Thanks to the generous funding of the MAA, I was able to attend the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 38th annual conference in San Diego, CA. My current research examines how radiation adherence mediates the relationship between pretreatment symptoms and overall survival and locoregional control in head and neck cancer patients. This project involves the Biobehavioral Program at University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
I was able to draft an abstract of my work recently, which was subsequently accepted to the 4-day conference. The experience at the conference was great; I was able to meet individuals within the same domain of research and further expand my knowledge of various behavioral approaches to common medical problems. In addition, I was able to network with other professionals who also conduct research on treatment adherence, across a range of different patient populations.
In addition to the time spent at the conference, I was able to see some of the city, including the Gaslamp District, the zoo, and Coranado beach. I had never been to the west coast before, and this trip afforded me the opportunity to see the Pacific Ocean for the first time. Overall, this was an amazing trip, which would not have been possible without the funding of the Alumni Association.