Hello! I’m Kareena and welcome to the start of this eye-opening journey of mine:)
Throughout the course of my Senior Project, my goal primarily consists of being able to relate how culture impacts a patient’s life because it has a greater impact than people have realized. There’s more to a patient than treating one part of the body based on what numbers say; they must be looked at in whole. Their life experiences, their culture, their health all need to come into consideration, and I want to investigate if this is the best approach to medicine. This could potentially take a step further and promote the importance of more Americans inheriting a more nutritious diet. While my question is solely about Asian Americans, other ethnicities may be able to uncover the likelihood or even preventions of the chances of being diagnosed with Alzhemers.
As I am investigating the relationship between nutrition and the neurodegenerative disease of Alzheimers I will be working alongside Dr. Alidad Arabshahi, an ENT surgeon, at the Alexandria INOVA hospital where I will be shadowing his day-to-day patient interactions and the numerous cases he deals with to observe his approach of each case. This will potentially further my understanding in the medical field and as part of my independent research.
Attached below is my independent research project proposal. Please feel free to check it out!