Medical
6:21 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

UICOMP students present research projects

Students at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria presented about 25 different research projects Monday. The students had two to three minutes to explain the subject matter and conclusions of the medical research. Doctor Meenakshy Aiyer is the College’s associate Dean for Academic Affairs. She says presenting clinical and educational research helps refine student’s communication skills in an ever-changing environment:

“In an era where we have decreasing funding available at either the NIH or at national levels for research, being able to succinctly tell them why your research is important, what difference your research is going to do and how it’s going to shape not only how the care is being provided but maybe new drugs or why it’s important is going to be very critical,” Aiyer says. 

The research presentations ranged from developing a diabetes support group for adolescents to patient outcomes from mild strokes. Aiyer says the communication practice also can set students apart when applying for residency positions.