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Nicholas Martin
Project L/EARN Intern - 2014
Nicholas Martin
Acting Without Remembering to Act? How Elderly Asthmatics Adhere to their Inhaled Corticosteroid Medication
Mentor:
Howard Leventhal, Ph.D.
Board of Governors Professor of Health Psychology
Department of Psychology
 

Nicholas Martin is a student at Rutgers University (’16) from Rahway, New Jersey. Nick is currently studying Public Health and is on the pre-med track, with aspirations of becoming a physician with a practice geared toward the geriatric population, as well as changing lives through teaching, research, and even policy-making. To accomplish this he intended to pursue an MD/MPH dual-degree, but after Project L/EARN, Nick has realized that research is really interesting and is now considering pursuing an MD/PhD.

During the summer, Nick worked with his mentor, Dr. Howard Leventhal on a project exploring what characteristics of elderly asthmatic patients were associated with the chosen method of adherence to their inhaled corticosteroid medication. He loved that every time he talked to Dr. Leventhal, he learned something new. Nick says: “He has so much wisdom to share and I honestly think I will be a better physician because of what he has shared with me. Plus he’s hilarious and witty.” Through his work with his mentor and throughout the summer, Nick says “I learned that setbacks are a part of life and that criticism is only meant to make you stronger. I’ve also learned that any situation that might seem hopeless has the potential to be fruitful.”

Nick found the best aspect of Project L/EARN was the trip to New Orleans for the conference. Being around professionals in his field of interest inspired him and gave him confidence with respect to where he could go in the future. Balancing the workload of the program, especially during the summer, ended up being the hardest aspect of Project L/EARN for Nick. He says: “Although it is definitely manageable, the workload is not a joke and the staff was not kidding during the interview. Or orientation. Or the first day. [when they said it would be “a lot of work]” However, Nick advises future interns: “Do not quit. It is hard, and as the staff and alumni say, it does get harder. But you will truly miss out if you avoid this opportunity. It really is a gold mine.”

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