January 2014 Updates

To view SCOMSA  minutes from January’s meeting, click here.


Student Group Events

Boston University Developmental Disabilities Group


Dr. Florez of the Mass General Adult Down Syndrome Clinic gave a presentation on continuation of care for adults with Down syndrome. He discussed the many health care issues associated with Down Syndrome, and how care for patients with Down Syndrome has changed over the past few decades. 

Global Health Equity Program


Dr. Curt Nordgaard, a pediatric resident at BMC spoke about his work co-founding a small non-profit, the Just Health Network. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the health care systems of northern Uganda, a region recovering from decades of war and its associated atrocities. He had just returned from his trip to Uganda and discussed the region, his work there as well as global health and non-profit work that medical school students may be interested in.

MMS, AMWA, BMC Family Planning, Medical Students for Choice


Multiple organizations held a screening of After Tiller, a documentary exploring the state of third-trimester abortions in the US after Dr. Tiller’s murder in 2009. Students were able to learn a little about the highly controversial subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. The film paints a complex, compassionate portrait of these physicians who continue to risk their lives every day to do work that many believe is murder, but which they believe is profoundly important for their patients’ lives. Students were also able to ask questions to residents and other professionals from family planning and planned parenthood. We thank everyone for attending and SCOMSA for helping us provide food and refreshments for everyone!

BUSM Historical Society 


Dr. Jim Brust, a BUSM ’68 alumnus, presented on “The Extraordinary History of the Boston University School of Medicine”. Dr. Brust is a psychiatrist in California and a renowned historian. He has written essays on famous historical figures like Mary Lincoln and George Custer, but has a special interest in the history of BUSM. This was Dr. Brust’s second time traveling from California to give this talk. The dinner event was sponsored by BU School of Medicine Alumni Association and SCOMSA. Over twenty students and faculty members attended this event.  

Student Presentations at National Conferences

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine


I attended and presented at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 40th Anniversary Conference on Medical Student Education at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, TN. I co-presented the “Acute Presentations Workshop: Using Simulation to Teach “High Stakes” Clinical Situations in a Safe Environment” with Dr. Miriam Hoffman of the BU Department of Family Medicine. We presented a simulation done by every 3rd year medical student during their Family Medicine clerkship in which the SimMan presents in an acutely ill state, ultimately codes, and is revived by the students. During the presentation we reviewed the Yerkes-Dodson Law, which compares students’ level of performance with their level of arousal, to exemplify that students perform best with a moderate amount of stress in a safe environment. – Annie Jack

Annual UW Big Sky Radiology Conference


The Annual UW Big Sky Radiology Conference is a great conference for anyone interested in learning more about imaging techniques or radiology in general. Radiologists from across the country with different backgrounds give clinical lectures on the appropriate imaging techniques for certain differential diagnoses, present interesting cases, as well as discuss how to have effective conversations with patients regarding why certain procedures are being done, possible radiation risk, and other common concerns. There are a number of specialties represented from mammography to pediatric imaging to metastatic disease. – Kristen Wood
Radiology Conference

Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting (Department of Otolaryngology)


I participated in the 2014 Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting by presenting a poster that outlined a project that was completed through Boston Medical Center’s Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery department. The event was held in Miami and took place over the weekend of January 10-12th. Throughout my time there, I was able to learn about several new studies taking place at major academic centers across the US. There were also some very interesting lecture series that were organized by some of the heads of different subspecialties within ENT, for example, “My Worst Case Ever,” which was presented by 5 prominent rhinologists. My poster was entitled, “Changes in the Jugular Bulb Associated with Sacrifice of the Internal Jugular Vein”. – Dominick Gadaleta
Primary teaching affiliate
of BU School of Medicine