Student Research and Scholarly Activity Day Highlights New Research Initiatives

For the second time this year, students and faculty from Touro University Nevada showcased and discussed research projects during the virtual ‘Student Research and Scholarly Activity’ Day on Aug. 30.

Student Research and Scholarly Activity Day provided students from the School of Physician Assistant Studies (PA) with an opportunity to show their research to the campus community.

Several research projects were featured during the event. Topics included a children’s handwashing program, assessing barriers to healthcare among immigrants, wilderness medicine education, barriers to HIV testing, and more.

In addition to the poster presentations, myriad topics were discussed by several Touro faculty from the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

According to Dr. Oksana Matvienko, a Professor in the PA Program who helped organize the event, incoming PA students are not expected to have much research experience when they begin the program.

She said the Integrative Master’s Project was added to the program curriculum two years ago to address a gap in research experience. The project spans the entire duration of the PA program and takes students through all phases of research starting with idea development to project planning and implementation, and to presentation and manuscript completion.

“The Student Research and Scholarly Activity Day was a culminating event for our students to share their work with the faculty, classmates and guests,” she said. “It was amazing to see how two years of work came together for all research teams and resulted in poster presentations that were informative and creative.”

Dr. Cheryl Vanier, Chief Research Officer for the University, said one of her goals was to ensure research was integral to every program at Touro.

“Student Research and Scholarly Activities Day was an exciting step, one of many, towards realizing our goals. Looking forward, I am optimistic that we will be able to continue in this direction,” she said. “The very strong institutional support from leadership and Advancement, Dr. Matvienko, Director Duford, and Dr. Tobin’s efforts to place research into the PA program, and the willingness of faculty members from the College of Health and Human Services and the College of Osteopathic Medicine to mentor and talk research for this event, bode well for our research initiatives moving forward.”