Christopher Ames

Closed (1) Patient Outcomes from Spine Surgery

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At UCSF Spine Center, we have a number of studies related to patient outcomes after surgery. We have studies on frailty, pain and pain medication, personality changes from surgery, surgical complications, analysis of patient-reported outcomes with natural language processing, the effectiveness of a pre-habilitation program, and the effectiveness of surgical techniques.

Undergraduate research assistants will gather data by asking patients questions, having the patients complete tasks, collecting measurements, and reviewing medical records. Normally, they would speak with patients face-to-face at least one day per week at our clinic. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all data will be collected remotely for the Spring 2021 semester. The research assistant may also be involved with analyzing the results. For research assistants who would like to stay on for more than one semester, shadowing in clinic or the OR may be possible.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Dennis Lambert, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: The student should be motivated for a career in medicine or medical research.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: remote, from home

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