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By Chris Anne Sanyer posted 10-03-2023 10:26


Recent graduate Sonali Salunkhe, MD, PhD, MPH, placed first in the 3-Minute Thesis competition. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is a collaborative effort between the University of Louisville Graduate School PLAN graduate student professional development and the Graduate Student Council. Graduate students who participate in 3MT develop vital skills for success in their career inside or outside academia, including presentation and research communication skills such as effectively explaining their research in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. First place winners receive $500 in professional development funds, and an option to attend and compete with other 3MT competitors at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

MSHA students land fellowships, scholarships
  • Anastasia Arnett received the 2023 Kentucky Hospital Education and Research Foundation (KHERF) scholarship at the annual Kentucky Hospital Association meeting in Lexington. The KHERF scholarship is awarded for excellence in graduate healthcare management education.
  • Tanika Chasteen received the Olive Ruth Russell Fellowship from Berea College. The fellowships are presented to Berea College female graduates with outstanding academic records who present defined plans to pursue graduate study in any academic discipline.
  • Alumnus Brian Snow, MSHA '23, was competitively selected among candidates from across the nation for a two-year administrative fellowship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Andrew McCart, PhD, MBA, Assistant Professor, Associate Director, Health Management Programs, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, will serve on the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Finance Committee for 3 years.

David Johnson, PhD, MPH, CPH, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences, has served as a reviewer for Pedagogy in Health Promotion and Public Health Reports.
Melissa Eggen, MPH, doctoral student in the Dept. of Health Management and Systems Sciences (HMSS) was lead author on the article, "An exploration of barriers to access to trial of labor and vaginal birth after cesarean in the United States: a scoping review," published in the Journal of Perinatal Medicine. Despite evidence of its safety, access to trial of labor after cesarean (TOLAC) and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) are limited by many clinical and non-clinical factors. Using a scoping review of methodology, they found barriers to TOLAC and VBAC varied across levels of influence related to restrictive clinical guidelines, provider reluctance, geographic disparities, and midwifery scopes of practice. The majority of barriers were related to systemic and interpersonal factors. Article co-authors included Jessica Petrey, Associate Professor, Kornhauser Library, Paige Roberson, SPHIS, undergraduate student, Mary Curnette, MS, RD, LD, HMSS, doctoral student and research assistant, and J'Aime Jennings, PhD, Associate Professor, HMSS.

Maryam Jazayeri, MSHA student, was a lead author on the recently published paper, "Clinical Laboratory Approaches for Diagnoses of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and ADHD-Like Behavior in Children," published in the Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. The team reviewed the status of potential laboratory tests for diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea in children with an emphasis on markers linked to intermittent hypoxia and cardiovascular responses. They found laboratory tests that correlate with both obstructive sleep apnea and ADHD-like syndromes would be useful to diagnose root causes of behaviors and identify a subset of children who may not need psychotropic medications. Co-authors from the UofL School of Medicine include Tiffany K. Bratton, Egambaram Senthilvel, Maria Romelinda Mendoza, and Roland Valdes.