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Havas Health & You Research Scholars Program

April 7, 2022

Medical students conducts research in lab settingFor many medical students, curiosity about the factors contributing to human health and disease is part of what drove them to apply to medical school. Dissecting these factors and their impact, from the molecular level to global populations, can be incredibly rewarding, particularly when working alongside foremost experts in the field. Thanks to a recently announced partnership, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) students can stoke that curiosity through hands-on research opportunities.

PCOM has partnered with Havas Health & You (HH&Y), the world’s largest global health network, to engage doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students at PCOM in research. The Havas Health & You Research Scholars program, designed specifically for PCOM students, will pair DO students with mentors to guide them through the research process. First year DO students interested in applying to the program will submit research proposals of their own design and will interview with a team of HH&Y researchers. If selected for the program, students will work with HH&Y mentors who will facilitate their research efforts.

“The HH&Y Research Scholars program is a unique and important opportunity for PCOM students to develop their skills as researchers with a broad focus on global health,” said Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD, chief research and science officer. “We are extremely appreciative of the commitment of HH&Y to this program that will open doors for our students throughout their careers.“

Medical student using microscope in research lab“We are very excited to have this opportunity to connect with clinicians in training,” said Brad Davidson, PhD, the Director of Medical Anthropology across the global HH&Y network. “Communicating effectively about health and healthcare is challenging, as the global pandemic has shown – yet we have never had more of an opportunity to shape the future of the industry. We are delighted to be part of this training, and look forward to seeing the great work these students can do.”

The program will run for three terms with three students selected for the pilot cohort. Upon completion of their respective research projects, students will have the opportunity to present their research both internally and at conferences. Their research is also expected to result in publication of their findings. Students will provide valuable feedback that will help shape the program for future HH&Y Research Scholars.

PCOM is the first and only medical school to partner with HH&Y on a program of this nature. Carrie Collins, JD, PhD, chief advancement and strategic planning officer, was instrumental in the development of the program and is optimistic about the potential for these types of strategic partnerships. “Through this program, PCOM students will have the incredible opportunity to gain critical hands-on skills and knowledge from global health professionals,” Collins said. “Unique partnerships like this expand the reach of what’s possible for our students, and we’re incredibly proud to be the first medical school in the country to be a part of something like this.”

Havas Health & You is the healthcare and wellness arm of Paris-based Havas, a division of Vivendi. The company describes themselves as “a unique health and wellness network focused on promoting healthy living decisions across the entire health ecosystem.”

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