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Alumni Profile - Anna Sharova

Anna Sharova, MPH

What is your current role?

Clinical Research Coordinator at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


In your current position, are you playing a role in the COVID-19 response effort?

Yes, I am the study coordinator for a COVID-19 research study in hospital employees (both clinical and non-clinical roles) that is validating a new serologic test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. We are enrolling 2000 to 3000 employees to complete surveys about their potential exposures, and we are asking them to come in for several blood draws over a year.


What is the main lesson or takeaway that you have obtained during your participation in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Circumstances are rapidly changing, both in the community and at work, and we need to remain flexible and compassionate.


How did the VPH program prepare you for this position? 

The VPH program lectures on appropriate PPE and pathogen transmission routes gave me a solid understanding of the potential spread of this virus, and ways that we can mitigate the spread. This knowledge helped me develop a plan for safely carrying out a prospective research study with in-person study visits during a pandemic.



Any other comments or pearls of wisdom you would like to share with current students and alumni?

Be mindful of the fact that other people do not have the same background knowledge about infectious diseases as we do, and the idea of an outbreak can cause fear and anxiety.


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