Audrey Li, 2013, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Working with the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy this summer, I sought to identify whether certain behaviors of hospital staff were associated with higher or lower rates of healthcare-associated infection. By searching for state-reported figures for infection on a hospital level, then aggregating that information with data culled from a Joint Commission Survey on hospital doctor, nurse, infection control practitioner, and executive perception and action, I attempted to find statistically significant factors. Through this internship, I was able to learn much about data analysis and the use of statistical software. Beyond this technical skill, I was able to engage with incredibly interesting data surrounding the culture of hospital workers. As a pre-medical student who is particularly interested in the specialty of infectious disease, this summer reaffirmed my passion for this area of study, and has augmented it with a behavioral dimension. I will continue this project in my senior independent work.