MPH Graduate Invited to Present Research

Published: August 18th, 2012

Category: Student News

Samantha Mosias, a recent graduate student of Dr. Elisa Rodriguez, completed her MPH internship at the Shands Pediatric Pulmonary Center. After noticing a lack of adherence to treatment, especially among adolescents, Samantha decided to measure current adherence levels of each of 15 typical Cystic Fibrosis treatment components applicable to adolescent patients at the outpatient clinic. She also explored the variety of influencing factors that affect treatment to better understand how adolescent patients feel about their treatments.

Her results revealed that adolescents are 57.8% adherent to their total therapy regimen. “This number is only minimally higher than estimates of adherence in chronically ill children, which come in at 50%. Given what we know about increasing life expectancy in Cystic Fibrosis, we must increase this!,” Samantha commented.

Samantha’s study revealed additional interesting findings which add to the paucity of research in Cystic Fibrosis. Samantha was invited to present these findings at the upcoming North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, the largest gathering of Cystic Fibrosis professionals in the world.

Since graduating, Samantha has been working in a research position at the University of Miami and will be matriculating to medical school in the Fall. Her long term goal is to become an emergency room doctor while concurrently conducting Public Health relevant research.