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

Student Presentation at National Conference

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 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. Wong

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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
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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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April 2015 Updates

July 2nd, 2015

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

Student Group Events

Clinical Neuroscience Society & Student Interest Group in Neurology
4/30/15

The Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS) and the Student Interest Group in Neurology hosted a Neurology Match Panel on Thursday, April 30th with current fourth year medical students who recently matched into Neurology. The panelists provided advice and answered questions about the application process, the interview trail, and discussed how students can make themselves competitive for top neurology programs. – Katelyn Trecartin

Asian Pacific American Medical Association

4/28/15

APAMSA hosted a lunch talk regarding liver health and hepatitis. Dr. Robert Lowe, Assistant Professor of Medicine at BUSM and Educational Director of the Section of Gastroenterology at BMC, talked about the worldwide burden of Hepatitis B infection, the natural history and complications of the disease, and how it is being treated in 2015. - Hyunjoong William Kimapamsa

Global Health Equity Program
4/13/15

On April 13th, thirty students interested in Global Health Equity gathered to hear Dr. Jessica Bender, a chief resident in Internal Medicine at BMC, speak about her experiences working to fight Ebola in Liberia, West Africa. She walked students through her decision to volunteer, how it affected her relationships at home, and how she prepared for her departure. She told the story of Ebola’s unexpected decline in Liberia, how by the time she arrived to do the work she had volunteered for, the Ebola Treatment Center to which she was assigned was not seeing any Ebola patients at all. Her experiences and insights provided students with a new perspective on the Ebola crisis.- Laura Mueller

Student Oncology Society

4/10/15

In this lunch talk hosted by the Student Oncology Society, a panel of fourth year students recently matched in various fields of oncology shared their medical school experiences and their decisions to go into oncology.- Leon Pappas

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

4/10/15

On April 10, the Family Medicine Interest Group held a Post-Match Panel for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students. Panelists included two fourth years, Marshall Gillette and Jennifer Rosenbaum, who recently matched into Family Medicine, as well as one 2nd year Family Medicine resident, Amanda DeLourciro, who also attended BUSM. The panelists discussed how they decided to pursue Family Medicine and their thinking process in eliminating other choices. They also discussed “the ethos of Family Medicine” and the way that residencies and family medicine programs differ across the country. Over 30 students attended.

Medical Students for Choice
4/7/15

Drs. Woodhams and Schimmoeller of the Ob/GYN department and Dr. Koyama from the Peds ED provided education surrounding manual vacuum aspiration and intrauterine device insertion. Students were taught about the indications, contraindications, and procedures, and had the opportunity to handle the equipment used and practice the techniques on models. - Rachel Shelley-Abrahamson

Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) and Cardiology Interest Group (CIG)
4/7/15

The Internal Medicine and Cardiology Interest Groups hosted an Internal Medicine Match Panel on April 7th. BUSM fourth years who recently matched into IM residencies across the country shared their experiences and advice from the residency application trail. We discussed important aspects of the application, away rotations, selecting a (sub)speciality, couples matching, and making the most out of residency interviews. The take home message: enjoy the ride and trust the process! - Jana Florian

BU Institute For Healthcare Improvement (BUIHI)

4/6/15

On April 6th, 2015, the BU chapter of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement hosted Dr. Lakshmana Swamy, a current resident at Boston Medical Center for a lunch talk on Leadership and Quality. Most of the talk reviewed Dr. Swamy’s experience with quality improvement and gave general inspiration for students who might be interested in QI. The talk was very well attended and we have reached out to current classmates to help rising M2’s start QI projects over the summer. - Mac StabenBUIHI

Boston University Down Syndrome (BUDS) Program

4/4/15

The BUDS program held their annual End of the Year Event for the medical students and the surrounding Down Syndrome community. There was food, music, and fun activities for everyone to participate in. The BUSM Patch Adams Club attended and made balloon animals and did some juggling for entertainment. It was a great opportunity for BUSM students to be exposed to our amazing buds and their incredible and supportive community.- Aileen Caceres

Global Health Equity Program (GHEP)
4/3/15

GHEP was pleased to host a student panel of 4th year students who have participated in very impressive global health projects during their time at BUSM. Our attendees were eager to learn about how to set up their own global health projects and elective time abroad. - Victoria Gore

Student Attendance at National Conferences

ASE Surgical Education Week 2015
4/23/15

The Association for Surgical Education’s (ASE) yearly meeting (included within Surgical Education Week) took place in Seattle April 23-25th, 2015. There I represented Boston University Medical Center’s group Socially Responsible Surgery (faculty advisor and PI: Dr Tracey Dechert) during an oral presentation at the evening session hosted by the Committee on Social Responsibility (a sub-committee of the ASE). In addition to describing how BUMC and BUSM students, residents, and faculty practice socially responsible surgery I also helped organized several other activities. I hosted the booth on Social Responsibility (see attached photo) to gather ideas of what surgeons and residents from all over the country are already doing in the realm of social responsibility and advocacy. Additionally I helped the Committee on Social Responsibility (CSR) in hosting high sch! ool and university students interested in careers in medicine at the Harborview Hospital’s Simulation Center. There was also a question and answer session for pre-med students interested in applying to medical school (also hosted by the CSR). Additionally, I participated in the CSR’s annual committee planning meeting (Friday 4/24, 6-7am) where we discussed ongoing projects and assigned goals for the upcoming year. It was a wonderful opportunity to present ongoing work at BUSM and BUMC and to make connections with many surgeons, educators, and other professionals who are interested in surgical education and improving the health of marginalized populations.- Matthew Flemingase

ASE Surgical Education Week 2015
4/21/15

As part of the 2015 Surgical Education Week in Seattle, I gave an oral presentation entitled “Socially Responsible Surgeons: Surgeons as Leaders in the Coordination of Systems Based Healthcare” as part of work done by the BUMC group, Socially Responsible Surgery (SRS). I discussed our work and role in addressing the social determinants of surgical care as a meeting of the Committee on Social Responsibility. This conference is the annual meeting of all major leaders of surgical education, including the Association for Surgical Education and The Association of Program Directors in Surgery and involves a number of sessions and workshops given by leaders in surgical education across the country.- Diane Haddadsocresp

National Cribs for Kids Conference
4/15/15

The 4th National Cribs for Kids Conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA from April 14-17th. The conference highlighted injury prevention/infant safe sleep and how to effectively put research data into action. Over 4 days, attendees addressed issues surrounding the importance of increasing infant safe sleep awareness, implementing infant safe sleep education and creating a unified safe sleep message. Speakers included Dr. Eileen Tyrala who spoke about the history of SUID, Dr. Rachel Moon who presented about different safe sleep interventions, and Dr. Eve Colson who discussed attitudes and factors affecting infant care. - Vonne Lee

Annual Medical Education Conference
4/3/15

Entitled, Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved, AMEC 2015 was dedicated to exploring the health disparities of the LBGT community, immigrants/refugees, as well as the crisis of the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine. AMEC 2015 offered conference attendees the opportunity to discuss topics about which they otherwise have no access within the medical school setting, thus enabling them as physicians to render suitable and appropriate care to underserved populations. The SNMA mission states that we aim “… to increase the number of clinically excellent, socially conscious, and culturally competent physicians.” To this end, AMEC 2015 uplifted this mission by educating future physicians about the healthcare needs of those marginalized groups in the population that nevertheless need and seek quality healthcare and empower our doctors to eff! ectively provide care to all patient groups. – Alexis Gadson
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Annual Medical Education Conference
4/1/15

The Student National Medical Association celebrates the 51st Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) in New Orleans, LA. Founded in 1964, at Howard and Meharry Medical Colleges, the SNMA is firmly committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of the underserved community, and to increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and social conscious physicians.Entitled, Unsilencing the Unheard and the Underserved, AMEC 2015 will be a conference dedicated to exploring the health disparities of LBGT, Immigrant/Refugee health, as well as the crisis of the lack of minority men entering the field of medicine. AMEC 2015 will offer conference attendees-—our emerging and future doctors–the opportunity to discuss topics about which they otherwise have no access within the medical school setting, thus enabling them as physicians to render suitable and appropriate care to underserved populations. The SNMA mission states that we aim “… to increase the number of clinically excellent, socially conscious, and culturally competent physicians.” To this end, AMEC 2015 will uplift this mission by educating future physicians about the healthcare needs of those marginalized groups in the population that nevertheless need and seek quality healthcare and empower our doctors to effectively provide care to all patient groups. - Jason Shererjasonsherer

Student Presentations at National Conferences

Annual Spring Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
4/27/15

In April, I participated in a panel session along with Drs. Jennifer Lo and Heather Miselis and presented a poster on a project I worked on last summer developing a complex care management program for Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center through the Department of Family Medicine’s new Hotspotting Program. It was a unique opportunity to share our work with students, educators, and clinicians from around the country, and also to learn what exciting initiatives our colleagues are in turn working on at their home institutions. One such presentation was on an innovative medical education initiative at University of Michigan Medical School, where all students participate in a longitudinal patient experience culminating with an artistic project. It was impressive to see the many ways medical schools today are passionately pursuing ways to impart students wi! th not only strong scientific backgrounds, but also appreciation and understanding of the patient experience and a desire to critically assess and improve the quality of care we provide. – Jacqueline Birnbaum

Annual Spring Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

4/27/15

I traveled down to Orlando, Florida to the Dolphin Hotel at Disney World for the 2015 Annual Spring Conference of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The STFM Annual Spring Conference is an energized network forum for family medicine educators, with nearly 400 educational and interactive seminars, lecture-discussions, papers, and poster presentations. Together with Dr. Hoffman, Dr. Cohen-Osher, (my clerkship directors from my FM clerkship) and Dr. Ferrenz, we presented a 1 hour break-out session on the “One-Minute Learner” (OML), a tool the family medicine department has developed to facilitate smoother trainer-trainee interactions in the clinical setting (most specifically third year clerkships). It is a card that students and preceptors alike can reference during a clinical encounter with a student/preceptor. Students can use it to set expectations and educators can use it to set parameters and expectations. I am both a passionate user of the OML and someone who ignored it when I shouldn’t have later in the year, and I was able to share my experiences and my perspective. The FM department gave a lively discussion to an incredibly engaged audience including my former preceptor from my clerkship in Maine. The conference was in a beautiful location and I can’t complain about leaving 45degree weather for sun and 80 degree temperatures. It was amazing to share my experiences with such a captive audience, and to promote the “One-Minute Learner” to a broader audience – one that was certainly enthusiastic about taking it as a tool back to their individual institutions. - Nick Smith

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) National Conference
4/26/15

I presented at the Pediatric Academic Society meeting in Sand Diego on April 26. My research was conducted during the summer of 2014 and focused on the cost effectiveness of inpatient versus outpatient monitoring in late premature and full term infants with apnea. In addition I was able to attend many other talks while I was there, including ones about pediatric cardiolgy, hematology/oncology, and mental health. – Michael Amberson

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) National Conference
4/25/15

I presented my original research as a poster entitled, “Identification of Preventable Reasons for Missed Pediatric Hematology Clinic Appointments” at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, on April 25, 2015. My research was conducted at Boston Medical Center, with Dr. Amy Sobota and Dr. Philippa Sprinz in the Division of Pediatric Hematology. - Francis Kim

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) National Conference
4/25/15

I gave a platform presentation at the 2015 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) national conference in San Diego, CA. My presentation was titled “Socioeconomic and Racial Disparities in Access to the Medical Home: 2007 and 2011-2012.” I worked under the mentorship of Dr. Arvin Garg in the Pediatric Division of Boston Medical Center. My research addresses the social determinants of health, specifically the social disparities in access to the medical home in recent years, using the most recent population-based pediatric data available. It was an enriching learning experience to attend this conference, and I enjoyed hearing about the latest research from pediatrics colleagues from all over the nation. - Kristen Yangpas

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
4/23/15

I presented research that I conducted during a research block this past summer at the American Academy of Neurology’s 67th Annual Meeting. My abstract was selected to be highlighted during a moderator led discussion section. I answered questions related to the project design, analysis and future directions of our project. There were 10 abstracts in the field of epilepsy that have been selected for this discussion section. The poster was entitled “Assessing the role of cultural perceptions and knowledge of epilepsy on medication adherence in a Mult-ethinic epilepsy clinic: A pilot study.” - Katherine Werbaneth

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
4/21/15

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend this year’s annual American Academy of Neurology conference in Washington DC. I presented a poster of my research involving hematoma expansion in warfarin-related intracerebral hemorrhages. The poster session allowed me the platform to my findings with experts in the field, informing healthcare professionals & students about advances in the evaluation & management of ICH’s while also getting constructive feedback on potential future directions for my work. - Richa Patel

American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting
4/20/15

I attended the American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting in Washington, DC where my research was presented as a poster. The poster was called, “Gastrointestinal manifestations of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)” and illustrated research that I, along with Dr. Deb and Dr. Hohler, as well as other medical students had worked on describing the gastrointestinal symptoms that patients with POTS experience. During the poster presentation there were many interesting questions brought up by different individuals at the conference and it was interesting to hear multiple points of view. There were also many interesting lectures as well as networking opportunities at the conference. - Karen MorgenshternAANAM

 

March 2015 Updates

April 1st, 2015

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

Student Group Events

Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS)

3/25/15

Dr. Peter Cummings gave an engaging talk on the neuropathylogy of head trauma on 3/25. He spoke about the signs of trauma inflicted by physical abuse, and how it can often also be caused by other events. Walking through a variety of cases, we came to understand how difficult it is to differentiate between head injuries caused by physical abuse, and injuries caused by other traumatic events such as a fall or even a bacterial infection. Everyone enjoyed the event and we will be sure to invite him back next year! - Melissa Chua

BUSM Historical Society

3/24/15

BUSM historical society proudly hosted a talk by Scott Podolsky, MD, he is the Director of the Harvard Center for the History of Medicine, esteemed physician at BWH, and author of several books exploring the history of antibiotics. In this lunch talk, Dr. Podolsky gave a great overview of the policies, reforms, and resistance of the antibiotics industry. - Teng J Peng

Boston University Down Syndrom Program (BUDS) & Disability and Illness Interest Group (DIIG)

3/23/15

BUDS and DIG recently hosted an event featuring Dr. Jessica McCannon from the Down Syndrome Clinic on the Best Practices for the Care of Down Syndrome Patients. It was a great talk discussing Down Syndrome, importance of a multidisciplinary approach, and management of commonly encountered problems. - Kanupriya Soni

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Integrative Medicine

3/23/15

On March 23rd, 2015 Dr. Chen presented a lunch talk on Functional Medicine, with a focus on using food as medicine. Forty first year medical students, second year medical students, and BMC medical professionals were in attendance. Feedback forms were collected from attendees and the event was received very well. Students found the topic to be exceptionally interesting and enjoyed the clinical correlation aspect of the talk the best. Feedback suggested that the speaker was hard to hear and the PowerPoint was difficult to view. In the future we will request different rooms to accommodate easier viewing of the information the speaker presents. We will also ask future speakers to focus on clinical applications of their respective topics to engage the medical student audience. - Deena Godfrey

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

International Emory Global Health Case Competition

3/28/15

Tess Timmes (BUSM ’17) and Karen Foo (BUSM ’17), along with three other students from the BU Schools of Public Health and Management, had the privilege of participating in the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 27-28. This prestigious global health event brought together interdisciplinary teams from 24 universities across the US and internationally, to develop and present solutions to a real-world global health problem. This year’s case tackled the issue of gun violence in Honduras, and the panel of expert judges included Isabella Danel (Deputy Director of PAHO), Maria Fernanda Rivera (Consul General for Honduras), Linda Dahlberg (Associate Director for Science, Division of Violence Prevention, CDC), among others. Dr. Robert Breimen (Director of the Emory Global Health Institute) and Dr. Jeffrey Koplan (Vice President for Global Health at Emory University) oversaw the proceedings, and global health legend, Dr. William Foege, gave the opening address. The BU team had an outstanding experience, making connections with other students as well as many distinguished global health professionals who attended the event as advisors, judges and observers. We are very proud to report that the Boston University team took home the case competition’s Innovation Award! - Karen Foo

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

3/24/15

I attended the 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Las Vegas. I attended workshops focused on various aspects of orthopaedics (such as an instructional course on knee replacements), the scientific exhibits, and the lectures provided by the different orthopaedic societies associated with the AAOS. I also networked and was able to set up a shadowing experience in August with the team physician for the New Orleans Saints! This was an amazing opportunity to be in attendance where over 14,000 surgeons convene annually.- Jade A. Anderson

 

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

3/24/15

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the premiere, international event for Orthopaedic Surgeons. The event is held annually, with the 2015 meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event lasted from 3/24/15-3/28/15 and included poster presentations, paper presentations, scientific exhibits, guest lecturers, and technical exhibits sponsored by international orthopaedic companies. I attended the event as a presenter for research I conducted at Boston Medical Center Department of Orthopaedics concerning, “The Most Cited Articles in Orthopaedic Oncology”. This list of the most cited articles in orthopaedic oncology will benefit surgeons-in-training, as well as in practice, by directing them to the most important literature in the field, thereby promoting higher standards for clinical practice, improving clinical outcomes for patients, and advancing the! science of the subspecialty. - Akash Shah

February 2015 Updates

February 16th, 2015

To view SCOMSA minutes from February’s meeting, click here

 

Student Group Events

Cardiology Interest Group

2/23/15

The Cardiology Interest Group held a Cardio Jeopardy event for first and second year medical students. This was a fun and engaging event for students to interact with each other and also review their physiology. The students found this review to be very helpful and informative! -Rishitha Bollam

Global Health Equity Program

2/17/15

The BU Global Oncology Chapter held its first introductory meeting on 2/17 through the Global Health Equity Program with the goal of spreading awareness and facilitating education about issues in global oncology and to provide an overview of the chapter’s mission. Our feature speaker was Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, current Director of the Global Health Initiative in Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who discussed his work on the development of pediatric oncology programs in developing countries. – Jane Lock

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

On February 14, 2015, eleven BUSM students attended the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) student summit in Chicago, IL. We spent the day attending workshops related to single payer advocacy, on topics ranging from Single Payer 101, to Effective Lobby Visits, to How to Frame Single Payer Arguments. We also heard from numerous other student advocates in support of single payer, and Dr. Linda Rae Murray, a prominent figure in the movement for single payer healthcare. – Janine Petito

Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

The SNaHP summit, Healing the Heart of Medicine, was on Saturday, February 14th, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. The conference had numerous panels and workshops throughout the day focused on learning about single payer health care, and how to advocate for a national health care program. It was a great way to learn more about what a single payer health care program would entail, as well as connect with like minded individuals who believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. – Laura Ha

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Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

The 4th annual Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) Summit took place on Saturday, February 14, 2015, on the medical campus of the University of Illinois-Chicago. More than 170 medical and health professional students gathered to discuss and improve their single-payer activism, as well as discuss other issues of social justice within the medical profession. BUSM had the most students attend out of of all of the medical schools in the country, and two of our members, Jawad Husain and Janine Petito, facilitated breakout sessions at the summit.Click here to view presentations and handouts from the conference:http://www.pnhp.org/2015-student-summit-materialsClick here to view a collection of photos from the event:https://www.flickr.com/photos/pnhp_national/sets/72157650851697491/A full agenda of the day’s events is also available here: http://www.pnhp.org/sites/default/files/2015%20SNaHP%20Summit%20Schedule.docx- Jawad Husain

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Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

On Valentine’s Day weekend, 10 students from BUSM joined over a hundred other medical students from around the country at the annual Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) Summit, this year aptly titled “Healing the Heart of Medicine.” SNaHP, an affiliate organization of Physicians for a National Health Program (PHNP), brings together health professionals and students from around the country that believe in healthcare as a human right, and who also believe that the method to actualize that goal requires a single-payer system. At the conference, we heard from speakers including Dr. Robert Zarr, president of PNHP, and Dr. Linda Rae Murray, Chief Medical Officer of the Cook County Department of Public Health; we attended workshops where we learned how best to advocate for a single-payer system; and, most importantly, we networked with other medical stud! ents–our future physician colleagues–with whom we all shared a common goal: providing the best possible care for every one of our patients. -Jamie Lim

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Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

Students for a National Health Program Summit
PNHP med students from all over the country met at University of Illinois in Chicago to engage in lectures and workshops focused on single payer advocacy.
Featuring Keynote Speaker
Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH
Dr. Linda Rae Murray is a leading voice for social justice and the urgency of defining health care as a basic human right. For more than 40 years, she has devoted her career to serving medically under served populations. She is the Chief Medical Officer at Cook County Department of Public Health and serves on the board of the Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. She is also a recent Past President of the American Public Health Association. -Wenqi Feng

Texas Neurology Society

2/7/15

I attended the Texas Neurology Society Annual Winter Conference. Going to this conference was a unique experience because it overlapped with our DRx Neurology module. I was able to hear case presentations on the unique manifestations of diseases that I was currently studying. The most intriguing presentation I heard was by Dr. James Grotta on the mobile stroke unit program he developed in Houston. This was an excellent opportunity and I am very glad I was able to attend this conference.  -Olivia Rowse

 

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