Jennifer Darby, a medical student and a student researcher with the Health Policy and Management Program in the Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute illness (CRISMA) Center, was granted the Arthur Mirsky Award for Clinical Science for her Dean’s Summer Research Program (DSRP) abstract. Darby was mentored during the summer of 2016 by Jeremy Kahn, MD, MS, Program Director, and Billie Davis, PhD, Senior Data Analyst.
Darby’s research, titled, “Development and validation of a hospital performance measure for 30-day sepsis mortality,” produced a model that can be used to profile hospitals on their sepsis mortality rates, and to aid in quality improvements projects. Darby presented her research on October 3 at the annual DSRP Symposium, and was one of only four student presenters.
The DSRP provides funding for medical students to conduct research and gain experience under the mentorship of a faculty member for an eight-week period during the summer. The Arthur Mirsky award, named for the fiery researcher who in the 1950s and ‘60s ran a rigorous and exemplary laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh that produced landmark studies in the fields of psychiatry, endocrinology, and gastroenterology, is presented to two DSRP medical student participants every year.
Darby is expected to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 2019. She is one of the coordinators of the Critical Care Medicine Interest Group, which provides opportunities for 1st- and 2nd-year medical students to be exposed to the field of critical care medicine through workshops and research opportunities conducted under a CCM faculty member. Darby is also the Resuscitation Area of Concentration coordinator, the American Medical Student Association Wellness representative, and the editor of the Student Academic Research Consortium Manual.