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Student & Alumni Achievements

Northwestern Medical Student Recognized for Public Health Research and Advocacy

When Ms. Sydney Doe, a third-year medical student at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, decided to focus her Area of Scholarly Concentration (AOSC) research project on a local subject — menstrual hygiene management needs and issues among young women in Chicago public high schools — she had no idea that the work would garner national recognition.

Nonetheless, the Women’s Caucus of the American Public Health Association (APHA) recently named Doe the winner of the Highest Scoring Student Abstract Award; Ms. Doe will receive the award at the APHA Annual Meeting in November, where she’ll also present initial findings of her research.

Ms. Doe is conducting the novel, mixed-method qualitative study under the mentorship of Dr. Melissa Simon, vice chair for clinical research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the George H. Gardner, MD, Professor of Clinical Gynecology, and Professor Dr. Leah Neubauer, assistant professor of Preventive Medicine.

Beyond her public health research, Ms. Doe has also been recognized for her advocacy work at Feinberg: last year, Ms. Doe was awarded a Student Senate Service Award for founding “Calls for Change,” an organization that facilitates weekly phone call and letter writing sessions to government representatives about current health policy.

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