MedStar Health Teaching and Research Scholars Capstone

The first virtual MedStar Health Teaching and Research Scholars Capstone program was held on Thursday, May 20th to celebrate education, innovation, and scholarship from our Teaching & Research Scholars. This event culminates the two years of research done by the scholars while in either program. It was also chance to view the works in progress of the scholars who have completed their 1st year. 

The evening started with an open poster session to view the research of our graduating Teaching and Research Scholars as well as those in their first year. Following this, the formal presentations began with opening remarks from our very own Dr. Stephen Evans, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.   

Next, we had our Teaching Scholars and Research Scholars presentations.

Research Scholar, Heather Hartman-Hall, PhD, is a clinical psychologist on the MedStar Health Internal Medicine (MHIM) faculty as well as a behavioral health consultant in the Primary Care Center at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. As an assistant professor of Clinical Medicine in the Georgetown University School of Medicine, she teaches didactics and mentors research projects on well-being and behavioral health topics. Heather presented "We don’t really talk about it: Role Modeling and Coping with Patient Deaths in the ICU" (see poster).  The purpose of this study is to better understand what attendings are intending to teach and what residents perceive they are learning about how to cope with death. The primary findings identified gaps in role modeling about coping with patient deaths in the intensive care unit, creating an informal curriculum that may leave residents unprepared to cope. Also, team briefings after a difficult patient death could bridge these gaps.  Next steps include piloting team debriefings after patient deaths in the intensive care unit to clarify the best methods and address potential barriers.

Teaching Scholar, Pashna N. Munshi, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University and is the associate director of the MedStar Georgetown Stem Cell Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH). Her clinical and research interests focus on management of cellular immunotherapy toxicities focused in improvements in patient and caregiver health-related quality of life.  Pashna presented, "We’re in This Together: Self-Preparedness, Caregiver Burden, and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Patient/Caregiver Dyads in the Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Setting" (see poster). The purpose of this study is to examine health-related quality of life trajectory in patient/primary caregiver to explore associations between patient and primary caregiver perceptions of preparedness and health-related quality of life domains (anxiety, depression, fatigue, sleep, physical functioning and pain) using validated tools. The primary findings indicate that poor caregiver preparedness post-transplant negatively affects patient and caregiver health related quality of life 3 months post-transplant. Also, high caregiver burden 3 months post-transplant negatively affects patient sleep and physical functioning at 3 months post-transplant. Next steps for further research are to identify interventions targeted towards improving health-related quality of life for patients/primary caregivers and decreasing primary caregiver burden.

The evening concluded with closing remarks by Aviad Haramati, PhD, Professor of Integrative Physiology in the Departments of Biochemistry, Molecular & Cellular Biology and Medicine (Nephrology), Founding Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE), and co-director of the Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Program at Georgetown University Medical Center. 

If you were unable to attend, you can view the capstone booklet here and the recording here.

The scholars’ posters and alumni accomplishments can still be viewed our webpage.

Congratulations to all of our Teaching and Research Scholars for their achievement!