March 2015 Updates

April 1st, 2015

February 2015 Updates

February 16th, 2015

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

 

Student Group Events

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

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

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Physicians for a National Healthcare Program

2/14/15

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

Texas Neurology Society

2/7/15

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

Student Presentations at National Conferences

January 2015 updates

January 9th, 2015

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

 

Student Group Events

BU Advocacy Training Program

1/30/15

The tragic police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown represent highly visible cases of the unchecked police abuse pervasive in inner-cities across the United States. These unpunished killings compel us to address the fundamental underlying historical processes of ghetto formation, economic marginalization and the rise of punitive drug policy that have rendered urban minority neighborhoods the objects of hostile policing and have more broadly restricted the life chances of their residents. This talk drew on the social and economic history of Philadelphia and ethnographic fieldwork in one of its poorest neighborhoods to examine 1) the extent and character of routine police abuse; and, 2) the consequences of the failed War on Drugs in the context of concentrated urban poverty.George Karandinos is a second-year Harvard MD/PhD student in Anthropology. Prior to entering medical school, George lived for four-and-a-half years in an inner-city Puerto Rican neighborhood at the heart of Philadelphia’s largest open-air heroin and cocaine street market as a member of an ethnographic team led by anthropologist Philippe Bourgois. He is currently co-authoring a book with Dr. Bourgois that will draw on this research to understand and render more visible the rising human cost of the historically toxic landscape of US inner-city hypersegregation, poverty and public/private infrastructural abandonment. -Jawad Husain

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American Geriatrics Society

1/28/15

The American Geriatrics Society student interest group held a roundtable lunch discussion with geriatric fellows focusing on end-of-life and hospice care for elderly patients. The conversation was centered around two brief articles on the clinical, economical, and personal issues surrounding Hospice and palliative care. The aim of this event was to offer students the chance to interact with geriatricians and to reflect on the role of the physician in end-of-life care. -Tara Neary

Radiology Interest Group

1/28/15

The Radiology Interest Group hosted a lunch talk on January 28th, 2015 about the clinical applications of neuroanatomy. Dr. Nadja Kadom, a neuroradiologist at BMC, walked students through the differences between CT and MRI and presented six cases highlighting the importance of neuroanatomy in achieving a diagnosis. -Deepan Paul

Integrative Medicine Student Group

1/14/2015

Peggy Schjeldahl delivered a self-care workshop on positional therapy techniques to prevent and treat muscle aches and pains associated with studying. Developed by neuromuscular therapist Lee Albert, NMT, Integrated Positional Therapy (IPT) incorporates techniques such as Strain/Counterstrain, Muscle Energy Technique, stretching and home care to re-align the body’s structure and relieve pain caused by structural imbalances. IPT effectively treats pain patterns caused by injury, stress, repetitive strain, postural distortion and chronic neuromuscular conditions. Over 40 students attended. -Bryan Anker

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American Medical Women’s Association

1/14/15

Dr. Samantha Kaplan is an OB GYN and an Assistant Professor at BUSM. She spoke about the challenges faced by women in gaining leadership roles in medicine, and strategies to overcome these challenges. -Molly Siegel

APAMSA

1/8/15

APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Association) and Integrative Medicine hosted a lunch talk “Acupuncture in Clinical Medicine” on Thursday Jan 8th from 12-1PM in L212. Dr. Yen Loh (BMC family med physician) and her colleague Lisa Spellman (licensed acupuncturist) discussed how to integrate acupuncture in clinical practice and provided demonstrations on audience members. Participation and attendance were great! -Connie Wu

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Medicine and Business Association

1/6/15

Title: The Radical Transformation and Disintermediation of Healthcare: Evolving Technologies in Care Delivery
Speaker: Kevin Fickenscher, M.D.
Dr. Kevin M. Fickenscher M.D. is the president of Healthcare Division and CMO of a leading care delivery tech company called AMC Health. Before AMC Health he has founded a healthcare consulting company and has been involved in the leadership of numerous healthcare delivery organization. His talk is about the urgent challenges facing the current healthcare system and the innovative ways that telehealth technologies such as remote monitoring and virtual care delivery will be able to meet these challenges. -Conan Liang

December 2014 updates

January 9th, 2015

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

 

Student Group Events

The Beat at BUSM

12/12/14

Journalist, author, and MIT professor Seth Mnookin recently spoke to BUSM students about his career in science journalism.As a writer for Vanity Fair, Slate, and The New Yorker, among other publications, Prof. Mnookin has published on a wide range of topics, form the Boston Red Sox to the growing popularity of vaccine denialists. His most recent book on that topic, The Panic Virus, has won a number of awards, including MIT’s 2012 Science in Society Award. Prof. Mnookin spoke about how he began his career in journalism, the obstacles he encountered along the way, and his advice to students interested in getting their own writing published. -Matthew Luchette

Physicians for a National Health Program

12/11/14

“The Crisis of U.S. Healthcare, the Affordable Care Act, and the Single Payer Solution”, Presented by Adam Gaffney, MD
Dr. Gaffney is a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a PNHP activist, and a prolific writer with a focus on health politics, policy and history. His work has appeared in USA Today, Salon, Dissent, and In These Times. At this event he gave a grand rounds on single payer health insurance to a packed room full of BUSM students interested in a more equitable and efficient health care system. -Jawad Husain

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Student Oncology Society and Radiology Interest Group

12/11/14

The Student Oncology Society and the Radiology Interest Group hosted an event where we discussed the imaging and radiation oncology treatment of breast cancer. We had a Radiology Fellow present patient cases with mammograms of breast cancer patients and we had Dr. Ariel Hirsch describe the radiation oncology treatment that patients would receive if they had breast cancer. -Shivani Khanna

Clinical Neuroscience Society

12/9/14

The Clinical Neuroscience Society hosted Dr. RJ Rushmore, who demonstrated the method of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). TMS involves the use of a rapidly changing magnetic field that evokes a depolarizing potential in brain regions of interest. He showed how using this device on the motor cortex can induce movement in limb muscles and similarly how stimulation of the visual cortex can produce perceptions of color. The demonstration began with an explanation of the science underlying this technology and concluded with demonstrations of the device on Dr. Rushmore himself. -Vishal Gupta

BUMC Pride and American Geriatrics Society

12/9/14

BUMC Pride and the American Geriatrics Society came together to discuss health disparities and needs of older adults, particularly in the LGBT aging population. We opened up our event with short clips from “GenSilent,” a documentary that asks six LGBT seniors in the Boston area if they will hide their friends and spouses to get quality health care. We then got to hear ways Dr. Mark Simone, Mr. Bob Linscott, and Mr. Dan Aguilar are actively involved in supporting the LGBT older adults. By addressing some specific needs and concerns of this vulnerable population, they also shared how we, in different stages of our medical training, can become better advocates for these older adults. -Angie Seo

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Physicians for Human Rights

12/5/14

On Friday December 5th, PHR at BU and AMSA co-hosted a lunchtime Journal club discussion on Supervised Injection Facilities. Fourteen students were in attendance from BUSM, BUSPH, and BU GMS. Discussion focused on the role of health care professionals in the context of these facilities, Narcan distribution as an alternative, and whether current research is compelling enough to warrant the establishment of SIFs in the United States, should the political climate allow for it. -Sarah Carpenter

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Integrative Medicine Student Group

12/4/14

Our event, “Role of Spirituality in the Healthcare Setting”, had a fantastic turn out. Over 40 students attended, and the students asked several pertinent, thought-provoking questions. Our panel of speakers, which included Dr. Rick Long and BMC chaplains Sam Lowe and Jennie Gould, said they were especially surprised with the great turn out because spirituality is a topic not often discussed in medicine.  During the discussion, Dr. Rick Long asked us to put aside our personal religious beliefs for one hour as he shared his own personal stories of providing end-of-life-care and utilizing spirituality/faith to connect with patients. He stressed to us the importance of building meaningful connections with our patients, and encouraged us to take advantage of the chaplain services early on in our careers.  Jennie Gould and Sam Lowe spoke extensively about loss. They highlighted the notion that every patient in the hospital is experiencing some type of loss. Whether it’s a loss of health, a loss of a limb, a loss of a role (i.e. no longer working/providing for their families), loss of cognitive function etc., every patient in the hospital is experiencing some type of loss. This experience of loss may cause the patient to hark back on prior experiences of loss, and as a result, the patient may become subject to a range of thoughts and emotions which can influence his/her health. Therefore, it is very important for physicians to be aware of this notion that patients are always at a loss in the hospital.  The ideas described above are just a few examples of the many interesting topics discussed during the event. We hope to organize a similar event in the future. Thanks! -Bryan Anker

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BU Advocacy Training Program

12/4/14

Massachusetts’ longest serving governor and former Democratic presidential candidate, Michael Dukakis spoke to BUSM medical students about the essential qualities of leadership in the healthcare field and the current U.S. health policy climate. Governor Dukakis has extensively spoken on the healthcare changes nationally and in Massachusetts and lectures in public policy at UCLA where his research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. Some of the key points of his talk were: 1) It is very unfortunate that our country, the richest country in the world, is still the only industrialized country to not offer its citizens universal health care.

2) The uninsured people in this country are NOT people who are too lazy to work and reliant on government handouts. Rather they are mostly working Americans who are “too rich” to qualify for Medicaid, but still unable to afford costly health insurance in the private marketplace.

3) Our current health care financing system of hundreds of different “payers” or insurers is incredibly wasteful and inefficient.

-Jawad Husain

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Otolaryngology Interest Group

12/3/14

Dr. Devaiah came and gave a wonderful overview of the ins and outs of ENT surgery. Many of the students in attendance were first years, so the material dove-tailed nicely with the head and neck module they had just finished. Additionally, questions about the field were fielded by Dr. Devaiah, and approaches to matching in ENT were discussed. -Nicholas Pritchard

Global Health Equity Program

12/2/14

GHEP hosted a lunch talk with Dr. Nakul Raykar. He is a fellow at the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship program and he discussed the neglected “stepchild” of global health, global surgery and how global health care has evolved over time. He also discussed the opportunity for a medical student to take a year off and become a Paul Farmer Research Fellow between third and fourth year. -Divya Shankar

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

12/1/14

On December 1st, the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) hosted a panel of 6 BMC Orthopedic Surgery residents to discuss various aspects of the field and the program. Yelena Bogdan (PGY-5), Jason Pittman (PGY-5), Robert Parisien (PGY-2), Jesse Dashe (PGY-2), Brian Mercer (PGY-1), and Anand Padmanabha (PGY-1) led a panel discussion and Q&A for about 45 first, second, and third year medical students. Questions such as “How did you choose Ortho”, to “What is your life outside of the hospital like” were asked. The panelists also addressed issues ranging from ‘how to prepare for an application to an Orthopedic residency’ and ‘choosing your away rotations’ to ‘how not to burnout in a surgical sub-specialty residency’. The event closed out with discussions on approaching research, and several residents stayed well beyond our requested time to speak one-on-one with students. -Ronnie McCartney

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Student Attendance at National Conferences

Cleveland Clinic

12/7/14

This conference focused on discussing the most recent data, analyzing its impact, and assessing its best use in clinical practice. Key topics discussed included the impact of nutrition and supplements on fertility, use of genetics and genetics testing in management strategies, and the impact of gender on diseases and wellness strategies, particularly in women’s health. -Sukhmani Gill

Student Presentations at National Conferences

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

12/7/14

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum serves as an annual conference where those involved in patient safety and quality improvement in medicine are able to convene and discuss current issues and new ideas pertinent to these respective fields. My presence at this four-day conference strongly enhanced my medical education by allowing me to interact with many leaders in QI and patient safety, including Dr.Atul Gawande and Dr.Donald Berwick. I also had the opportunity to present quality improvement work that I have been conducting at BUSM regarding coordination of care for patients with sickle cell disease. -Justin Slade

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Radiological Society of North America

12/1/14

I presented an educational exhibit correlating the clinical and radiographic presentations of eye movement disorders at the 2014 Radiological Society of North America annual conference. Eye movement disorders may result from a broad range of etiologies involving the brain, peripheral nerves, and orbit. Having a thorough understanding of the course cranial nerves III, IV, and VI take from their respective nucleus in the brainstem to the extraocular muscle(s) they innervate is imperative, as lesions anywhere along this course may impede extraocular movements. Radiologists should be aware of specific patterns of eye movement restriction and characteristic imaging findings that suggest a particular etiology.  -Keegan Hovis

November 2014 Updates

November 28th, 2014

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

 

Student Group Events

Physicians for Human Rights

11/19/14

Mustafa Nakawa, a Syrian physician who is in Boston awaiting resolution of his application for asylum, spoke to a packed room of about 30 medical and public health students. He recently fled the conflict in Syria after experiencing persecution for providing medical care and witnessing gross violations of medical neutrality. He talked about his experiences in the Syrian conflict and his long, ongoing path to asylum as well as the obstacles he has faced while restarting his career here in the United States. -Robert Carey

Integrative Medicine Interest Group

11/12/14

Integrative Medicine and BUMC Yoga hosted Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, who is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Associate Neuroscientist at Brigham’s, and Director of Research at Kripalu Center for Yoga and the Kundalini Research Institute.He gave an overview of yoga practice in popular culture, reviewed past research that elucidates yoga’s physiological and psychological effects, and gave a glimpse current research projects on yoga. He explored the idea of using yoga as a therapy for psychiatric disorders and as a preventative measure for chronic diseases mediated by lifestyle choices.Dr. Khalsa’s personal research interests include: the psychophysiological mechanisms underlying yoga/mediation, benefits of yoga practice in public schools, and efficacy of yoga in treating various psychosocial disorders. -Calvin Fong 

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Clinical Neuroscience Society

11/12/14

The Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS) hosted a documentary screening of “The Crash Reel” on Wednesday, November 12, from 6-8 pm. A delicious dinner of Chipotle burritos was served.This Emmy-winning documentary shares the story of once-professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his rivalry with Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, and the traumatic brain injury that ended Kevin’s snowboarding career. The documentary highlights many of the important issues surrounding extreme sports and the associated hazards of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition to Kevin’s story, the film intertwines several other narratives of action sports athletes suffering TBIs, including some that ultimately proved fatal. “The Crash Reel” illustrates the extreme impact a TBI can have on an athlete (both physically and psychologically), while also offering an interesting new perspective: the impact a TBI can impose on family and friends. -Liz Grasser

Global Health Equity Program

11/12/14

Dr. Matt Tobey joined GHEP to discuss residency opportunities in global health. Dr. Tobey went over what kinds of programs there are in global health, how they prepare you for a global health career, how he decided to undertake his path, and what internal medicine residencies are like. It was a fun and engaging talk! -Divya Shankar

Student Oncology Society

11/11/14

The Student Oncology Society hosted a lunch talk in which Dr. Ariel Hirsch, a radiation oncologist at BMC, provided insight into all fields of oncology. Dr. Hirsch gave an overview of her path to becoming a radiation oncologist and the differences between radiation oncology and other oncological specialties. A Q&A session followed in which Dr. Hirsch answered questions regarding matching and daily life in each field of oncology. -Steven Vernali

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Physicians for Human Rights

11/7/14

On Friday November 7th, PHR at BU co-hosted a lunchtime Journal club discussion on the Role of Physicians and Capital Punishment with AMSA. Twenty students were in attendance from BUSM, BUSPH, and BU GMS. aDiscussion focused on a number of topics from three articles provided for background from the NEJM and the New York Times including the recent controversial execution of Clayton Lockett, the procurement of drugs used for execution from overseas and most significantly, whether physicians should have a role in Capital Punishment and if so, what that role should entail. Most students were in opposition of the capital punishment, however whether a physician’s should participate in executions in a palliative capacity was a major subject of debate. -Kunal Patel

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Latino Medical Student Association

11/7/14

LMSA is proud to have Elida Acuna-Martinez, from BMC’s interpreter services, come speak about the important topic of language barriers between patients and providers. They will be presenting ways to adequately use interpreter services at BMC and will address the role of interpreters in patient care and how medical students can best interact with patients/interpreters. BMC has a very large Latino patient population and these tips will be useful for your career as student and future provider. -Samih Nassif

Dermatology Interest Group

11/4/14

The Dermatology Interest Group held a lunch talk with speakers Dr. Falanga (residency director at BMC) and Dr. Hahn (dermatology resident). Students were given a overview of what a career in dermatology entails as well as how the rigorous application process for this residency operates. Dr. Falanga and Dr. Hahn also graciously answered many student questions about research opportunities, work/life balance as a dermatologist, as well as their personal paths to becoming successful dermatologists. -Nancy Desai

Global Health Equity Program

11/3/14

GHEP hosted Dr. Michelle Morse, who works for Partners in Health and founded Physicians for Haiti. She discussed her career in global health and the work that she does in Haiti regarding the future of medical education there. -Divya Shankar

Student Attendance at National Conferences

Physicians for a National Health Program

11/14/14

Seven students from Boston University School of Medicine attended the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Leadership Training and Annual Meeting from Oct. 14-15 in New Orleans, LA. PNHP is a single payer health care advocacy organization made up of over 19,000 health professionals nationwide who believe that care is a human right and therefore should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. With over 400 medical students and physicians attending the PNHP conference, BUSM was one of the strongest represented student chapters. The BUSM students were able to attend the conference thanks to the funding of SCOMSA and the PNHP Nick Skala Student Activist fund.The theme of the conference was “Seeking Health Equity,” with single payer health care being discussed as the ideal way to attain universal health coverage and eliminate the vast disparities in medicine that are largely based on socioeconomic status and race. Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, co-founders of PNHP, presented a grand rounds packed with data about how the Affordable Care Act is not enough to ensure universal, affordable coverage for millions of Americans, and how single payer systems in many other industrialized, capitalist democracies have already attained that goal at a cost that is about half of what the U.S. spends per capita on healthcare.At the Leadership Training dinner, BUSM M2’s Brad Zehr and Jawad Husain spoke on a panel discussion along with their faculty mentor, Dr. Marge Cohen (Healthcare for the Homeless), about the inter-generational movement for single payer. Brad Zehr’s recent accomplishment of presenting a resolution in support of single payer health care that was passed at the AMA-MSS 2014 Interim Meeting was very much lauded at the conference. Jawad Husain also led a workshop at the conference on political advocacy, where students from different medical schools were guided in planning out a direct action to take on with their local chapters. The conference provided an opportunity to share ideas and be inspired by medical students from all over the country who are dedicated to improving the U.S. health system for the benefit of all patients. BU PNHP hopes to reconnect with some of these medical student advocates at the upcoming Students for a National Health Program Summit in Chicago, Februa! ry 14, 2014.Other notable speakers at the conference included:
-Donald Berwick, MD (founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement) spoke about why as an internationally recognized leader for quality in medicine he chose to include single payer health care as a central piece of his recent campaign for governor of Massachusetts.

-Prof. Dorothy Roberts, JD (UPenn) spoke about how race is more of a social construct, rather than a genetic one, therefore the approach to eliminating racial disparities in medicine is better off focusing on improving the social determinants, rather than focusing on genetically personalized race-based medicine as a commodity.

-Prof. Lawrence Lessig, JD (Harvard Law School) spoke about the necessity of campaign finance reform, if we are ever to see significant gains for social justice and equity in our political system. -Jawad Husain

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Latino Medical Student Association

11/8/14

LMSA-Northeast had their House of Delegates conference this year in New York at Weill Cornell Medical College. The House of Delegates provides a way for each individual LMSA chapter in the north-east to vote and approve of changes regarding the organization and structure of LMSA. It also allows for the sharing of knowledge between LMSA chapters. Finally, the HOD is used to communicate details to students about the upcoming LMSA-NE annual conference, which will occur in February of 2015.During this year’s HOD, the LMSA-NE leaders revamped the nomenclature of the executive board for future LMSA-NE executive board members. They also installed a new position as chief financial officer, in charge of securing funding by applying to grants.We then transitioned into chapter updates, allowing other schools to give us advice on how to do some future events we are interested. The LMSA Harvard chapter gave us some solid information on how to secure funding for the future as well.Finally we then discussed logistics of the 2015 LMSA-NE conference, which will happen at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. -Samih Nassif

AMA-MMS

11/6/14

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX held November 6-8 is an annual conference for medical students around the country to meet and participate in discussion and policy making. The conference consists of student assemblies in which resolutions are presented, debated, and voted upon. My role included summarizing and writing testimonies for these resolutions on behalf of the school and state (MA). Furthermore, attendees have a chance to participate in break-out sessions and programming relating to a variety of issues such as public health, entrepreneurship, technology, quality and advocacy. -Kanupriya Soni

Student Presentations at National Conferences

ASN- Kidney Week

11/14/14

Kidney Week 2014 was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from November 11 through 16. I presented a poster on my research that I performed here at BUMC under Dr. Havasi. My research focuses on the effect of proteinuria on autophagy in the proximal tubule. At the conference I had the opportunity to discuss my research with numerous people and gain some ideas for future experiments. The entire conference was a collection of people sharing ideas and insights through posters, oral presentations, and lectures. When I was not presenting I was able to learn from other posters and attend several talks. It was a great opportunity to learn more about the field of nephrology and contribute what I have learned through my research to the field. -Angela Nolin

AAMC: BU Advocacy Training Program

11/11/14

We attended the AAMC Annual Meeting to present our work at a poster session. BUATP has been a student-run, faculty-mentored program that focuses on teaching students the approach to social determinants of health for the past 10 years. At the meeting we had the opportunity to attend talks and a variety of sessions focusing on leadership and advocacy training. The poster we presented focused on our 4 year longitudinal curriculum that trains students the theory and practice of physician advocacy and helps them grow their leadership style. The AAMC Annual Meeting was a great opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals in the medical education community. -Angela Martinez-Stengel

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AAMC: BU Advocacy Training Program

11/8/14

Angela Martinez and I traveled to Chicago for the AAMC National Meeting to present a poster describing the BU Advocacy Training Program. Many students and faculty from other schools expressed interest in our poster, and we were able to make connections with other medical schools doing advocacy training and interested in learning from our experience. Our hope is that the poster raised the profile of the innovative work BUSM is doing in teaching the social determinants of health and physician advocacy skills to medical students, and the feedback we received will help us improve the program here at BUSM! -Molly Zielenbach

AMA-MMS

11/8/14

The AMA interim meeting’s research symposium was a fantastic way to present my research to an incredibly engaging audience. Research at the AMA conference is presented in eight categories for medical student participants: biochemistry and cell biology; cancer biology; clinical outcomes and health care improvement; immunology, infectious disease and inflammation; neurobiology and neuroscience; public health and epidemiology; radiology and imaging; and surgery and biomedical engineering. There are remarkable opportunities to network with residents, fellows, and attending physicians who are performing research in your areas of interests. It is also a great opportunity to interact with medical student peers who are performing a variety of different research ideas across the country. For 2 hours, I was given the opportunity to informally present my poster to a wi! de audience, including 3 judges. -Jay Khambhati

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AMA-MMS

11/8/14

The AMA Interim 2014 meeting was held in beautiful Dallas over the weekend of November 7th. We participated in the collective voice and vision of medical students across the country, with highlights to include networking events, educational programming, policymaking sessions, and more! -Jade Anderson

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AMA-MMS

11/7/14

I traveled to Dallas, TX to present a research poster at the 12th Annual American Medical Association Research Symposium. I worked with the Division of Pediatric Hematology at Boston Medical Center, and my poster was titled, “Identification of preventable reasons for missed pediatric hematology clinic appointments.” Overall, I gained valuable feedback on my research and additional experience presenting. -Francis Kim

AMA-MMS

11/7/14

This past weekend I attended the 2014 AMA Medical Student Section Interim Meeting in Dallas, Texas and participated in the 12th Annual Research Symposium. I presented a poster describing some of the research I performed during the summer after my M1 year, studying brain development in infants born very preterm. The symposium was a great opportunity to meet other medical students from around the country and discuss our research projects, both informally to each other, and formally as we presented to judges. I also attended several AMA sessions, in which we discussed the latest improvements in technology related to healthcare, and networked with students and young physicians from around the country. The AMA conference was an exciting reminder of how passionate our nation’s future physicians are about transforming the way we practice medicine and approach research in this country. -Rachel Vassar

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AMA-MMS

11/6/14

The American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section met for its Interim 2014 meeting November 6-8 in Dallas. The highlight of the meeting was the General Assembly, during which medical students debated about 40 policy items. Among the most discussed resolutions was Resolution 13, which was co-authored by the Massachusetts student delegation. Resolution 13 asked for the medical student section to support state legislation to implement single-payer health insurance. The MSS adopted the resolution, which was a major achievement for our Massachusetts delegation. -Brad Zehr

AMA-MMS

11/6/14

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX held November 6-8 is an annual conference for medical students around the country to meet and participate in discussion and policy making. The conference consists of student assemblies in which resolutions are presented, debated, and voted upon. These have the potential to be presented to the House of Delegates, which is the official policy-making body of the AMA. Furthermore, attendees have a chance to participate in break-out sessions and programming relating to a variety of issues such as public health, entrepreneurship, technology, quality and advocacy. This conference also allows a chance for the attendees to network with fellow medical students and physicians. It also is an opportunity for students to seek mentor-ships and get involved in community service ! projects. Lastly, there will also be a research seminar with students presenting their research projects.As a member of the Committee on Long Range Planning, I personally held a talk on the mobile health technology, an interactive discussion about the role of mobile technology in healthcare and the effect it will have on patients and clinicians. We allowed students to demo multiple such technologies including including iPhone applications that could measure and record EKGs, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry. -Sean Delshad

October 2014 updates

November 2nd, 2014

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

 

Student Group Events

Radiology Interest Group

10/30/14

For our first Radiology Interest Group event of the year, we hosted a lunch talk involving an in-depth exploration of anatomy & its use in the field of diagnostic radiology. We had three residents, Drs. Trevor Morrison, Ramy Khalil, & David Bates present a series of patient cases that illustrated how an overall understanding of gross anatomy contributed to generating a diagnosis. The case presentation was followed by a Q&A panel led by our speakers, as well as Dr. Kitt Shaffer, as they answered questions about their reasons for pursuing radiology as a career, what they have learned from it, & what their academic & career paths have been thus far. -Richa Patel

Women’s Health Initiative (AMWA)

10/16/14

The Women’s Health Initiative discussed issues concerning breast cancer in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We shared our opinions on the implications of genetic breast cancer screening and the effectiveness of mammograms. We had a great discussion as we talked about how we thought the future of genetic testing will affect our clinical practices and the best ways to interpret this sensitive information to provide the best care for our patients. -Rishitha Bollam

PEDS Interest Group

10/10/14

On October 10, the PEDS Interest Group hosted a lunch panel about Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics with Dr. Jayna Schumacker. Dr. Schumacker introduced students to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and took them through a couple patient cases in order to understand the types of issues that pediatricians practicing in this field deal with. It was a great way to gain exposure to a new area of pediatrics that many students don’t know about while in medical school! -Divya Shankar

Integrative Medicine Interest Group and SNAAC

10/10/14

On Friday, October 10th, the Integrative Medicine Interest Group and SNAAC held an interactive communication and community workshop targeting toward first and second year students aimed at self-care and well-being of students. Three current second year students lead three interactive activities which promoted meditation, relaxation, mindfulness, communication, and generous listening. Twenty-five students from two classes attended this event and experienced first-hand about the aspects of integrative medicine and our topic for this year: self-care. Several second year students from SNAAC led a healthy cooking demonstration in which they taught students how to make simple, nutritious, yet delicious meals from a few cheap and easily-accessible ingredients. The goal of this event is to teach students how to take care of themselves (psychologically and physically! ) so they can better take care of their patients in the future. -Wenqi Feng

Feng

BUSM Historical Society

10/9/14

In this lunch talk hosted by the BUSM Historical Society, Dr. Annas spoke about an article he wrote for the New England Journal of Medicine. The topic of the talk was about the historical relationship between doctors, patients, and lawyers; the laws that were passed, the different healthcare movements, and many events that shaped today’s health care system. Dr. Annas also wrapped up by talking about the Ebola crisis and how health policy is being changed and how historical events are happening at this very moment. This event also served as a reminder of much BUSM has contributed to the field of health law. -Teng Peng

Peng

Family Medicine Interest Group

10/9/14

On Thursday, October 9, in celebration of Primary Care Week, the Family Medicine Interest Group hosted a lunch talk with Dr. Erica Mintzer, a graduate of the BU Family Medicine Residency program and a faculty member at both BMC and the Codman Square Community Health Center. Dr. Mintzer spoke about her journey to becoming a family physician and her experiences as a primary care practitioner at a community health center. Dr. Mintzer also discussed her involvement in community health endeavors and answered questions from current students regarding the scope of Family Medicine as well as changes currently happening in primary care. Twenty students from the first and second year classes attended this event and learned more about practicing in a primary care setting. -Tara Shenoy

Cardiology Interest Group

10/7/14

The Cardiology Interest Group hosted a lunch panel featuring cardiologists from different sub-specialties. This was a great introduction for medical students to learn more about Cardiology and get an idea of a typical day in each of these sub-specialties. We also presented shadowing opportunities for students interested in getting more first-hand experience in Cardiology. -Rishitha Bollam

PEDS Interest Group, Internal Medicine Interest Group, Geriatrics Interest Group, DIIG

10/7/14

The Pediatrics Interest Group, the Internal Medicine Interest Group, and the Geriatrics Interest Group co-sponsored a dinner panel and heard from physicians about their experiences working in primary care. The panel included a pediatrician, internist, and geriatrician and students were able to learn about multiple paths to and different ways to practice primary care.Panelists:Dr. Arvin Garg, Department of General Academic Pediatrics, Boston Medical CenterDr. Geoff Modest, Medical Director, Upham’s Corner Health CenterDr. Heidi Auerbach, Medical Director, Geriatrics Ambulatory Practice, Boston Medical Center

 

-Divya Shankar

Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN)

10/6/14

The Student Interest Group in Neurology (SIGN) hosted a Neurology Panel on Monday Oct 6th in L203 from 12 to 1 PM. The panel featured: Dr. Hohler, Dr. Montouris, Dr. Kase, Dr. Perloff, and Dr. Holsapple. The panel discussed what life is like in neurology & neurosurgery and addressed audience questions regarding the respective fields. This event served to increase awareness of the fields of neurology and neurosurgery, and sparked the interest of medical students in those fields. -Connie Wu

BU Advocacy Training Program (BUATP), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), Physicians for Human Rights (PHR)

10/4/14

On Oct. 4, 2014 the Boston Student Health Activist Community (BSHAC) Summit took place for the second time at BUSM. The day-long conference was co-sponsored by BU Advocacy Training Program (BUATP), Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP), and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). This event brought together students from multiple schools including BU, Harvard, Tufts, and Brown University. Although the event was primarily geared towards medical students, students from other disciplines (e.g. public health and dentistry) participated as well.The purpose of the summit was to connect the local community of students interested in public health, human rights, and social justice–and teach them skills for turning their altruistic ideas into effective actions for addressing the social determinants of health. The schedule included 4 keynote speakers selected for their experience in physician advocacy and health activism. Dr. Megan Sandel, a BUSM Associate Professor of Pediatrics and nationally recognized expert on housing and child health, spoke about the importance of social services and medical-legal partnerships in promoting the health of low-income and homeless populations. Dr. Daniel Dworkis, an Emergency Medicine Resident at MGH and one of the founders of BUATP, presented a framework for approaching advocacy projects and engaged the group in applying the framework to cases involving social problems. The day also included 2 breakout sessions, in which students had the opportunity to learn more and get involved wit! h community organizations that advocate for issues such as the public health effects of climate change (Physicians for Social Responsibility), reproductive rights (NARAL), and single-payer health care (PNHP).The attendees of the BSHAC Summit left feeling empowered by the community of student health activists that exists in Boston, and excited to work together to promote positive social change in health care throughout their careers. -Jawad Husain

Husain

American Women’s Health Association (AMWA)

10/02/2014

The AMWA Welcome Dinner was our first event of the year, to welcome first-years to the AMWA organization and what it can offer. This event featured a panel of six successful women working in every sector of medicine, from research to private practice and surgery to geriatrics. The event focused on the concept of “work-life balance:” what that meant for each women and how they found balance in their lives. The event had high attendance from all class years. -Molly Siegel

 

Student Attendance at National Conferences

American Society of Anesthesiologists 

10/11/14

For this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting, I traveled to New Orleans, LA from October 10-October 14, 2014 to represent Boston University School of Medicine as a Medical Student Component Delegate in the ASA Medical Student House of Delegates. I also came to this year’s conference as a Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) Medical Student Year-Long Research Fellow. At the conference, I attended the Ochsner Health Systems Medical Student Workshop where I practiced pediatric and adult intubation, bronchoscopy, and emergency airway techniques in 8 different work stations. I also attended the Resident and Medical Student Welcome Reception, Residency Program Meet and Greet, and the Medical Student Component Governing Council meeting, where I voted on proposed resolutions/bylaw changes and council elections for 201! 4-2015 council positions. As a FAER research fellow, I also attended the medical student poster session and research symposium in addition to FAER-sponsored meetings and presentations.
I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with medical students, residents, faculty, and researchers from across the nation who all share a common interest in anesthesiology and optimizing patient safety in the operating room. Moving forward, I hope to contribute to the specialty and continue to push the limits of discovery in anesthesiology. Thank you to SCOMSA for providing the funding that allowed me to attend! -Claudia Lucia Sotillo

Sotillo

AAP National Conference and Exhibition

10/11/14

The AAP National Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, Ca took place October 11-14. Each day had a number of programs and plenary sessions with respect to different topics in Pediatrics along with an open Exhibit hall. Of particular interest to me, on Sat Oct 11th, there was an all day program called Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT), which included an award ceremony recognizing residents/fellows who have done exceptional work within the Pediatric community through innovative initiatives, a panel discussion with physicians from 3 Pediatric residency programs, an amazing address about food insecurity, a speciality speed-date session that allowed for brief Q&As with practicing physicians within numerous Pediatric specialties and lastly, a reception and poster display aboard the USS Midway. Another big attention grabber ! was the session on Oct 12th featuring Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who spoke about the importance of early learning in young children and unveiled an early literacy toolkit for Pediatricians to aid in guiding parents and caregivers to initiate early vocabulary building and communication in efforts to boost brain development. -Malori Monet Callender

Callender

 

Student Presentations at National Conferences 

CHEST

10/29/14

I attended and presented at a poster discussion on quality improvement at CHEST 2014 in Austin, TX on Oct 29, 2014. CHEST is the annual conference for the American College of Chest Physicians, a medical association in the United States consisting of physicians and non-physician specialists in the fields of pulmonology, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.I was part of a poster discussion in which the poster was formally presented and then discussed between myself, moderators, and the attendees highlighting and cross referencing key points of the research conducted at BMC. The presentation was on Early Family Meetings in the MICU for Older Adults with Multi-System Organ Failure. This clinical research was done in the Summer of 2013 and finished throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. It was a pleasure meeting many people in the field and learning a great deal about various advanced therapies used in MICUs. I was fortunate to also attend talks on pediatric pulmonlogy and occupational asthma triggers and understand how other institutions approach pulmonary disease in contrast to how we approach it. -Sagar Patel

Patel

American College of Surgeons

10/27/14

Nichole attended the annual American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Francisco, where she participated in the medical student program, a 3 day event with opportunities for networking, workshops and speakers on work/life balance and applying for residency, among others. She was one of 8 students to present on a panel titled “Out of the Box”, on novel ideas for Surgery Interest Groups. She also presented a poster of her research on the effect of platelet transfusion on outcomes in trauma patients. -Nichole Starr

International Society of Pediatric Oncology

10/26/14

I traveled to Toronto to present at the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) on the topic of Embryonal Sarcoma of the Liver (ESL). ESL is a rare and aggressive malignancy that is not well studied using population based analyses. My analyses was used to define ESL in terms of incidence and overall survival that had not previously been done using any other means than case reports. I used the SEER database, a national database covering a small but representative sample of the United States population.I was awarded a 15 minute slot in the rare tumors presentation session, and I must admit, SIOP was an overwhelming setting to give my first presentation. I was in a board room packed with 80-100 professors and physicians from around the world who had come to listen to presentations about recent developments in Renal Cell Carcinoma, Wilm’s tumor, and other rare pediatric malignancies. My presentation was last, and I was the only medical student to present at the conference, which meant I was quite nervous in front of my audience. It was a tremendous experience, and one I was certainly pleased I saw through. There were many moments in third year where I found it difficult to stay up with abstract and presentation deadlines, but the final product made it all worth it! -Nick Smith

Smith

American College of Surgeons

10/26/14

Attending the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Francisco with the help of SCOMSA funding was wonderful. The conference had programs designated for 4th year general surgery applicants, which were extremely informative. We were able to hear about the application process from residents, faculty, and staff at various programs across the country. The programs also included mock interviews, and interest tables for surgical subspecialties. Medical Students were welcome to attend the other lectures and panels, which were very educational. Attending this conference was an excellent opportunity to learn more about surgical research and meet residents and attendings at different programs across the country. -Amanda Fobare

Family Medicine Education Consortium

10/25/14

My research was accepted for presentation at the Family Medicine Education Consortium Northeast Regional Meeting on October 24-26, 2014 in Arlington, VA. Under the mentorship of Dr. Joanne Wilkinson, my research project focuses on analyzing qualitative data regarding cervical cancer screening in women with intellectual disabilities. I designed this project in order to better understand the barriers that this population faces in regard to completing cervical cancer screening with the aim to develop meaningful interventions that can increase screening rates. During the poster session, I presented my research to physicians, residents, and medical students. It was a great opportunity to concisely and clearly explain my research and the findings, while also discussing implications and future directions for the project. -Nicole Economou

Economou

American College of Surgeons

10/24/14

During the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, more than 320 medical students across the country attended the Medical Student Program. This three-day event featured presentations about “out of the box” ideas for surgical interest groups, lifestyle issues associated with a surgical career, and decision-making on the path to residency. Also included were a poster session, a surgical skills workshop, and an interactive mock interview session. There were many free lecture sessions to attend in addition to the special Medical Student Program, such as presentations on cutting-edge microbiome research and the state of the Ebola epidemic, and the Exhibit Hall displayed new innovations in surgical technology. -Betty Yang

Yang

 

September 2014 updates

October 5th, 2014

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

 

Student Group Events

Physicians for Human Rights

9/26/14

Approximately 15 students came out and discussed the role of physicians in advocating for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, both for human rights reasons and as advocates for the health of their patients. -Robert Carey

Carey

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

Physicians for a National Health Program

9/15/14

Dr. Ring is a rural family physician trained in both medicine and public health who has devoted her career to meeting the needs of the medical underserved. Dr. Ring is currently touring U.S medical schools raising awareness on climate change as a public health emergency. BUSM was very fortunate to have Dr. Ring give a very informative presentation about the health effects of climate change and the responsability of health proffesionals to raise awareness. Many medical students were in attendance.Dr. Ring is affiliated with PNHP and Climate 911, a national group of health professionals working to get the work out that climate change is a massive threat to human health. -Nahiris Bahamon

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

 Boston University Advocacy Training Program

9/9/14

The BU Advocacy Training Program’s Annual Physician Advocacy Panel took place on Tuesday, September 9th, from 4:45-6:00pm, in Evans Seminar Room (E112A). A delicious dinner of vietnamese sandwiches and spring rolls was served. 

The three BUSM-affiliated physicians profiled below shared how they have incorporated patient advocacy into their careers, then offered advice and answered questions from students interested in advocacy. Dr. Bob Witzburg did a wonderful job moderating the event, introducing students to the concept of patient advocacy, welcoming them into the advocacy program at BUSM, and summarizing key messages from the panelists.
BUATP leaders agreed that the event was successful in our goals of introducing BUATP to those who may be new to BUSM and of continuing to engage students already familiar with the BUATP community. Approximately 30 people were in attendance, including medical students from all four years, as well as students from the GMS and dental schools. We received very positive feedback from both panelists and attendees. The first-year medical students in attendance expressed great interest in physician advocacy and getting involved with BUATP. Most signed up for our list serve, and several plan to sign up for the Spectrum of Physician Advocacy elective in the Spring. -Karen Foo

Physicians for Human Rights

9/9/14

BU PHR was proud to welcome Ala’a El-Shaar, a second year graduate student in the Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, as she presented a reflection on her experience conducting psychosocial work with orphaned Syrian refugees living in the border areas of Syria. Ala’a discussed her work there and provided some insight into the current situation on the Syrian borders and the roles of healthcare providers in the refugee camps. This was an incredible opportunity to learn about refugee populations from a recent perspective on the ground! -Vijeta Bhambhani

Bhambhani

 

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=11961Medical 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 Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

9/15/14

I attended and presented my poster on the second year preclinical oncology block at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) 2014 national conference in San Francisco, CA. Thanks to SCOMSA’s funding, I was able to attend many lectures on the latest developments in various modalities of cancer treatment using radiation therapy. I also visited demonstrations on the gallery floor hosted by many sponsors to familiarize myself with the latest technologies in treatment and planning. Furthermore, I attended special meetings designed for medical students and residents from across the nation to network and get an idea of the application process and interview trail. This was an invaluable experience from both the research and academic perspective. -Brian Koottappillil

BK

American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

9/15/14

ASTRO, the nation’s largest Radiation Oncology society, hosts its annual meeting every September. This year it was held in San Francisco, CA and I had the great privilege of attending. As a fourth-year applying for residency in Radiation Oncology, I had the perfect opportunity to meet Radiation Oncology residents and attendings who I will inevitably meet again later down the road. I attended a number of interesting presentations, talks, and panel sessions that gave insight into the latest research and technology advancements. I also had the opportunity to present two of my own posters at the poster session, and I was glad to entertain visitors and answer their questions about my research amongst the thousands of other posters. Finally, most exciting at the conference was witnessing the display of commercial vendors – whose technologies and products are driving the enormous gains that are being made in the treatment of cancer. It looked almost like a car show. -Apar Gupta

gupta

American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

9/15/14

This September I had the distinct privilege to present my poster on Analysis of Decision Making at a Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Incorporating Evidence Based NCCN Guidelines. The poster reception allowed me to present my results, proudly represent Boston Medical Center and BUSM, and also network with other medical students, residents, and physicians in the field. I learned many practical aspects of the field, and understood how clinicians interpret new research and implement these findings into their daily patient care. I also attended the ASTRO Presidential Address, which focused on Breast Cancer and its progression over the past 30 years. This talk was an immensely useful overview of this specific disease and the advancements, drawbacks, and changes that radiation oncology has experienced since 1984. Overall, this meeting was immensely valuable, and I wo! uld recommend it to any student interested in the field. -Bhartesh Shah

Shah

American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

9/14/15

The ASTRO meeting this year was held in San Francisco, CA. Radiation oncologists, residents, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and others from around the world flew in to discuss the latest developments in the field. I presented my research on the impact of the ASTRO Political Action Committee over the past 10 years. My research found that ASTRO has steadily been raising more money for political activities since 2003 and has had several legislative achievements. I also compared the findings of ASTRO to similar other medical specialty groups. The meeting was a great way to learn more about the field of radiation oncology and connect with physicians and others from around the world. -Ankit Agarwal

Agarwal

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 neck pathology. -Anna Yang

AMA

9/8/14

The AMA Medical Student Research Symposium at the AMA’s Interim Meeting is a fantastic way to present your own research in an intriguing and comfortable space for medical students. The opportunities to network with leaders of the field in your area of interest, to learn about research medical students are performing around the country, and to connect with students with other interests (i.e. public policy) are endless. For 2 hours, your poster will be on display amongst hundreds of other medical students, and you are given the opportunity to present your research to a wide audience, ranging from medical students to practicing physicians. Three incredibly nice and intelligent judges will be a part of these informal presentations. I strongly recommend this experience to students who are interested in creating posters on a given research project. -Jay Khambhati

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

 

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