Humanities Research Topics 4th Year Medical Students


Ben Nguyen, MSIII “Medical Student Mask-Making”

Laura Mourafetis, MSIV “Procedure Guide: Selected Surgical Techniques from the 14th and 16th Centuries”

Neema Pithia, MSIV “The Vital Importance of Diversity Education within the Medical School Curriculum”           


Janet Solis, MSIV “Intuitive Eating”

Neha Mitragotri, MSIV “Pet Therapy in the Specialty of Pediatrics.”   

Sarah Abedi, MSIV “The Role of Film in Medicine”      

Srikanth Krishnan, MSIV “The State of Empathy in Medicine and Medical Education”      



Lorianne Burns – Exploring Medical Student Poetry



Idris Leppla – Psychiatry before Antipsychotics: Representations in Literature

Sharwin Tafazoli – Burnout and the Needs of Medical Students



David Cheng – A Qualitative Investigation on Chronic Pain in a Geriatric Population

Nina Narasimhalu – Superimposing Shakespeare on Modern Medicine: How Physicians Continually Find Meaning and Inspiration in Their Work

Michelle Meshman – Homeless, Obese, Diabetic and Noncompliant: Ethical Issues in Dialysis



Matt Fradkin – The Melodies of the Maladies

Emily Hersh-Burdwick – Motivational Interviewing for Latino Patients with Diabetes



Jennifer Alloo – Narrative Medicine

Lauren Ross – Value, Dysmenorrhea and the Definition of Disease

Marco Angulo – Diversity in Medicine

Jonathan Kirsten – Success, Suffering, and Stigma within the ‘Model Minority:’ An Analysis of Mental Health Disparities among Asian American University Students

Christina Hamilton – The Tree of Medicine: Tibetan Health Beliefs and Practices

Christina Umber – Becoming a Doctor

Kristina Coale – Stories of Pediatric Palliative Care




Katherine Homann – How Technology Will Reshape the Future of Emergency Medicine

Gunjan Christensen – Educational/health programs serving HIV+ patients in India

Beverly Cho – Medical Readers Theater: An Innovative Method for Educating Medical Students about Psychosocial Aspects of Aging and Healthcare

Bryan Ellerson – Divergent Assumptions Underlying Healthcare Models: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

John Rose – Health Disparities in the OR

Renzo Cardena – Essentials of Public Health

Esmeralda Moran – The Effects of Becoming a Patient-Educator (Promatora) on the Patient-Educator



Eva Boyd – Medical Students and International Volunteering: What We Can Give and What We Can Take Away



Akta Patel – Grey’s Anatomy:  Dissecting the Popular Medical Drama

Carl Smith – Curanderismo in the U.S.

Darren Raphael – Hispanic Health and Health Care Access Disparities: A Photographic Journey

Cristian Jivcu – Trained Incapacity and Occupational Psychosis in the Medical Profession

Polly Sacks – Personal and Professional Reflections on Hurricane Katrina



Sayeh Beheshti – Personal and Societal Views of Illness Described in Selected 19th and 20th Century Fiction

Brenda Jensen – Effects and Coping Styles of Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities.

Cyrus Khaledy – Analysis of Children’s Drawing for a Possible Early Marker of Abuse

Gail Ryan – A Doctor’s Diary: A Comic Strip Approach to Death and Dying



Amir Bernaba – How Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Reinforce and Challenge Societal Paradigms of Loss and Restitution in Relation to Illness, Abuse, and Medical Intervention

Elena Ruiz – Quinceanera: Exploration of Physician Emotional Caring and Connection with Pediatric Patients

Jade Jeng – Max and the Mission: Invisible! (a training manual for pediatric MRI)

Polly Niravath – Clinical Distance vs. Emotional Involvement: A Closer Look at the Oncologist’s Role in Patient Care



Grainne McEvoy – Medicine and the Poetry of Edward Taylor