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Andrew Murphy

Senior CSCG Fellow 

I am passionate about leveraging health care technology at the point of care to increase provider competency and engagement which aims at minimizing the problem of preventable errors. One of the many reasons I am a CSCG Fellow is to capture the opportunity to spend exclusive time with world leading researchers and professionals that we host on campus. Personal access to such experienced mentors yields significant value in bettering myself as a civically engaged scientist. After Ursinus, I plan to continue my education in medical school, focusing on sports medicine. 

My Major / Minor / Campus Organizations

Major in Biology / Minor in Biostatistics / CSCG Fellow / Member of Students Today Alumni Tomorrow  / Biology National Honors Society / Healthcare IT Intern / Marine Biology Researcher/ Member of MAPS / Member of BAPS / Best Buddies Volunteer / Wismer on Wheels Volunteer

My Research

I have participated in an internship with a startup patient safety organization named ICAREQUALITY. This organization designs app based platforms to enhance health care provider team communication, competency, and engagement. I contributed mainly with data analysis, however, I will be a more involved member of the ICAREQUALITY team as my knowledge of the field increases.

My Favorite CSCG Events

I especially enjoyed acting as an event manager hosting Heather Howard to speak on the Affordable Care Act on September 27th. Ms. Howard spoke about what has worked with the Affordable Care Act and what needs fixing. The timing of this event was crucial with the upcoming 2016 election right around the corner. The CSCG, with the direction of Ms. Howard, was able to facilitate campus discussion on the controversial topic of universal healthcare that is in the spotlight this election. Students walked away from the lecture and interactive post lecture discussion with a better understanding of what’s at stake in this upcoming election and how each candidates’ respective policies would affect the future of healthcare in this country. 

My CSCG Courses

POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); IDS-256 (Decoding Science); SOC-295 (Sociology of Medicine); MCS-201 (Public Speaking) 

My CSCG Civic Internship

The CSCG funded me to complete a marine biology internship in the most natural, unexplored island of the Bahamas, Andros. I conducted research on the world’s third largest coral reef in the world by surveying native fish species scuba diving up to 100 feet deep. On the research camp, I was accompanied with my colleagues which consisted of 25 people from over 7 different countries. We collaborated with the Bahamas National Trust to spread conservation awareness to local town people and school children. 

Life After Ursinus

I looking forward to pursuing a career in sports medicine and health care technology to aim at better patient outcomes. With experiences through the CSCG, like interacting with field experts, an internship with ICAREQUALITY, and research in the Bahamas, I am confident I will better society at the intersection of science and the common good in the future.