Infectious Disease 2022

Point of care gastric ultrasound in ICU patients before and after initiation of post-pyloric enteral feeds

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Gautam Kalyatanda
Email: gautam.kalyatanda@medicine.ufl.edu
Phone Number: (352) 294-5481
Project Category: Clinical
International Component or Travel: No

Research Project Description:

To study the epidemiology and risk factors associated with mucor infections.

Mucormycosis is a difficult to diagnose rare disease with high morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis is often delayed, and disease tends to progress rapidly. Urgent surgical and medical intervention is lifesaving.Most common clinical presentations are rhino-orbito-cerebral and pulmonary.

Methods
Review data from 2011 to 2021 in patients with Mucor infections at Shands hospital

Medical Student

  1. Background Literature search
  2. Obtain medical record nubers of patients with Mucor infections coordinating with the IDR.
  3. Data entry
  4. Basic analysis of data ( provisional)
  5. preparing manuscript

Attitudes towards technology amongst last mile health care workers in rural India

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Gautam Kalyatanda
Email: gautam.kalyatanda@medicine.ufl.edu
Phone Number: (352) 294-5481
Project Category: CQI
International Component or Travel: Potentially

Research Project Description:

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 18 million more health workers are needed to achieve universal healthcare (UHC) in low and lower-middle-income countries. Technology can bridge this gap, especially in rural areas in these countries.

The Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission aims to create digital health infrastructure to provide universal health coverage with unique health identification numbers for all citizens in India. This will allow citizens to link their health records to this ID through a mobile application.

Most of India’s population lives in rural areas where internet connectivity is poor and electric supply unreliable. The health care needs of the rural population are provided by Primary health care centres run by the Government. The last mile health care workers in these Primary health care settings are made up of ASHA or Accredited Social Health Activists.
Selected from the village itself and accountable to it, the ASHA is trained to interface between the community and the public health system. Requirements to be considered as an ASHA worker include high school graduation, which can be waived if no potential candidates are available in a village.
Computer literacy is poor given no formal computer education in rural school curriculums.

Given India’s push towards digital health, many healthcare workers with no prior knowledge of the use of computers and tablets have to use different digital platforms and enter data on Tablets.

Very few studies have looked at how comfortable health care workers are in using digital tools.
Aim: To study the feasibility of using digital tools by last mile health care workers in rural india
To study the health care worker concerns in Using digital tools

Methods
We will conduct surveys of ASHA workers and other last mile health care workers in two rural primary health care centres in south India.
We will also conduct focus group discussions to explore themes regarding their concerns and comfort with using digital tools.

Role of Student
Students will help research the background literature
They will prepare survey questions with Co-investigators
They will be part of the focus group discussions with translators and other co-investigators
Perform Basic data analysis
Prepare manuscript

If students cannot travel to India, they will join via zoom and obtain results from co-investigators in India

To study the epidemiology and risk factors associated with Mucor infections

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Gautam Kalyatanda
Email: gautam.kalyatanda@medicine.ufl.edu
Phone Number: (352) 294-5481
Project Category: Clinical
International Component or Travel: No

Research Project Description:

To study the epidemiology and risk factors associated with mucor infections.

Mucormycosis is a difficult to diagnose rare disease with high morbidity and mortality. Diagnosis is often delayed, and disease tends to progress rapidly. Urgent surgical and medical intervention is lifesaving.Most common clinical presentations are rhino-orbito-cerebral and pulmonary.

Methods
Review data from 2011 to 2021 in patients with Mucor infections at Shands hospital

Medical Student

  1. Background Literature search
  2. Obtain medical record nubers of patients with Mucor infections coordinating with the IDR.
  3. Data entry
  4. Basic analysis of data ( provisional)
  5. preparing manuscript

Clinical Manifestations and Outcomes of those Presenting with Snake Envenomation at an Academic Medical Center in Florida, USA

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Norman Beatty
Email: norman.beatty@medicine.ufl.edu
Phone Number: (352) 273-8830
Project Category: Case Review
International Component or Travel: No

Research Project Description:

Retrospective analysis of those presenting to UF Health with snake envenomation. We will review demographic data, history of encounter with venomous snake, clinical presentation, treatments (prior to hospitalization and during hospitalization), and outcomes. Very little published data exists on the topic here in Florida and will likely lead to a publication in a well respected medical journal. Medical student will conduct chart review analysis and enter data into RedCap database. Project would be great for medical students with interest in emergency medicine, wilderness medicine and internal medicine who may want to specialize in toxicology. Medical student may have the opportunity to visit the University of Arizona Viper Institute in Tucson, Arizona with Dr. Beatty and other Florida collaborators in the field of venomous snake toxicology.