Medical Student Wins Honor Society Award for Research

Statue of Jesse Mercer on the Mercer campus.

(Photo cutline: Medical student Tiffany Stanfill received a $2,000 check from Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. At the presentation were, left to right, Dean Martin Dalton; Stanfill; Dr. Monique Davis-Smith, assistant professor of Family Medicine, who will serve as Stanfill’s research mentor; and Dr. Richard J. Ackerman, professor of Family Medicine and councilor of the local AOA chapter.)

Mercer School of Medicine student Tiffany Stanfill has successfully competed in a nation-wide contest for student research. The competition is sponsored by the national medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha.

Stanfill will be investigating whether early screening and detection of diabetes is feasible in African-American churches. Under the direction of Dr. Monique Davis-Smith, the team will teach and empower lay leaders in local African-American congregations, in order to reduce the burden of this devastating disease in minority populations.

Stanfill, a native of Villa Rica, will complete her research this summer. She has received her initial support of $2000 and another $2000 will be awarded at the end of the project. During the summer, she will learn about research methodology, participate in the intervention and help with writing for presentation and publication.

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