Spring 2018 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 winter quarter of 2018 through May 1, 2018. Achievements from May 2 onwards will be included in the Summer Student Achievements article.

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Anase Asom, MS1 received a grant from the American Society of Hematology in March.

Ali Abbasi, MS2 gave an oral presentation on his work entitled “Using Public Health Datasets to Understand the Opioid Overdose Crisis” at the Society of Addiction Medicine in San Diego, CA this April. This work was related to S&D research performed under the guidance of Mai Pho, MD.

CJ Carlton, MS1 was selected to be a Benjamin McAllister Summer Scholar and will be conducting SRP research under the guidance of Peter O’Donnell, MD, later this year.

Ayushi Chandramani, MS4 gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “Training Emergency Department Providers on Sexual Assault Patient Care” at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in Indianapolis, IA this month. This work was co-authored by Ramya Parameswaran, MSTP, and Nicole Dussault, MS2, and performed under the guidance of Keme Carter, MD.

Jessica Chen, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her research entitled “Prevalence and correlates of having a regular physician among women presenting for induced abortion before and after the Affordable Care Act” in April at the National Abortion Federation in Seattle, WA. This research was performed under the guidance of Julie Chor, MD.

Lindsay Chun, MS4 gave an oral and poster presentation on her work entitled “Differences in Macula Vasculature Between Young Healthy Black and White Subjects using OCTA” for the ARVO conference in Honolulu, HI this month. This work was related to S&D research performed under the guidance of Dimitra Skondra, MD, Ph.D.

Nicole Dussault, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her research entitled “Using Machine Learning to Identify Infection upon Presentation to the Hospital” at the 2018 American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego, CA this month. This work was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Matthew Churpek, MD, Ph.D.

Ryan Erickson, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his research titled “Barking Up the Right Tree – The “Tree Bark Sign”; A CT appearance of Histoplasmosis” in March at the Society of Thoracic Radiology in Austin, TX. This research was performed under the guidance of Steven Montner, MD.

Amarachi Erondu, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work co-authored by Leah Peirce, MS2, entitled “Characterizing Pediatric Inpatient Sleep Duration and Disruptions” at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2018 in Toronto, Canada this month. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD.

Maria Espinosa, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Bundled Consent in U.S. Intensive Care Units (ICUs)” at the American Thoracic Society in San Diego, CA this month. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Mark Siegler, MD.

Ava Ferguson, MS4 gave two poster presentations on her research entitled, “Implications of the first pelvic exam on adolescent and young women's future healthcare seeking behaviors” and “Provider practices affecting patient experience of the first pelvic exam” in April at the North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology in West Palm Beach, FL. This work was performed under the guidance of Julie Chor, MD.

Deirdre Gorman, MS2 gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “Characterizing the Utilization and Safety Profile of a Lidocaine Infusion Protocol for Complex Pain Management” at the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine 2018 World Conference in New York, NY in April. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of David Dickerson, MD.

Lea Hoefer, MS4 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “The Effect of Margin Status on Multivisceral Resection of Retroperitoneal Sarcoma” in March at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium 2018 in Chicago, IL. This research was performed under the guidance of Jennifer Tseng, MD.

Teresa Jiang, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her research entitled, “Impact of Physician Workload on Risk of ICU Readmission and Accuracy for Predicting Bouncebacks” at the American Thoracic Society in San Diego, CA this month. This work was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Matthew Churpek, MD, Ph.D.

Tyrone Johnson, MS2, presented a poster entitled, “Paving the Advancement of Black Males in Academic Medicine” in March at the AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs in Rochester, MN. This work was co-authored by Vince Morgan, MS2, Keith Ameyaw, MS2, Najib Jai, MS2, and Joseph Kern, MS2. Tyrone was awarded the Outstanding Student Innovations in Medical Education Poster Award for this poster presentation. This research was related to Tyrone’s S&D and SRP  work and was performed under the guidance of Monica Vela, MD. Tyrone also presented his poster, co-authored by Jacqueline Nichols, MS3, entitled “Connecting the Dots: Evaluating the Use of Graphic Medicine to Empower Patient-Centered Technology Use” in March at the AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs, and at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2018 in Toronto, Canada. This work was related to his SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Maria Lolita Alkureishi, MD. This month, Tyrone also gave a first-author oral platform presentation titled “Generational Perspectives on Community Violence: Risk, Resilience, and Resource Needs for Violence Prevention” at the 2018 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. This research was performed under the guidance of Elizabeth Tung, MD, and Monica Peek, MD, MPH.

Joseph Kern, MS2 published a paper entitled "Novel approaches to percutaneous intervention in stage IV kidney disease" as the first co-author in the Journal of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology in March.

Natalia Khosla, MS3 published a paper entitled “A Comparison of Clinicians' Racial Biases in the United States and France.” in the Social Science & Medicine Journal. This paper was co-authored by Sylvia Perry, Ph.D, from Northwestern University, Corinne A. Moss-Racusin from Skidmore College, Sara E. Burke from Syracuse University and John F. Dovidio from Yale University.

Peter Ladner, MS4 presented a poster on his work co-authored by Danielle LoRe, MS4 titled “Pediatrician Knowledge of Early Language and Cognitive Development and the Relationship of Knowledge to Clinical Practice” at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Toronto, Canada this month. This research was performed under the guidance of Dana Suskind, MD.

Cody Lee, MS3 gave a podium presentation on his research entitled “Chemotherapy increases risk of wound healing complications after resection of soft tissue sarcomas in the proximal thigh” in March at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting 2018 in New Orleans, LA. This research was performed under the guidance of Tessa Balach, MD and Rex Haydon, MD, Ph.D.

Jim Leng, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Infrastructural Challenges to Radiotherapy Access in Southwest Nigeria” at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference in New York, NY in March. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD.

Ryan McKillip, MS4 gave an oral poster presentation on his work entitled “Survey of Resident Personal Finance Status and Preparedness” in April at the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly in Austin, TX. This research was related to S&D research performed under the guidance of Eric Shappell, MD.

Kate Mullersman, MS2 will give a poster presentation, co-authored by Maya Volodarskaya, MS2 on their work entitled “Initiating Systematic Implementation of Pre-Operative, Non-Opioid Analgesics” at the 2018 AAMC Integrating Quality Conference in Arlington, VA in June. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of David Dickerson, MD.

Julie Naman, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “A Mixed-Methods Study of Student Perspectives on Asthma Management in Schools: Experiences, Facilitators, and Barriers” this month at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Toronto, Canada. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Anna Volerman, MD.

Leah Peirce, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work co-authored by Amarachi Erondu, MS2 and Michael Chamberlin, MS3 entitled “Caregiver and Staff Perception of Disruptions to Pediatric Inpatient Sleep” at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2018 in Toronto, Canada this May. This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Nicola Orlov, MD.

Frank Qian, MS3 was awarded the 2018 AΩA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship for his work entitled “Height, body mass index and ovarian cancer risk in carriers of BRCA1/BRCA2 mutations: a Mendelian randomization study” in April. This research was related to S&D work conducted under the guidance of Dezheng Huo, MD PhD

Leslie Smebak, MS4 gave a poster presentation on her work co-authored by Hunter Eason, MS4 entitled “Students as Peer Educators” at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Conference on Medical Student Education in Austin, TX in February. This research was related to S&D research performed under the guidance of Jeanne Farnan, MD.

Claire Smith, MS4 published a paper entitled “Remission of Charles Bonnet syndrome after cataract extraction” in the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology in March. This research was performed under the guidance of Kamran M. Riaz, MD.

Alex Spacht, MS3 gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “Grip Weakness Increases Readmission Rates for Patients with COPD” in April at the 2018 SGIM Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. She is a Lipkin finalist for the best trainee abstract for her oral presentation. Additionally, Alex gave a poster presentation at the 2018 SGIM Annual Meeting on her work entitled “Engaging Pritzker Students in Inter-professional Chronic Disease Management: Integrating the curriculum and defining value added roles within the ReCoVER QI Program.” This research was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Valerie Press, MD.

Rachel Stones, MS4 was selected to receive the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Award in March.

Jasmine Tzeggai, MS2 was awarded the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Medical Student Research Grant in April. She will use this grant to perform her SRP research under the guidance of Milda Saunders, MD, MPH.

Eleanor Taranto, MS3 presented a poster on her research, co-authored by Michael Fishman, MS3, entitled “Public attitudes and knowledge about youth sports participation and concussion risk” this month at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2018 in Toronto, Canada. This work was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Lainie Ross, MD, Ph.D. Eleanor also became a correspondent for the “Curbsiders Internal Medicine” podcast last fall, where she researches, writes, and helps to produce episodes. In April, she spoke briefly on air for Episode 89, Conjunctivitis: Red Eye in Pr-eye-mary care.

Josh Waytz, MS4 published a paper entitled "JAMA Clinical Guideline Synopsis: Evaluation and Management of Patients with Syncope" as the first co-author in JAMA in February. This research was performed under the guidance of Adam Cifu, MD.

Margaret Wang, MS4 was selected to take part in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemiology Elective Program with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health.

Abigail Whitney, MS2 presented a poster on her research, co-authored by Michael Fishman, MS3, entitled “Preeme + You: Mobile technology and parental quality of life at the NICU” at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting 2018 in Toronto, Canada this month. This work was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Bree Andrews, MD.

Meng Wu, MS3 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “A Preliminary Analysis of the Association of Increased Risk of COPD Readmissions with Moderate to High OSA Risk” in April at the 2018 SGIM Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. This research was performed under the guidance of Valerie Press, MD, and Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Hanna Vollbrecht, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “The Relationship between Health Literacy and Technology Access and Use Among Inpatients” in April at the 2018 SGIM Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. This research was performed under the guidance of Valerie Press, MD, and Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Lucy Xu, MS3, has been named an AMA Chicago-Area Physician of Tomorrow. This competitive scholarship provides financial assistance to medical students facing medical school debt.

Isabel Yin, MS2 presented a poster on her research entitled “Best Practices for Radiological Imaging Communication: A Multi-Institutional Survey” at the AUR 66th Annual Meeting Health and Well-being of the Profession and the Professional in Orlando, FL this month. This work was related to SRP research performed under the guidance of Christopher Straus, MD.

Annie Zhang, MS1 presented a poster on her research, co-authored by Jim Li, MS1, Philip Hsu, MSTP, and Mark Chee, MS3 entitled “Building capacity for Asian health among medical students - a free clinic based approach” at the AAMC Continuum Connections in Orlando, IL in April. This research was performed under the guidance of Karen Kim, MD.