Pediatric neurology observer and research program
I participated in the Pediatric Neurology Observer and Research Program at the Cleveland Clinic during the summer of 2012. I was there for 8 weeks starting June 6, 2011 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. I worked with Dr. Debabrata Ghosh at the Pediatric Neurology Department in the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Children’s Hospital. The Pediatric Neurology Department at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital is ranked #4 in the nation and #1 in Ohio. Dr. Ghosh is specialized in movement disorders relating to spasticity and dystonia. I worked closely with my mentor, Dr Ghosh and learned a wide variety of clinical research procedures and methods. I learned to statistically analyze data and compile patient records and charts into excel spreadsheets. My specific project will focus on the Effects of Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections on Spasticity in Children. Botulinum toxin is a protein and neurotoxin produced by bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are 7 different types of Botulinum toxin, of which 2 can be used to treat dystonia and spasticity disorders including muscular atrophy. Spasticity is referred to as unusual muscle tightness or stiffness and Dystonia is sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. For my project, I went through all the charts of Dr.Ghosh's patients who have received Botox injections to relieve spasticity and dystonia and compared the effects of the treatment after each injection. I also spent part of the time shadowing Dr. Ghosh and other staff members, residents and fellows on hospital rounds and other patient visits. Finally, I read peer-reviewed journal articles and other materials to give me more knowledge of the research done through pediatric neurology. Finally, I have a notebook outlining what I did everyday. While I am in the process of analyzing the data collected over the summer to write a paper, this honors experience documents my work from the Summer of 2012.
These pictures are of the fellow interns from the observer and research program at the Cleveland Clinic. The students were from UC, OSU, high school, as well as from Medical School in Turkey.
HERE is a link to my project proposal. HERE is a link to my reflective essay. HERE is a link to the powerpoint I made for my outreach project to present at the 2013 Health Professions Fair.
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