Autumn 2016 Student Achievements

Each quarter, we gather the various achievements—publications, presentations, awards, and more—of our students to showcase their accomplishments. This article encompasses honors from the Fall quarter of 2016 through November 11, 2016. Achievements from November 11 onwards will be included in the Winter Student Achievements article.

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Olufemi Adams, MS2 presented his poster on, “Elucidating Activators of CDC2 and its Contribution to Temozolomide Resistance in Glioblastomas,” during the American College of Physician’s – Residents’ and Medical Students’ Day in Chicago, IL this month. This work was related to SRP research performed under the guidance of Bakhtiar Yamini, MD.

Kurt Alberson, MS3 published his research on “The Impact of a Scholarly Concentration Program on Student Interest in Career-Long Research: A Longitudinal Study” in Academic Medicine. This work was done under the guidance of Rachel Wolfson, MD and Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP’03, with the help of staff members Michael McGinty, Korry Schwanz, MHA, and former staff member Kirsten Dickins, RN, MSW.

Laura Glick, MS2 gave an oral presentation on her research titled “Clinical and Endoscopic Recurrence of Crohn’s Disease with Low-Dose Metronidazole after Ileal Resection” during the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV this past October. This research was related to SRP work and performed under the guidance of David Rubin, MD.

Rebecca Gieseker, MS2 presented her poster titled “Impact of a Reproductive Health Self-Assessment Tool (RH-SAT) on an Urban Community Health Center: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial,” during the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) in Colorado Springs, CO this month. This research was related to S&D and SRP work performed under the guidance of Debra Stulberg, MD.

Mila Grossman, MS3 presented her poster entitled, “Sleep for Inpatients: Empowering Staff to Act (SIESTA): Impact on Hospital Staff Knowledge & Empowerment to Improve Inpatient Sleep" during the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine (SASM) 6th Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL this past October. This research was performed under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP’03.

Michael Harries, MS2 presented his poster on “Academic-Community Collaboration to Improve Child Health and Wellness in South Side Chicago Schools: Successes and Challenges” during the American Academy of Pediatrics Conference in San Francisco, CA this past October. This research was related to S&D work performed under the guidance of Anna Volerman-Beaser, MD.

Susanna Howard, MS2 and Lucy Xu, MS2 presented their research on improving shared decision making among clinicians and LGBTQ racial/ethnic minority patients during the national Gay and Lesbian Medical Association meeting in St. Louis, MI this past September. Lucy was one of four presenters during the plenary session, and Susanna was one of two presenters who facilitated the workshop’s case role plays. The workshop was rated 4.4 out of 5 and received several enthusiastic comments. This research was conducted under the guidance of Marshall Chin, MD, MPH.

Phillip Hsu, MSTP gave a poster presentation co-authored by Lucy Xu, Jia Guo, Mark Chee, and Cindy Zhang entitled “A Student Run Free Clinic Intervention to Increase Capacity for Asian Immigrant Health,” during the Annual Meeting for the American Public Health Association in Denver, CO this past October. This research was performed under the guidance of Karen Kim, MD.

Oliver Hulland, MS4 and Raphael Rabinowitz, MS4 recently co-authored and published their research entitled, “Rounds Today: A Qualitative Study of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Resident Perceptions,” in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education this past October. This research was related to SRP and S&D work performed under the guidance of Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE and Jeanne Farnan, MD’02, MHPE.

Colleen Kelly, MS3 gave an oral presentation on the “Validation of an Interactive Adaptive Video Module Education Platform to Teach Patients Effective Respiratory Inhaler Technique”, during the Midwest SGIM Regional Meeting in Cleveland, OH this past September. This research was related to S&D and SRP work performed under the guidance of Valerie Press, MD, MPH.

Sunny Kung, MS3 presented her poster on “Olfaction and Sexuality in Older Adults in the United States,” during the 2016 American Rhinologic Society Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA this past September. This research was related to S&D work performed under the guidance of Jayant Pinto, MD.

Cody Lee, MS2 presented his poster entitled, “Extra-Articular Drilling of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee: Characterization of a Safe and Reproducible Surgical Approach," during the International Cartilage Repair Society 2016 - 13th World Congress in Sorrento-Naples, Italy this past September. This research was performed under the guidance of Steven Chudik, MD.

Michael McCartin, MS3 gave an oral presentation on his research “Neighborhood Quality is Associated with Olfaction in Older US Adults,” during the AAO-HNSF Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA this past September.  This work was related to SRP research performed under the guidance of Jayant Pinto, MD.

Ryan McKillip, MS3 published his research entitled “Introducing Medical Students to Radiation Oncology through an Elective Oncology Summer Program” in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. This work was performed under the primary guidance of Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP’03, Daniel William Golden, MD, and others.

Frank Qian, MS2 published his work titled, “Genetic Variants in MicroRNA and MicroRNA Biogenesis Pathway Genes and Breast Cancer Risk among Women of African Ancestry" in the July 2016 issue of Human Genetics. This research was related to S&D work performed under the guidance of Dezheng Huo, MD, PhD and Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD. Earlier this month, Frank gave an oral presentation on his research entitled, “Circulating Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Incident Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Results from Two Prospective Cohorts,” during the Chinese American Medical Society Annual Scientific in New York, NY. This research was also related to S&D work performed under the guidance of Frank Hu, MD, PhD. Additionally, Frank was selected to become the next Vice President of Public Relations for the American College of Preventive Medicine Medical Student Section, because of his continued efforts to advocate for the importance of preventive medicine. In this role, he will reach out and form partnerships between healthcare professionals and various stakeholders in efforts of furthering the mission of preventative screening and services, including lifestyle counseling, in the medical field.

Claire Smith, MS3 presented a poster on the “Negative Patient Experiences during Awake Surgical Procedures" during the 2016 AAMC National Learn, Serve, and Lead Meeting in Seattle, WA this month. Her publication on this research entitled, “Surgeon–Patient Communication during Awake Procedures” was featured in the American Journal of Surgery in July and also received press coverage in Medscape and Beckers ASC Review. This research is related to SRP and S&D work performed under the guidance of Nancy Schindler, MD, MHPE and Alexander Langerman, MD, SM.

Christopher Smyre, MS4 presented his poster on, “Physician's Beliefs Regarding Spiritual Care at the End of Life,” during the AMA Research Symposium in Orlando, FL this past October, and this month during the 2016 Family Medicine Midwest Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  This research was related to S&D work performed under the guidance of John Yoon, MD. Christopher was also accepted for the Illinois Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopment and related Disorders (LEND) fellowship.

Savas Tsikis, MS3 gave an oral presentation on his research entitled “Relationship between Erectile Dysfunction and Incontinence: Are They Mutually Exclusive?” during the NCS of the AUA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL this past September. This work was related to the S&D work performed under the guidance of Sarah Faris, MD.

Jocelyn Washer, MS2 presented her poster on “Patient Awareness of Religious Restrictions at Catholic Hospitals,” during the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) in Colorado Springs, CO this month. This research was related to SRP and S&D work performed under the guidance of Debra Stulberg, MD.

Jackie Wang, MS4 gave an oral presentation on her research entitled, “50 years later: Lessons from the 1966 Ciba Symposium on Transplantation” during the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities in Washington, DC this past October. This research was related to SRP and S&D work performed under the guidance of Lainie Ross, MD, PhD.