M.D./M.P.H. Students Earn National Public Health Research Awards

Two University of Miami Miller School of Medicine M.D./M.P.H. students received national awards at the 2016 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition in Denver.

Jordan D. Stillman, a second-year M.D./M.P.H. student, won the best Student Poster Presentation Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section. Stillman’s research examines unsafe working conditions for a group of temporary and payroll minority construction workers in South Florida.

Student Michelle Shnayder received the 2016 APHA Occupational Health and Safety section’s Student and New Research Award for her work titled “Association of Strategic Napping and Fatigue among the Resident and Fellow Workforce: Evidence from the Medical On-Call Room Evaluation” study.

Shnayder’s work characterizes the awareness and use of on-call rooms among residents and fellows at a large academic medical center and public hospital as a means to comply with “strategic napping” national guidelines and also examines the association between on-call room use and worker fatigue. David Michaels, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Labor for the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, attended the session at which Shnayder presented her work.

Both Stillman and Shnayder work under the guidance of public health expert and faculty mentor Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of public health sciences, Director of the Musculoskeletal Disorders and Occupational Health Lab, and Associate Director of the Miami Occupational Research Group, and in collaboration with Joan St. Onge, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

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