In just a few short weeks, we'll be welcoming the 2016-17 Health for America at MedStar Health fellows. This year, the fellows will be working with stakeholders at MedStar Health to develop an innovative solution for stroke care. Over the next two weeks, we'll be profiling our new fellows and highlighting the wealth of experience and knowledge they'll be bringing to the team. Today, say hello to Stephanie Guang!
“I have devoted my past experience and future aspirations to a holistic understanding of healthcare.”
Prior to joining the HFA team, Stephanie majored in both engineering and public health at Brown University. She graduated this past May with honors, after completing an independent thesis project to develop a virtual reality simulation for cordocentesis that will serve as a training tool for medical students and residents. The simulation algorithm, which she programmed in C++, provides real-time visual and tactile feedback, generated from patient CT data, to reconstruct the actual “feel” of the needle biopsy. Stephanie’s project won the Halpin Prize for Senior Capstone Project and was accepted at The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Conference, where she is presenting her work in August.
“In addition to training in the technology that drives healthcare dynamics, I frame this understanding in the population-based context of my public health degree and research in social determinants of health.”
As a public health student, Stephanie’s academic and research focus aimed to elucidate social determinants of reproductive health. She also completed a capstone research project on medical student burnout in Brown’s 8-year combined baccalaureate M.D. program, in which Stephanie is a student. Additionally, during her undergraduate career, she interned at Lifespan, the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, and two cancer centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas. At Lifespan, Stephanie worked in an orthopaedic biomechanics lab to develop a macro program to aid physicians in quantitatively characterizing osteoarthritis from patient X-rays. She also has extensive biomedical research experience and has coauthored peer-reviewed journal publications.