30SS – Comorbidities in Anal Cancer: An Analysis of Electronic Medical Record from UAB Hospital

Status: Filled – Afan Swan
Intern: Afan Swan
Faculty Name: sadeep-shrestha-2
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: Epidemiology
Campus Address: R217L School of Public Health, 1665 University Blvd
Telephone Number: (205) 934-6459
Email: sshrestha@uab.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 3 or more
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 8
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Amrita Mukherjee
2. Howard Wiener
Title of Project: 30SS – Comorbidities in Anal Cancer: An Analysis of Electronic Medical Record from UAB Hospital
Project Description:

Anal cancer is rare in the general United States (US) population, with an estimate of 8,300 new diagnoses, 5,530 in women and 2,770 in men, reported in 2019. Lifetime risk of developing anal cancer is about 1 in 500, with a higher risk in women than men. However, the incidence of anal cancer has been increasing over recent years in some high-risk populations. Studies show that HPV infection is attributable to 90% of anal cancers, and oncogenic HPV types 16/18 are responsible for 92% of these HPV-associated anal cancer. There are 34 clinics and medical facilities in the Birmingham area that are networked to UAB hospital system and patient data are electronically centralized. We will review data from the UAB hospital comprehensive electronic medical record (EMR) data between 2012-2020 to identify all individuals with anal cancer and assess co-morbidities (specifically cardiovascular and neurological) associated with disease pathogenesis and treatment.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 3, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
0 – project will be fully virtual except for the required in-person checkpoint visits
Category of Project: Analytical/Statistical Research
Cancer topic: anal
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

Manage and Analyze Data


Literature search and make basic tables/figures


Abstract charts

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: Computer and printer, Supplies needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Very likely
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: Epidemiologic Methods, Infectious agents and cancer, SAS Programming, Statistics and Data Management advanced