March 2016 Updates

June 3rd, 2016

Student Group Events

BUSM Family Medicine Interest Group and Sports Medicine Interest Group

3/1/16

Dr. Green of BU Sports Medicine led an interactive shoulder exam for 25 first and second years. Students were taught how to preform tests for nerve impingement, musculoskeletal injury, and other common shoulder injuries. In addition, Dr. Green held a question and answer session about the lifestyle and typical work-week for sports medicine doctors. – Timothy Batter

BUSM Student for a National Health Program

3/5/16

The SNaHP Summit took place on May 5th at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and featured presentations from several BUSM students. The theme of this year’s conference was “New Frontiers in the Civil Rights Movement,” and it focused on the ways healthcare reform could contribute to civil rights, as well as how the healthcare reform movement could learn from the civil rights movement. BUSM students Andy Hyatt and Janine Petito led the afternoon plenary session, which shifted the day’s focus to political action in an election year. The event drew nearly 170 students from almost 50 institutions around the country, and allowed our BUSM chapter to network with newly forming chapters at Tufts, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins – connections that we have built upon since returning. – Andrew Olsen

Student Presentation at National Conferences

2016 CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting

3/3/16

The CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting focuses on improving medical education for students and residents studying women’s health. I presented a poster, entitled “Empowering Students for Improved Patient Outcomes: Prevention of Venous Thrombotic Events in Maternal Patients,” along with Molly Siegel. It was an incredible opportunity to present this research, which we have been working on this past year. Additionally, the conference allowed for great networking as there were many department chairs and residency program directors present. I attended many inspiring sessions and learned a lot from my time at the conference. – Farnaz Farhi

74th Annual Academy of Dermatology

3/6/16

I had the pleasure of presenting a case of pilomatricomas (a rare hair follicle tumor) at the 74th annual American Academy of Dermatology national meeting held in Washington D.C. In addition to presenting the case, I had the opportunity to meet other medical students who share similar interests and leaders of the field who are shaping the future of dermatology. – Edward Bae

February 2016 Updates

June 3rd, 2016

Student Group Events

BUSM Internal Medicine Interest Group

2/10/16

This evening event brought to the BUSM campus residents and faculty from two separate Internal Medicine-Pediatrics combined Residency programs; Boston Children’s Hospital and MGH. The panel was extensive: two program directors and 10 residents were on hand to expose students to the wide range of career choices and options available in this unique track. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and learn about this unique field. – Gabriel Lerner

BUSM Emergency Medicine Interest Group

2/25/16

EMIG organized a panel of residents and attending physicians from the ED to speak to first and second year students about what drew them into Emergency Medicine, the challenges they face, and the likes/dislikes of the field. 35 students attended the panel and posed questions about family life, integration with public health, patient connections, and etc. The 3rd year selective and the 4th year elective were mentioned as ways to take advantage of the opportunities offered at BUSM. – Han Xu

 

BUSM Global Health Equity Program

2/29/16

The Global Health Equity Program welcomed Dr. Paul Long, BMC resident in internal medicine, to come speak to students about his global health experiences in East India, from high school all the way through medical school. Students enjoyed hearing about his research experiences, his perspective on global health as a career in medicine and his pathway into global health. – Victoria Gore

 

Student Presentation at National Conference

Soka Education Conference

2/13/16-2/14/16

On February 13th and 14th, I attended the 12th annual Soka Education Conference held at Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, CA. The purpose of this conference is for educators and specialists from a variety of fields to explore the theory and practice of Soka Education pedagogy and humanistic education more generally. I presented my research on the application of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi’s theory of value-creation education in the doctor-patient relationship. I drew connections between his fundamental approach to humanistic education and the current, progressive approaches to education for patient empowerment described in medical literature. Given that I am only one a few alumni of the Soka Education system pursuing a career in medicine in the United States, I was excited to begin the discussion of what it might mean to practice humanism and Soka in the field of clinical m! edicine in the future. – Jacqueline Millsunnamed

 

January 2016 Updates

June 3rd, 2016

Student Group Events

BUSM Physicians for a National Health Program

1/11/16-1/15/16

Students in PNHP registered BUSM community members to vote throughout the week of 1/11-1/15. Information about the presidential candidates’ positions on healthcare was also shared and discussed with students. We hope that this can help to further inform students’ positions for the upcoming primaries and election. – Clara Zhu

BUSM American Women Medical Association

1/20/16

AMWA hosted a lunch talk about Women in Male Dominated Fields in Medicine. The talk was in a Q&A format with a panel of speakers:
- Dr. Linda Ng – Urology
- Dr. Smita Ramanadham – Plastic Surgery
- Dr. Virginia Litle – Thoracic Surgery
- Margaret Cooke – MS4
We had a great turnout of approximately 45 students attend the lunch talk – a mix of MS1s and MS2. The panelists spoke about their respective fields, what it was like training in and now practicing in male-dominated and competitive fields in medicine, and what medical students who are interested in such or similar fields can do during their educational training to be good candidates to match into these fields. The lunch talk was very well-received, and many students reached out thereafter to the panelists to talk to them more, for shadowing opportunities, etc. – Pooja Shah

BUSM Maimonides Society

1/20/16

Dr. Grodin spoke in memory of Dr. Berger, a previous chair of cardiac surgery at BMC, who passed away on January 1st 2016. Dr. Grodin spoke about Nazi doctors and issues related medical ethics. He described the Nuremberg trials and the twin experiments conducted during the Holocaust. At the end of the event, some of the faculty spoke about Dr. Berger adn how he influenced many people’s lives. – Samuel Rubin

BUSM Physicians for a National Health Program, Student National Medical Association and Latino Medical Student Association

1/22/16

Physicians for a National Health Program, the Student National Medical Association, and the Latino Medical Student Association partnered for a journal club on racial justice in medicine. The discussion was based an editorial about the White Coats for Black Lives Movement and challenges faced by patients, students, and physicians of color. Students also discussed future ways for physicians to target inequities in our healthcare system. – Clara Zhu

BUSM Student National Medical Association

1/28/16

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) hosted an event featuring Dr. Shunda MacGahee of the Department of Mental Health entitled, “Mental Health in the Homeless.” Students were engaged in learning the the structure of the DMH in Massachusetts and how theoretical homeless patients could move through the DMH system to receive the treatment and resources that are so necessary to their wellbeing. – Alexis Gadson  

 

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December 2015 Updates

February 3rd, 2016

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

November 2015 Updates

February 3rd, 2016

Student Group Events

BUSM Sports Medicine Interest Group

11/30/15

Dr. Alysia Green, who specializes in Sports Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine at BMC, and the Sports Medicine Interest Group hosted an interactive knee exam workshop for medical students. During the workshop, Dr. Green gave students a brief introduction to Sports Medicine, reviewed the anatomy of the knee, went through mechanisms of injury, and taught students how to perform a proper knee exam. Afterwards, students were able to practice their newly acquired skills on each other. – Neha Gangasani

BUSM Christian Medical and Dental Association

11/30/15

The BU Christian Medical and Dental Association held a dinner discussion on November 30, 2015 titled Where is God in Suffering?. A brief theological exposition was addressed by Adam Mabry MDiv and personal/patient accounts were given by Dr. Stephen Christiansen and Dr. Paul Long. This was a great opportunity for us to learn how faith often times plays a central role in our patient’s lives and how we, as healthcare providers, should be encouraged to understand their perspective to provide them the most comprehensive healthcare. – Maria Geba

BUSM Internal Medicine Interest Group and BUSM Pediatrics Interest Group

11/30/15

The IMIG and the Pediatrics Interest Group held a joint Clinical Case Conference event, focused on building the kinds of clinical reasoning and information gathering skills that students will need as 3rd year medical clerks. The case was led by Dr. Vishu Avutu from the Harvard combined residency program. Discussion focused on the initial patient presentation, HPI, PMH, differential diagnosis, as well as treatment and management of the underlying condition. – Gabriel Lerner

BUSM American Medical Women’s Association

11/20/15

The BUPD Safety Discussion/Demo was run by Sgt. Burke. He discusses everyday crime & other incidents & how to avoid them; about how to avoid becoming a victim by risk reduction, risk recognition & risk avoidance; and how simple life style changes can help you greatly reduce crimes of opportunity. Students participated in a demonstration of some basic self defense techniques. – Mythri Subramaniam

BUSM Clinical Neuroscience Society

11/18/15

Dr. Cummings lead a group of students through a brain cutting. We reviewed neuroanatomy as well as pathology as would be done in autopsy. – Katelyn Trecartin

BUSM Global Health Equity Program

11/18/15

The Global Health Equity Program warmly welcomed Dr. Lara Antkowiak, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Students enjoyed hearing about her work in maternal and child health in the Dominican Republic, the importance of exclusive breastfeeding to child health worldwide, and the amazing opportunities that exist when collaborating with Community Health Workers. – Victoria Gore

BUSM Outreach Van Project, Advocacy Training Program, Internal Medicine Interest Group, Emergency Medicine Interest Group

11/17/15

Over 80 students came together to learn about the severe addiction epidemic that is occurring in Massachusetts. Alex Walley came and shared about the experience of working with individuals with substance abuse issues and shared practical ways in which students can get involved. Importantly, students were taught the correct way to approach someone who may be overdosing and what steps that they could take in such an emergency. Students also received information about picking up narcan kits at Shapiro Pharmacy. The event concluded with a hands-on naloxone administration training with practice kits. – Saikrishna Kugabalasooriar

BUSM Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association

11/14/15

BU APAMSA traveled to San Fransisco to attend the 2015 Hepatitis B/C Conference hosted by the national medical student association APAMSA. We had the privilege to hear from some of the most prominent experts in their field who are also familiar with the health disparity regarding Hepatitis B and C in Asian communities. – David Hui, Jessica Ng, William Kim 

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BUSM Integrative Medicine

11/12/15

A mix of first and second years attended this meditation session led by one of BMC’s Integrative Medicine physicians. Dr. Saper talked about his path towards meditation, how he has strengthened his practice, and how his practice has been a source of strength during challenges in medicine. Students had the opportunity to ask questions and share their experiences and goals in coming to meditation session. Then he lead students in a 25 min guided loving kindness meditation. Afterwards we shared our reactions to the exercise. Overall, students were exposed to a unique form of meditation, guided loving kindness, and learned one example of how a practicing physician relies on such practices to protect against burn out. – Lisa Voltarelli20151112_MeditationWithDrSaper

 

BUSM American Medical Association/ Massachusetts Medical Association

11/12/15

The BUSM chapter of AMA/MMS attended the AMA Medical Students Section 2015 Interim Conference in Atlanta, GA this month, along with 750 other medical students. While representing our school, the state of Massachusetts, and the New England region, we engaged in lively debates about such important topics as the use of incentives to increase the national organ donor pool, the disclosure of drug use history in public assistance programs, clinical documentation, and autonomy in clinical decision-making for patients with differences of sexual development. Many resolutions were passed by the students’ section on to the physicians’ section of the AMA, with the opportunity of then becoming official AMA policy. – Rohan Rastogi12241283_10153318496143727_439660355038053235_n

BUSM Clinical Neuroscience Society
11/12/15

We invited a magician and a neurobiologist to explain illusions. It was a very well-attended events with over a hundred participants including graduate students. The students and faculty enjoyed it very much. – Jessica Ng

BUSM Integrative Medicine and Student Nutrition Awareness and Action Council
11/10/15

On November 10, Integrative Medicine and SNAAC co-hosted an event with Tracey Burg, who spoke to a large group of M1 and M2 students about both mindful and mindless eating. She asked students to think through questions on eating habits, discussed portion sizes that lead to mindless eating, and incorporated an interactive mindful eating activity with raisins. Students learned many tips from the event and enjoyed catered food along with butternut squash soup made by Tracey Burg from ingredients at BMC’s food pantry. – Lisa Voltarelli11102015-Mindful-Eating

BUSM Historical Society
11/10/15

BUSM historical society hosted a lunch talk by Joe Blansfield, MS, RN, ANP-BC. For the last 20+ years Joe has been the Trauma Program Manager for the Department of Surgery at BMC responsible for all the requirements of maintaining a Level I Trauma Center. He is also an avid history buff with a keen interest in medical history and Boston City Hospital.
In this lunch talk, Joe talked about the Cocoanut Grove Fire, the biggest nightclub fire in history (492 deaths). He described how the fire started, how its spread through the venue, and all the chaos that ensued. Joe also discussed the aftermath of the fire, how Boston City Hospital managed burn victims, how the victims were reunited with their families, the safety reforms that were established, and the many lessons we were able to learn about this incident. For example, Joe explained how the Cocoanut Grove Fire led to the establishment of burn wards, discoveries regarding inhalation deaths, safety regulations requiring that exit signs have a separate power source and that emergency exits open outwards, and a number of other things. This was an amazing lecture with great attendance. – Nathan BarrIMG_6962

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Exponential Medicine
11/09/15

Exponential Medicine is a conference put on by Singularity University to discuss the future of healthcare and medicine. They discussed the impact on self-driving cars on healthcare including allowing blind, elderly, and people without limbs to drive. Solar powered drones will allow delivery of medical equipment further distances. IBM’s Watson could contribute significantly to physicians if taught relevant medical literature. Another company has created an algorithm to pre-bend rods in spinal reconstruction. I learned a tremendous amount about where the field of healthcare is going and how it will affect me. – Brandyn Castro

Student Presentation at National Conferences

Society for Neuro-Oncology
11/19/15

Society for Neuro-Oncology is the main national neuro-oncology conference. There were 915 abstract submissions and my abstract was selected as 1 of 92 to present in the form of a 5 minute oral presentation. I presented in front of over 100 PIs, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuro-oncologists, neuropathologists, and neuroradiologists. I went to sessions by Dr. Peter Fecci, Dr. Duane Mitchell, Dr. Carl June, and Dr. Will Curry on Immunotherapy. This was an amazing opportunity for me to present my research and network with prominent researchers in the field of neuro-oncology. – Brandyn Castro

Fall Scientific Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America
11/20/15

I attended the 21st Annual Fall Scientific Meeting of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America held in Las Vegas from November 19-22. At the conference I presented my research on the use of phenylephrine in the treatment of ischemic priapism during a moderated poster presentation session. The presentation was a great experience for me as I was able to receive feedback on my research from experts in the field. The conference was also very educational for me as I had the opportunity to attend other presentations and workshops related to sexual health. Overall, I had a great experience at the conference and am grateful for the opportunity to attend. – Douglas Ridyard

13th Annual American Medical Association Research Symposium
11/13/15

I attended the 13th Annual AMA Research Symposium held November 13, 2015, in conjunction with the 2015 AMA Interim Meeting in Atlanta, GA. During the research symposium I presented a poster on “Readability of Spine-Related Patient Education Materials from Leading Orthopedic Academic Centers,” a project on health literacy that I had worked on as a 3rd year medical student. It was interesting to see how other students approached health literacy in a different manner, and I was impressed with the various other types of projects medical students were becoming involved with. I also enjoyed meeting medical students from all over the country. – Justine Ryu

13th Annual American Medical Association Research Symposium
11/13/15

I attended the annual AMA research symposium for medical students, held on November 13th in Atlanta, Georgia where I presented a research project titled “Quantifying discrepancies between the popular media and academic literature regarding robotic surgery”. My work evaluated the implications of misleading and often incomplete patient education material currently presented to patients regarding robotic surgery. This conference gave me an opportunity to only present my own data, but also receive feedback from colleagues to help me improve the study moving forward. Additionally, this was a great opportunity to practice my presentation skills and meet other researchers in my field of interest. – Kevin J. WongWong_K

 

Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse Conference
11/06/15

I attended and presented at the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) conference. The conference was held in Washington DC and substance abuse providers across the country gathered to discuss research and teaching initiatives in substance abuse. I presented in a Hepatitis C focus session. My presentation was titled “Hepatitis C Virus Testing and Treatment Among Persons Receiving Buprenorphine in an Office-Based Program for Opioid Use Disorders”. – Kate Carey

October 2015 Updates

October 14th, 2015

Student Group Events

BUSM Physicians for a National Health Program

10/31/15

From October 30-31, 2015, twelve BUSM students attended the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. We joined numerous health care professionals and labor activists in a protest and march against for-profit insurance company greed. We spent the day of the conference taking part in workshops related to single payer advocacy, on topics ranging from building legislative support, to getting started in research-based advocacy, to improving care for undocumented immigrants. We heard from numerous resident and attending physicians in support of single payer, including Drs. Gordy Schiff and Adam Gaffney, both part of BUSM’s chapter. – Clara ZhuIMG_0012

BUSM Clinical Neuroscience Society

10/30/15

Dr Peter Cummings, Forensic Pathologist, gave a lunch talk on the pathology of zombies. The talk was mostly based on his book. It was a very well attended event. – Jessica Ngzombie-poster

BUSM Creative Arts Society

10/29/15

The Creative Arts Society hosted a Paint Night in Chequers for 40 students to relax, release creative energy, and enjoy an evening together. We supplied paints, brushes, canvases, and two autumnal still-lifes; all the students needed to bring was themselves. Students showcased their talents and painted the Boston skyline, flowers, landscapes, cats, and anatomical structures. The event was such a success that we hope to host more Paint Nights in the future! – Melissa Warstadt12194891_10153092153552691_5655769062158283810_o-1

 

BUSM Disabilities & Illness Interest Group
10/28/15

The Disabilities & Illness Interest Group was happy to welcome Dr. Sara Bachman from the School of Public Health, who spoke about children with disabilities and their interactions with the health care system in the United States. Medical and Physician Assistant students, interested in pediatrics, advocacy, and policy, participated in the discussion. The Disabilities & Illness Interest Group seeks to expose students to different perspectives – from that of the system, to that of the clinician, and finally to that of the patients and their families – in order to raise awareness for this demographic and improve future care and outcomes. We hope you will be able to join us for our next event!

BUSM Historical Society

10/28/15

Today, Dr. Hughes led a group of 30 students through three tunnels beneath BMC, 72 E. Concord St., and the School of Public Health building. The tour was preceded by a luncheon and brief lecture by Dr. Hughes on the history of tunnels at BMC and tunnels at other hospitals, like the VA.The event has been well received by students in the past, and this year was no exception. Dr. Hughes did an excellent job of making it light and fun for all involved. The Historical Society looks forward to hosting this event again next year. – Nathan Barr

 

Ophthalmology Interest Group
10/27/15

The “Ophthalmology as a Career” lunch talk took place on 10/27, featuring Dr. Edward Feinberg, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Feinberg gave a presentation about pursuing a career in Ophthalmology. The lecture served as an introductory overview of the field, including an overview of the training process and subspecialties. – Connie YangOIG 151027

BUSM Pediatric Education and Development Society
10/24/15

The Pediatric Education and Development Society attended the American Academy of Pediatrics’ annual National Conference and Exhibition in Washington DC from 10/23-10/25. We accepted the award for Pediatrics Interest Group of the Year and gave a presentation on what we accomplished over the last year. We attended programming specifically for educating medical students, we learned how pediatricians can advocate for child health, and we had the opportunity to meet many inspiring pediatricians. We thank SCOMSA and the AAP for the tremendous opportunity! – Victoria GoreFullSizeRender

BUSM Urology Interest Group

10/20/15

At this breakfast talk, Dr. Katz and a panel of 4th year students applying to urology gave a general introduction to the field to first and second years. We discussed the variety of surgeries and procedures that are performed within this field, as well as the culture and the day to day life of a urologist. We also discussed shadowing opportunities and research for those interested in getting more involved. – Claire Lis

Clinical Neuroscience Society & Student Interest Group in Neurology
10/20/15

On October 20, 2015, SIGN and CNS co-hosted their first joint event of the year. During this event, Dr. Hohler, movement disorder specialist was accompanied by a Parkinson’s disease patient. He was able to tell students more about his past medical history and Deep Brain Stimulator (DBS) implantation. Dr. Hohler performed a shortened version of a neurological exam, showed students past devices, and even adjusted his DBS. – Naillid Felipe

BUSM Integrative Medicine
10/19/15

On 10/19/2015 at 12pm in Room L311 Dr. Robert Saper gave a lunch talk entitled “Integrative Medicine: What it is.” While first and second year medical students enjoyed a Whole Foods lunch, Dr Saper explained how integrative medicine has developed and how it is practiced by physicians of all specialties in the US. His historical overview and relevant experience in incorporating integrative medicine into his practice was valued by the attendees. At the end of the presentation Dr. Saper answered questions from the audience members. – Lisa Voltarelli10-19-15-Dr.-Saper-Talk-1

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association
10/16/15

On Oct 16th, we invited two Cantonese-speaking patient of a third year Internal Medicine resident at BMC for our patient panel discussion. The event was attended by 20+ students and our adviser, Dr. Teresa Cheng. It was an interactive discussion between the students and the patients with the help of interpretation by a medical student. – Jessica Ng

 

BUSM IHI Chapter
10/15/15

On October 15th, the BUSM IHI Chapter had the first information session of the 2015-2016 school year. Medical students were introduced to the concept of Quality Improvement, learned about the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and heard about ways to get involved in QI projects at BUSM/BMC. Several 4th year medical students (Justin, Lizzeth and Sara) spoke about their experiences working on QI projects during medical school and how other students can also get involved. There was a great turn-out and the BUSM IHI Chapter is excited to start connecting students with projects going on at BMC! – Vonne Lee

 

Internal Medicine Interest Group
10/9/15

In honor of National Primary Care Week, the Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Family Medicine, and OB/GYN Interest Groups hosted a TED-style lunch event on October 9th. Five BMC physicians shared their patient stories and clinical pearls with first and second year students. Everyone enjoyed hearing about how each clinician finds meaning in the doctor-patient relationship. Talks included: What Every Pediatrician Should Carry in Their Bag, Caring for the Whole Adult: Finding Joy (and Woe) as a General Internist, On Making House Calls and Home-Based Primary Care, Stories from the Front Lines: A Doctor’s Journey with Her Patients Towards Wellness, and OBGYNs Without Borders: Women’s & Gender Health Beyond the Hospital. – Jana FlorianIMIG 15109

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting

10/25/15

I travelled to San Diego to take part in the annual national meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. There were many interesting lectures including many for medical students such as advice on interviewing, advice for picking a subspecialty, and a meet and great with representatives from many of the residency programs. Other lectures focused on such diverse topics as improving patient safety through teamwork, debates on the perioperative surgical home, and the long term effects of anesthetic agents on pediatric patients. – Daniel McGrail

American Society of Anesthesiologists
10/24/15

As a fourth year medical student committed to pursuing anesthesiology, I had the opportunity to join the national annual anesthesiology conference held in San Diego. On the first day, I had the pleasure of participating in a number of events including the opening speech by US Navy Commander Michael Abrashoff on leadership, an expert panel on the career options of cardiac anesthesiology and critical care, medical student interviewing tip, as well as a networking session through the residency program meet and greet. On the second day, I was a member of the audience for a presentation on the long term neuro-cognitive deficits from exposure to anesthetic agents in the pediatric and geriatric population, a debate on the Peri-surgical Home Care, a new longitudinal, team-based management model for surgical patients, and a presentation on how to excel in residency. Throughout the conference, I learned about novel products and technology in anesthesia, such as the co-axial breathing tube, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, tissue oximetry, and High Reliability Organization. Participating in the conference was an excellent way to gain motivation to pursue anesthesiology as a career as well as improve as future physician. I also had the pleasure of being updated on the most recent research and consensus on pressing issues and networking with established anesthesiologists. I certainly hope to join the conference in the near future as an anesthesiologist and a presenter. – Edward J. HongEdward - ASA

American Society of Anesthesiologists 

10/23/15

The annual ASA meeting was in San Diego this year. As a student, this was a great opportunity to learn more about the specialty as well as network with different residencies across the country. Saturday was the day with the most events for students. The main speaker for the event, a retired naval captain, gave a great talk about how he turned one of the worst performing ships in the pacific into the top performing one, giving correlations to leadership in medicine along the way. There were then 2 great talks on student loans that went into detail the pros and cons of certain repayment strategies. Other events included specific talks on cardiac and critical care anesthesiology.  On Saturday evening, we had the residency meet and greet. Similar to a college fair, residencies from across the country set up booths where program directors and residents were available to give information about their program. This was a great opportunity to meet residency directors at programs you want to interview at, or, at programs you will be interviewing at.Sunday was mainly poster presentations. I also went to check out the device exhibits. All the latest airway devices (video laryngoscopes, fiberoptic) were available for me to try out. Advanced invasive vital signs monitoring devices were also on display, with all the latest devices for CVP, pulse ox, and stroke volume variance on display.  Overall, I would highly recommend attending the conference if you are interested in Anestheisology as a career because of:
1. Networking with residencies
2. Learning more about the specialty from a students perspective and a physician perspective
3. Hands on experience with various devices not usually open for students to use during the clerkship 
-Jason Kung

American Society of Radiation Oncology’s Annual Meeting

10/19/15

This October I had the distinct privilege to attend the American Society of Radiation Oncology’s Annual Meeting 2015. The poster reception allowed me network with other medical students, residents, and physicians in the field. I learned many practical aspects of the field, and understood how clinicians interpret new research and implement these findings into their daily patient care. I also attended the ASTRO Presidential Address, which focused on new standards of care and the trials supporting them. This talk was an immensely useful overview of specific cancers and the advancements, drawbacks, and changes that radiation oncology has experienced over the past few years. Overall, this meeting was immensely valuable, and I would recommend it to any student interested in the field. – Bhartesh Shah

 

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Urological Association – New England Section

10/23/15

The AUA Mid-Atlantic and New England Section 2015 Joint Meeting was held in the Bahamas at the Atlantis resort on October 22-24. During this conference, I presented my research on infection rates among polysubstance abusers following IPP surgery. This was the first national conference at which I have presented my work and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I also attended several workshops/discussions where I learned about innovative surgical technology. The entire experience was invaluable and I am so grateful to have been able to attend. – Alejandra Balen

American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology
10/19/15 – 10/20/15

I presented a research poster at the ASTRO Annual Meeting Conference in San Antonio, Texas about my research on the impact of demographic factors and tumor biology on disparities in breast cancer treatment. The conference was a great chance to learn more about the field of radiation oncology, ongoing research in the field and network and interact with professionals in the field of radiation oncology. I particularly enjoyed the panel discussion on the impact of breast cancer tumor markers on treatment modalities. – Shivani Khanna

American Society of Radiation Oncology
10/19/15

The American Society for Radiation Oncology Annual meeting, held in San Antonio this year, featured speakers from around the world to discuss advances in radiation oncology. I presented research regarding differences in treatment choice due to BMI in prostate cancer, research which was completed in the department of radiation oncology at BU. In addition, I presented work on using time-driven activity-based costing to drive quality improvements in the use of brachytherapy for prostate cancer. Leaders from across field presented their vision for radiation oncology moving forward and key researchers presented clinical trials on many topics, including advances in the treatment of gynecologic malignancies. – Ankit AgarwalAM2015_banner_548x152

Homeless Health Immersion Experience
10/3/15

On October 1-3, 2015, I attended and presented at the AMA conference in medical education innovation, the American Medical Association Change MedEd Conference, in Chicago, IL. I presented on the Homeless Healthcare Curriculum, which is a student driven curriculum created by combined work of service learning groups, Homeless Health Immersion Experience and Outreach Van Project. The presentation went extremely well, and was met with great enthusiasm from educators at other medical schools, interested in implementing similar programs at their school. The AMA also ran a news article this past week about the program and presentation, which can be found at this link:
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/ama-wire/post/student-led-curriculum-driving-changes-boston
Overall, it was a fantastic experience, and I was honored to share the work of our BU homeless health service learning groups at a national forum. – Theresa Timmes
Tess - HHIE

 

Vermont Oxford Network Annual Congress
10/3/15

The VON Annual Congress is a yearly gathering of neonatologists discussing ways to improve quality of care and patient safety in NICUs across the country. Over 1000 professionals gather at VON to participate in workshops, discussions, and a poster fair. I had the opportunity to present a poster of a systematic review of the data methods used in neonatal quality improvement that I worked on over the summer. Positive and constructive feedback on the poster will help guide my future work. SCOMSA funding made it possible for me to attend this event and learn from some of the leaders in this field. I learned a lot from the interactive workshops, understood data about new trials in neonataology, and got more information about future career pathways. I look forward to working more in the field! – Nikita SaxenaNikita - VON Annual Congress

September 2015 Updates

September 24th, 2015

Student Group Events

Student Interest Group in Neurology
9/29/15

On 9/29, SIGN had their first meeting. A panel of BMC neurology and neurosurgery staff talked to students about the field of neurology and their journey to their current positions. Students had the opportunity to ask about the requirements for eligibility for neurology, the benefits of practicing neurology, and diverse career paths encompassed by the field of neurology. – Ahmad Khattab

 

Medical Humanities
9/28/15

On Monday, Sept 28, a group of first and second-year medical students met at a student’s home and discussed the novel Middlesex. This complex and lengthy novel covered a broad expanse of time and space. Students shared their thoughts about the book and major themes, such as nature vs. nurture, were brought up and discussed. It was a very successful event and we are all looking forward to our next one! – Deena Godfrey

 

Cardiology Interest Group
9/28/15

The Cardiology Interest Group put on a career panel of Cardiology Fellows and Attendings in order to describe to the students both the pathway to Cardiology as well as the broad range of sub-specialties within general Cardiology. The panel consisted of Dr. Sunny Intwala, Dr. Christina Cove, Dr. Deepa Gopal, and Dr. Omar Siddiqi. For a field as competitive as Cardiology, students were advised on how to prepare properly in their medical school education and Internal Medicine residency years. In addition, students were able to hear personal accounts of what drew each of the panelists to the specific field of Cardiology. – Joseph ChungCIG 150928

 

Creative Arts Society
9/24/15

Moises Fernandez Via of the BU College of Fine Arts, Dr. Rafael Ortega of the BUSM Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affiars, and BMC’s Manager of Patient Experience Kristen Kremer led a lunch talk panel about the role of arts in medicine. Students learned about existing programs to incorporate the arts into the lives of patients, doctors, and medical students, such as mural painting, poetry readings, rotating art exhibits, musical performances, and theater. Additionally, some students expressed interest in starting new creative arts projects to bring to BUMC, and the panelists addressed how to turn their ideas into reality. – Melissa Warstadt

 

Internal Medicine Interest Group
9/23/15

On September 23rd, the Internal Medicine Interest Group invited medical students to join in an interactive case discussion led by BMC residents Hugo Carmona and Chris Worsham. We discussed a NEJM case: “A 54-year-old woman with HIV infection, dyspnea, and chest pain.” This was a great opportunity for students to interact with residents and practice their diagnostic skills! – Jana FlorianIMIG 150923

 

Family Medicine Interest Group
9/21/15

The “What is Family Medicine” talk took place on Sept. 21, 2015 from 12-1pm. Dr. Cornelio-Flores and Dr. Laura Goldman spoke about their career paths in family medicine. They highlighted the scope of family medicine, talking about their work in integrative and global health respectively. It was an informal setting and students had the opportunity to ask lots of questions about lifestyle, career choices, scope of practice, etc. – Lisa Voltarelli FMIG - 092115

 

American Geriatrics Society
9/14/15

On 9/14/15, the BU student chapter of the American Geriatrics Society hosted its first event of the semester titled “What is Geriatrics?” An interactive presentation was led by Dr. Ryan Chippendale, a geriatrician and assistant professor of Geriatrics at BUSM. Dr. Chippendale gave a brief presentation on the field of geriatrics followed by a Q&A session. We were very pleased with the number of first- and second-year students who attended, and we look forward to seeing everyone at our next event scheduled to take place during National Primary Care Week! – Tara Neary

 

SNAAC
9/10/15

On 9/10/2015, SNAAC invited Dr. Meyers from BMC pediatrics department to deliver a lunch talk about the politics of childhood obesity. Students enjoyed a presentation that included the history and factors that contributed to the current obesity epidemic, and what we can do to combat and address it. – David Hui
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Integrative Medicine
9/2/15

Dr. Khalsa spoke to a packed room of M1 and M2 students about the medical benefits of mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. He presented a comprehensive review of numerous scientific papers that conclusively demonstrated the major impact that yoga can have on chronic medical conditions. Students enjoyed a healthy, tasty lunch catered by Whole Foods. – Deena GodfreyIM - 090215

 

Physicians for Human Rights
9/1/15

“Working for Health Justice: The Crisis of U.S. Healthcare and the Single Payer Solution”, Adam Gaffney, MDDr. Gaffney is a pulmonary and critical care fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and an activist for Physicians for a National Health Program. His writing on health policy and politics has been featured in USA Today, Salon, Dissent, and In These Times. At this event, he gave a grand rounds talk on the current state of US health care and single payer care to a room full of medical, dental, public health, and graduate students interested in working toward a more just and equitable health care system. – Clara ZhuPNHP - 090115

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality
9/26/15

I attended the GLMA annual conference in Portland, OR and with my fellow medical student, Jamie Weinand, we present our original research to a packed room. We presented a workshop titled “The Binding Health Project: Effects of chest binding on health” that detailed our research, in addition to teaching providers and students how to discuss binding with their patients. It was a great experience sharing our research and hearing from others their experiences with chest binding in their practices. – Ivy Gardner

 

American Burn Association’s Northeast Region Burn Conference
9/25/15

The NRBC is a multidisciplinary meeting for medical professionals, burn survivors and firefighters. Dennis Costen of the Boston Fire Department discussed disaster management and the events that took place during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Disaster planning by state and region was further discussed and a practice drill was conducted. Additionally, the president of ABA, Ed Tredget, MD, FACS, discussed some of his recent work on burn scars and the use of laser for long-term management and improved cosmesis. In general, this is a great conference that brings together the medical and non-medical communities. There was a research session during which investigators presented ongoing projects in burn prevention, scar and pain management strategies. I found it highly motivating and am even more excited to pursue a career in burn surgery. – Christopher LaChapelle

 

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting
9/27/15

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Annual Meeting took place on September 27 in Dallas, Texas. The event consisted of 4 days of educational programing with showcases on new research findings, approaches, and treatment options in the field. I had the opportunity to present my original research on a new pediatric otologic diagnosis involving asymmetric hearing loss. I also presented two posters on topics dealing with academic otolaryngology and stem cell applications in hearing rehabilitation. During this conference, I learned a great deal about the future of the field, and I had a wonderful time connecting with others who share my similar interests. – Aly KaplanAly - AAOHNSFAM

American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting
9/26/15

The American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Foundation annual meeting was held in Dallas, Texas. It featured speakers from around the world discussing various studies in all aspects of otolaryngology. I presented a study conducted with the otolaryngology department at Boston Medical Center in the field of otology to an audience of about fifty people. The title of the talk was “Hearing Loss and Vestibular Schwannoma Risk: A Meta-Analysis.” Along with this, I attended presentations by multiple physicians in the other fields of otolaryngology as well as the industry booths in the main conference hall. It was a very interesting meeting that provided all attendees with new knowledge about innovations in this field. – Parth Shah

 

August 2015 Updates

August 17th, 2015

Student Group Events

American Medical Women’s Association
8/31/15

AMWA welcomed medical students back to campus with a kick-off dinner and physician panel on 8/31. Six accomplished female physicians shared their personal and professional experiences as women in medicine. Special thanks our panelists – Dr. Tracey Dechert, Dr. Karen Antman, Dr. Jodi Abbott, Dr. Arooj Hyat, Dr. Rhoda Alani, and Dr. Jodi Wenger. Elizabeth Yuan, the region 1 leader from the AMWA student division, was also in attendance to share the benefits of joining the national chapter. – Jana Florian

Clinical Neuroscience Society
8/31/15

At the first event of this year for Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS), we hosted Dr. Mark Moss, director of the Anatomy and Neurobiology Department as well as the faculty advisor for CNS. Dr. Moss enlightened a large crowd of first year and second year medical students with humorous anecdotes, lively examples, and even audience participation regarding the history of cognitive neuroscience. He introduced how the brain is amazingly interesting and largely a black box of information that we – as a hopeful clinicians and scientists – could solve during our careers. Look for an upcoming talk and brain cutting event from CNS in September!Songjun William Li

Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group
8/20/15

The Integrative Medicine Student Interest Group sat down with ten M1s interested in Integrative Medicine. Together, we enjoyed a fruit and cheese platter and an hour long discussion about our understanding of and interest in Integrative Medicine. Each of us shared personal experiences with various Integrative Medicine modalities as well as ideas for future events. – Bryan AnkerIntegrative Medicine Student Interest Group - 8-20-15

Outreach Van Project & Homeless Health Immersion Program
8/19/15

Dr. Mardge Cohen led an inspiring session about Homelessness in Boston. She opened the session by describing her current patients at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program and encouraged students to describe how the person became homeless. Students reflected that many of them became homeless because of chronic diseases that were not treated in their early stages. Dr. Cohen then gave a background of homelessness in the US and Boston, describing particular problems that followed the Long Island Bridge closure last fall. We had 102 students attend the session, primarily first years (about 75) and also second, third and fourth years. Students were eager to become involved at BHCHP and Homeless Health Immersion experience (HHIE) is putting together more opportunities for volunteering for medical students. Overall a huge success! Big thanks to Dr. Cohen and t! he HHIE and OVP leadership. – Katie IvyOutreach Van Project & Homeless Health Immersion Program - 8-19-15

Integrative Medicine

8/19/15

We held 4 student-led meditation sessions over the last month: 8/19, 8/27, 9/2, 9/9. At each session, one of our student leaders led the group in various meditation practices and afterwards everyone shared our experiences with the given practice. Some of the techniques we tried were: metta (loving kindness), mindful coloring, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery, among others. Attendees were very receptive and appreciative of the opportunity to focus on relaxation techniques. – Lisa Voltarelli

Emergency Medicine Interest Group
8/2/15

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) hosted a documentary screening of the award winning documentary CODE BLACK. Viewers were exposed to the the challenges faced by one of the nation’s busiest and most historic ERs, LA County. Students were able to discuss some of these issues with an emergency medicine physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and see how BMC handles similar issues. – David Hui & Han XuEMIG - 080215

 

July 2015 Updates

July 28th, 2015

Student Attendance at National Conferences

The Housing Opportunity Conference

7/14/15

The Housing Opportunity Conference was a meeting of urban planners, architects, designers, and public health professionals dedicated to the preservation and creation of affordable housing in America’s cities. This year the conference had a particular focus on promoting health, as housing is increasingly recognized as absolutely necessary for good health, especially among the poor. Notable speakers included Megan Sandel, a BMC pediatrician who focuses on the link between affordable housing and health. I was personally funded by the Child Health Advocacy Program at BUSM to work with her this summer, so this conference was a great way to further make connections in the field and cap off the summer. – Andy Hyatt

Student Presentations at National Conferences

The American College of Surgeons NSQIP National Conference

7/26/15

The American College of Surgeons NSQIP (National Surgical Quality Improvement Program) National Conference is an annual meeting of surgeons, nurses, research assistants/coordinators, residents, fellows, and other health care providers who play a role in surgical quality improvement within a wide diversity of hospitals across the nation. During the span of the conference, there were dozens of abstract presentations, guest speakers, seminars, presentations regarding various surgical quality improvement topics, networking events, and a poster reception/session as well. Overall, the NSQIP conference is designed to address innovative and effective ways of improving patient care, reducing surgical complications, and understanding how to advance modern surgical practice.I really enjoyed listening to some of the narrative sessions where guest speakers shared their personal experiences regarding surgical patient care and discussed ways to become leaders in quality improvement, advocate for patients, and play an active role in surgical innovation. My involvement with the conference was mainly with the poster session, where I had a chance to present some of the research going on within the Thoracic Surgery Department here at Boston Medical Center. – Daniel Choi

Daniel Choi at The American College of Surgeons NSQIP National Conference

The International AIDS Society 2015 Conference

7/20/2015

I presented a poster of my research on retention in early HIV care at an outpatient clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I completed my project as part of the South American Program for HIV Prevention Research, which is administered through the University of California-Los Angeles. The International AIDS Society 2015 Conference (IAS 2015) provided a great opportunity to learn about the newest developments in HIV research, including Treatment as Prevention and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. I was humbled by fellow poster presenters and medical students, who presented work from all over the word. I enjoyed oral presentations on the HIV continuum of care, mHealth and stigma, and had the unique opportunity to discuss future projects with leaders in the field of HIV/AIDS research and policy. Presenting at the IAS 2015 was a tremendously educational and professionally ful! filling experience, and re-affirmed my commitment to work towards equitable HIV care and prevention. – Daniel SilvaDaniel Silva at The International AIDS Society 2015 Conference

May 2015 Updates

July 2nd, 2015

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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