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Summer student researchers present key findings

by Osler Staff | Aug 25, 2017

This year’s Summer Student Research Program welcomed its highest number of students yet, and even a visit from the mayor. 

For the third year in a row, summer research students partnered up with Osler researchers to work on projects across various clinical disciplines. This year’s 23 students recently shared their findings at a drop-in session at Brampton Civic. The Auditorium was filled with posters and eager students excited to share their findings with Osler staff and mayor Linda Jeffrey. 

“I’m really excited by the amount of young people who want to get into health care and are thinking outside the box,” said Mayor Jeffrey. “This is my future and I want to be here to support them.” 

The Summer Student Research Program was developed by Osler’s Corporate Research Department in 2015. The program enables students to gain research experience, while also providing support to Osler staff members studying evidence-based medicine. Undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as highly trained foreign professionals, are considered through the application process.

Students who are accepted are partnered with Researching Supervisors who share their interests. Some examples of this year’s projects include: a look at perceptions of palliative care in the South Asian community, open vs. laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer, and laser vs. manual cataract surgery.

One of the projects examined the Central West LHIN’s South Asian community and their perception of palliative care. Student Pratik Parmar worked alongside a team of physicians and researchers during this study.

“I approach patients right before they go in for their first appointment, before they even see a doctor, and ask the questions about what they thought of palliative care,” said Pratik. “So far I found most of the patients do not know much or have very basic understandings about palliative care, and they would like to have information more readily available. This leads us to our next steps.”

Parmar says the study is still ongoing, as are many of his fellow students’ projects. The research will continue here at Osler after the students return to school this September.

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