Spring 2019 Student Accomplishments

Each quarter, we gather the various achievements—publications, presentations, awards, and more—of our students to showcase their accomplishments. This article encompasses honors from spring quarter of 2019 through May 1, 2019. Achievements from May 2 onwards will be included in the Summer Student Achievements article.

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Femi Adams, MS4 wrote an abstract that was accepted for his research entitled “Discontinuous to Continuous Therapy with 0.2 µg/day Fluocinolone Acetonide implant (FAc) Leads to Reduction in Treatment Frequency” by the 2019 ARVO Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia this April. This work was related to S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Hariprasad Seenu, MD. Femi also had his work “Macular thickness amplitude changes when switching from discontinuous to continuous therapy for diabetic macular edema” published in the BMJ Open Ophthalmology In February.

Daniel Ahn, MS1 received the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Medical Student Research Grant.

Cyrus Alavi, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Characterizing Fatigability in Hospitalized Patients with Anemia” at the Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Conference 2019, in National Harbor, MD this March. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Micah Prochaska, MD, MS.

Abena Appah-Sampong, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Predicting Future Disparities for Black and White US Adults Living With Type 2 Diabetes” at the Society of General  Internal Medicine in Washington, DC this May. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Neda Laiteerapong, MD.

Rilwan Babajide, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “The Effect of Red Blood Cell Transfusion on Fatigability in Hospitalized Patients with Anemia” at the 2019 SGIM Annual Meeting in Washington, DC this May. This work was related to SRP and S&D research, was co-authored by Cyrus Alavi, MS2, and performed under the guidance of Micah Prochaska, MD, MS.

Sarah Bhattacharjee, MS1 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Preoperative corticosteroid joint injections within two weeks of shoulder arthroscopies increase postoperative infection risk” at the New England Science Symposium in Boston, MA this April. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Lewis Shi, MD. Sarah also gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “Are opioids a risk factor for nonunion in long bone fractures?” at the National Student Research Forum in Galveston, Tx this April. This work was related to SRP research, co-authored by Sean Pirkle, MS2, and was performed under the guidance of Michael Lee, MD.

Stephanie Bi, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Improving Shared Decision Making for Asian American Pacific Islander Sexual and Gender Minorities” at the Society of General Internal Medicine 2019 in Washington, D.C. this May. This work was related to SRP research and was performed under the guidance of Marshall Chin, MD, MPH.

Riley Brian, MS4 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Patient Education and Expectations for Colorectal Surgery" and "Comparing Staging Assignments Based on the 7th and 8th editions of the American Joint Committee on Cancer staging system for breast cancer” at the Huggins Symposium in Chicago, IL this February. This work was related to S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Ben Shogan, MD.

Katherine Brito, MS1 attended the Medical Students for Choice’s Abortion Training Institute in Philadelphia, PA this January.    

Paige-Ashley Campbell, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “CDK1 is induced by temozolomide in a p50/Bcl3 dependent manner in glioblastoma” at the 1st Annual Student Neurosurgical Research Conference in Providence, RI this February. This work was related to S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Bakhtiar Yamini, MD.

Mark Chee, MS4 gave an oral presentation on his work entitled “Assessing Physician and Nurse Practitioner Knowledge and Perceptions of Generic Drugs to IMPROVE Primary Care” at the FDA Research Grant Closeout Report in Silver Springs, MD this March. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Lindsay Chun, MS4 gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “Rapid Pathogen Identification with MALDI-TOF MS and Rapid Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing for In-Vitro Endophthalmitis” at the Association for Research in Vision and Aphthalmology 2019 International Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia this April. This work was performed under the guidance of Dimitra Akondra, MD, PhD.

David Cook, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Development and Pilot of a Protocol to Reduce Unnecessary Monitoring and Improve Hospitalized Children's Sleep” at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum in Orlando, FL last December. David also gave a podium presentation on his work entitled “Improving Hospitalized Children’s Sleep by Reducing Excessive Overnight Blood Pressure Monitoring” at the American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Education Meeting this March. These works were related to SRP research and was performed under the guidance of Nicola Orlov, MP, MPH and Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP. David was also the First author of his work “Benchmarks of duration and magnitude of opioid consumption after total hip and knee arthroplasty: a database analysis of 69,368 patients” which was published in The Journal of Arthroplasty last December. This work was co-authored by Sam Kaskovich, MS2 and Sean Pirkle, MS2 and was performed under the guidance of Michael Lee, MD and Lewis Shi, MD.

Rahul Dadwani, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Promoting Value in Medical Education and the Broader Community Using Student-Led Initiatives” at the AAMC in Minneapolis, MN this June. This work was co-authored by Sarah Follman, MS2 and performed under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Lia DeRoin, MS2 received the American Society of Hematology’s Minority Medical Student Award for her work entitled “Clinical Factors Associated with Culture Failure or Delay in Skin Fibroblasts Grown for Germline Genetic Testing” performed under the guidance of Jane Churpek, MD.

Ayesha Dholakia, MS3 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Determining the Needs of Survivors of Pediatric Critical Illness” at the Society of Critical Care Medicine 48th Congress in San Diego, CA this February. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Neethi Pinto, MD, MS.

Sarah Follman, MS2 spoke on a panel at the STARS (Students and Trainees Advocating for Resource Stewardship) Conference in Austin, Tx this January.  The panel discussion was about the Choosing Wisely work she and Rahul Dadwani, MS2 performed under Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Laura Glick, MS4 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “A Case of Good's Syndrome Complicated by Erythema Multiforme” at the Society of Hospital Medicine in National Harbor, MD this March. This worked was performed under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Matthew Goodsmith, MS2 gave a guided poster presentation on his work entitled “The Impact of Biomarker Screening and Cascade Genetic Testing on the Cost-Effectiveness of MODY Genetic Testing” at ENDO 2019 in New Orleans, LA this March. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Elbert Huang, MD, MPH.

Octavio Herrera, MS2 gave an oral presentation on his work entitled “Intervention to increase emergency department physical therapy evaluations for fallen older adults” at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, in Las Vega, NV this May. This work was related to S&D and SRP researched and was performed under the guidance of Teresita Hogan, MD.

Tyrone Johnson, MS3 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Coping with Community Violence: A Mixed Methods Study of Adult Responses to Chronic Trauma” at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this May. This work was co-authored by Madison Wilson, MS2 and Nichole Smith, MS2 and was performed under the guidance of Elizabeth Tung, MD.

Olivia Jordan, MS3 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “The Role of Family on Diabetes Management for Latino Adults” at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this May. This work was related to SRP research and performed under the guidance of Arshiya Baig, MD, MPH.

Ryan Judd, MS2 gave an oral presentation on his work entitled “Chicago Data to Care Pilot: A review of eHARS matching and collaboration” at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, GA this March. This work was related to SRP research and was performed under the guidance of Jessica Ridgeway, MD.

Lakshmi Kirkire, MS3 gave a poster presentation on her work at the AAMC Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) in Grand Rapids, MI this March. This work was related to S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Rachel Wolfson, MD.

Alice Lee, MS4 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “A Challenging Headspace: Recognizing and Treating Epstein-Barr Virus Meningoencephalitis in a Complex Patient” at the American College of Physicians Abstract Competition in Philadelphia, PA this April. This work was performed under the guidance of Mim Ari, MD.

Cody Lee, MS3 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Financial Impact of MRI in the Treatment of Foot and Ankle Osteomyelitis” at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting 2019 in Las Vegas, NV this March. This work was performed under the guidance of Kelly Hynes, MD.

Gena Lenti, MS2 gave a walk and talk presentation on her work entitled “Generic Prescribing of Oral Contraceptives among Internal Medicine Physicians” at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. this May. This work was related to S&D and SRP research and was performed under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP.

Suellen Li, MS4 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Breast Cancer and the Environment: A Pilot Study of Nigerian Women” at the CUGH 10th Annual Global Health Conference in Chicago, IL this March. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD.

Frank Qian, MS4 gave an oral presentation on his work entitled "Omega-3 Fatty Acid Biomarkers and Incident Type 2 Diabetes: An Individual Participant-level Pooling Project of 20 Prospective Cohort Studies" at the American Heart Association 2019 epi/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions in Houston, TX this March. This work was related to SRP research and performed under the guidance of Qi Sun, MD, ScD. For this conference, Frank was awarded an Early Investigator Travel Award; he was one of five recipients of this award.

Rohan Shah, MS1 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Advances in Quantitative Histone ChIP” at the Keystone Symposia: Epigenetics and Human Disease in Banff, Alberta, Canada this March. This work was performed under the guidance of Alexander Ruthenburg, PhD.

Jesse Siegel, MS2 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Olfactory Dysfunction in Smokers Persists for 15 Years After Cessation and is an Early Biomarker for Cardiovascular Disease” at the Charles B. Huggins Symposium in Chicago, IL this February.  This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Jayant Pinto, MD.

Kathryn Thompson, MS2 gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “The Emmaus Project: Stories of Suffering and Healing through a Christian Lens — a Qualitative Study of Aging Seniors” at the Conference on Medicine and Religion in Durham, NC this March. This work was related to S&D research and was performed under the guidance of John Yoon, MD.

Elise Timtim, MS4 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Treatment of Retinopathy of Prematurity with Intravitreal Bevacizumab in Infants Weighing 500 Grams or Less at Birth” at the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in San Diego, CA this Match. This work was performed under the guidance of Sarah Hilkert Rodriguez, MD.

Katherine Tran, MS2 gave an oral presentation on her work entitled “Geographic, Clinical, and Demographic Factors Associated with Pediatric Mental Health Readmissions” at the Pediatric Academic Societies in Baltimore, MD this April. This work was related to SRP and S&D research and was performed under the guidance of Sara Toomey, MD.

Jasmine Tzeggai, MS2 gave a poster presentation on her work entitled “Enhancing Communication and CKD Health Outcomes” at the National Kidney Foundation 2019 Spring Clinical Meeting in Boston, MA this May. This work was relation to S&D and SRP research and was performed under the guidance of Milda Saunders, MD.

Aaron Wallace, MS3 had his work "Postoperative course following complex major pediatric urologic surgery: a single surgeon experience" published in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery this February. This work was related to SRP research and was performed under the guidance of Mohan Gundeti, MD.

Colin Wang, MS1 was selected to be a member of the Obama Foundation Community Leadership Corps, a six-month leadership training program focusing on community organizing and project management. The program will culminate in a capstone project in service of a community organization in Chicago. Colin also received the Medical Student Research Grant from the Radiological Society of North America

Michael Zhang, MS3 gave a poster presentation on his work entitled “Two-Year Ocular and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes Among Infants Treated for Retinopathy of Prematurity Using a Commercial Claims D” at AAPOS in San Diego, CA this March. This work was performed under the guidance of Sarah Hilkert, MD.