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16th Annual Master’s Research Symposium Presented by the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program

November 5, 2021, 8:30 am5:00 pm PDT

Event flyer - UCB/UCSF Joint Medical Program - 16th annual research symposium - Friday November 5 2021Please join the JMP for a presentation of graduating students’ thesis presentations. Due to COVID-19 concerns, this will be a virtual event, though the students will present from campus.

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Program Schedule

8:30-9 AM

Welcoming remarks: 

Jyothi Marbin, JMP Director; Coco Auerswald, Director, JMP MS Program

Climate Change and Youth (moderator: Prof. Jodi Halpern)

Christina (Xiaoxuan) Chen – Mental health and Coping Strategies for Youth Climate Justice Activists 

9:15-11:30 AM

Health (in) Justice: The health of historically excluded populations (Prof. Osagie Obasogie)

Aminta Kouyate- Practicing Antiracism: A Curriculum for the HIV Healthcare Workforce

Camila Hurtado – The Fatal Cost of Insulin: Policy Solutions to Improve Insulin Affordability In California

Nate Swetlitz- “I’m still trying to figure out what it is to be a man” – How Masculinities Impact Barriers and Facilitators to Depression Care Among Latino Men

Fatuma Ayaan-Rinderknecht – Barriers to Care and Stigma Among Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Marycon Jiro – Ang Ating Mata: Eye Care Knowledge, Attitudes, and Health Seeking Practices of Older Adult Filipino-American Population in the San Francisco Bay Area Counties 

11:45-12:45 PM

COVID-19 (Prof. Ron Dahl)

Tommaso Bulfone – Outdoor Activities, Covid-19 Transmission and Implications

Mekhala Hoskote – “Hidden pandemic”: Exploring Factors Related to Healthcare Delays Among Low-Income Families During The COVID-19 Pandemic


1:15-1:45 PM

New therapies (Prof. Ron Dahl)

James Cevallos – Neoantigen Prediction in Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma 

1:45-2:45 PM

People Experiencing Homelessness: Trajectories and Policies (Prof. Coco Auerswald)

Haruna Aridomi – Impacts of COVID-19 and California Senate Bill 1152 on Discharge Processes for Patients Experiencing Homelessness: A Qualitative Study

Nate Bohm-Levine – Pathways to Housing Loss Among Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness  


Mothers, Babies, and Children (Prof. Jodi Halpern)

Raizel DeWitt – Decision-Making and Ambiguity in Pediatric Relapsed Leukemia

Rachel Mernoff – Evaluation of Perceived Mistreatment in Family Planning Appointments in Lomé, Togo

Amelia  Dmowska – Racism in Mothers’ Experiences of Traumatic Childbirth:  Implications for Maternal Care

Yasamin Vafai – Sleep and the Developing Brain: Sleep at Age 1 Predicts Behavioral/Emotional Difficulties at Age 4 in a Diverse Cohort Study

4:30-5 PM

Doctors and Patients in the 21st Century (Prof. Susan Ivey)

Yash Huilgol – Understanding Physician Note Review Behavior Using Electronic Health Record Metadata 

5 PM


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ADA Access: If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Jessie Hemingway at jheminway@berkeley.edu.


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UC Berkeley / UCSF Joint Medical Program