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Mark Dreusicke


Mark Dreusicke is a Duke medical student who joined the Integrative Medicine research team in 2009 to fulfill the School of Medicine’s third-year research requirement. Mark completed his undergraduate education at the University of Virginia in 2002 with a degree in neuroscience. Subsequently he spent four years conducting research in both neuroimaging and clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Harvard University.

Mark’s research at Duke Integrative Medicine has primarily involved analyzing data from a health coaching intervention for patients with type 2 diabetes. Much of this work has focused on quantifying medication adherence using pharmacy claims insurance records, as well as cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analyses. This research has served as a useful adjunct to Mark’s medical education, particularly in recognizing the unique approach of Integrative Health Coaching to address important factors such as perceived stress, social support, mood, benefit-finding and patient engagement.

Another valuable experience was the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, which helped influence Mark’s current research interests of analyzing models of health care that emphasize a balance between a holistic approach to patient care and a sustainable business approach. In addition, he maintains his longstanding interest in brain imaging and the behavior sciences, especially in light of emerging research revealing brain changes associated with mindfulness practice. Other interests include the unique stressors experienced by healthcare professionals, medical students and resident physicians, and how stress affects their ability to serve as role models for patients.

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