Featured Trainees are students, postdoctoral fellows, practicing physicians and faculty, and others who work under the tutelage of Levy CIMAR Core Faculty members and who stand out for their efforts in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Trainees might be graduate students, antimicrobial stewards, educators, scientific researchers, medical doctors, veterinarians, pharmacists, or a combination of any of these and other professions. If you are a Levy CIMAR Core Faculty member and would like to nominate someone for “Featured Trainee” distinction, please email us any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2021 Featured Trainee:
- Infection Prevention Coordinator and Infectious Diseases Clinic Medical Scribe at Tufts Medical Center
- Research contributor and co-author with the Levy CIMAR’s Drs. Maya Nadimpalli and Shira Doron: “Antibiotic Resistance: A Call to Action to Prevent the Next Epidemic of Inequality,” in Nature Medicine (2021)
Courtney Chan is Coordinator for Infection Prevention and a Medical Scribe in the Infectious Diseases Clinic at Tufts Medical Center (TMC). She has taken on several research projects under the guidance of the Levy CIMAR’s Dr. Shira Doron, a TMC epidemiologist and antimicrobial steward, and is especially interested in addressing racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare through research, advocacy, and community-based action.
In January, Courtney co-authored a piece in Nature Medicine with Drs. Maya Nadimpalli (also of the Levy CIMAR) and Doron, titled “Antibiotic Resistance: A Call to Action to Prevent the Next Epidemic of Inequality,” which highlights the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic minorities. The authors question how the next predicted global health crisis, antimicrobial resistance, would impact these and other marginalized populations, including the economically disadvantaged. The team is currently working on a research study investigating whether racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately at risk of acquiring drug-resistant urinary tract infections.
As Infection Prevention Coordinator, Courtney works with Dr. Doron and a team of infection prevention nurses and attending physicians to track, report, and analyze trends in community- and hospital-acquired infections. She assists with quality improvement projects to combat preventable infections and increase awareness of antibiotic resistance and its impact on patients and public health as a whole. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she has supported several educational campaigns on PPE usage and post-vaccination risks. She also supports TMC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Team, a group created to assess the hospital’s antibiotic prescribing practices and propose changes to decrease the risk of resistance.
In addition, Courtney works as a medical scribe in the Infectious Diseases Clinic under the guidance of Dr. Alysse Wurcel, a TMC Infectious Diseases physician caring primarily for patients who are transgender, incarcerated, and/or managing HIV/AIDS. In this role, Courtney maintains patient health records and also connects patients to legal representation and other advocacy resources as needed.
Courtney graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2020 with a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience and a minor in Biology, and plans to attend medical school later this year. She was a John B. Ervin Scholar at Washington University for leadership in diversity and community engagement. During this time, she served as Director for Heart for the Homeless and founded the Federally-Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Initiative. The FQHC Initiative connects unhoused individuals to affordable primary care, insurance enrollment assistance programs, and local resources for childcare, transportation, and health screenings. Courtney also served as President of the Synapse Neuroscience student group, where she jumpstarted several St. Louis community initiatives such after-school STEM enrichment programs and sports rehabilitation programs for children with cerebral palsy.
Courtney’s undergraduate research experience centered on two projects: one characterizing electroencephalographic markers of post-surgical delirium and another examining the use of ketamine anesthetic during electroconvulsive therapy. In 2019, she served as a Clinical Research Fellow in the Harvard Program of Neonatology at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she investigated biomarkers of post-hemorrhagic hydrocephalus and spina bifida in premature infants. She spent last year studying Global Health and Development Policy at the School of International Training in Geneva, Switzerland and Marrakech, Morocco, where she researched barriers to healthcare for migrant groups, specifically looking into psychosocial and mental health support services offered to asylum-seekers and refugees after resettlement.
Courtney will start medical school in July, and she hopes to use her training to advocate for health equity through research, education, and clinical work, particularly for populations who lack adequate access to healthcare.
Previous Featured CIMAR Trainees:
Undergraduate Researcher at Tufts Medical Center working with the Levy CIMAR’s Dr. Shira Doron; Co-teacher in the PARE (Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment) program’s short course, PARE-Seq, under the guidance of the Levy CIMAR’s Drs. Carol Bascom-Slack and Amy Pickering
Second-Year Graduate Student pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the Cummings School; Winner, Basic Science Award at the 2020 Tufts Vet Summer Research Training Program
Software Developer working with the Levy CIMAR on our Cutter and DiaMOND research and analytics tools; Masters student studying International Business at the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
2019 American Society of Microbiology (ASM) Capstone Fellowship awardee and PhD Candidate in Molecular Microbiology – MERGE-ID (Medically-oriented Research in Graduate Education - Infectious Disease) track at Tufts University’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Laidlaw Scholar working with CIMAR’s Drs. Amy Pickering and Carol Bascom-Slack to incorporate molecular methods into the PARE (Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment) project
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pickering Lab, Tufts University School of Engineering; Recipient: National Science Foundation Fellowship titled, “Transfer of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes betwee
Attending physician, Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Tufts Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine; Inaugural LEAP Fellow for 2018-2019