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LaStaisa Godwin
Project L/EARN Intern - 2014
LaStaisa Godwin
New Jersey Physicians’ Implementation of E-Prescribing: Differences by Physician and Practice Characteristics
Mentor:
Susan Brownlee, Ph.D.
 

LaStaisa Godwin is a student at Rutgers University Newark, recently transferred from Sussex County Community College. Shae sought the opportunity to apply to Project L/EARN to gain further experience in research, something she did not have the opportunity to be involved in at a two-year college. Shae enjoyed the knowledge she gained from meeting an array of people. She says, “from the faculty in the Center for State Health Policy to the Project L/EARN cohort, there was always a lesson to learn.” While in the program, Shae enjoyed working with Dr. Brownlee and the support she received from collaborating with her. Although it was challenging to conduct research in such a short amount of time, Shae believed that Dr. Brownlee “made it fun and understandable along the way.”

Even though it was difficult for Shae to learn a large amount of material in a matter of 10 weeks, she found a strong support system within her cohort. She enjoyed being surrounded by people who had different backgrounds and ideas that encouraged learning. Shae says, “I did not gain friends, but a family.” She advises future interns to “come with an open mind and thirst for knowledge because every person you encounter is willing to help push you towards your goals while giving you lessons you can take for years to come.”

Shae believes the program gave her the confidence needed to further pursue a graduate degree. She aspires to attain a doctorate degree in Pharmacy, eventually working in a hospital and working her way to become Director of a Pharmacy. Ultimately, Shae wants to impact peoples’ lives whichever way life takes her. She appreciates the opportunities she received at Project L/EARN, “[the program] not only opened windows of opportunity, but also helped open my eyes to my true potential. There is no limit to what a person can achieve and knowing that makes all the stress worth it.”

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