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On Being a Physician-Scientist: Dr. Gregory McDermott Joins the COMET T-32 Program

From studying history at Middlebury college to pursuing medicine post-undergrad, rheumatologist Dr. Gregory McDermott’s unconventional career journey is one that led him to become a physician-researcher whose clinical observations inform his research questions. In this blog post, Dr. McDermott muses on his transition from history to medicine, his passion for rheumatology, and his COMET T-32 research project involving ankylosing spondyloarthritis,…

Investigating the Underpinnings of Diagnostic Delay in An Adolescent Hip Disorder: Lacey Smith Joins the COMET T-32 Program

Lacey Smith’s enthusiasm for taking a multifaceted approach to understanding interconnected systems started in college as an Anatomy & Physiology Teaching Assistant. After a lifechanging fellowship in Thomassique, Haiti, Smith was inspired to pursue medicine with a focus on health equity. Now a T-32 pre-doctoral fellow at OrACORe, Smith is redefining what it means to pursue a career in orthopaedic…

Reflecting on Our Change Ecosystem: Volunteerism at OrACORe

In May 2020, the OrACORe team organized an anti-racism taskforce led by our research assistants with the purpose of participating in active discussions centered on social equity and racial justice. Recognizing that going beyond discussion and engaging with our communities is important, we formed a community engagement taskforce focused on connecting with communities and organizations in the Boston area. In…

Physician Profiles: Morgan H. Jones, MD, MPH

Morgan H. Jones, MD, MPH (MHJ) is an orthopaedic surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Jones was previously involved in the MeTeOR and TeMPO studies at our Cleveland Clinic site. We are excited to welcome him to Boston and to the OrACORe team where he is the Principal Investigator of CoMeT (Corticosteroid Meniscectomy Randomized Trial). Dr. Jones talked with…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Mahima Kumara

Mahima joined OrACORe in August 2021, after graduating from Yale College in May 2020 with a BA in Statistics & Data Science. After college, she spent a year on a fellowship with the Yale Music in Schools Initiative, teaching and organizing music education programs for students in New Haven Public Schools. At Yale, Mahima sang and played piano in the…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Hanna Mass

Hanna started working at OrACORe in July of 2021 after graduating from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience. In the summer of 2019, Hanna interned in a cardiac clinic in Germany, supporting the clinical team and performing basic procedures. During the summer of 2020, Hanna worked in the Systems Neuroscience Lab at Middlebury College where she…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Paul Kopp

Paul began working at OrACORe in June 2021 after graduating from Princeton University with a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. In 2018, Paul interned with the Saint Joseph’s Neighborhood Center in his hometown of Rochester, NY, which aims to increase healthcare access and fight socioeconomic injustice. During a study abroad experience in 2019, Paul volunteered at the Townsville University…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Maame Opare-Addo

Maame joined OrACORe in June 2021 following graduation from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology in May 2021. In her junior and senior years, Maame tutored for the Tufts Student Accessibility and Academic Resources (STAAR) center as a Head Tutor in both general and organic chemistry. During her senior year, she interned at the Cambridge Health Alliance…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Alec Rogers

Alec joined OrACORe in March 2021 after graduating in February from Middlebury College with a BA in Mathematics. In college, he worked as, and subsequently coordinated, the calculus tutoring program. He also worked at the student-run climbing gym, helped lead the rock-climbing club, and volunteered with the Open-Door Clinic, a free clinic for people with underinsured and uninsured status near…

6 Questions for First-Year Research Assistants: Julia Gottreich

Julia started working at OrACORe in June of 2021 after graduating from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. In the summer of 2019, Julia worked in the Andersen Lab at Northwestern University on a project to build the wild-type library of C. elegans for future genetic research. During the summer of 2020, Julia worked as the…

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