M.P.H. Student Accepted in Junior Mentorship Program of the European Menopause And Andropause Society

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Orly Morgan, M.D./M.P.H. student at the Department of Public Health Sciences of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been matched with Dr. Antonio Cano, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Valencia and President of the European Menopause And Andropause Society (EMAS), as part of their Junior Mentorship Program (JuMP).

The objective of JuMP is to encourage the career development of junior clinicians and researchers in the post-reproductive health field. The accepted mentees are matched with an experienced mentor based on common research interests for 18 months. The mentor supports the mentee by providing guidance on how to write a protocol or abstract, how to present at conferences, and solving clinical cases. At the end of the program, Orly will submit her research paper to a peer-reviewed journal and present her project at EMAS 2023.

Orly Morgan is looking at high-risk cancer susceptibility genes, for example, BRCA, and at the sexual function outcomes of patients who undergo risk-reducing surgeries such as mastectomies and salpingo-oophorectomy, versus high-risk screening. Orly’s goal is to provide better information to clinicians and patients about sexual dysfunction and the accompanying distress in order to facilitate the decision-making process for patients with high-risk cancer genes. Dr. Cano suggested comparing patients with high-risk cancer genes between countries, and Orly asked Dr. Kristin E. Rojas, Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, if she would mentor the project locally, and help Orly navigate how to best design a cross-institutional partnership. Together, Orly, Dr. Cano, and Dr. Rojas will be analyzing patients’ outcomes both at Sylvester and at the University of Valencia.

Orly attributes JuMP for granting her the opportunity to work with an esteemed professor at a research lab in Spain, as well as allowing her to convey an international project to the patient population of Miami. Orly expresses she is flattered to be chosen as a medical student, as the program is traditionally for residents, and thankful for Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, Ph.D., D.O., M.P.H, Associate Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, for encouraging her to apply.

“Joining this program has once again proved to me how strong research and mentorship are right here at Miller. All my mentors have been so supportive of the project, and I really wouldn't be able to pull it off without them. Research is certainly a team sport, and through this program, I now have a transcontinental team” concluded Orly.


Written by Deycha Torres
Published on April 20, 2022