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Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program Student News/Profiles

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Students Present Research at the National Reproductive Health Conference

Saint Christopher's Hospital for Children, Division of Adolescent Medicine, via The Teen and Young Adult program, awarded travel scholarships to Interdisciplinary Health Science program students Sherice Simpson and Ijeoma Unachukwu. Sherice and Ijeoma presented three posters at the National Reproductive Health Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 15-18, 2018. Interdisciplinary Health Science program student Jhoneil Cooper also contributed to the research presented. Mentoring and scholarship support from Dr. Enitan Adegite, MD, and colleagues at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, to Interdisciplinary Health Science program graduate students opened excellent opportunities for professional development and research on best practices in providing reproductive healthcare to our community.

The poster titles, and contributing authors, were:

  • "Continuing the journey: Supporting Nexplanon adherence among adolescents" - Haley Breslin-Foulkrod, MPH; Darnielle A. Williams, MSHEd; Ijeoma Unachukwu, BS; Kimberly Neidig, MD; Latanya Deeb, BA; Lydia White; Nadja G. Peter, MD; Enitan Adegite, MD, MPH
  • "Pregnancy, STD & Contraception Rates in an Urban Clinic" - Sherice Simpson, MS; Katie Feehan, MPH; LaTanya Deeb, BA; Renee Turchi, MD, MPH; Darnielle Williams, MSHEd; Haley Breslin-Foulkrod, MPH; Enitan Adegite, MD, MPH
  • "Discovering Seasonal Trends in Teenage Pregnancy in an Adolescent Medicine Clinic" - Toyin Erinle, MD, MPH; Jhoneil Cooper, MPH; Simpson Sherice, MS; Darnielle A. Williams, MSHEd; Haley Breslin-Foulkrod, MPH; LaTanya Deeb, BA; Katie Feehan, MPH; Renee Turchi, MD, MPH; Enitan Adegite, MD, MPH

Frederick Okoye III, Drexel Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Program Alum

Frederick Okoye III

"My experience was very positive at Drexel. The faculty was really supportive and I had a really good relationship with Dr. Gaurnier-Hausser, my professors, and most of the graduate school. I’m grateful for the confidence they instilled in me."

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Drexel Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program Rising Star Rody Alexis

Rody Alexis, IHS "Rising Star" Spring 2018

"What I really like about the Interdepartmental Health Sciences program is that it promotes this type of collaboration. Interdepartmental Health Sciences accepts students with different career interests and backgrounds, and allows them to work together."

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Drexel Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program Rising Star Alaina Turchi.

Alaina Turchi, IHS "Rising Star" Fall 2017

"The Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program has helped me so much and not only improved my scientific knowledge but exposed me to the field of medicine as a whole. There are so many people willing to help you succeed here, that it’s a disadvantage if you do not use them, whether it be Dr. Anita Gaurnier-Hausser and Matt Sanuck, or the professors of specific classes."

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Golden Dragon Awards

On March 16, 2017, the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program presented its Golden Dragon Awards, which recognize the multifarious accomplishments of first- and second-year IHS students who excel in their academic, research, and interpersonal skills. The Golden Dragon Awards also thank IHS students for their positive contributions to the program.

This year's awardees included:

  • David Dugue, IHS Rising Star (Fall 2016)
  • Melissa Urquhart, IHS Rising Star (Spring 2017)
  • John Spikes, IHS Spirit Award (1st year)
  • Tyler Wilkinson, IHS Spirit Award (2nd year)
  • Hana Kebede, Hustle Award (1st year)
  • Victoria McIlrath, Hustle Award (2nd year)
  • Ijeoma Unachukwu, Heart of IHS Award (1st year)
  • Ahlivia Mattocks, Heart of IHS Award (2nd year)
  • Abigail Haba, Strongest Starter Award
  • Rody Alexis, Cheer ‘Em On Award (1st year)
  • Gifty Barfi, Cheer ‘Em On Award (2nd Year)
  • Victoria Barnes, Leader of the Pack Award (1st year)
  • Ekta Panjrolia, Leader of the Pack (2nd year)
  • Ronnie Shade, Best Student Mentor
  • Antoinette Bell, Outstanding Teaching Assistant
  • Gardith Edouard, Research Project Award

2017 Golden Dragon Awards

Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program student Antoinette Bell

Antoinette Bell

"The professors were the best part of the IHS program. They were very supportive, and I could tell they genuinely cared about our future. They weren’t just there to teach us and go home. They asked questions about our goals, and they helped guide us toward reaching our aspirations."

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Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program student Melissa Urquhart, IHS Rising Star, Spring 2017

Melissa Urquhart, IHS "Rising Star" Spring 2017

"The IHS program gave me the opportunity and flexibility to take classes that I am interested in and provided me the chance to figure out what I truly want to do. It gave me the ability to shadow more people in different fields and offered me more experiences. I was able to shadow a neuropsychologist and a neurologist at Drexel and a neurologist at Jefferson Hospital. My experiences in the program led me to make the final decision to pursue medicine. This program has helped build my confidence with my success in graduate level classes. This success helped me realize that I can go to medical school and perform well in those classes."

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Drexel University College of Medicine, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program student Michael Cruz.

Michael Cruz

"There’s a lot of collaboration here, and that’s kind of amazing when you consider that it’s a graduate school in a big city. You’re not all living in the same area and you’re not all on the same schedule, but as we settled in, it was a very collaborative environment. There’s a great sense of community in the program and that was great because in the health care profession you’re rarely, if ever, working on your own; you have to work with people in teams, so it was helpful to learn the curriculum that way. There is also a new mentorship program that was started by classmates of mine. This program has also helped strengthen the collaboration and facilitated the transition into our program. First-year students can sign up by providing their name, phone number and academic/career interests with the goal of being paired with a second-year student."

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David Dugue, IHS Rising Star, Fall 2016

David Dugue, IHS "Rising Star" Fall 2016

"My mom was a single mom who was always working, so I did not see her much growing up. My aunt helped take care of me and she was sick with multiple sclerosis. I always wanted to make her better, but had no way to do so. My aunt and her disease sparked my first interest in medicine. In addition, my mother, aunt and godmother are all nurses so I grew up with a lot of exposure to the health care field."

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Robert Charles Barton II

Robert Charles Barton II

"I always knew I wanted a career that married my passion for helping people and challenged my analytical skill. Toward the end of high school, I started making a list of careers that would allow me to do that, but I always went back to medicine. After I arrived at Drexel, I shadowed doctors in different specialties and that reinforced my decision to pursue a career as a physician."

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Graduate students in a Interdisciplinary Health Sciences lecture at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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