Monday, September 24, 2018

Kathryn Sherry explores neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine

Kathryn Sherry
Kathryn Sherry, a junior Biology, Pre-medical Sciences major, attended the 2018 Summer Program In Neuroscience (SPIN) at Boston University School of Medicine. As part of the program, Kathryn had the opportunity to take a neuroanatomy class, conduct neurology-based research,and shadow the neurosurgery team in the operating room. Kathryn was mentored by Dr. Stephanie Bissonette DO, MPH, a board certified neurologist with a fellowship in movement disorders. Kathryn shadowed Dr. Bissonette in the clinic and worked with her on research that investigated the effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) on the quality of life in patients with Parkinson's disease. As part of this project, Kathryn had the opportunity to observe electrode implantation surgeries. Kathryn was impressed by the dedication of all of the medical professionals to excellent patient care, citing their listening ability and critical thinking skills.
Kathryn at the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department
at the Boston University School of Medicine

Among Kathryn's highlights of the SPIN program were the relationships she formed with patients, her mentor, and other student participants. Kathryn found the experience to be inspirational stating that "One day I hope to be a caring and well rounded physician as she is." Kathryn's summer experience was funded by a Professional Experience Grant, the College of Science and Technology, and the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Programs.

Kathryn, front row, third from left. poses with
other SPIN program participants


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