GME Research Symposium draws more than 100 abstracts

Chandra Are, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education, left, looks over a poster presentation with Iraklis Pipinos, MD..

Chandra Are, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education, left, looks over a poster presentation with Iraklis Pipinos, MD..

The fifth annual Graduate Medical Education Research Symposium was held May 3 in the Truhlsen Events Center. 

More than 100 abstracts were presented in oral or poster formats. Presentation content ranged from original research, reviews/meta-analyses and case reports, covering a wide range of topics including clinical outcomes, patient safety, quality improvement, basic science, education and other research relevant to graduate medical education. 

Abstracts presented at the symposium will be included in the Graduate Medical Education Research Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, set to be published in June 2023.

See photos from the event.

Awards were given to the best abstracts in the oral and poster categories.

The award winners are:

Oral presentations:

  • Patrick Twohig, MD, gastroenterology and hepatology, “Prevalence of Hepatic Steatosis & Fibrosis in Turner Syndrome: A Prospective Case-Control Study”
  • Krysta Sutyak, DO, surgery, “Predictors of Trauma Patients Leaving Against Medical Advice”
  • Joseph Menousek, MD, neurosurgery, “Perception and Representation of LGBTQ+ Individuals in Neurosurgical Training”
  • Catherine Cichon, MD, infectious diseases, “Speaker Demographics at the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Spring Conference, 2019-2022”
  • Ali Hakim, MD, surgery, “Changes in Tissue Oximetry Dynamics During Stress Testing in a Swine Hindlimb Ischemia Model”
  • Elizabeth Blowers, MD, PhD, internal medicine, “The Roles of Mucins MUC5AC and MUC16 in Lung Cancer”
  • Christine Ryu, MD, ophthalmology and visual sciences, “Efficacy of the Buried Temporary Suture Tarsorrhaphy”

Poster presentations, original research:

  • Kyle Scholten, DO, internal medicine, “Comparing Outcomes of Acute Pancreatitis in United States Miliary Veterans With and Without Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”
  • Claire Schmitz, MD, internal medicine, “Improving Safety Through Accurate and Patient-centered Insulin Discharge Instructions”
  • Brooklyn Leitch, MD, pediatrics-hospital medicine, “Patient, Provider and Interpreter Perspectives on Interpreter Modality and Barriers to Interpreter Use in a Pediatric Inpatient Setting”
  • Pranav Renavikar, MBBS, pathology and microbiology, “Extent of Primary Gleason Pattern 4 Carcinoma Predicts Adverse Outcome Independent of Secondary Pattern 3 or 5 in Prostatic Needle Core Biopsies”

Poster presentations, case report:

  • Alexandra Fiedler, MD, internal medicine, “Gastroenteritis Leading to Multiorgan Failure in a Young Adult”
  • Amreen Masthan, DO, pediatrics, “Invasive Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease”
  • Daniel Zhou, MD, neurological sciences, “Pediatric CLIPPERS? Think Again!”
  • Robert Borucki, MD, dermatology, “Tichodysplasia Spinulosa Related to Ruxolitinib”
  • Grant Starkey, MD, internal medicine, “Myocardial Ischemia Without Evidence of Obstruction”
  • Ritu Swali, MD, dermatology, “Laser-Assisted Delivery of Trichloroacetic Acid for Successful Treatment of Persistent Facial Hyperpigmentation”
  • Debra Wekesa, MD, internal medicine, “Rabbit Allergy and Kidney Transplant: What’s the connection?”
  • Jonny Trinh, MD, internal medicine, “A Case of Metastatic Adenoid Cystic (Basal Cell) Carcinoma of the Prostate: Systemic Therapy for a Rare Disease”
  • Tyler Evans, MD, dermatology, “Cutaneous Myxofibrosarcoma of the Nasal Tip”
  • Ali Hakim, MD, surgery, “Unusual Mode of Endovascular Femoral Sheath Failure and Disruption Requiring Open Operative Retrieval”
  • Hayden Broderson, MD, anesthesiology, “Pancytopenia: Horse, Zebra, or Something Else?”

“It is commendable that these house officers continued with their research despite the multiple stressors associated with the pandemic,” said Chandra Are, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education. “It is even more remarkable that this year we witnessed a significant increase in the number of submitted abstracts, more than double the number last year. This speaks volumes about the learning environment we have here, which is so conducive to research driven by house officers. We wish them the very best for their future research endeavors. Also, we want to offer our congratulations to all the award winners.”