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Bryant Smith finds more than he bargained for in Providence

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Bryant Smith, MPH, CPH is a research assistant II at the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence. He is assigned to the Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) team in the Center for Evidence-based Medicine (CEBM). He joined the team last August.

“The Brown CEBM is one of fourteen evidence-based practice centers designated by the Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ) to conduct systematic reviews and technology assessments relevant to the most important clinical and public health issues we face today,” Smith said.

Bryant Smith, MPH, CPH, on a snowy day in Providence, Rhode Island

Bryant Smith, MPH, CPH, on a snowy day in Providence, Rhode Island

His current assignments include a topic refinement project that involves assessing the scope and feasibility of conducting an evidence review to determine the effectiveness of bio-surveillance monitoring in hospitals aiming to reduce hospital acquired infections. Specifically, the team is reviewing existing recommendations and guidelines, and reviewing abstracts obtained from literature searches to determine if there is sufficient evidence to conduct a systematic review at this time.

In addition to conducting topic assessments and providing research support to his colleagues, Smith’s work also involves management of the SRDR, a free online data extraction tool and data repository for conducting systematic reviews.

“Clinical research synthesis is a field I would recommend to anyone interested in translating the results of the most cutting edge public health and clinical research into evidence-based recommendations and practices,” Smith said. “My work impacts the way in which healthcare is delivered and improves the effectiveness of clinical treatment and preventive health strategies.”

Admittedly, Smith loves his job, but is also quite fond of working in higher education. He shares, “Working at an academic institution such as Brown, I have access to world-class seminars and the opportunity to further my education with discounts on course registration or audit any course related to my field of work!”

Bryant Smith

Ultimately, Smith desires to earn a doctorate in epidemiology. In the meantime, he’s proposing to Brown the creation of a PhD in clinical and public health research synthesis, “which is becoming increasing relevant in our society today as the government focuses on improving the quality of healthcare delivered to the nation.”

“I will never forget the opportunities and experiences afforded to me as an MPH graduate of the USF College of Public Health,” Smith said. “It has certainly made all the difference in my career thus far and I can’t wait to keep you all updated on the next step of my journey towards a doctorate degree.”

Bryant T. Smith, MPH, CPH, earned a master of public health in epidemiology from the University of South Florida. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics served as his academic home. The department offers concentrations in epi/bio that lead to MPH, MSPH, DrPH, and PhD degrees, as well several dual degrees, graduate certificates, and special programs. Most recently, the department added an online master of public health degree in epidemiology to its academic offerings.

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