have been made in neurology, there’s still a lot we don’t know about it.”

    Making a Difference in Stroke Care

    The opportunity to unlock some of those secrets through research, and apply his medical training to a broad range of challenging neurological cases attracted Dr. Kim to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where he now serves as an attending physician at the Comprehensive Stroke Center, and an associate investigator at the NIH Stroke Program. He is also an assistant professor of Neurology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and an adjunct assistant professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine.

    Dr. Kim’s research interests include bringing stroke treatment practices in line with current diagnostic technology tools, and identifying predictive markers that might help hospital emergency departments enhance their care of stroke patients. He also enjoys having a caseload that’s anything but routine.

    “I get to treat patients with complex conditions, and who really need help,” he says. “The opportunity to make a difference in their lives is beautiful.”

    Outside the Hospital

    Dr. Kim used to be heavily involved in kendo, a physical strenuous Japanese martial art that combines swordsmanship with the development of personal values. While he once practiced his techniques seven days a week, each life change—medical training, career responsibilities, marriage, children—has made free time increasingly rare, to the point where he considers his kendo on hold.

    “I guess the kids are my hobby for now,” he says.

  • November 29, 2019

    By MedStar Health

    When Linnea Pepper, MD, decided to become a physician, she knew she’d forever be associated with the famous soft drink. Having chosen geriatric medicine as a specialty, however, she quickly learned to embrace the advantages such a familiar name offered.

    "Introducing myself as, ‘Dr. Pepper, like the soda,’ is also a quick test of a patient’s cognition,” she explains. “If they don’t get the connection right away, it may be a sign that there are some cognitive issues I need to be aware of.”

    An attending physician in Geriatric Medicine at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Pepper also knows well how a bit of humor can go a long way in helping patients and families deal with the multiple, often emotionally charged challenges of aging. Growing up in Alabama, she helped care for her mother’s aging parents—one physically frail, and the other diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

    Why Geriatric Medicine?

    After graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Auburn University with degrees in Molecular Biology and French, Dr. Pepper enrolled at the University of Alabama School of Medicine, where the school’s geriatrics physicians provided “transformative experiences that sharpened my career path,” she says. It was then on to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for a residency in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine.

    Dr. Pepper came to the area earlier this year, when her husband, Jay Morris, MD, began a neonatology fellowship at Children’s National Hospital . While searching for the ideal place to apply for her training and personal commitment, Dr. Pepper discovered the nationally recognized MedStar House Call Program, which provides routine and specialty care to elders in their homes, as well as valuable access to a wide range of social and support services.

    "Everyone in the House Call program is truly passionate about caring for older adults who are often marginalized, and are often dealing with multiple chronic medical and cognitive issues,” Dr. Pepper says. “We’re almost like a family in ourselves, because we help and support each other.”

    The MedStar House Call Program helps reduce the cost of providing quality care, by eliminating situations that prevent unnecessary ER visits, hospitalization, or nursing home care. “Most elderly patients are simply happier to be at home, regardless of their condition,” Dr. Pepper adds. “Delivering medical care in the home can make a major difference in their overall well-being, and in their families’ ability to support them.”

    Outside the Hospital

    As newcomers to the area, Dr. Pepper and her husband are exploring the area’s many outdoor recreational jewels, such as Great Falls and Shenandoah National Park. Both Auburn graduates, they are also avid college football fans.

    “We’ve been pleasantly surprised to find so many other Auburn alumni in the area,” she says. “Though we’re hundreds of miles from Alabama, we feel right at home.”

  • November 27, 2019

    By MedStar Health

    Eating healthy is no easy feat for most people—especially during the holidays, when we have family gatherings and work events to attend. One way to combat the urge to eat unhealthy at these events is to bring your own healthy dish or two.

    Below are four tasty, easy-to-make recipe ideas to consider this holiday season. Keep in mind that a majority of these recipes are plant-based, accommodating a variety of popular diets that either reduce or eliminate your consumption of animal products.

    1. Whole-Wheat Berry Muffins

    Muffins are good for practically any occasion, especially breakfast. The problem is that many popular recipes call for too much sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. The following recipe, inspired by Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook, prioritizes whole foods, is relatively low in sugar, and only takes about one hour to make.

    • ⅔ cup unsweetened plant-based milk
    • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
    • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    • 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¾ teaspoon of salt
    • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
    • ½ cup pure maple syrup
    • 1½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 1 cup berries (Consider using wild blueberries if possible, as they’re smaller and make the muffin less soggy.)

    Before mixing all the ingredients together, heat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. To make the muffins, you’ll first want to create a milk mixture by mixing the milk, flaxseeds, and apple cider vinegar together. Add this mixture to another bowl that has the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt already mixed together. Next, stir the applesauce, maple syrup, and vanilla into the mixing bowl, and fold in the berries.

    Using a nonstick or silicone pan, fill each muffin cup about three-quarters full, and bake for 22 to 25 minutes. You can ensure the muffins are done by inserting a knife through the center of a muffin and checking that it comes out clean.

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    2. Rainbow Chard

    Rainbow chard, a green leafy vegetable, is among the most nutrient-dense foods. When you combine this with its delicious taste, it makes for a terrific side dish or main course. Use the following ingredients, inspired by Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets (A Cookbook), to make rainbow chard:

    • 2 pounds of chard, including half of the stems
    • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
    • 1 chopped onion
    • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
    • ½ cup of fresh breadcrumbs
    • 1 garlic clove, minced
    • 3 tablespoons of chopped dill or parsley
    • 1 tablespoon of flour
    • 1 cup of milk or cream
    • 1 cup of crumbled fresh goat cheese

    First, separate the chard leaves from the chard stems and wash them. Then, trim the edges off the stems, dice them into small pieces, and chop the leaves into thin pieces. Next, melt two tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium heat, add the onion and chard stems, and cook for about 20 minutes (or until the onions begin to brown). Add the chard leaves and one teaspoon of salt, and cook for about ten minutes (or until the chard is tender).

    Now, you’ll want to heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and oil a two-quart gratin dish. Melt half the remaining butter in a small skillet and add bread crumbs, garlic, and dill, and stir for about a minute. Then, scrape the crumbs into a bowl and return the pan to the heat. Melt the last tablespoon of butter, stir in the flour, and whisk in the milk. Simmer for about five minutes, season with ½ teaspoon of salt, add the chard mixture and cheese, and season with pepper.

    Finally, grab a serving dish, pour the mixture into it, and cover the rainbow chard with breadcrumbs. Bake it for about 25 minutes (or until heated through and golden on the surface).

    3. Vegan Pumpkin Bean Chili

    Chili is a holiday staple, making it a great dish to bring with you to any event. One way to make chili healthier and even more delicious is adding pumpkin and cilantro to it. Use the following ingredients for vegan pumpkin bean chili, inspired by Mark Reinfeld of the Doctor & The Chef:

    • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or water
    • 1 cup of diced onion
    • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
    • 8 ounces of finely chopped soy tempeh
    • One 15-ounce can of adzuki beans
    • One 14.5-ounce can of fire roasted tomatoes or 1½ cups of diced tomatoes
    • 1 cup of water or vegetable stock
    • 1 teaspoon of chile powder
    • ¼ teaspoon of chipotle chile powder
    • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin (optional)
    • ½ cup of pumpkin puree or 1 ½ cups of roasted and cubed pumpkin (See the last paragraph of this section on how to prepare.)
    • 2 tablespoons of freshly-squeezed lime juice
    • ½ teaspoon of sea salt (or to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon of wheat-free tamari (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons of minced cilantro

    Start by placing a medium-sized pot over medium heat. Add coconut oil and onion, and cook for three minutes, stirring often and adding small amounts of water to prevent sticking, if necessary. Then add the garlic and tempeh, and cook for three minutes.

    Add adzuki beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, chile powder, chipotle powder, and cumin, and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water, pumpkin, lime juice, salt, and tamari, stir, and cook for five minutes. Add cilantro, stir, and serve.

    To prepare the pumpkin, you can cook it in with the rest of your chili ingredients or roast it. To add it with the other ingredients, peel and chop the pumpkin into 1-inch cubes and add in with the tempeh and cook for an additional 20 minutes. To roast it, heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and slice the pumpkin into halves or quarters and remove the seeds. Place on a baking sheet with about a half-inch of water and roast for about 35 minutes, or until it’s just tender. Then allow the pumpkin to cool, scoop out the flesh, and cut into half-inch pieces to use in the chili.

    4. Vegan Coconut-Glazed Sweet Potatoes With Walnuts

    This vegan sweet potato recipe is loaded with nutrients and is sure to be a hit with your family, friends, or colleagues. I suggest using both garnet and purple sweet potatoes for appealing, vibrant colors. The recipe, inspired by Mark Reinfeld of the Doctor & The Chef, uses the following ingredients:

    • ½ cup of water
    • 2 large sweet potatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
    • ½ cup coconut milk
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
    • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix
    • Pinch of sea salt
    • ¼ cup of chopped walnuts

    To prepare these sweet potatoes, heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, place the water in a 9-inch-by-13-inch casserole dish, and add sweet potatoes (with the cut side on top). Cover the dish with aluminum foil, and bake for about 45 minutes (or until the sweet potatoes are just tender).

    Place the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, pumpkin spice mix, and salt in a small bowl and whisk. Poke holes in the sweet potatoes with a fork, pour the coconut milk mixture over the potatoes, and place them back in the oven for about ten minutes.

    Once you remove the sweet potatoes from the oven, place them on a serving dish, top with walnuts and any of the coconut milk mixture that’s left in the dish, and serve.

    Preparing healthy foods for holiday events is an important way to maintain your nutritious diet. Make sure to keep these recipes in mind during the holidays this year.

    Would you like to see a specialist about eating a more nutritious diet? Consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sonita Singh.

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  • November 26, 2019

    By MedStar Health

    The MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI) is offering a one-day orientation session on Thursday, January 23, focused on conducting research at MedStar Health. This orientation session is for both early-career investigators as well as experienced investigators who recently moved to MedStar who wish to learn more about the services and resources available for every stage of the research lifecycle.

    This 1-day orientation helps both experienced and early-career investigators learn to successfully conduct research within the MedStar system and access the research support services available from MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI). Topics include:

    • An overview of the core business and research support services available to you
    • Tips and tools for finding funding and research collaborators
    • Research informatics and statistical support
    • The IRB process
    • An overview of study contracting mechanisms and financial management procedures
    • Answers to the most frequently asked compliance questions
    • Best practices for effective proposal preparation and submission

    Thursday, January 23
    8:00am – 4:00pm
    MHRI Administrative Offices at University Town Center
    6525 Belcrest Road, Suite 700
    Hyattsville, MD 20782

    Please email Research@MedStar.net to RSVP.
    Note: breakfast and lunch will be provided.