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Welcome to the Summer 2020 Virtual PAECER/SURE experience!

An Opportunity of a Lifetime: Reimaging the Framework of Research

The 2020 Vanderbilt PAECER-SURE program was built from critical thinking by our program facilitators, Joey Barnett, Ph.D., and Kendra Oliver, Ph.D.. They had to completely reimagine what was intended to be an immersive summer of research in the lab. Their ability to adapt this program into a totally virtual setting while maintaining the components ofContinue reading “An Opportunity of a Lifetime: Reimaging the Framework of Research”

Sharpening My Critical Thinking Through A Virtual Experience

Over a person’s lifetime it is essential to develop critical thinking skills, it allows us to come up with effective and creative ideas as well as make important decisions on an infinite number of settings. In academic research it is no different, it is significant to possess the ability to analyze the way you think and presentContinue reading “Sharpening My Critical Thinking Through A Virtual Experience”

The Summer That Honed My Critical Thinking Skills

By Davin Means Critical thinking is ingrained within every aspect of daily life. However, I never believed that my critical thinking skills could be stretched, exercised, and  employed in a virtual setting as extensively as it has been with the Vanderbilt AHA PAECER SURE Program. Every workday within this program became a question of “howContinue reading “The Summer That Honed My Critical Thinking Skills”

The Essence of Structural Competency and Incorporation in Media Project.

By: Vivian Iloabuchi Simply put, structural competency in healthcare aims to educate healthcare professionals on how various social determinants of health can affect health outcomes. It creates room for both the analysis of elements that influence health disparities and the implementation of healthcare mediation to curb those disparities. Structural competency intends to discover ways toContinue reading “The Essence of Structural Competency and Incorporation in Media Project.”

The Importance of Structural Competencies

Structural competencies are fundamental ideals that health professionals should hold surrounding the social determinants of health that affect disease. It is important to keep disparities involving education, income, housing, and various other environmental factors in mind when treating patients because these factors disproportionately affect minorities and make them more susceptible to certain illnesses. This isContinue reading “The Importance of Structural Competencies”

Thinking about thinking.

I took a Critical Thinking course the freshman year of my college career. It is still one of my favorite classes to date. I define Critical thinking as simply thinking about thinking. In the past ten weeks, that is exactly what I have done. This summer experience has been a once in a lifetime opportunity.Continue reading “Thinking about thinking.”

Analyzing Medicare Advantage Cost-Sharing for Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

By: Daniella Pena This summer I worked on a research project analyzing Medicare Advantage (MA) cost-sharing for cardiac rehabilitation services. These services are focused on helping heart attack survivors and other patients with severe cardiovascular disease resume normal functioning after a cardiovascular event. The main component of cardiac rehabilitation is exercise training, but nutritional educationContinue reading “Analyzing Medicare Advantage Cost-Sharing for Cardiac Rehabilitation Services”

Scientific Self-Expression: How My Journey Led to My Research Aspirations

By: Ximena Leon My journey towards scientific research has never been a clear path. I was introduced to scientific research my freshman year of college, merely three years ago. I was invited to join an Introduction to Biology Research course at my community college taught by Dr. Elvira Eivazova. I was enrolled in the Pre-HealthContinue reading “Scientific Self-Expression: How My Journey Led to My Research Aspirations”

Neuroplasticity as it Pertains to the Black Experience: My Niche in Science

By: Guyton Harvey Science has always been a part of my life and my interests, but only once I was able to relate it to my experiences did it become a part of my identity My first research experience was the summer before my freshman year of college, when I was invited to participate inContinue reading “Neuroplasticity as it Pertains to the Black Experience: My Niche in Science”

Finding Your Niche

By: Kristen Smith It has always been instilled in me the act of service. From establishing my own community service club on Tougaloo College campus in 2018 to serving free lunch meals at my local community kitchen, I am always finding a way to engage in community service. I have always been interested in theContinue reading “Finding Your Niche”


By: Vivian Iloabuchi My interest in science and healthcare stems from growing up in an environment where people could not give me answers to the questions I had. For as long as I could remember, my mother never lived a sedentary lifestyle, but she did not necessarily have the healthiest one either. As a child,Continue reading “I AM NEEDED.”

You’re invited to our live launch on Facebook or Zoom!

Our summer internship has focused on exploring various topics related to cardiovascular health disparities and inequities. This work culminated in students-produced videos addressing aspects of cardiovascular disease and the complexities that underlie health disparities. These topics range from identifying the effects of maternal smoking on the likeliness of birthing a preterm baby, heart-healthy diets andContinue reading “You’re invited to our live launch on Facebook or Zoom!”

Finding my Niche

Since I was an elementary school student, I have always found science related subjects to be easier to conceptualize because, despite its jargonistic terminology and very detailed concepts, there always seemed to be a straightforward answer. At least with all the basic elementary sciences we were learning, things seemed to be black and white withContinue reading “Finding my Niche”

Cardiovascular Health Disparities and Structural Competencies

By: Alexis Edmonds Structural competency is the ability for health professionals to understand how symptom expression and disease can be affected by various social determinants of health and public policy.  This concept can be beneficial to cardiovascular health and disease research because we are aware of the fact that a wide range of cardiovascular diseases,Continue reading “Cardiovascular Health Disparities and Structural Competencies”

Cardiovascular Heath Disparities and Structural Competency

By: Alexander Martinez Lopez The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the health care landscape, highlighting an even larger issue of racial/ethnic disparities in health. Rates of adverse outcomes related to COVID-19 can be mapped into zip codes, showing how socioeconomically disadvantaged communities are more vulnerable towards this virus. Some of these individuals don’t possess the optionContinue reading “Cardiovascular Heath Disparities and Structural Competency”


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