December 2015 Updates

Student Group Events

BUSM American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology

12/04/15

Dr. Linda Heffner on December 4, 2015 gave a very interesting talk about her career as well as giving great advice for when students are seeking research projects. She had a power point presentation to follow along with, which I believe was useful to the students. Dr. Heffner also supplied the students with hand outs containing basic information about clinical research as well as a handout with names and projects currently in progress in the OB-GYN department at BMC. Overall I would say the talk was well received and helpful. – Andrea Molina

BUSM Otolaryngology Interest Group

12/02/15

During this event, Dr. Anand Devaiah, an otolaryngologist at BMC, introduced medical students to the field of otolaryngology. In addition to describing aspects of the field and the application process, Dr. Devaiah walked through otolaryngology procedures while making connections to the head and neck anatomy that was just reviewed by first years at their end of their anatomy course. – Neha Gangasani

BUSM Family Medicine Interest Group

12/02/15

On Dec. 2, 2015, a group of students attended a talk with Dr. Wilkinson organized by the Family Medicine Interest Group. Dr. Wilkinson shared clinical stories of her own experience, highlighting differences between inpatient and outpatient work, in a more small-town setting in Rhode Island versus urban BMC. Students enjoyed stories about going the extra mile for patients, strategies to reach patients who might be uncomfortable with doctors, and the strange coincidences that sometimes crop up in primary care. – Emily Kemper

BUSM Disability Illness Interest Group

12/10/15

Dr. Siegel and Julie McKinney (parent of Dr. Siegel’s patient) shared her journey of her son being diagnosed with a very rare disease and managing his condition. Ms. McKinney led the conversation and shared her story and Dr. Siegel added to the story with medical details. The audience was mostly first year medical students who were encouraged to ask questions and join in the conversation. The students expressed interest and many were fascinated by McKinney’s journey and also learned about many challenges of caring for a child and patient with a rare disease. – Kristine Kim

BUSM Creative Arts Society

12/12/15

Over 40 medical students collaborated to paint a beautiful mural in the East Newton SICU family waiting room. Students expressed their creative sides to create a Cape Cod beach scene, which will be a calming presence for friends and families of patients in a stressful time at BMC. – Melissa Warstadt

BUSM American Medical Women’s Association

12/15/15

AMWA invited Dr. Kristyn Brandi – Family Planning Fellow in the Department of OB/GYN at BMC – to hold an interactive workshop on contraception. She talked about the different methods of contraception and the risks/benefits of each as well as bringing in contraceptive kits such as IUDs for students to practice on. She integrated into the talk ethics in women’s medicine, particularly ethics and culture around birth control. – Mythri Subramaniam

BUSM Medicine and Business Association

12/18/15

This event was intended to raise awareness in the BUSM community for The Medicine and Business Association. We spoke with first year students about the upcoming elective, and had a pre-pong feast.

There were 9 teams total. Team, “Trash Brothers” destroyed all competition and took home the golden paddles. The Medicine and Business Association would like to congratulate The Trash Bros: Connor Baharozian and Steven Soler. Big win. – Nathan Barr

Student Presentation at National Conference

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

12/08/15

The IHI National Forum in Orlando, FL, was a fantastic way to learn more about the various quality improvement efforts implemented across the nation. Like every IHI event, attendees left feeling inspired and energized by the training and momentum brought to the conference by great keynote speakers such as Dr. Don Berwick and Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Showing their strong presence in the world of quality improvement, BUSM/BMC students, residents, nurses, and attending physicians presented over 15 posters and facilitated two conference workshops. Our very own internal medicine resident and QI lead Dr. Lakshman Swamy Co-chaired the National Forum. Any student interested in attending this one-of-a-kind event next year is strongly encouraged to do so. Contact your IHI leaders at buihi@bu.edu for help on how to get there! – Helene Sterling

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

12/08/15

Along with a group of BU students I attended the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Conference in sunny Orlando, Florida to present a quality improvement(QI) project I am working on at BMC’s Pediatric Ward(We were surprised with a Runner-Up award for our poster!). It was a wonderful event, very well organized and helped me see my project in a much larger picture of improvement being done all over the country and even from other countries! It was fun to meet like-minded students and hear from experts on a variety of topics including how to best incorporate QI in the hospital setting, addressing social determinants of health through QI, and how important medical students and residents can be in accomplishing these projects to affect hospital policy from within. I would encourage anyone interested in QI to attend, and I am grateful that BUSM through SCOMSA is ! able to help defray the financial responsibility of attending such a conference.  – Julio Martinez

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

12/08/15

I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the 27th Annual Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s National Forum in Orlando, FL. The theme of this years Forum was “recharge” and my experience at the Forum definitely achieved this goal. I returned to BUSM reinvigorated and inspired to continue my QI work. Highlights of the forum included, the 8th Annual IHI Open School Chapter Congress, where students formed interdisciplinary teams and took part in a simulated QI project, lectures on “Hotspotting” in Pediatrics, as well as Delivering High Value Care in the NICU. My time at the forum concluded with a Keynote address by Irving “Magic” Johnson and the storyboard session where I presented my QI project “Out Smarting Trisomy 21 Standards of Care with EPIC “Smartphrases””
Thank you SCOMSA and BUSM for your support in allowing me to attend this amazing event. – Michael Stratton

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

12/08/15

The Institute of Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum is an annual conference that brings together leaders of health care quality and patient safety from all over the world. With more than 5,000 attendees from different professional backgrounds, the forum provides a great opportunity to network with and learn from innovators and experts of health care improvement. During the span of the conference, there were multiple seminars, interactive workshops, guest speakers and a poster reception, where I had the privilege of presenting our QI project conducted at the Department of Internal Medicine at Boston Medical Center. I really enjoyed sharing our research with other attendees and receiving their feedback, as well as interacting with and learning from other fellow students. I also enjoyed the very inspiring keynote speakers’ talks, which included former President and CE! O of the IHI Donald Berwick, motivational speaker Magic Johnson, and social entrepreneur and activist Craig Kielburger. Overall, my entire experience there was intellectually stimulating and further motivated me to pursue more work in quality improvement and patient safety. – Sherif Aly

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

12/08/15

The Annual IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care was a very exciting and engaging event for students, doctors and other health care workers who attended. I enjoyed the keynote speaker events by IHI leadership as well as Magic Johnson who spoke about his personal journey with physicians and the healthcare field, as well as his HIV/AIDS charity work. We also attended workshops on a number of topics including successful QI projects and how to find joy in the workplace. There was a large group of BMC medical students, residents and employees who attended and we were very supportive of one another’s poster presentations and kept each other company in this large conference of more than 5,000 people! – Sara Holmstrom

National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care

12/08/15

During the 27th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care, I had the opportunity to present a poster along with other members of my team, Julio Martinez and Kat Xu, about our quality improvement project. Our poster was titled “Addressing Health Disparity by Increasing In-person Interpreter Participation during Family-Centered Morning Rounds.” Our project aimed to increase the participation of in-person interpreters in the inpatient pediatric ward at BMC during rounding encounters with patients and families with limited-English proficiency. It was an amazing experience to be able to showcase our work during the conference and to meet health professionals of multiple disciplines, all with a passion for improvement in health care. – Lizzeth Alarcon

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

12/08/15

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum serves as an annual conference where those involved in patient safety and quality improvement in medicine are able to convene and discuss current issues and new ideas pertinent to these respective fields. My presence at this four-day conference strongly enhanced my medical education by allowing me to interact with many leaders in QI and patient safety, including Dr. Bob Wachter and Dr. Donald Berwick. I also had the opportunity to present quality improvement work that I have been conducting at BUSM regarding medical student participation in quality improvement initiatives during their third-year clinical clerkships – Justin Slade
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