May 2015 Updates

Student Group Events

Orthopedic Student Interest Group

5/8/15

The Orthopedic Student Interest Group (OSIG) hosted a breakfast event on 05/08/2015 with a panel of BUSM 4th years who were matched into orthopedic residency programs. The panel included Patrick Conin and Askash Shah. The event was a success and everyone gained valuable advice from the panelists. – Karina Lo

Radiology Interest Group

5/7/15

On May 7th, the Radiology Interest Group hosted its 2015 Match panel. Matched 4th years and fellows from BMC’s radiology department served as panelists. Together, they answered questions about why they decided on radiology and what is appealing about a career in radiology. They also provided valuable information about the application process, focusing on who to ask for recommendation letters. – Anoop Ravilla

Student Oncology Society

5/4/15

The Student Oncology Society held a screening of the film “Wit”, a film based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson. The film revolves around Vivian Bearing, an English literature professor grappling with her diagnosis of metastatic stage IV ovarian cancer and her inevitable death, and touches on issues of palliative and end-of-life care and portrays a uniquely humanistic perspective of a terminally ill cancer patient. The screening was followed by discussion with Dr. Lisa Norton from geriatrics about these issues. – Jane Lock

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Pyongyang International Conference of Medical Students

5/8/15

The second annual PICoMS (Pyongyang International Conference of Medical Students) took place on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at the PMC [Pyongyang Medical College] Digital Library in Pyongyang, DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea/North Korea]. The objective of this conference was to exchange medical information, achievements, solutions, to encourage solidarity between all medical students of Korean heritage, and continue to engage the North Korean counterparts for open dialogue regarding health and socioeconomic development. Due to the small number of students and doctors involved, it was organized as a small group lecture and discussion lasting from 9 AM to 4 PM. From the US side, two doctors and one medical student lectured and discussed with 10-15 PMC students, who were mostly in their 6th or 7th [final year]. Lectures included: Introduction to Radiology! from Dr. Jeff Choh, Interventional Radiologist; Introduction to Primary Care from Dr. Christine Jun, Hospitalist; Introduction to Liver Diseases by Dr. Alice Lee, Hepatologist; and How to Think Like a Doctor from Elizabeth Park, 4th year medical student. A Q&A session followed each lecture and at the end, the team received feedback on future direction of the discussions and topics students would like covered next time. The team’s goal for the next gathering included bringing in a patient from one of the referral hospitals in Pyongyang and conducting a history and physical exam workshop for the students. – Elizabeth Park

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Thoracic Society International Conference

5/19/15

On 05/19/15, I attended and presented at the 2015 International American Thoracic Society Meeting in Denver, CO. I presented research done at BUMC The Pulmonary Center entitled “Sustained Association between Early Goals of Care Meetings in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Reduced Readmissions to Hospital”. This was presented to an audience of medical students, residents, fellows, and attendings from across the world. Additionally, a facilitator allowed for formal discussion among similar research posters. – Sagar Patelsagarpatel

American Thoracic Society International Conference

5/18/15

American Thoracic Society (ATS 2015) is an international conference and a mainstay annual event bringing together researchers, physicians, and educators from several specialties including anesthesia, pulmonary, and critical care medicine, among others. I was able to attend this year’s meeting year in beautiful Denver, CO where I presented my poster entitled “Comparison of Flow Measurements Using a Pneumotachograph and Hot-Wire Anemometer during Mechanical Ventilation with Volatile Anesthetics.” This was a tremendous educational and networking experience, both in discussing this work with my peers and in receiving feedback from several experts in the field. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have attended this international meeting; it served as motivation and a positive reminder of how basic scientific advancements can improve the lives of patients! through translational research discoveries. – Jarred Mondonedo

American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting

5/15/15

On May 15 to May 17, I was able to attend the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting with members of the Geriatrics Section at Boston Medical Center. During the conference, I had the opportunity to help present the work I did with the Geriatrics Department on a quality improvement project to decrease preventable ED visits by geriatric clinic patients. It was a great experience to see the leaders in Geriatrics gather to present their work that ranged from the newest research in drug therapies, to innovative models of care, and policy updates and goals to improve access and care for the geriatric population. It also featured a number of clinical workshops, where I was able to learn how to do knee and shoulder injections and role plays of delivering difficult news. It was a great time to learn from and interact with the awesome providers in our ! geriatric department, as well as fellow students from other medical schools interested in geriatrics. If students have the opportunity or an interest in geriatrics, they should definitely go! – Bert LiuAGS

American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting

5/15/15

I was fortunate to be able to present my research poster entitled “Clinician Perspectives on the Impact of Family Meeting Simulation Training” during the Presidential Poster Session at the American Geriatrics Society 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting. The conference also afforded the opportunities to attend a wide range of lectures from Medicare policy updates to tips on how to start family meetings about end of life care as well as meet with mentors in the fields of Geriatrics and Palliative Care. Attached is a picture of my poster at the conference. – Celeste PeayAGS-poster

Annual Society of Investigative Dermatology Meeting

5/8/15

From May 7th to May 9th, I attended the 2015 Annual Society of Investigative Dermatology Meeting in Atlanta together with Dr Lichtman to present a poster of a retrospective study on predictive risk factors for the development of digital ulcers in patients with systemic sclerosis and to give a talk on our research results on the role of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells in wound healing. Through discussions of our research results with other dermatologists and scientists from around the country, we came away with more insight and ideas for future studies. I also had the opportunity to attend lectures and a variety of mini-symposia sessions which covered recent advances in melanoma, skin cancer and autoimmunity among others. – Sarah Anne Kam

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Conference

5/7/15

I traveled to Denver, CO to present a quality improvement project at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference 2015. My poster was entitled “Reducing Refractive Surprises Following Cataract Surgery” and detailed specific departmental interventions leading to improved postoperative outcomes for patients. I presented a poster of my findings. It was a great learning experience and I am thankful that SCOMSA helped to fund this work. – Nina Farivari
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