Medical Student Mentored by Dr. Brennan Honored for Research

A student in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) was honored on March 23 for his research under the mentorship of Meghan Brennan, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of anesthesiology.

Dr. Brennan MSRP Award

Jonathan Smith ’25 received the Lawrence M. Goodman Trust Award for his research project, titled “Point of care gastric ultrasound (POGUS) in ICU patients before and after initiation of post-pyloric enteral feeds.”

The MSRP is a 10-week summer research project for students in their second year of medical school. Students are paired with a UF Health Science Center faculty member and have the opportunity to present their research and compete for awards with prizes during an annual research day. This year, 121 medical students from the class of 2025 presented research, with the top six moving into a final round of competition.

Dr. Brennan became involved with the MSRP because she completed a research project as a medical student, which led to her interest in anesthesia and critical care medicine. She wanted to contribute to the process for other medical students.

“I was very impressed with Jonathan and proud that he won this award,” said Dr. Brennan. “He worked diligently to learn gastric ultrasound techniques and to complete them on ICU patients which is even more challenging.”

Congratulations to Jonathan for his outstanding work, and to Dr. Brennan for her outstanding mentorship of the next generation of physicians and researchers!