Meharry-Stanford Initiative Student Wins Best Overall Poster

Edna Idan, a 2018 Meharry-Stanford Initiative participant, recently won best overall poster at the Addressing Health Disparities: The Role of Translational Research Conference at Meharry Medical College in Tennessee. The poster, which related to research work Idan did this summer with Marcella Alsan, MD, associate professor of primary care and outcomes research, was entitled “Factors Correlated with Medical Mistrust Among African American Men Living in the East Bay.

Idan, a second year medical student at Meharry, spent this summer at Stanford working on Alsan’s Oakland Men’s Health Disparities Project.  During her time on campus, Edna learned a great deal about research, including a new statistical analysis program and a deeper knowledge of biostatistics and data interpretation.  In addition to presenting her poster, Idan is also “writing a paper on my research findings, and this will be my first paper as a primary author.”  The literature reviews involved in the paper have helped her gain “a greater appreciation of the racial health disparities that exist in the U.S.  Because of this, she adds, “My passion for serving the underserved has intensified.”