Winter 2017 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 Winter quarter of 2016-7 through March 22, 2017. Achievements from March 22 onwards will be included in the Spring Student Achievements article.

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Hasenin Al-khersan, MS4 published his work on “Vision Loss in a Teenage Girl with Post-Concussion Syndrome" in the November edition of JAMA Ophthalmology. Hasenin was also awarded a travel grant from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) to attend the annual conference in Baltimore where he presented his abstract entitled "Mutations in MERTK are not associated with age-related macular degeneration." Both research projects were done under the guidance of Michael Grassi, MD. Last month, Hasenin was also selected to be a “member-in-training” for the new initiative being implemented by ARVO. Under the Advocacy and Outreach Expert Development Pilot Program, ARVO aims to train “members-in training” to become more effective communicators of vision research to all audiences.

Bartlomiej Bartkowiak, PhD, MS2 gave an oral presentation on his research titled, “eCART Before the Hearse: Predicting Severe Adverse Events in Over 30,000 Surgical Inpatients” at the 12th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in Las Vegas, NV this February. This work was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Dana Edelson, MD.

Riley Brian, MS2 gave an oral presentation titled, "Evaluating the Impact of Clinical Librarians on Inpatient Rounds” during the 2017 CGEA Spring meeting. He won the CGEA 2017 Outstanding New Investigator Award for his presentation. This work was done under the guidance of Vineet Arora, MD.

Sonja Boatman, MS3 gave a poster presentation titled “Molecular Subtype-Specific Expression of Long Noncoding RNA Regulates Proliferation of Basal-like Breast Cancer Cells” at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas this December. This work was related to SRP and S&D research done under the guidance of Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD.

Dominic Catalano, MS4 presented his poster presentation on the “Advantages and Complications of Fisch Partial Mastoido-Tympanectomy for Tumors of the Retromandibular Fossa and Post-Styloid Spa” at the North American Skull Base Society Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. This research was related to S&D work completed under the guidance of Michael Gluth, MD.

Arjun Dayal, MS4 and Usama Qadri, MS4 published a lead article with Daniel M O’Connor on their research entitled, “Comparison of Male vs Female Resident Milestone Evaluations by Faculty during Emergency Medicine Residency Training” in the March edition of JAMA Internal Medicine. Their research was conducted under the mentorship of Vineet Arora, MD.

Karla Garcia-Huerta, MS4 received the National Medical Foundation National Alumni Council Scholarship in January and the Hispanocare Scholarship from Advocate Medical Center in October for her outstanding work and dedication to helping underserved communities.

Laura Glick, MS2 presented her poster entitled “Low-dose Metronidazole is Associated with a Decreased Rate of Endoscopic Recurrence of Crohn’s disease after Ileal Resection” at the European Crohn's and Colitis Organisation in Barcelona, Spain last month. Her work was performed under the guidance of David Rubin, MD and is related to her S&D and SRP research.

Yuxuan Hu, MS4 gave a poster presentation in February titled “FOG-2 Over-Expression leads to Electrical Remodeling in Atrial Cardiomyocytes” at the Gordon Research Conference in Ventura, CA. In conjunction with Alex Guzzetta, MS2, Yuxuan conducted this SRP related research under the guidance of Mika Broman, MD, PhD.

Olumuyiwa Idowu, MS4 will present his poster presentation titled, “Trend of Spine Surgeries in the Outpatient Hospital Setting vs. Ambulatory Surgical Center” at the New England Science Symposium in Boston, MA later this month. This work is related to S&D research done under the guidance of Michael Lee, MD.

Matthew Jones, MS2 presented his research on Hematology/Oncology at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA this December. This work was performed under the guidance of Lucy Godley, MD, PhD.

Balaji Jothishankar, MS2 presented his poster on the “Frequent Loss of T-Cell Receptor-Beta (TCRβ) Expression at Transformation in Mycosis Fungoides (MF/SS)” at the 2017 USCAP Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX this month. Balaji’s presentation is related to his SRP and S&D work conducted under the guidance of Farah Abdulla, MD.

Kevin Kennedy, MS1 published an article in the Baltimore Sun that he coauthored with Adam Cifu, MD, entitled “Clinical Trials Fall Short in Determining Drug Safety”.

Sunny Kung, MS3 published an article entitled “Determinants of Patient-Centered Financial Stress in Patients with Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer” in the Journal of Oncology Practice last month. This work was related to her SRP research conducted under the guidance of Jonas De Souza, MD.

Monica Matsumoto, MS2 will present her research on the “Health Needs of Refugees: Port of Arrival versus Permanent Camp Settings” during the Consortium of Universities for Global Health 8th Annual Conference in Washington D.C. this April.  This work is related to S&D research performed under the guidance of Aisha Sethi, MD.

Lisa Ni, MS2 presented her poster presentation on the “Impact of Cardiac Dose on Cardiac Events and Survival in Unresectable Lung Cancer Patients” at the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, CA this March. This research was related to her SRP work conducted under the guidance of Renuka Malik, MD.

Frank Qian, MS2 presented his poster entitled “Breast cancer risk prediction using a polygenic risk score in women of African ancestry: findings from GWAS in Breast Cancer in the African Diaspora" in December at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas. Additionally, Frank served as a co-author on the related paper titled “Genome-wide association studies in women of African ancestry identified 3q26.21 as a novel susceptibility locus for estrogen receptor negative breast cancer" which was published in Human Molecular Genetics. Frank’s work was performed under his two mentors Dezheng Huo, MD PhD and Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD. Frank is also a part of a group of medical students that have launched The Palate, a peer-reviewed online medical publication for medical students. They are currently looking for interested students who would like to contribute; please contact editorinchief@thepalate.org for more information.

Raphael Rabinowitz, MS4 presented his poster on “A Zebra in the Tundra: A Unique Case of Acute Hepatorenal Injury” during the ACP Conference in San Diego, CA. His work was performed under the guidance of Bina Patel, MD.

Claire Smith, MS3 gave an oral presentation on “Positive Communication during Awake Surgical Procedures” at the Academic Surgical Congress of 2017 in Las Vegas, NV this February. This work was related to SRP and S&D research performed under the guidance of Nancy Schindler, MD, MHPE.

Jacob Tallman, MS3 presented a poster on his research entitled, “Impact of Perioperative Infection on Cancer – Specific Survival after Nephrectomy for Renal Cell Carcinoma” during the Society of Urologic Oncology Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX this month. This research was related to S&D work performed under the guidance of Scott Eggener, MD.

Margaret Wang, MS4 presented her research titled, “Global perspective on cervical cancer screening" in Chinese to over 600 obstetrician-gynecologists in Yunnan, China and Inner Mongolia. Furthermore, Margaret was selected out of 2,100 applicants to serve as a 2017 delegate at the Yenching Global Symposium at Peking University, which occurred in January.