29YS – Advancing Surgical Cancer Care and Equity in the Deep South (ASCENDS)

Status: Filled – Dahye Park
Intern: Dahye Park
Faculty Name: yu-mei-schoenberger
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: Medicine / Preventive Medicine
Campus Address: MT 617
Telephone Number: (205) 934-1724
Email: yumeis@uab.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 1
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 2
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Dr. Maria Pisu
2. Aquila Brown
Title of Project: 29YS – Advancing Surgical Cancer Care and Equity in the Deep South (ASCENDS)
Project Description:

ASCENDS is a research study to develop a plan for improving the quality of surgery care for patients who are diagnosed with colorectal, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer in Alabama and Mississippi. For phase one, we are conducting interviews with healthcare providers and cancer patients. In phase two, we will be surveying and conducting medical chart abstraction with 1,000 cancer survivors. The project is in the process of developing the survey and the medical chart abstraction tool. In this project the CaRES intern will conduct a literature review to help develop the survey instrument and the chart abstraction tool. Other project opportunities include participating in healthcare provider interviews and assuring transcription data quality.

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: Clinical (Patient Care) Research
Cancer topic: Gastrointestinal Cancers
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

literature review


develop survey and chart abstraction tool


conduct data quality assessment

Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: 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: Literature Review Skills, Minorities and Health, Questionnaire Development