Katherine Matthews and Judith Eckerle
Minnetonka high school student, Katherine Matthews, completed a six-month internship experience with Judith Eckerle, MD, as part of her school district's Honors Mentor Connection program. Katherine explains:
With Dr. Eckerle's guidance I gathered data, wrote, and created a poster for my research paper titled, "Health of Children Considered for Adoption from China". I meticulously combed through deidentified medical records of 105 patients who have been seen in the International Adoption Clinic. I recorded each child's age, sex, birth weight, and whether or not they had special needs (long-term health issues). From there, the data was statistically analyzed to provide percentages of incidence of each of these groups of health issues.
We now can answer parents' and social workers' questions about what they might expect to see medically from children adopted from China, and how many children usually have a certain condition.
In order to keep track of the complex vocabulary used in what I was researching, I made an appendix of over 55 medical terms unique to the referrals that the Adoption Clinic usually sees from China. This list will be available as a reference for residents to use during their time at the IAC and is complete with case numbers and additional references for further information if necessary.
View Katherine's poster here
Says Katherine of her experience, "I'm very lucky to have had Dr. Eckerle as my mentor for this program; she's been a wonderful influence and a real inspiration for me."