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SOM Student Receives IDSA Medical Scholars Program Award

University of South Carolina School of Medicine student Avery Nelson has been chosen for the 2016 Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Medical Scholars Program Award.

The program, established in 2002, provides medical students interested in infectious diseases with an opportunity to pursue independent clinical or research activities outside their institutional program.

This was the second consecutive year a UofSC SOM student received the prestigious national award.

Nelson’s project focused on determining how long patients with bloodstream infections should be treated with antimicrobial therapy, an understudied but particularly salient topic in an era of increasing antibiotic resistance.

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the SOM Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Dr. Majdi Al-Hasan served as Nelson’s mentor. “Avery collected high quality data and provided valuable input for the study design,” he said. “She fully understands the magnitude of her project and was determined to turn it into a major success.”

Nelson was honored to be a part of the IDSA program, which aims to attract some of the best and brightest medical students in the country to the field.

“Working with the physicians and pharmacists in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Palmetto Health Richland has been an amazing opportunity,” she said. “Dr. Al-Hasan’s guidance during this project has been invaluable. He is an outstanding mentor."

The $2,000 scholarship award will fund Nelson's upcoming travel to New Orleans where she will present her work at the annual IDWeek meeting in October.

“We are incredibly proud of Avery and her fantastic mentoring team’s work,” said Department of Internal Medicine Chair Dr. Helmut Albrecht. “This is a truly great honor for her, our school and our university.”

June 13th, 2016