Summer Scholars: Meet Abiha Jafri

The Medical Student Summer Research Scholars (MSSRS) Program is a summer research opportunity that is open to rising MS-II students only. The project period is 7 weeks during the summer, during which time the students is expected to devote at least 6 full weeks to the project.

Name: Abiha Jafri

Hometown: Shenandoah County, Virginia

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a double minor in Biology and Electrical Engineering; The George Washington University

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, cooking and baking

Name of your MSSR project and your role in the research: The Effect of Health Literacy on Healthcare Utilization in Trauma Patients; Research assistant with Dr. Jaclyn Tremont

Why did you choose to participate in the summer scholars’ program: Summer Scholars’ is a great way to learn more about research as well as get involved in community projects. I saw this as an opportunity to immerse myself in a field of medicine that I hadn’t considered before: surgery and trauma care. While my primary role in this project was extracting and transferring patient data, I was able to learn more about the inner workings of the hospital and the surgical/trauma field.

Advice to MS-I’s and future medical students: Enjoy your time in medical school. This is just the beginning of your journey to becoming a physician, so take the time to celebrate your accomplishments and have fun. Four years are going to fly by fast!