Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site: Moi Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Kenya
Research Topic: Diabetes
Dr. Pekny will spend her fellowship year at Moi Schools of Medicine and Public Health in Eldoret under the mentorship of Peter Kussin, MD, Timothy Mercer, MD, MPH, Sonia Pastakia, PharmD, MPH and Imran Manji, BPharm. Her research will focus on the impact of a peer-enhanced delivery model into the multidisciplinary care team on inpatient diabetes management on the adult medicine wards at a large referral hospital in western Kenya.
Dr. Pekny completed her PharmD and community and global health pharmacy residencies at Purdue University. She is currently finishing her global health pharmacy fellowship with Purdue and Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). AMPATH is based in western Kenya and provides comprehensive care for more than 140,000 HIV-infected patients throughout a catchment area of more than 3.5 million people. Her prior research includes an evaluation of inpatient diabetes management and implementation of family planning services for chronic disease patients at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in western Kenya. She will return to MTRH to continue her research in implementation of peer assisted inpatient diabetes management for her Fogarty Global Health Fellow-ship. Her research interests include non-communicable diseases, specifically diabetes, and advancement of clinical pharmacy in low-resource settings. During her time in Kenya, she also developed a strong interest in multidisciplinary approaches for opportunities for street youth in developing countries.