September 2014 updates

October 5th, 2014

Student Group Events

American Geriatrics Society

9/26/14

Medical students and geriatricians Dr. Won Lee, Dr. Anitha Bhat, and Dr. Rossana Lau from BMC got together to have an informal discussion about a recent article on The Atlantic titled, “What Happens When We All Live to 100?” We talked about healthy aging and some of the challenges our family members and patients encounter as they age. -Angie Seo

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

9/11/2014

On Thursday, September 11, the Family Medicine Interest Group held an informational panel targeted toward first and second year students to learn more about the Family Medicine Student Track (FaMeS) and Center for Community Health, Education, Research, and Service (CCHERS) programs. Four current second year students (Calvin Fong, Sujata Mulekar, Angie Seo, and Jaime Stull) shared their perspectives on these programs and answered questions from current students regarding their involvement in these activities. Twenty-five students from two classes attended this event and learned about how these programs compare to the traditional ICM curriculum, what curricular and extracurricular opportunities these experiences have to offer, and more about working in a primary care setting in general. -Tara Shenoy

Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)

9/11/14

The Ophthalmology Interest Group started the year off with a friendly orientation talk on 9/11 about “Ophthalmology as a Career” presented by Dr. Edward Feinberg of the BUSM Department of Ophthalmology. He talked about what it is like to be an ophthalmologist, why he chose ophthalmology and how medical students can go about applying for ophthalmology. In addition to sharing his experiences as an ophthalmologist, he also answered many good questions (i.e. work-life balance, happiness in the field, private vs. academia, etc.) during the Q&A session. -Tina Shiang

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation

9/21/14

I was fortunate enough to attend the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, from 9/21/14-9/24/14. This is one of the largest annual meetings in the field of otolaryngology, and as a fourth year student applying into otolaryngology, the meeting was a great experience and great way to further my knowledge in the field. During my time in Orlando, I attended numerous lectures and seminars each day, ranging from oral presentations in basic science findings to general otolaryngology to head/neck trauma and reconstruction. Despite being at the beginning of my surgical training, I found the conference to be a great help, and believe it will serve me advantageously in the future. -Susannah Orzell

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

9/12/14

My name is Megan Weinand and I am a second-year medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. I am so grateful to the Boston University School of Medicine for making it possible for me to attend this year’s annual Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) conference this week in Baltimore, MD! I would not have been able to attend this conference without BUSM’s generous support of the plane ticket cost and meals, as well as financial support from my scholarship with the Point Foundation to cover the conference ticket price, and I am indebted to them for this experience! This was my first-ever medical conference, as well as my first time in Baltimore.The highlight of the conference for me was getting to see my Point Foundation mentor, Dr. Jennifer Potter, along with Ida Berstein and Sarah Peitzmeier from Fenway Health present “If you have it, check it”, a lecture discussion and interactive session about how to facilitate the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) cervical cancer screenings (one method known as the “Pap” test), for folks along the FTM spectrum who still retain a cervix. I was really blown away by both the presentation from my mentor’s colleagues at the Fenway Institute as well as the discussion from the lively and knowledgable group at GLMA – which involves people who work at many great LGBTQI health centers around the world! These included from the “Check it Out, Guys” (www.checkitoutguys.ca) program in Toronoto, another group working with FTM spectrum individuals and cervical cancer screening, the Mazzoni Center in Philly, Callen-Lourde in New York City and Whitman-Walker in Washinton, D.C. just to name a few! (Di! d you know there are so many awesome LGBT health clinics? I’ve only recently learned throughout the last couple of years – and it’s great to see so many!)

I learned a lot of really interesting and new things in this discussion which I hope to use going forward as a medical student and in my future practice one day, some of which included:
- While it should be possible to get the Pap test covered for any gender identity due to the prevalence of HPV screening, it is possible sometimes that insurance companies will question the test coverage if the sex assigned at birth is female – therefore, it is also possible to simply tell the insurance company that it is an anal Pap exam which insurance covers for a wide range of gender identities, including masculine of center.
- A great way to ask about sexual history, as suggested by one the attendees, could be: “What type of sex are you having, and what goes where?” In essence, removing all assumptions or provider-language around genitals, body parts, and types of sex – and allowing the patient to use their own language to describe their own sex and body parts (and then as the provider repeating that same language and using it throughout the interview).
- A link to the .pdf brochure for FTM spectrum folks and cervical cancer screening can be found that the Fenway Institute (and featured in the presentation today at GLMA) created can be found at the link below, which includes more of the many things I have learned!
http://www.fenwayhealth.org/site/DocServer/com166_transPapSmear-brochure_v25_05.29.2014-digital2.pdf?docID=11961

Medical school education with LGBTQ health topics is still evolving – and unfortunately I am not able to learn these things about LGBTQ health in my classes, along with the standardized class content yet, although schools (such as my own, BUSM!) are certainly trying to incorporate more LGBTQ content now and for the future. Yet thanks to conferences like GLMA and through the support of the Boston University School of Medicine and the Point Foundation, I am able to learn about LGBTQ health in this way! Thank you again for letting me attend this conference, from the bottom of my heart. I can’t imagine practicing medicine and not knowing some of the key health concerns for the LGBTQ community. -Megan Weinand

GLMA Weinand

 

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR)

9/12/14

The American Society of Head & Neck Radiology (ASHNR) held its annual meeting this September 10th to 14th in Seattle, Washington. This meeting consisted of multiple sessions of educational lectures on practical imaging of the head and neck, including cranial nerve imaging, sinonasal imaging, skull base imaging, cancer staging, nodal metastasis, as well as controversies in head and neck imaging. Current research in head and neck radiology was also presented through scientific paper sessions and poster sessions. I displayed my electronic poster on research I conducted over the summer with the radiology department at BMC and Jichi University in Tochigi, Japan on mandibular nerve visualization with MR imaging. This meeting was a great opportunity to learn more about the very specialized field of head and neck radiology and the imaging and treatment of head and n! eck pathology. -Anna Yang

August 2014 updates

August 18th, 2014

Student Group Events

SNAAC

8/29/14

Joan Salge-Blake of Boston University Sargent Choice Nutrition Center delivered a talk about how nutrition affects medical students and their patients, especially with a focus on how media and corporations influence patients decisions about their diet. The talk addressed common myths about healthy eating and how medical students can guide their patients’ eating. -Sean Burns

SNAAC

Internal Medicine Interest Group

8/27/14

The Introduction to Internal Medicine lunch talk on 8/27 was quite a successful kick-off event for the academic year! We started off with a short introduction to the Internal Medicine Interest Group (IMIG) and then turned it over to a wonderful physician panel with the following BMC doctors:Dr. Jeffrey Samet, General Internal Medicine attending physician
Dr. Bethany Lussier, pulmonary/critical care fellow
Dr. Lakshman Swamy, IM residentThey each gave a 5 minute introduction to their very different paths and perspectives on internal medicine. Dr. Swamy also spoke about his radio show, Radio Rounds, and Dr. Samet shared some wonderful wisdoms from his longitudinal experience in IM and its evolution as a field. Dr. Lussier shared interesting insight on her unique path to internal medicine as well.

Then we opened the floor up to questions. There were many fantastic questions about work-life balance, the different aspects of internal medicine, how dual degrees (such as MBA or MPH) can be used to enhance care in IM, and questions to better understand the field itself, such as how it differed from family medicine. -Vivan Wang

Medicine and Business Association

8/26/14

The Introduction to Medicine and Business Association and MD/MBA Program lunch talk on 8/26 featured:-An introduction to the goals and plans of our M&BA student group for the year
-Explanation of why a business sense for a physician is becoming more important, so that we can help shape our rapidly changing healthcare system for both our patients and our careers.
-Information about the MD/MBA dual degree program at BU, a presentation by Dr. Stephen Ober, our faculty advisor and a co-director of the program.There was fantastic turnout, and it seemed quite well-received. -Vivan Wang

Integrative Medicine and Physicians for a National Health Program

8/21/14

Integrative Medicine and Physicians for a National Health Program co-hosted a showing of the award-winning documentary Escape Fire. The documentary delves into the current challenges of our healthcare system, covering topics such as: the imbalance between primary care physicians and specialists, high costs of our healthcare and our low rankings on national health metrics, emphasis on treatment of symptoms (sick-care) and dearth of preventative care (health-care), and use of alternative therapies and healthy lifestyle choices to promote health and decrease healthcare costs.We also had a short discussion afterwards. We talked about the healthcare issues presented in the documentary, brainstormed potential solutions, and thought about ways medical students could advocate for change. The students who attended were engaged by the documentary, contributed to the discussion, and enjoyed some Subway sandwiches as well! -Calvin Fong

Escape fire

AMA-MMS

8/20/14

The AMA-MMS BUSM chapter held an informational lunch session with a presentation by the student leaders. We had a great turnout and a chance to discuss:
-What the AMA and MMS are
-How students have been involved in the past and some key policies as a result
-How students can get involved now from attending meetings to getting involved in community service
-Mentorship possibilities
-Advocacy and leadership opportunities
-Upcoming events: Interim and Annual Meetings, Mass Med Student Section Monthly meetings, networking events, and upcoming community service projects 
-Kanupriya Soni

AMA-MMS

American Geriatrics Society

8/18/14

“What is Geriatrics?” We had the pleasure of having Dr. Chippendale come and share what she does as a geriatrician at Boston Medical Center. We saw how complex cases can get in elderly patients and the great need for a point-person with specialized training in geriatrics to coordinate care for such frail population – referring patients to multiple specialists or prescribing 20+ medication is often not the solution! There are also many opportunities to work in multidisciplinary teams with other healthcare professionals and hear amazing life stories from patients themselves. Dr. Chippendale reminded us that whatever specialty we choose to pursue, we will meet geriatric patients and thus, encouraged us to learn more about geriatrics during our four years of medical school. -Angie Seo

geriatrics

 

Student attendance at National Conferences 

8/1/14

I attended the Neurosurgery 101 symposium, a two-day training for medical students interested in neurosurgery, held at St. Louis University School of Medicine. During the training, I attended a series of lectures introducing medical students to the commonly performed neurosurgical procedures. A hands-on anatomic dissection with the use of neurosurgical tools and a microscope allowed us to improve our understanding of the conditions in which brain surgeons perform their work. Furthermore, the symposium created a forum for discussing the future of education in the field of neurosurgery. -Marek Kowalski

June 2014 updates

August 18th, 2014

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Trans Health Conference

6/13/14

I presented my research “The effect of testosterone on gene expression in the endometrium of transgender men” at the WPATH Graduate Research Symposium in Transgender Health held at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. I had the pleasure of giving a 15min talk about my research to a very enthusiastic audience and enjoyed hearing from other transgender researchers and community members. I also had a great time attending some of the amazing workshops at the conference. -Ivy Gardner
American Medical Association
6/5/14
The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL was a conference for medical students from across the country to get together for the following:
- Participate in policy-making for the AMA Medical Student Section using the same parliamentary procedure with which decisions are made in the AMA House of Delegates and our government today.
- Network in social settings within and outside of the conference with other medical students as well as AMA House of Delegates physicians
- Attend educational seminars, which included talks on various topics from entrepreneurship, technology in medicine to wellness and how to do well in medical school and beyond.
I learned a lot about how our healthcare system is managed on a political level, and really politics in general, which is typically a largely avoided area for clinicians. It was a fantastic experience where I met many wonderful people, realized how broken our system is, and spurred me to become more active in changing our field for the better, so our patients can get the best care they can.
-Vivan Wang
 

May 2014 updates

May 6th, 2014

Student Group Events

Anatomy Department

5/5/14

The Anatomy Memorial Service was held in remembrance of the people who made anatomical donations to the Boston University School of Medicine and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. The event was put together by both Medical and Dental Students at Boston University. There were several family members of the body donors in attendance. The ceremony’s keynote speaker was Dr. Monica Pessina, and there were also several performances, both poetic and musical, by the first year students. -Sally Jacob

Anatomy Memorial Service

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting

5/16/14

On Friday, May 16th 2014 Liz Sienkiewicz, the founder of the Older Adult Companion (OAC) Program, attended the 2014 American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting to present her abstract, “The Older Adult Companion Program: A Unique Medical Student Service Learning Program.” The OAC program is a new service learning program where students are paired with cognitively impaired nursing home residents who they visit monthly and submit a reflective writing piece after each visit.
The abstract included a description of the OAC program as well as an analysis of the common themes found in the reflective pieces, including adjustment to life in a nursing home, sensory impairment and memory loss. We found that medical students connected with nursing home residents with cognitive impairment by developing an increased understanding of common conditions, adjustments, and losses faced. -Elizabeth Sienkiewicz

American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting

American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting

5/15/14

I was fortunate to be able to present a poster entitled “Pulmonary Cement Embolism in an Older Woman with Shortness of Breath” at the Presidential Poster Session during the American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL on May 15, 2014. The poster regarding pulmonary cement embolism was well received and often seen with remarks of “that can happen?” I was also able to interact with many other students, residents, fellows, and faculty and learn about advances in medicine and the care of the elderly. The program was well organized and demonstrated the importance of geriatric care and Boston University School of Medicine was well represented by faculty and trainees. -Nikhar Kinger

American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting

IRCIMH

5/15/14

The International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) focused the current evidence behind the practice of integrative medicine. This included research presentations on basic science, clinic trials, lifestyle and prevention, methodology, health services, cost effectiveness, and education. There were a number of keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations and interactive sessions. I presented a poster on the research I am working on with the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. Specifically I am looking at if while patients are enrolled in the Integrative Medicine Group Visits their emergency department utilization changes. -Stephanie Shaw

IRCIMH

ARVO Conference

5/5/14

I attended to ARVO (The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology) conference on the 5/5/2014 to present my poster titled: Association of Age with Surgical Complications and Visual Outcomes Following Cataract Surgery: Results of the Ophthalmic Surgical Outcomes Data Project
Verter, Erol E.1, 2; Cakiner-Egilmez, Tulay1; Gonzalez, Luis A.1, 3; Chomsky, Amy4, 5; Baze, Elizabeth6, 7; Vollman, David8, 9; Lawrence, Mary G.10;
I arrived to the conference center at 7:30am, presented my poster from 8:30-11:00 and then joined my group to read other posters for a few hours. -Erol Eri Verter

 

April 2014 updates

May 6th, 2014

To view SCOMSA minutes from April’s meeting, the last of the academic year, click here.

 

Student Group Events

Family Medicine Interest Group

4/30/14

On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Family Medicine Interest Group held an informational panel open to first, second, and third year students to learn more about family medicine and the application process for family medicine residency programs. Five current fourth year students (Amelia Baker, Calbee Cooper, Estee Fleischman, Kenya Goins, and Annie Jack) shared their perspectives on the match process, their reasons for choosing family medicine, and advice for current BUSM students who might be interested in pursuing a career in family medicine. Students learned about the various types of family medicine residency programs, qualities of competitive family medicine applicants, and the residency application process in general. Over 30 students from three classes attended this event. It was a great success and a wonderful way to connect students interested in fami! ly medicine! -Tara Shenoy

Global Health Equity Program

4/30/14

The GHEP speaker series hosted it’s last talk of the year with a panel of third and fourth years who have pursued global health work during their time at BUSM. They gave us insight into taking a year off between third and fourth year as well as how to plan for rotations abroad. The talk answered a lot of student questions about the process of going abroad, different types of opportunities abroad, and how to fit global health work into a medical education and residency. -Divya Shankar

Integrative Medicine

4/29/14

The Integrative Medicine Interest Group invited three healthcare professionals to share their holistic approaches to patient care. The goals of this interactive panel were to expose medical students to different therapeutic practices and to learn simple techniques that promote overall well being. Betsy Simmons (BS, MPH) – the instructor for BUSM’s Meditation Initiative, a yoga and qigong instructor, an interfaith chaplain at BMC, and a leader of recovery programs that empower patients – led students through a meditation and deep breathing session. Ellen Highfield (Lic. Ac.) – an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Director of Acupuncture Programs – taught students how to massage several key acupressure/acupuncture points. Charlotte Cuneo (MSN, RN, CCAP) – a clinical nurse educator at BMC and a practitioner of Clinical Aromatherapy, t! he M technique, Polarity therapy, and Reiki – passed around essential oils used in aromatherapy and led students through Polarity Therapy exercises. Homemade baked goods and fruit were served at the event. Students left relaxed and energized! -Calvin Fong

Integrative Medicine

Radiology Interest Group

4/29/14

The Radiology Interest Group held a match panel discussion featuring several fourth year students who had successfully matched into Radiology, as well as a mammography fellow at BMC. The speakers included:Geunwon Kim – M4
Adam Luce – M4
Lindsey Storer – M4
Michael Wasserman – M4
Dr. Lauren Pincus – Mammography FellowMany topics were discussed pertaining to Radiology, including life as a radiologist, competitiveness of the specialty, general advice for students interested in pursuing Radiology, among others. -Deepan Paul

BUDDS

4/27/14

Members of the Down Syndrome community, as well as individuals with other developmental disabilities from around Boston, came to BUSM for a fun carnival put on by the BUDS program. The carnival was held in Hiebert, and featured snacks, games, crafts, and other fun activities. We had about a dozen medical student volunteers help us run the carnival in order to provide them with a valuable experience working with young adults with developmental disabilities in a fun and relaxed setting. Everyone who attended the event seemed to have a great time. This is the third year in a row that we have hosted the carnival. -Casey Fein

Physicians for Human Rights

4/18/14

Jason Lydon, the founder of Black and Pink, gave an introduction to current LGBTQ prisoner issues, prisoner organizing models, and the role of medical professionals within the framework of abolition. Black and Pink is a national organization that started here in Boston to support LGBTQ people currently residing in the prison system. Afterwards we had a Q&A session to further explore issues of medical care in Massachusetts prisons. About 30 people attended. -Robert Carey

Physicians for Human Rights

Women’s Health Initiative

4/16/14

The Women’s Health Initiative hosted a talk featuring Julia Bowker from the Bright Pink Organization. She is a patient and was here to share her experiences with BRCA genetic testing and the actions she took to prophylactically prevent breast cancer. During the event she discussed the implications of BRCA and genetics testing on her family and lifestyle as a young woman in her twenties. It was really enlightening to look at things from a relatable, young patient’s point of view. -Divya Shankar

Christian Medical Dental Association / Maimonides Society / Integrative Medicine Group / Psychiatry Interest Group

4/16/14

Our lunch talk was titled: “Understanding the spiritual dimensions within serious illness:
an introduction to spiritual care in the healthcare context”
The event took place from 12:30 – 1:30pm in room L311 and we used our funding to serve flour desserts and sandwiches.
Our guest speaker was Dr. Andrea Enzinger, who currently practices medical oncology and palliative care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is part of the teaching staff at Harvard Medical school. Her research involves understanding and improving communication between cancer patients and physicians, as well as addressing the spiritual dimensions of facing cancer. Dr. Enzinger introduced the audience to the role of spirituality in patient care, described how to take a spiritualhistory of a patient, and shared some of her personal experiences working with cancer patients. Overall it was a really fascinating talk and we got to hear some really powerful and personal stories about patients with serious illness and how their own spirituality helped them deal with their pain, suffering, and ultimately death.We had a really great turnout, with medical students, dental students, and GMS/MAMS students and everyone seemed to really enjoy Dr. Enzinger’s presentation!(This event was co-hosted by four different organizations on campus) -Daniel Choi

The Beat

4/15/14

The Beat at BUSM had the pleasure of hosting a talk by Dr. George Annas, JD, MPH -a prominent writer and professor at BUSM, BUSPH, and BULaw. During this lunch talk, Dr. Annas spoke about his own career writing about medical ethics and gave advice to students on how to get their writing published. This talk was well received and attended by students, residents, and staff. -Teng Peng

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Clinical Neuroscience Society

4/15/14

The BUSM Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS) hosted a panel of fourth year medical student, who recently matched in neurology or neurosurgery. The panelists not only gave students a candid look into the process of applying to neurology/neurosurgery residencies, but also gave their unique insights into the current and future outlook of the field. Moreover, the goal of this event was to give first and second year students an idea of what it takes to enter the fields of neurology and neurosurgery, evoking students’ interest or disinterests in clinical neuroscience, to hopefully make students picture themselves as neurologists or neurosurgeons to see if that sort of career is right for them. Student attendance and participation was excellent. -Tyler Lazaro

BU Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP)

4/12/14

In our first year as a student organization, BU Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) was one of the strongest represented student chapters at the Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) Summit. This conference gave us the opportunity to connect with the larger national medical student movement for health care equality. In meeting other medical students from all over the country we found that this generation of medical students really does want a truly just health care system for all. At the SNaHP summit we empowered each other to advocate for single payer in our communities and schools, honed our skills in lobbying and political action, and strategized for building our movement. Keynote speaker Dr. Art Chen of PNHP California (one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year in 2011) shared with us how we can be advocates right now, as medical st! udents. We are excited to take the advocacy skills we have learned from this conference and use them for making our new student group even more forward thinking and action oriented for the upcoming school year. -Jawad Husain

PNHP

Spectrum of Physician Advocacy

4/11/14

On Friday, April 11, the BU Advocacy Training Program hosted a panel of physicians who pursued graduate degrees other than an MPH. Dr. Martin November, MD, MBA and Dr. Luis Ticona, MD, MPP shared their experiences and decision to pursue an alternate degree. Specifically, the group discussed how degrees other than an MPH can be useful in developing tools and implementing programs to advocate for underserved patients.Dr. November is an OB/GYN physician and was a member of the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School for more than 10 years. His practice during that time was predominantly in low socioeconomic areas and he held various administrative positions at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center including Director of the Division of Community Medicine. His academic research focused on patient safety, cost effectiveness analysis and process improvement in healthcare. He worked with researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health on The Malpractice Insurers’ Medical Error Prevention Study (MIMEPS), a nationwide study of malpractice claims and medical errors. Dr. November earned an AB at Duke University, an MD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MBA at the Harvard Business School.Dr. Ticona is a resident in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. During medical school at Harvard, he developed an outreach program for patients with diabetes in low-income communities. His decision to pursue a Master’s in Public Policy degree was influenced by his experience in program development and implementation. The skills that Dr. Ticona obtained during his MPP training at the Kennedy School of Government allowed him to focus his advocacy work on how to most effectively develop interventions for patients in order to improve health outcomes. -Nicole Economou

Medicine and Public Health Association

4/10/14

The Medicine and Public Health Association hosted our annual symposium that focuses on a special topic of interest. This year, our symposium was held in remembrance of last year’s Boston Marathon Bombing as well as create awareness of emergency preparedness as part of National Public Health Week. The panelists of this symposium were Dr. Kofi Abbensetts (Assistant Professor of Surgery, BUSM), Dr. Jennifer Brown (Director, Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry Service at BMC), Maria Ober (Director, Office of Communications at BUMC), and Mary Devine (Emergency Management Coordinator, Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals). Each panelist gave their unique perspectives on caring for victims of the bombing, the mental health of victims of the bombing, effective communication and public relations, and emergency preparedness as related to the bombing. Students were ! able to ask questions after each panelist spoke. -Lucero Leon-Chi

Latino Medical Student Association

4/9/14

The BUSM Latino Medical Student Association hosted a health panel of Latino physicians including Dr. Jose Alberto Betances (pediatrics at BMC), and Dr. Vivian Sanchez (surgeon at West Roxbury VA) . During the panel, students had the pleasure of listening to the experiences and obstacles the panelists encountered throughout their medical education, and how they established a successful career in medicine as members of a minority group. Students brought up questions regarding the establishment of a family while becoming a physician, the ability to embrace the “culture of medicine”, and the establishment of succesful habits to stay focused in the pursuit of medicine. Although the panel was composed of Latino physicians, the panelists aimed to keep their answers relevant to minority and non-traditional students from all backgrounds. -LMSA

Ophthalmology Interest Group

4/9/14

Dr. Anand Devaiah presented an interesting clinical case on an ENT patient with a mysterious bone tumor of his jaw. He was also available afterwards to answer questions about career choices in the Otolaryngology field. -Adrian House

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Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

4/8/14

The Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group will be hosting a dinner talk Tuesday April 8th. We will have a panel of recently matched 4th years as well as residents from BMC to share their experiences and answer any questions about the field and/or the process of matching. -Rohith Mohan

Internal Medicine Interest Group

4/2/14

The Internal Medicine Interest Group hosted a panel of current 4th years who have matched in internal medicine to come and discuss their experiences throughout medical school and their reasons for choosing internal medicine. Current first, second, and third year students also had the opportunity to ask questions about career path, extracurricular experiences throughout medical school, and tips for applying to residencies. Also present was Dr. Yadavalli–the director of the internal medicine residency program at BU–who offered his own insight on applying to residencies and succeeding in medical school. -Stephanie D’Souza

 

Student Presentations at National Conferences

Iranian-American Medical Association

4/12/14

This multidisciplinary meeting brings Iranian-American physicians, dentists, pharmacists, public health experts, and trainees in numerous healthcare professions together to share their recent academic efforts. I was able to give an oral presentation on my recent research activities in the field of Glaucoma through a presentation titled “The Relationship between Intraocular Pressure and Rates of Estimated Retinal Ganglion Cell Loss in Glaucoma,” which was very well received. This meeting also provided a great networking opportunity; I was able to meet other Iranian-American healthcare professionals and learn about their academic work and interests. Lastly, I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of the young investigator award from this society. -Amir Hossein Marvasti

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

4/27/14

I attended the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago. The conference included a special program for 4th year medical students preparing to enter a Ob/Gyn residency program this Summer. It included a full day of didactics and a 2 hour hands-on simulation session, during which students got to practice their physical exam skills, learn how to do cervical exams, practice placing IUDs, learn the steps of a cesarean section, put together a hysteroscope and more. There were a number of fantastic sessions covering the gamut of Ob/Gyn topics, from clinical material to practice management to groundbreaking research. Finally, it was a great opportunity to network with fellow medical students and practicing Ob/Gyns. -Sarah Lambeth

ACOG

I attended the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist Annual Clinical Meeting in Chicago along with Jessica Norton. The ACM is a chance for people from all walks of their medical careers to come and talk about women’s health. From lectures on health and human rights to specific new therapies for what ails women the most, the conference was both enlightening and exciting. There also were many third year medical student-specific events including panels about getting into residency, workshops on how to write your CV and personal statement, a hands-on seminar with stations on knot tying, laparoscopy, and obstetrics, and a residency fair with representatives from all over the country. This was truly a pivotal event in my journey to becoming a future OB/GYN! -Danielle Chiavetta 
Danielle Chiavetta (MS3) and I attended the 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists taking place in Chicago, IL. The conference included a program of educational activities specific for third year medical students interested in pursuing a career in obstetrics and gynecology including conferences on residency application and programs as well as hands on clinical skills workshops on simulated laparoscopic surgery, IUD insertion and removal, and suturing/knot tying skills. We attended amazing colloquia on women’s health and human rights and the role of the OB/GYN community in reducing the global burden of disease for women. It was an incredible experience to be a part of the international OB/GYN community which we have decided to join! Attendance at this event will strongly benefit our residency application and se! lection process in addition to providing further experience, insight, and confidence for our decision to pursue obstetrics and gynecology. -Jessica Norton

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Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine (FIRM)

4/25/14

Finding Inspiration and Resilience in Medicine (FIRM) was a one-day physician/student conference on the campus of Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana. The focus of the conference was to encourage conversation among physicians and students about their struggles, and to equip them with the tools to promote personal resilience in the face of these great difficulties. By encouraging them to rediscover their personal inspiration, to become more skilled at self-care and mental wellness, and to have stronger psychosocial support, the conference promoted resilience. The keynote speaker was Liselotte Dyrbye, MD, a national leader in the field of physician burnout, quality of life, and depression. She also spoke about medical education, with specific focus on the experience of medical students in years 1 and 2. One of the organizers of and s! peakers at the conference was Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and also the 2013 BUSM AOA Visiting Professor. He gave a talk at BUMC on March 31, 2014, called “The True Nature of Professionalism.” Dr. Gunderman also wrote a widely read February 2014 article in The Atlantic magazine titled “For the young doctor about to burn out.” -Brad Zehr

FIRM

Integrative Medicine Conference in Humanism, Activism, Reflective Transformation

4/20/14

Medical school, with its long hours and extensive demands, can leave young physicians with a wealth of knowledge, but an impoverished spirit. U.S. medical schools teach techniques and technologies in great detail, but they, in large part, ignore the human component of becoming a healer.The Integrative Medicine Conference in Humanism, Activism, Reflective Transformation is a conference designed for 4th year medical students to address this gap in medical training. Medical students from around the country who have an aptitude and interest in integrative medicine, social justice and activism, intentional community building, humanism, and/or personal growth attended this conference, and it was a unique and wonderful way to conclude our medical school career and prepare for residency.During the conference, guest lecturers from around the country give incredibly interesting didactic sessions on how to think outside the box in medicine and treat the patient as a whole. We learned about topics including food as medicine, ayurvedic principles, indigenous medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and integrative psychiatry.The conference concluded with a trip to Big Sur, which was very bonding. I have formed very close relationships with my peers at the conference and hope to stay in touch with them throughout residency to help sustain the resiliency skills I learned at this conference.This conference was one of the best experiences of my medical school career thus far. I am very grateful to SCOMSA for making trips like these possible for students. -Emily Holick

Integrative Medicine

Student National Medical Association

4/16/14

I attended the Student National Medical Association’s 50th Annual Medical Education Conference in Washington, D.C on April 16- April 20th. This was an opportunity to reconnect with past, current and future minority physicians to discuss topics directly relating to our communities and how we can be the necessary effective agents of change needed. There were also several residency programs and organizations I was able to establish connections and network with. This was a great opportunity to gather and maintain relevant resources for anyone wanting to practice medicine. -Johnathan Hickson
The SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference (AMEC) has emerged as a cornerstone activity for the SNMA;
an event in which both students and professionals have gathered with high anticipation to attend a wide range of
educational and networking events. The AMEC is held each spring in locations around the country and serves to
enhance our members’ career development, provide continuing education, facilitate networking among minority
medical students, bolster the effectiveness of our local community service programs and recognize the achievements
of our members. In short, our conference is designed to nurture future leaders in the field of medicine. The AMEC
attracts students from all levels of medical education and is consistently the largest gathering of underrepresented
minority medical students at any time in any place in the country.
This year’s conference was held in Washington, DC and celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary. -Michael Harrell, Jr.

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Global Health Equity Program

4/13/14

The BU Global Health Equity Program is a student-led organization that focuses on increasing awareness of Global Health issues, educating students about how to productively and sustainably engage in Global Health, and facilitating direct student involvement in such projects. I’m one of six students leaders, three of whom are tasked with planning and leading the Fall elective intro course.Unite For Sight is one of the largest non-profit global health delivery organizations. Its annual Global Health & Innovation Conference in April convenes 2,200 participants from all 50 states and more than 50 countries to exchange ideas and strategies across all disciplines of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Participants are a diverse group committed to global health innovation and world-changing ideas, and include medical students, public health students, law students, business students, nursing students, public health professionals, physicians, nurses, directors of nonprofits and foundations, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, policymakers, educators, activists, and others interested in global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.We attended this event to get some ideas that will help us plan the curriculum and lesson plans for our student-led Global Health elective in the Fall semester. We also gathered information about how to start a Global Health concentration or track right here at BUSM, and made some contacts at schools have recently gone through the same process who offered to help us. -Robert Carey & Karen Foo

Global Health and Innovation Conference

March 2014 Updates

March 27th, 2014

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

Student Group Events

 

Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)

3/31/14

The Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG) hosted a lunch talk discussion with a panel of three newly matched fourth-year medical students on 3/31/14 as 12:30pm in R115. The fourth years answered many questions about their residency application and interview experiences and shared advice about their general experiences and impressions of ophthalmology. This event was well attended by students. -Tina Shiang

 

BU Advocacy Training Program (Spectrum of Physician Advocacy)

3/31/14

On Monday, March 31st thirty BUSM students attended a training about the proper use and administration of the opiate antagonist, naloxone (Narcan) used in clinical practice to reverse an opiate overdose. According to the CDC, the number of overdose deaths caused by heroin increased by 55% between the years 2000 and 2010. Attorney General Eric Holder recently called the increasing number of heroin overdoses in the US a “public health crisis.” (See the video here.) Sparked by the stark increase in overdose deaths in Massachusetts and across the country, naloxone is increasingly being viewed as an important tool in the fight against opiate overdose.

The hands-on training was led by Heriberto Sanchez, Program Manager for the Narcan/Overdose Prevention Program at the Boston Public Health Commission. Mr. Sanchez described the most recent public health statistics related to opiate use and misuse and students learned the indications for using naloxone. The group also discussed how to advocate for patients at high risk of overdose by discussing naloxone and teaching patients the proper method of administration. Through this interactive training, students had the opportunity to practice the administration of intranasal naloxone using sample kits. At the conclusion of the one hour training session, students registered and received their own naloxone kits and are now armed with the knowledge, skills, and tools to prevent overdoses in our community. -Nicole Economou

Spectrum of Physician Advocacy

BUSM Latino Medical Student Association

3/27/14

The BUSM Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) hosted a talk by Leda Muñoz and Elida Acuña, from the BMC interpreters services. Leda and Elida presented on the different ways to adequately use interpreter services at BMC, when it is appropriate to call for an interpreter, what is the role of the interpreter, what are some common mistakes that physicians tend to make regarding interpreters services, what are some federal regulations regarding interpreters, etc. They also addressed the role of interpreters in how medical students can best interact with their patients and gave tips on how to interact with the large Latino patient population of BMC.In the end we also reenacted some common clinical encounters. More specifically, what happens when family members help translate, or what happens when patients are left alone with interpreters. This event was well attended.
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Medicine and Business Association

3/27/14

The Medicine and Business Association presented a lunch talk on Thursday March 27th, 2014 by Dr. Abdulmaged Traish, PhD, MBA. Dr. Traish is a Professor of Urology and Biochemistry at BUSM. Dr. Traish gave a presentation on leadership in medicine, the advantages/disadvantages of pursuing the MD/MBA, and the opportunities an MD/MBA provides in biotechnology and other fields. He also answered questions the students had about the MD/MBA dual degree. -Steve Han

 

Integrative Medicine

3/25/14

The Integrative Medicine Interest Group presented a lunch talk on Tuesday March 25th, 2014 by Dr. Linda Barnes, PhD, MA, MTS. She is currently the Director of Medical Anthropology at GMS, Professor of Family Medicine, and a Professor of Religious and Theological studies at GMS. The lunch talk was titled: “Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM): What YOU need to know. Our goal was to facilitate a discussion regarding how patients and clinicians view Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) along with cultural and ethical implications. Dr. Barnes talked about how patients view their illnesses and how the medical opinion of physicians only partially contributes to the patient’s perception of their illness.
Integrative medicine Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

3/24/14

The IHI chapter at BUSM hosted Dr. Brian Jack, chair of family medicine at BMC, for an in-depth presentation and case discussion concerning Project RED on Monday, March 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Evans 720. Project RED (Re-Engineered Discharge) is an internationally recognized quality improvement initiative that dramatically reduces 30-day hospital re-admission rates by providing patients with a easy-to-understand and personalized booklet at the point of discharge that clearly communicates information to the patient about post-hospital lab work, follow-up appointments, medications, and in-home care. Approximately 12 medical students attended this inspiring, energizing, round-table case discussion. 

 

Clinical Neuroscience Society

3/18/14

Following his popular talk on the use of cannabinoids in headache medicine, the Clinical Neuroscience Society and the Student Interest Group in Neurology welcomed back Dr. Brian McGeeney for an engaging presentation on the use of hallucinogens in cluster headaches. Dr. McGeeney discussed the historical context, regulatory considerations, and research findings relating to the use of hallucinogens in medicine, followed by the clinical presentation of and current treatment modalities for cluster headaches. Dr. McGeeney closed the presentation by describing the use of hallucinogens by patients with refractory cluster headaches, noting the legal and social ramifications of managing their condition with a controlled substance. -Bardia Abbasi

 

BUSM Historical Society

3/17/14

BUSM historical society was delighted to host a talk by Dr. Doug Hughes, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. During this talk, he discussed the life of Dr. Charles Eastman, BUSM class of 1890 and the first Native American to graduate from a medical school in the United States. Charles Eastman was the first physician to attend to the victims of the massacre at Wounded Knee and later became an advocate for Native Americans and civil society in the United States and Europe.Dr Hughes also presented an oak framed picture of Dr. Eastman as well as a framed biographical blurb of Eastman’s life. These items will be hanged in the BUSM hall of history. We had an attendance of 69 people
Charles

Student Presentations at National Conferences

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Doctors for America Leadership Conference

3/21/14

The Doctors for America Annual Leadership Conference was held in Washington, DC. This was an excellent opportunity to meet individuals across the country that support the Affordable Care Act and believe strongly in physician advocacy. There were many physicians, medical students, recent college graduates, nurses, and public health students at the conference. The conference was a mixture of panel discussions, speakers, small workshops, and poster presentations. The enthusiasm and experience from everyone at the conference was inspiring. – Rauvynne Sangara

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The 2014 Doctors for America National Leadership Conference was hosted in Washington, D.C. on March 21. Attendees were medical students, residents, and attendings from across the country. The focus of the conference was on leadership in medicine, through civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and creativity. One of the biggest highlights was hearing from Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, subject of the popular Atul Gawande article “Hotspotting”. His focus was on changing the way primary care physicians arrange their practice, in order to compete with low reimbursement rates and rising costs. A TED version of his talk can be found here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3WBDjsuQwY. Attendees listened to talks about the importance of the ACA, coverage as good medicine, and the importance of medicaid expansion. Attendees met with other health professionals in their regions to d! iscuss local strategies that would be successful moving forward. It was an extremely valuable experience to meet and network with many of the talented individuals in attendance, and to speak personally with panel members like Judy Palfrey (past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics) and Jeffrey Brenner. -Nick Smith

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American Academy of Dermatology

3/21/14

I attended the 2014 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, where I had the privilege of presenting two posters and an oral presentation. My first poster discussed the presentation and treatment for an atypical case of merkel cell carcinoma. The second poster, also the topic of my oral presentation at the AAD Gross and Microscopic Symposium, was on an unusual presentation of erythema multiforme in a patient with scleroderma/mixed connective tissue disease. I was also invited to attend the AAD Medical Student Core Curriculum Workgroup at this year’s AAD; I attended as a guest and presented my work on DermTerms: The Morphology Workspace, an interactive educational tool that I developed over the past year and piloted at BU.   – Joyce Wang

3/20/14

On 3/20-3/23, I attended the Medical Dermatology Society and American Academy of Dermatology Annual Conference in Denver, CO. I gave a poster presentation and an oral presentation at these conferences to other medical students, residents, and physicians. It was a great opportunity to share the research I’ve been working on over the past year, and also gave me an opportunity to attend lectures/seminars given by experts in the field. I’m thankful that SCOMSA gave me the opportunity to attend these conferences and present my work. – Justin Besen

 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

3/11/2014

I recently attended the national conference of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. I attended lectures including Women and Bone Health, Patient-centered care, and recent research on the management of arthritis and patients long-term outcomes. As I will be pursing a career in primary care, I found these lectures very helpful towards the medical management of very common outpatient issues. – Kristen Hysell

From 3/10 to 3/15/2014, I attended the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA. There, I presented a podium presentation titled “Open Fractures Of The Proximal Ulna Have Similar Injury Patterns And Outcomes As Closed Fractures.” This presentation was from research I conducted with the BU Orthopaedic Surgery department under Dr. Andrew Jawa. In addition to this podium and presenting a few other poster and scientific exhibit presentations, I was able to attend multiple talks and educational sessions. Thank you to SCOMSA for their support of academic scholarship. – Paul Yi

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Latino Medical Student Association Northeast Regional Conference

3/1/14

On 3/1/14, I attended the Latino Medical Student Association’s Northeast Regional Conference in New York. The day was filled with speaker events, panel sessions, workshops, and a residency/enrichment program fair. The conference ended with the House of Delegates meeting, which allows representatives from each LMSA chapter in the NE to give updates about their chapter’s activities and upcoming events. I represented BUSM’s LMSA chapter. During the meeting, our chapter was considered among the candidates to host next year’s regional conference, but in the end Johns Hopkins’s chapter was chosen to host. I had a wonderful time at the conference and I’m grateful for SCOMSA’s support in making my attendance possible. – Lizzeth Alarcon
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Student Conference for Integrative Medicine

3/1/14

On March 3, 2014 I attended the 2nd Annual Student Conference for Integrative Medicine (ASCIM 2014) in Los Angeles, CA. The conference focused on the science and art of whole person medicine and included hands-on workshops that demonstrated a biopsychosocial, nutritional, and environmental framework for health cultivation (including Tai Chi, Yoga, Creative Arts Therapy, and Chinese Herbal Medicine), a diverse health professional student panel, and keynote addresses from prominent leaders in integrative healthcare. – Sukhmani Gill

February 2014 Updates

February 20th, 2014

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

 

Student Group Events

BUSM Historical Society

2/20/14

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 a lot of attendance.
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SNAAC

2/13/14

SNAAC hosted Kathy Ireland, a registered dietitian, from the BMC Nutrition and Fitness for Life Clinic. Kathy gave a talk on eating healthy on a budget and how to navigate the grocery store in a healthy manner. 

Student Oncology Society

2/13/14

The Student Oncology Society was pleased to host an event for students interested in a future career in oncology or surgery or radiation medicine. The diverse panel included fourth years at BUSM interested in gynecologic oncology and radiation oncology, as well as residents applying for fellowships in heme/onc and surgical oncology.
Our panelists included:
Shannon Kokolus, BUSM IV for Gynecologic Oncology
Nick DeNunzio, BUSM IV for Radiation Oncology
Dr. Michael Cassidy for Surgical Oncology
Dr. Syed Mahmood for Medical Heme/Oncology
The discussion was stimulating and many interesting questions were raised, including what types of research was required and the quality of life in each of the fields. Each panelist brought a unique twist to the conversation.

AMA/MMS

2/12/14

Medical Student Advocacy Day is a national conference organized by the American Medical Association to:
1. Educate medical students on pressing health care issues;
2. Give medical students the opportunity to meet with legislators in Capitol Hill;
3. Ask legislators to support our goals in Congress;
This year our mission was to ask legislators to prevent spending cuts to Graduate Medical Education (GME) and repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). GME and SGR will dictate the financial survival of future generations of doctors. With the upcoming health care reform, doctor shortage and the baby boomers reaching the old age, cutting money needed to train and pay the next generation of physician is irresponsible.
In addition, at the conference we had the privilege to hear a speech from Sen. John Barrasso MD who explained his political view on GME and SGR.
Medical Student Advocacy Day was an eye opening experience and allowed me to contribute to a cause that will impact my future as a doctor.
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American Geriatrics Society 

2/12/14

The American Geriatrics Society hosted a Lunch Talk on The Hazards of Hospitalization on Wednesday Feb 12, 2014 from 12-1pm in L203. Hospitalization can result in functional decline despite cure or repair of the condition for which a patient was admitted. Usual aging is associated with changes that increase susceptibility to various conditions; however, the elderly are vulnerable and at higher risk for functional disabilities.Dr. Serena Chao, MD, MSc, a geriatrician here at BMC, had an interactive talk with ~40 M1 and M2 students regarding current diagnostic & therapeutic measures made at BMC to minimize potential hazards in the hospital. Students were prompted to think of how decompensation and limited mobility in the hospital affected patient outcomes and the benefits to OT and PT involvement.Students found the talk to be informative and important because it reminded them of clinical considerations that affect patients during a time in which their focus is on the basic sciences of medicine.
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American Medical Women’s Association

2/11/14

The American Medical Women’s Association hosted a dinner talk with Dr. Angela Jackson and Dr. John Polk. The topic was “The History and Current Challenges of Women in Medicine.” Dr. Polk open with a fascinating recount of the history of women in medicine in America over the past 100 years, and Dr. Jackson spoke about current challenges that women might face in their medical careers and how these can be overcome. 

Physicians for Human Rights

2/7/14

Our four panelists (Jerry Cohen, JD, a defense attorney for Guantanamo Bay detainees; Lynn Squillace, JD, MPH, Professor of Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights at BUSPH; Dr. Sarah Kimball, a resident at BWH and a provider for PHR’s Asylum Network; Dr. Ralph Freidin, a physician on the Mt. Auburn Healthcare Board of Ethics) had a fascinating discussion about the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo, the participation of physicians in the force-feeding as a reaction to hunger strikes, and the ethical and professional dilemmas that arise in that setting. Dr. Rishi Rattan, surgical resident at Tufts Medical Center and Advocacy Chair at Physicians for Haiti, moderated the discussion and read questions submitted by the 40-50 attendees.   

Vagina Monologues

2/7/14

Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) presents the 6th Annual Production of Eve Enslers, VAGINA MONOLOGUES!Come see a riveting performance about courage, despair, hope, and of course, vaginas. Cast includes members of the BUMC community including Medical and Public Health students, staff, and faculty! Vagina Warriors will also be acknowledged at both performances for their outstanding contributions and advocacy for the battle to end violence against women. All proceeds go to Boston Medical Center Domestic Violence Program, BU Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP), and V-DAY (global movement to end violence against women and girls – vday.org).

Spectrum of Physician Advocacy 

2/5/14

Dr. Sandel, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the BU Schools of Medicine and Public Health, described how a stable, decent and affordable home can act as a vaccine to keep kids and adults healthy now and in the future. Dr. Sandel also shared how she became passionate about housing advocacy and discussed the current national homeless crisis. She deliberately left ample time for student questions to allow for an interactive discussion.

Family Medicine Interest Group

2/5/14

Dr. Jim O’Connell, President of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, gave a talk about the role of primary care doctors in caring for the homeless population. He spoke about how he got involved with the homeless population and how many of the services for the homeless were founded and funded. Dr. O’Connell spoke about many of the issues that his team faces when trying to deliver medical care to the homeless and the ways his team was able to gain the trust of the homeless in order to give them the care they needed. Dr. O’Connell told many personal stories about his experiences treating homeless patients and illustrated his stories using pictures of his team treating patients in the streets. The talk concluded with a brief discussion about the future of healthcare for the homeless population.

 

Physicians for a National Health Program

2/3/14

In partnership with BU’s American Medical Student Association, Physicians for a National Health Program hosted a presentation introducing single-payer health care.The presentation was led by our distinguished guests:
Adam Gaffney, MD–Fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at MGH and writer for Salon magazine
Gordon Schiff, MD–Associate Director of the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice at BWHWe learned about how single-payer health care compares to our current health care finance system in the US. We also discussed how implementation might affect patients and our practice of medicine. – Sam Sheffield

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Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Glaucoma Society

2/28/14

Thank you BUSM SCOMSA for supporting my recent presentation at the 2014 American Glaucoma Society (AGS) annual meeting in Washington D.C.This 3-day meeting attracted leaders in Glaucoma from around the world and was filled with extraordinary educational lectures and sessions. I was fortunate to be one of the presenters and share my recent clinical research findings through a 15 minutes presentation in front of all the attendees. I believe my presentation was well received and shed light on the need for further research in multiple areas of Glaucoma research, including disease progression and the structure-function relationship. This was an especially meaningful experience for me as it was my first presentation on a national stage.I was also able to attend many educational lectures from novel diagnostic technologies to new medical and surgical approaches in Glaucoma therapy. This meeting also allowed for a great networking experience, as I was able to meet many clinician-scientists, many of whom I plan to collaborate with in future. – Amir Hossein Marvasti
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Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum

2/27/14

I gave an oral presentation at the Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum that’s held by the University of Miami in Miami, FL. This multi-day conference gives medical, graduate, M.D./Ph.D. students, and resident physicians the opportunity to give an oral presentation or poster presentation of the research they have recently worked on. In addition to formal presentations, the forum includes the informal exchange of scientific ideas among students and faculty preceptors, the encouragement of student-initiated research, and the professional development of future leaders in biomedical research. – Sunali Shah

CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting

2/26/14

“Designing and Implementing a Quality Improvement Curriculum: Tools and Tips”
- Jodi Abbott, MD; Shannon Kokolus, MSIV
The ACGME now requires quality improvement projects by residents, which are also recommended by the AAMC for medicals students. In the session, we presented a didactic curriculum set up by BUSM leadership for 4th year medical students to use as a framework to integrate experiential learning of residents and students. Dr. Abbott presented the curriculum framework, and I was able to present my quality improvement project that I completed and implemented during my QI 1 and 2 electives during my 4th year of medical school
The conference serves to bring together educational leaders in women’s health clerkship and residency programs, as well as residents and students interested in medical education, to present and learn about changes and improvements in education of women’s health. The program is an opportunity to increase participants level of excellence as a leaders and expand perspectives on women’s health education.

East Coast Asian American Student Union

2/21/14

I am an editorial staffer/blogger for Mochi Magazine, an online lifestyle magazine for Asian American young women. I, along with 2 other staff members, went to the annual East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) conference to host a workshop called “Living the Double Life: Career Development and Pursuing Passions,” focused on why passion projects — those that you pursue on the side in addition to school or your full-time career — is worthwhile, along with tips on how to survive the realities of working two careers without burning out. Our goal was to empower college students to consider what they’re passionate about and to demonstrate that it’s possible to have multiple careers to fulfill each person’s multiple interests. In particular, I discussed time management and organizational skills necessary to balance both being a medical student a! nd journalist and how I felt I was able to expand my skill set to contribute toward issues that I cared about, both culturally and in the healthcare field. – Stephanie Lee

American Academy of Emergency Medicine

2/12/14

I attended and presented at the 20th annual American Academy of Emergency Medicine Scientific Assembly in New York City. As the student board member of the Uniformed Services Chapter of AAEM (USAAEM), I helped design the curriculum for a Tactical Combat Casualty Care “Living the Tactical Life” course held at this year’s conference. Specifically, I was one of 3 instructors leading a hands-on workshop designed to introduce civilian providers to the application of commercially available tourniquets. We discussed the evidence, indications, and proper technique for modern tourniquet use in massive hemorrhage with over 40 participants.As a member of the AAEM education committee, I also helped organize the Resident and Student Association track curriculum. This year’s topics included work/life balance, EM fellowships, community vs academic practice, effective bedside teaching, transitioning to becoming an attending, and challenging communication scenarios in the ED. The resident and student track was a well-attended success. – Devin Keefe

Student Groups at National Conferences

AMA-MSS Advocacy Day

2/13/14

The AMA-MSS held its annual Advocacy Day in Washington, DC on February 13, 2014. As always, there was a strong contingent of BUSM students in attendance. During the morning session, we heard from Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) and Matthew Heinz, Director of Provider Outreach at the US DHHS, both of whom talked about current issues in US healthcare and their views about the implementation of the ACA. Although a snowstorm prevented us from meeting with legislative assistants for Senators Warren and Markey, we did send them video messages of our support for continued government funding of US graduate medical education (GME) programs. On February 12th, we learned how to effectively lobby members of Congress and we talked about the AMA’s current advocacy agenda, which includes sustained funding for GME and repeal of the Medicare SGR formula. Everyone had an enjoyab! le experience in DC (despite the weather!), and we look forward to representing BUSM again at future AMA-MSS Advocacy Days.

January 2014 Updates

February 4th, 2014

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

 

Student Group Events

Boston University Developmental Disabilities Group

1/31/14

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

Global Health Equity Program

1/29/14

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

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

1/24/14

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

BUSM Historical Society 

1/1/14

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

Student Presentations at National Conferences

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

1/31/14

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

Annual UW Big Sky Radiology Conference

1/26/14

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

1/10/14

I participated in the 2014 Triological Society Combined Sections Meeting by presenting a poster that outlined a project that was completed through Boston Medical Center’s Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery department. The event was held in Miami and took place over the weekend of January 10-12th. Throughout my time there, I was able to learn about several new studies taking place at major academic centers across the US. There were also some very interesting lecture series that were organized by some of the heads of different subspecialties within ENT, for example, “My Worst Case Ever,” which was presented by 5 prominent rhinologists. My poster was entitled, “Changes in the Jugular Bulb Associated with Sacrifice of the Internal Jugular Vein”. – Dominick Gadaleta
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December 2013 Updates

December 16th, 2013

On December 4th, SCOMSA held its fourth meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year. Please follow this link to view the meeting’s minutes: SCOMSA December 4th Meeting Minutes

Student Group Events

Dermatology Interest Group

12/13/13

Although we wanted to show a documentary on the truths about tanning we were unable to access the video. Instead we showed an MTV TrueLife documentary about severe acne. The documentary followed 3 teenagers who were battling with the physiological and psychological effects of severe acne. We debriefed after the documentary and people had positive reviews about the documentary and many were surprised to see just how debilitating acne can be to a young adult. We purposely timed this event for after the dermatology unit so that students would have a better and deeper understanding of the field of Dermatology. 

Student National Medical Association

12/11/13

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is an organization with the commitment to provide a supportive community for underrepresented minorities interested in or currently in the field of medicine. In addition, SNMA strives to perform community service in underserved communities and produce future doctors that embrace the importance of diversity. SNMA invited the Boston University School of Medicine students, faculty, and staff to engage in a conversation entitled “The Importance of Diversity,” led by Dr. John Polk, the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Affairs and Dr. Samantha Kaplan, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Dr. Hughes made a special appearance to engage in the conversation as well. After the discussion, some students expressed the desire for diversity talks to be held on a more regular basis. On behalf of ! the SNMA executive board we would like to thank everyone who participated! SNMA looks forwards to hosting future events!
SNMA

Surgical Society

12/11/13

This was a Breakfast panel discussion conducted to illuminate interested students about the importance of conducting research in the Surgical specialty. Our panel consisted of attending physicians, residents, and medical students, who discussed the specifics of finding a research project to become a part of, the importance of productive work for attaining a competitive research position, and finally the costs and benefits of pursuing basic science research versus clinical research. 

Internal Medicine Interest Group

12/10/13

On Tuesday, December 10th, the Internal Medicine Interest Group hosted a panel of current fellows in internal medicine specialties, and invited them to discuss their career paths. Drs. Palermo (Endocrinology), Villalon (Cardiology), and Taunk (GI) spoke about their experiences as fellows in their respective fields and answered questions about training, student debt, balancing family life with medicine training, and how they got to where they are now.

Ophthalmology Interest Group & American Geriatrics Society

12/10/13

On Dec 10, 2013, Jennifer Kaldenberg, Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, spoke to first and second year medical students about the complexities of legal blindness in the elderly, specifically in regards to falls prevention. Many students asked questions about what was being done currently to help low vision patients in Boston and understand how their activities of daily life are affected.This was an engaging and informative talk that was beneficial to BUSM students as they will all be working directly with this patient population in the future. 

Boston University Developmental Disabilities Group (BUDDs)

12/10/13

BUDDs Holiday PartyYoung adults with Down Syndrome from the greater Boston area were invited to the BU School of Medicine for a holiday party. Student volunteers were invited to interact with our guests. Activities included dinner, games, music and talking about the upcoming holiday season.

Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group

12/9/13

Dr. Susanne Zimmermann, an orthopaedic surgeon who practices at Dartmouth-Hitchcock in NH, joined 35 students for a Chipotle dinner and discussion about her decision to pursue surgery, life as an orthopaedic surgeon, and what we should be doing as medical students to get into orthopaedics. Students kept the discussion active, and Dr. Zimmermann departed with “pearls of advice” and provided links for mentoring in orthopaedics. 

APAMSA

12/9/13

The purpose of the event was for students to learn more about the exciting ways in which acupuncture and other complementary therapies can be integrated into modern medicine. The speaker was Dr. Yen Loh, who is a physician in the family medicine department. In her talk, she discussed the use of acupuncture in her own practice and she also gave a demonstration! The event was attended by a mix of 1st and 2nd year students. 

PEDS

12/9/13

On December 9th 2013, approximately 35 first and second year BUSM students attended a talk given by Dr Ralph Vetters, medical director of the Sidney Borum Jr Health Center, a program of Fenway Health. Dr Vetters shared stories about his work with at-risk, street-identified, and LGBT adolescents, providing a unique and enlightening perspective as to the breadth of the term pediatrician. SCOMSA provided part of the funding for the food for this talk, sourced from Anna’s Taqueria.

Ophthalmology Interest Group

12/4/13

Dr. Anand Devaiah discussed the field of otolaryngology — applying, what residency is like, and examples of the kinds of cases he deals with on a daily basis. He was also available afterwards to answer questions. -Adrian House

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

12/3/13

On 12/3/13, BMC Emergency Department resident (Casper Reske-Nielsen & Derek Wayman) and attending (Laura Nentwich) physicians taught a suture workshop to a group of 20 1st and 2nd-year medical students. Students made incisions on pigs feet and then stitched them up using expired suture supplies donated by the BMC ED. This workshop provided a hands-on opportunity in the first two years of medical school to learn and practice a very important clinical skill used in emergency medicine as well as a number of specialties.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

12/3/13

Title: Hospital Readmission
Speaker: Dr. Ramon Cancino (BMC family medicine)
Dr. Ramon Cancino, an academic fellow at BMC’s Family Medicine department, gave a talk on hospital readmission in light of the Affordable Care Act. This talk focused on what is a quality measure, how it is used, and the validity and reliability of readmission as a quality measure. It was a great opportunity to learn about the role that quality improvement plays within the ACA!Dr. Cancino talked about how BMC has a fairly high hospital readmission rate due to low patient literacy, language barriers, and many socioeconomic barriers that cause patients at BMC to present back at the hospital after initial treatment. The ACA has implemented a new guideline that reduces funding to hospitals, such as BMC, that have a high readmission rate. The new guidelines do not take into account “Case Mix”, the variety of patients or the fact that a 30-day readmission time frame may not be an accurate measure to reduce funding from CMS.Dr. Cancino helped us become aware of the many barriers and background stories that patients have that can be labeled as “non-compliant” on records. We were excited to learn about the new research, PCORI (patient centered outcome research) being done to find out why readmission occurs.

Student Presentations at National Conferences

The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) annual meeting is the world’s largest annual meeting, hosting an astounding 50,000 attendees each year. At the RSNA, I was presenting 2 research presentations. The first was an electronic presentation titled “Value of FDG PET/CT and MRI in management of Multiple Myeloma: An update” and the second was an oral presentation titled “Mentoring Students in Radiation Oncology: A Nine-year Retrospective Analysis of Students Participating in a
Radiation Oncology Mentorship Program.” Both presentations were well received with many audience members asking questions regarding mentorship in radiation oncology at Boston University. The second presentation won a “Certificate of Merit” award at the conference, which honors the most distinguished presentations each year.
Outside of these presentations, there were a variety of talks on advances in radiology and radiation oncology that were fascinating! Progress in PET/CT imaging using newer metabolic markers and the impact of many of these new advances on substantively improving patient care and patient outcomes was a focus of many talks. It was exciting to interact with physicians from around the world. – Ankit Agarwal
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November 2013 Updates

December 16th, 2013

On November 6th, SCOMSA held its third meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year in the Dean’s Conference room. Please follow this link to view the meeting’s minutes: SCOMSA November 6th Meeting Minutes

Student Group Activities

BUSM Historical Society

11/29/13

Dr. Rafael Ortega, Associate Dean and Vice-Chairman of Academic Affairs, gave a talk on the History of Anesthesia. In 2006, he published the book, Written in Granite, and with the proceeds from the book, he spearheaded the restoration of the Ether Monument in the Boston Public Garden. This was a lunch talk, and we had over 40 people attending.  

Christian Medical and Dental Association 

11/22/13

On November 22nd, CMDA hosted the final part of our Embracing Homelessness series. Part 5 of Embracing Homelessness was a movie screening of The Soloist. We were very encouraged to see how we have all gained a better understanding of homelessness and have an increased compassion for this diverse community. We hope that all participants are now better equipped to respectfully engage those experiencing homelessness on a person-to-person level and be able to provide the best possible care for them in the future.

MedGLO

11/18/13

On November 18, MedGLO hosted a lunch talk with Dr. Daniel Shumer, a pediatrician with Gender Management Services at Boston Children’s Hospital. He delivered a fascinating presentation explaining the various psychosocial and medical issues facing pediatric patients with gender dysphoria, and he discussed the age-specific treatment protocols his clinic is using, detailing how thinking about this patient population has changed recently. More than 35 students were in attendance, and the audience’s questions really enhanced the experience for everyone.

11/14/13

Health education manager and bisexual health advocate, Julie Ebin, discussed bisexual health care issues, health disparities, and how physicians can advocate for their bisexual patients.

SNAAC

11/14/13

SNAAC hosted Claire Blais, RD, CDE, LDN for a dinner talk on Thursday November 14th. Ms. Blais is the Manager of Wellness Initiatives for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and oversees nutrition, physical activity, and obesity prevention activities statewide. She gave a talk on the population based approaches the Massachusetts government is using to combat obesity. Topics covered included “Mass in Motion”, Mass government Media Campaigns, changes to school nutrition, and The Prevention and wellness trust fund. 

IHI Open School

11/14/13

The Director of the Mongan Institute for Health Policy at MGH, Dr. Lisa Iezzoni, will be giving a lunch talk on her health services research related to patients with disabilities. Healthcare disparities and solutions for providing culturally competent and equitable care for this population will be discussed. Dr Iezzoni will also integrate pertinent personal experiences that she has had as a person living with a physical disability.

Medical Students for Choice

11/09/13

This year the Medical Students for Choice Annual Conference on Family Planning was held in Denver, CO from November 9-10th. The conference is a great opportunity for students to enhance their family planning and abortion knowledge while networking with medical students and reproductive health physicians from around the world. The conference allows students to learn about different forms of contraception, receive hands-on training in a variety of skills and explore the nuanced policy issues surrounding abortion and family planning world wide. This year the key note speaker was Kierra Johnson, the executive director of Choice USA, who gave an exhilarating speech about the great power and responsibility reproductive health care workers have. In addition, there was a great lecture on addressing health care disparities through family planning education by OB/GYNs! from UCSF as well as deep discussion about the roles men play in abortion decision making by Dr. Costescu-Green from Canada. The conference proved once again to be a great experience for medical students at any stage in their education.

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

11/8/13

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) proudly held its fall neurology panel titled, “SIGN Neurology Panel,” on Friday, November 8th in L206 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The panel featured physicians and residents from both Adult and Pediatric Neurology: Dr. Anna Hohler, Dr. James Otis, and Dr. Karl Kuban, all of whom are highly respected teachers and clinicians, as well as the wonderful residents Dr. Kate Daniello (Neurology resident) and Dr. Monideep Dutt (Pediatric Neurology resident). The panel discussed what life is like as neurologists and pediatric neurologists, and addressed audience questions regarding both adult and pediatric neurology. This event effectively served to increase awareness of the fields of neurology and pediatric neurology, and sparked the interest of medical students in those fields. Finally, the success and achievement of the SIGN Ne! urology panel’s goals were made possible by the efforts of the participating physicians, to whom the Student Interest Group in Neurology is immensely thankful, and the illuminating discussions that ensued.

Christian Medical and Dental Association

11/8/13

For Part 4 of the Embracing Homelessness Series we had a panel discussion on caring for the medical needs of the homeless population. Dr. Jessie Gaeta, medical director at Healthcare for the Homeless, and Xiuhuan Yan, a BMC NP who engages in homeless outreach with Starlight Ministries, joined us as panelists to talk about how to better care for this underserved population and to give us important insights about the state of our homeless healthcare system.

Medicine and Public Health Association

11/7/13

This was our fall speaker event and dinner. We were privileged to have Dr. Michael Siegel, a BUSPH faculty member who discussed his research into gun violence and public health. He went through an insightful discussion of the current state of affairs and engaged the audience very well. We had over 40 students in attendance!

Student Presentations at National Conferences

 11th Annual AMA Research Symposium

11/15/13

The event was the 11th Annual AMA (American Medical Association) Research Symposium. It took place on November 15th and the morning of November 16th, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland. Participants presented posters and judges went around to ask about the research and provide feedback. I presented “Demographic Determinants of Treatment Choice in a Cohort of Prostate Cancer Patients at a Diverse Academic Medical Center”, which is research that I conducted in the Department of Radiation Oncology under Dr. Ariel Hirsch. – Alexander Rand

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines

11/15/13

Between November 15 and 17, 2013, I attended the annual national conference of the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. The organization (which has its chapter also at BUSM) aims to develop responsible licensing practices among academic institutions to secure that new medical innovations are available to the world’s population at affordable prices. During the conference, we discussed the strategies for chapter organization at individual campuses, issues of recruitment and relationship with technology transfer offices at local universities. In her keynote speech, Sophie Delaunay, Executive Director of Doctors without Borders USA, emphasized the importance of collaboration in improving access to medical care in developing countries – a mission that we will cultivate here at BUSM also through our ! UAEM chapter.- Marek Mateusz Kowalski

American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Annual Meeting

11/15/13

The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene is by their own description “a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor.” The 2013 ASTMH Annual Meeting was held from November 13-17. On November 14th, I participated in a small satellite meeting jointly organized by the Pan American Health Organization and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative titled, “Advancing Life-Saving R&D Innovations for People Living with Chagas Disease – The Silent Killer.” In addition, on November 15th I presented a poster of original research results from a project I am leading titled, “Evaluating the Interruption of Trypanosoma cruzi Transmission in Communities with Reemerging Vector Popula! tions.” This is a systematic review of approaches to and indicators for evaluating vector control programs for Chagas disease. On November 16th, I attended a session in which research I co-authored was presented by a colleague from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. This work is titled “Multi-scale migration patterns of T. infestans in an urban environment and implications for long term prevention of Chagas disease.” This work was presented as part of a session on “Kinetoplastida: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Treatment.” – Jennifer Manne
MANNE ASTMH 2013

American Medical Association

11/15/2013

AMA National Interim Conference – To participate in AMA policy decision-making, network with doctors and fellow medical students from across the country, and learn more about various medical specialties. - Chi-Fong Wang

11/13/13

I attended the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 62nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Our abstract describing data from a Brazilian cohort of tuberculosis household contacts was selected for oral presentation and representing our group, I gave the talk “The utility and discordance of latent tuberculosis diagnostics in household contacts from Vitoria, Brazil.” Additionally, I attended scientific oral and poster sessions devoted to topics in tropical medicine and global health, as well as mentoring workshops and networking events connecting students and faculty from around the globe. The goals of the ASTMH include:
-Improving the health of people worldwide
-Advancing research on tropical diseases
-Fostering international scientific collaboration
-Supporting career development in tropical medicine and global health
-Educating medical professionals, policymakers and the public about tropical medicine and global health
-Promoting tropical medicine/global health science-based policies gRecognizing tropical medicine/global health excellence
Lauren Collins

Family Medicine Education Consortium

11/2/13

I attended the Family Medicine Education Consortium Northeast Region Meeting on the weekend of November 1-November 3, 2013. During the conference, I had the chance to listen to talks by some very influential figures in the field of family medicine, including Dr. Ted Epperly, a past president of the AAFP who has testified before Congress multiple times about health care reform. I also attended numerous clinical workshops directed towards medical students including one on common women’s health procedures and another on giving joint injections. I heard presentations from researchers studying everything from concussion screening in high school athletes to methods of preparing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for mammograms. I also attended a residency fair, where I had the chance to speak with residency directors and current residents from over 70 p! rograms in the Northeast. I learned so much about family medicine over the course of just two days, and am so happy to have had the chance to attend this conference. – Julia Bartolomeo

Group National Conference Attendance

American Medical Association

11/14/13

The American Medical Association held its Interim Meeting on November 14-20 in National Harbor, MD. From the resolution business of the assembly proceedings in the morning to the wide-ranging programming throughout the day, this gathering included community service, policy, professional development, networking, the business of medicine, advocacy and many more opportunities.This year, the Interim National Service Project, a health fair at Glover Park Village, targeted the needs of senior citizens living in the Glover Park Village community. Activities included checking blood pressure readings, participating in a cooking demo with healthy eating suggestions and testing memory.Due to increased funding, the meeting also included programming and speaker lineup with something for just about everyone. The Governing Council brought incredible value to our members with new and innovative events such as the Board of Trustees Open Forum. Other programs included a Professional Advocacy Training Workshop, a Leadership School, a program on “Making Research Work for You in Med School and Beyond,”, and a residency panel on “How To Be A High-Yield Medstud.” We were also able to attend the first “Residency Networking Reception for MS3s and MS4s” where upperclassman could network with residents from their chosen specialty. Beyond exclusive and informative programming, we were honored to hear from U.S. Representative Tom Price, an orthopaedic surgeon from Georgia, as our keynote speaker who challenged us to be “the voice for our patients and profession.”Thirdly, the AMA research symposium, which took place on November 15 th , included more than 300 poster presentations and nearly 30 oral presentations as part of the competition.Lastly, the BUSM delegation was crucial in the passing of many resolutions in both the Medical Student Section and Hall of Delegates. Specifically, we were able to assist in the following items:1. Evaluation of Step 2 Clinical Skills: The AMA committed to rigorously study the USMLE Step 2 Clinical
Skills exam in order to evaluate its cost/value equation, benefits, and role in medical training. It will
also explore barriers to receiving meaningful examination feedback for examinees and will provide
recommendations based on its findings.2. Privacy Issues for Minors and Insurance Company Explanation of Benefits: The AMA committed
to study this complex issue in order to protect dependents from privacy violations resulting from their
parent or guardian receiving sensitive medical information in their Insurer’s Explanation of Benefits
letter.

3. Medical Ethics in Medical School Curriculum: The AMA reaffirmed its commitment to ethics in the
Undergraduate Medical Education curriculum. With this on record, our MSS Committee on Bioethics and
Humanities will work closely with the Governing Council and AMA Staff to submit curriculum
recommendations to the LCME this year.

4. Gun Safety Counseling in Medical Education: The AMA now opposes restrictions on any member of
the physician-led health care team to counsel patients on firearm safety issues.

5. Athlete Concussion Management: The AMA now supports evidence based guidelines for evaluating
and managing concussions by all athletic organizations.

We would like to thank the AMA-BUSM Chapter, Massachusetts Medical Society, and SCOMSA for permitting us to make a difference.

- Rima Shah, Nick Woolf, Brad Zehr, Chi-Fong Wang, Jay Schmakel

 

 

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