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UMiami: Jared Silberlust Awarded Jay M. Bernhardt Excellence in Student Leadership Award at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo

Mr. Jared Silberlust, an MD/MPH candidate at the Miller School of Medicine and University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences, was awarded the Jay M. Bernhardt Excellence in Student Leadership Award at the 2019 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. The award is given to students who excel in communications, information technology, and/or public health.

At this year’s annual meeting, Mr. Silberlust presented a project on clinical trials and predictors of patient consent. The ability to generalize conclusions and identify effective solutions relies on a sample of patients that accurately represents the general population, but recruiting a diverse population of participants has posed as a challenge to many researchers.

The study, which was co-authored by Mr. Silberlust, Dr. Maritza Suarez, Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, both from the Miller School, investigated electronic medical record data to determine predictors of a patient’s willingness to consent to be contacted regarding clinical trial opportunities at a large academic medical center. To conduct the study, they derived data from PatientAtlas, which is an EMR relational database that was created from patient records from November 2016 through August 2018.

There were a total of 320,117 patients who were seen at the medical center, of which 73,456 consented to be contacted regarding research studies. Researchers found that patients who were older, non-Hispanic, Caucasian, obese, and who were seen by a non-primary care provider consented to be contacted for research more often than other groups of patients.

Mr. Silberlust and the research team noted that interventions to increase diversity in health research can be tailored to patients who belong to groups that do not participate as often.

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