JacqueLENS PhD

"There have always been highly capable women wanting to be scientists." Rita Colwell, PhD


Just a passionate 26 year old starting her PhD in Clinical Translational Science. Not sure what that is?  With this blog I aim to explore the growing fields of translational science and research and how I plan to use them for the study of the eye. I will also be talking about tips and tricks for PhD applications, my path to this career, why we need more women to join our field, and showcase guest blogger voices! 


Ophthalmology Skills Based Education for Medical Students During COVID-19

Jacqueline K. Shaia, Abhijith Atkuru, Suzanne B. Dickinson, Carrie A. Elzie

Journal of Medical Education and Training, vol. 5(1), 2021, p. 3

Educational Case: Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone in Both the Axial and Appendicular Skeleton.

Jacqueline K Shaia, Janet S Winston, John Campbell, Jolanta Kowalewska

Academic Pathology, 2021 Mar 8

A Pilot Study of the Impact of Virtually Embodying a Patient with a Terminal Illness

Carrie A. Elzie, Jacqueline Shaia

Medical science educator, vol. 31(2), 2021 Jan 22, pp. 665-675

Virtually Walking in a Patient’s Shoes—the Path to Empathy?

Carrie A. Elzie, Jacqueline Shaia

Medical science educator, vol. 30(4), 2020 Oct 30, pp. 1737-1739

Acute presentation of idiopathic intracranial hypertension with severe vision deficits.

Jacqueline K Shaia, Carrie Elzie

SAGE open medical case reports, 2020 Aug 22

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Blog Posts (New Posts on Tuesdays!)

Nov 16, 2021

Imposter Who?

It took a ton of work to get into a PhD program and now that I’m here, when my peers ask what  I am studying at Case Western, I find myself saying “I’m just getting a PhD”. In my department, many of my peers are MD/PhD students, already have a medical ...

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Nov 9, 2021

Guest Blogger: Denny the Scientist!

Today I invited Denny the Scientist to be a guest blogger! Don't forget to follow Denny on Instagram at: denny.the.scientist. Denny's advice for potential and current PhD Students: If you are afraid you aren’t smart enough to start a PhD, don’t be. ...

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Nov 2, 2021

How to Write an IRB Proposal

First, what is the IRB? The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee that reviews and monitors all research involving human subjects. Their job is to protect human rights and welfare in research. When performing research involving children, preg...

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Oct 26, 2021

The Missing Piece

I sit down and begin a 1,000 piece puzzle. There is that one piece that I simply can’t find. I try finding it by color, shape, and looking at the picture on the box, but I still cannot find it. To me this is research. We are all hunting for that puzzle...

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Oct 19, 2021

The Matilda Effect

It is no coincidence that my website motto is “There have always been highly capable women wanting to be scientists,” by Rita Colwell, PhD. But the fact is, even if there have always been women wanting to be scientists, their contributions to the scien...

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Jacqueline Shaia, MS

I am a passionate student aiming to join the fight for diseases affecting vision. In the future I hope to be an academic scientist that studies diseases affecting vision and develop therapies to help improve patients' quality of life. Please feel free to reach out to me if you're interested in a collaboration, have questions, or comments!

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