March 2014 Updates

March 27th, 2014

Student Group Events

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.
LMSA

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.
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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. 

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
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Student Presentations at National Conferences

Student Attendance at National Conferences

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 Surgeons Annual Meeting

3/11/14

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

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

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.

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

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
Radiology Conference

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.

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
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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
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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

 

 

October 2013 Updates

November 6th, 2013

SCOMSA:

On October 2nd, SCOMSA held its second meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year in the Dean’s Conference room. Please follow this link to view the meeting’s minutes: SCOMSA October 2nd Meeting Minutes

Student Group Activities

BU Christian Medical Dental Association

10/25/13

HHIE, OVP, and CMDA joined humanitarian forces again for part 3 of the embracing homelessness series on Friday, 10/25. Starlight Ministries joined us once again, but this time brought in four special guests who live on the streets of Boston. The ~30 attendees gathered into four small groups with one of our guests each to learn from their experience. While enjoying delicious sandwiches and cookies from Flour, attendees connected with someone who has experienced the marginalization of homelessness and has likely lived a life very different from their own. We believe that the humble human-to-human connections fostered by the event will impart an improved appreciation of the challenges of the homeless lifestyle as well as greater empathy for those in a state of homelessness, preparing students to better serve the homeless in their future careers.
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American Geriatrics Society

10/11/13

Dr. Brandeis gave a talk regarding the current state of nursing home medicine and its future as we enter an age of ACOs. Students from M1 and MR attended and found the session very informative.

BU Christian Medical Dental Association

10/11/13

Embracing Homelessness: Part 2 took place on Oct 11th at 12:30pm. It was an outreach training session provided by Starlight ministries, a community devoted to homeless outreach that conducts these trainings for various groups all over Boston. This training session helped attendees understand the importance of the extensive support systems in their own lives and how this support system is often lacking in those who are homeless. This session also taught attendees how to respectfully form relationships with people on the streets. Through a didactic session and reflection, attendees were able to acquire the tools and confidence to better form connections with Boston’s homeless.

Family Medicine Interest Group

10/11/13

On Friday, October 11th, in celebration of Primary Care Week, the Family Medicine Interest Group hosted a lunch talk with Dr. Christine Odell, the medical director of BMC’s Family Medicine Department. Dr. Odell discussed the impending changes in the Affordable Care Act and the role that family physicians will play in the success of the new law.

American Medical Women’s Association

10/10/13

American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) hosted its second event of the year: a screening of Orgasm Inc., a controversial and humorous documentary about the pharmaceutical industry and the medicalization of sexual dysfunction in women. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Michelle Sia, an OB/GYN DO at BMC, and Sophie Godley, a clinical professor at BUSPH who has expertise in sexual health. We had a lively discussion debating the legitimacy of female sexual dysfunction as a disease, sex education in our schools, and how the definition of normal is shaped in our society.Next month, AMWA in association with Women’s Health Initiative will be hosting a panel discussion of female physicians in all medical fields. Stay tuned for even more events, including talks on abortion, how to balance life/work, and the history of women in medicine.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

10/10/13

On October 10, 2013, the BU Emergency Medicine Interest Group hosted a panel discussion with 5 Boston Medical Emergency Department attending physicians (Lauren Nentwich, Jeffery Schneider, Annemieke Atema, Morsal Tahouni, Gabrielle Jacquet). The audience included first and second-year medical students. The discussion began with an introduction from each physician describing their decision to enter emergency medicine, their career interests and pursuits, and a general description of their typical work-day. This was followed by an open question-and-answer session from students. We feel that this introductory event for the EMIG year was successful in introducing students with a perspective into emergency medicine. We counted attendance at approximately 50 students. Lunch was served.
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Integrative Medicine

10/10/13

Integrative Medicine Student Interest group participated in the Primary Care Week on October 10, 2013. We hosted a lunch talk called “What is integrative medicine?” where we screened several clips from “Escape Fire” and facilitated discussion among students. This allowed medical students to ask questions about integrative medicine and its various branches, as well as learn more about the upcoming National Student Conference on Integrative Medicine.
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Internal Medicine Interest Group

10/04/13

The IMIG held a panel discussion, “What is Internal Medicine?” on 10/4 as our first event of the semester to introduce what internal medicine is all about. Four BMC-affiliated physicians–two from outpatient and two from inpatient–were invited to speak on their unique career paths within internal medicine and their reasons for choosing the field. Students especially seemed to appreciate the diversity of careers and interests among the four physicians, which ranged from international health in Haiti to women’s health. The IMIG hopes to further introduce various aspects of internal medicine to the BUSM community; please join us for our next couple events involving patient-centered healthcare and sub-specialty fellows panel.

Student Attendance at National Conferences

American Academy of Pediatrics 

10/26/13

This year, over three hundred medical students attended the 2013 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The National Conference and Exhibition (NCE) allowed us to gather with hundreds of medical students and thousands of pediatricians in order to gain new ideas on how we can support child health through education, advocacy, service, and research.The first day of the NCE featured a Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) Medical Student Plenary Session. As I currently serve as the Editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics Medical Student News publication, I had the opportunity to give a short presentation about the publication. AAP Medical Student News is a national publication featuring content written by medical students and young physicians with a readership of over 1,500 medical students and academic faculty members at medical schools across the country: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Medical-Students/Pages/Newsletters.aspx. During this session, I informed students about they can get involved in publishing their work in AAP Medical Student News, with the goal of connecting students interested in advocacy and educating students about important news in pediatric medicine.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Nicole Paradise Black, Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program at University of Florida, with a focus on how medical students can become successful pediatric residency applicants. Following the keynote address was a panel discussion designed to offer students a broad perspective on the residency application process. The panel discussion, consisting of five residency program directors from programs across the country, was an invaluable opportunity for medical students to ask important questions about the process of applying to residency programs and to gain unique perspectives from the experts. The culminating event of the SOMSRFT Medical Student programming was the “Subspecialty Speed-Dating” session. Students had the opportunity to meet with pediatric subspecialists in fields including Neonatology, Pulmonology, Critical Care, Surgery, Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, and Hospital Medicine. Medical students sat with p! ediatric subspecialists for a “speedy” information session on their field, with each meeting lasting about seven minutes- just enough time to learn a bit about unique aspects of each field.

While at the NCE, expert presenters guided us through best practices in patient care and what to expect on the horizon of pediatric research. Seasoned advocates taught us about what we can do at the local and national levels to serve children through legislative advocacy. Attending the 2013 AAP NCE was an opportunity for medical students to sit down and talk with many leaders in pediatric medicine and to gain valuable insights on how to build a successful career in pediatric medicine and how to most effectively advocate for child health in the future.

- Kristin Schwarz

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Integrative Medicine National Student Conference

10/26/13

On October 26-27, I attended the National Student Conference on Integrative Medicine in Chicago. The conference was a hands-on experience in which I learned many different integrative modalities that can be used by practitioners. Conference workshops included mindfulness meditation, herbalism, basics of acupuncture, healthy cooking, and shamanic journeying. – Sukhmani Gill

 

The National Student Conference on Integrative Medicine was an incredible opportunity to meet medical students and other healthcare professionals around the country sharing a mutual interest in integrative medical practices. It was great to attend small group sessions, many of which were very hands-on to learn about different practices from naturopathic medicine to acupuncture and shamanism. I attended a total of 6 sessions. During the session on naturopathic medicine, we had students currently pursing degrees in NP teach us about different medicines that can be used for patients with various clinical symptoms. There was also a session run by Dr. Kathryn Hayward, author of Odyssey Family Systems, to learn about a more collaborative approach to medicine as well as understand how we can provide better care to patients by being caregivers versus caretakers. It was definite! ly one of my favorite sessions and was a great way to let us open up to those around us and address our own behavioral patterns in our lives and medical practice. There was also a phenomenal session on Shamanic Journeying led by Adam Rindfleisch who took us through a shamanic journey so that we could really understand it. The session on acupuncture was very informational and allowed us to understand the benefits of this practice and how medical professionals can be certified to practice acupuncture properly. I also very much enjoyed the large group session on energy medicine and understanding how negative and positive energy from the people and events around us can influence our own inner energy and strength. Overall, this was a wonderful conference that helped me broaden my horizons in medicine and made me more aware of all the various medical practices that can be used to provide a holistic treatment plan for patients in the future. – Mounica Donepudi

 

I attended the 2013 National Student Conference on Integrative Medicine hosted by Feinberg University. I attended several group sessions on both Saturday, Oct. 26 Sunday Oct. 27. The most notable sessions for me were 1) the talk led by three 4th-year naturopathic students on botanicals. I actually found it very informative on how certain herbs actually can enhance the way that the digestive tract processes different types of food. I also learned that it is actually common in modern society to be malnourished – not eating enough of the right nutrients – without being associated with poverty. The second most memorable session was one on Shamanic healing. A physician taught us about the role of the Shaman in indigenous tribes and led us through breathing exercises in order to “access” spiritual energy. He said that the exercises could help one tap into the inner ene! rgy in all of us. The main point I took away from this talk was that breathing exercises can help me summon energy in times of need! Lastly, another session had us reflect on our pasts and understand how the people in our lives have shaped us. We were then split into groups and had to discuss ways in which we felt that we were healing ourselves, whether it be dancing, meditating, or eating foods that made us feel certain emotions. It was an interesting and introspective session in which we were able to bond with other students while simultaneously exploring our self-development. - Jacob Kneeman

 

The National Student Conference on Integrative Medicine was held in Chicago this year. Students from across the country gathered in Chicago to gain hands-on experience with integrative medicine. There were small group sessions on acupuncture, healthy eating, herbal medicine, family systems, and shamanic journeying. Guest speakers included Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, MD from UCLA’s Center for East-West Medicine, Dr. Aviad Haramati, PhD from Georgetown University, and Dr. Jeffrey Feldman, PhD from Wake Forest University. With the small group structure, students were able to connect with each other and share what they are doing in integrative medicine at their respective institutions. We learned valuable self-care practices and specific tools to share with our patients. - Stephanie Shaw

31st World Conference of Endourology

10/24/13

The World Congress of Endourology Conference is a meeting for endourologists across the country to meet and discuss new technology regarding techniques for minimally-invasive procedures in the field of urology ranging from ureteroscopy for diagnosis and stone disease, robotic surgery for cystectomy, prostatectomies and partial nephrectomies and laparoscopy for renal and adrenal tumors. The conference also hosts plenary sessions for world-renown surgeons to discuss controversial topics regarding management and treatment of urologic diseases. Throughout the week there are also moderated poster sessions during which research abstracts can be presented with a 3 minute powerpoint presentation in addition to a displayed poster. The poster presented by Didi Pathak was research conducted with the Department of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine with Dr. David Wang,! Dr. Mark Katz and Dr. Richard Babayan. The presentation presented by Didi Pathak, titled, “Ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy in patients with neurogenic bladder:Safety and efficacy” discusses the stone-free and complication rates of ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy, a method of kidney stones located in the ureter and kidney, in a particular group of patients, those with neurologic conditions. Patients with neurologic conditions often have neurogenic bladders, resulting in urinary stasis and increased risk of stone formation. Per the results of the study, although these patients have increased risk of urinary tract infections with stone formation, the procedure is safe with low complication, similar to those found in the general population. - Didi Pathak
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American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting

10/12/13

I traveled to San Francisco, CA from October 11-October 16, 2013 to represent Boston University School of Medicine as a Medical Student Component Delegate at the annual American Society of Anesthesiology (ASA) 2013 Conference. At the conference, I attended many events including the Resident and Medical Student Welcome Reception, Residency Program Meet and Greet, and the Medical Student Component Governing Council meeting, where I had the opportunity to vote on proposed resolutions/bylaw changes and council elections for 2013-2014 council positions. The best aspect of my trip was attending varied lectures and talks on the Surgical Home model for perioperative care, learning about the Lifebox pulse oximetry initiative, and the opportunity to interact with medical students and residents from across the nation who all share a common interest in Anesthesiology and optimizing! patient safety in the operating room. – Claudia Lucia Sotillo
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I recently attended the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, thanks in part to funding from SCOMSA. At the conference, I fulfilled my responsibilities as a member of the ASA Medical Student Component (MSC) Governing Council for this past year. On Friday night, I attended a resident and medical student welcome reception, along with other BUSM students. On Saturday, I attended the opening session where there was a keynote address regarding patient safety. The address featured videos of the actor Dennis Quaid speaking about his family’s personal experiences in patient safety. I also visited the main exhibit halls where BMC faculty were presenting research. The highlight of the weekend was participating in the MSC Residency Director Meet & Greet. I was able to speak with program directors, other faculty, and residents from o! ver half of the programs I applied to! It was an invaluable experience to get a better sense of the programs before the interview. Finally, on Sunday, we held the MSC House of Delegates, where we conducted elections for the Governing Council positions. We also had several distinguished speakers including a past president of the ASA, the current and incoming ASA presidents, a representative from the ASA’s research foundation, a program director from a top anesthesiology program, and a resident panel. They spoke about the future of anesthesiology, what residencies are looking for in applicants, and answered questions about the nuts and bolts of residency applications. Finally, I had a lot of fun joining other medical students, residents, and anesthesiologists for social outings! Thank you to SCOMSA for the funding that allowed me to attend. - Jamie Sparling

10/11/13

This October, I attended the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA. To start off the conference, I attended a welcome reception on Friday night and had an opportunity to meet other medical students interested in Anesthesiology. On Saturday morning, I attended a medical student workshop at San Francisco General Hospital led by the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). This workshop consisted of four learning stations led by faculty and residents – simulated patient scenarios, airway management, IV access, and problem-based learning cases. Following the workshop, I visited the main exhibit halls at the conference and then attended Resident Research Forum. Lastly, I attended the Residency Program Director Meet & Greet session where I met program directors and residents from many of the ! programs I applied to for this year’s match. – Alec Peniche
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18th World Congress on Advances in Oncology

10/10/13

I attended the 18th World Congress on Advances in Oncology and 16th International Symposium on Molecular Medicine in Crete, Greece and presented my poster, which was titled “Epigenetic regulation of tumor suppressor genes including imprinted gene ARHI and micro-RNAs in cancer cells’. Presenters from around the country gathered to discuss clinical and molecular oncology, and I was able to attend several different sessions that covered a broad range of topics. Many of the presentations that I attended discussed research that was similar to my own, focusing on molecular and epigenetics of breast and ovarian cancer. In addition, I had the opportunity to attend several clinical sessions that covered a wide range of topics, such as neoplastic meningitis. During the poster symposium, I had an opportunity to discuss my research with many other physician-scientists, as well as l! earn about other people’s research. There were several social events and dinners throughout the weekend, and we had the opportunity to see traditional Greek dancing and music, while enjoying amazing Greek food. I had a great time at the conference and am extremely thankful to have been able to attend. My research abstract was published in the International Journal of Molecular Medicine because of my poster submission to this conference.-Shannon Byler

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American College of Surgeons

10/6/13

The American College of Surgeons invites medical students from around the country to attend the Medical Student Program at their annual Clinical Congress meeting. This year the meeting was held in Washington, DC. Students are invited to attend various sessions appropriate to their level of knowledge. Topics include navigating the residency application process, lifestyle in a surgical residency, and suturing workships. The keynote speaker this year was Dr. William Schecter, a renowned surgeon from UCSF who spoke about dealing with mortality in surgery, and offered thoughts and anecdotes from his international career in Samoa, South Africa, and Israel. Also incorporated in this program was the Medical Student Program Poster Session: 40 students from around the country presented their research on surgical topics in poster form. - Nichole Starr



Summer & September 2013 Updates

September 18th, 2013

SCOMSA:

On September 4th, SCOMSA held its first meeting of the 2013-2014 academic year in the Dean’s Conference room. Please follow this link to view the meeting’s minutes: SCOMSA Sept 4th Meeting Minutes

Student Group Activities

Christian Medical and Dental Association

9/27/13

The Christian Medical and Dental Association teamed up with the Outreach Van Project and the Homeless Health Immersion Experience for a lunch-time screening of two short documentary films on homelessness to kick off our 5-part Embracing Homelessness series! The documentaries called “Human First” and “Starting Over with Nothing” were shown and served as a platform on which discussion about homeless were based. We broke up into small groups to discuss what we took away from the films, the impact that they had on us, factors that work against those who are trying to get off the streets, and so forth. The discussions were very enriching, and we can’t wait to continue with this series!

APAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medial Student Association)

9/24/13

Event Title: Asian-American Health Care Issues
Speaker: Dr. Teresa Cheng
Date: 9/24/2013
Attendees: 30 1st/2nd year students
Lunch Talk with Vietnamese Sandwiches 

At lunch on Tuesday 9/24, Dr. Teressa Cheng discussed cultural beliefs and health-care issues that affect the Asian-American community. She focused on what students need to consider when caring for Asian populations in the Boston Area. After the talk, attendees had the opportunity to practice their clinical interviewing skills during mock cases that centered around these important topics. Students reflected with the group after the mock cases about their feelings on handling these specific issues. Overall, attendees were able to appreciate the different factors involved in caring for these Asian-American populations.

 

 

 

 

American Geriatrics Society

9/06/13

On September 6, Dr. Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, spoke on his work with The New England Centenarian Study.
We learned that the ability to live into the 100s has a very strong genetic component. Additionally, there was some discussion of what lifestyle choices and health habits are important. Dr. Perls also spoke of the importance of eating less meat, exercising regularly, and a stress reducing support system(family). Lastly, he warned about the anti-aging gimmicks out there and how to effectively counsel patients on healthy aging. Ultimately, this talk was very important as the current population is living to longer ages and as physicians we’ll have to know how to treat their conditions.
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Family Medicine Interest Group

9/06/13

The Family Medicine Interest Group held its first event of the year on Friday September 6th, a lunch time talk about the exciting field of Family Medicine! After a presentation to the first and second year attendees introducing the specialty, we were joined by a current family medicine resident and a fourth year medical student who is applying to family medicine residency programs. They shared their stories about why they chose to go into family medicine, taught us about the various things that a family physician can do, and answered lots of questions.

Ophthalmology Interest Group

9/04/13

Edward Feinberg MD, MPH gave a presentation to learn more about ophthalmology as a career. He also spoke about the different sub-specialties and what the process is like to apply to residency programs. Dr. Feinberg told students the options available to them to get involved in the ophthalmology department. 56 students attended the event.

BU Advocacy Training Program

8/28/13

Dr. Rob Chamberlin, a former BUSM and BUATP student, came to campus to share three tips on becoming a physician advocate. He was introduced by Dr. Witzburg, the original faculty sponsor of the Advocacy program, who also gave closing remarks. Students, residents and faculty enjoyed dinner prior to the talk.

MedGlo

8/28/13

So you know your LGBT (maybe), but how familiar are you with your LGBTQIA? Interested in learning the differences between sex, gender, sexuality, orientation, etc.? Then come to this week’s informative “LGBT Lingo” discussion hosted by MedGLO. Learn the terms that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people use to describe themselves as well as the appropriate ways to apply them in the clinic. All questions welcome and all discussions open and judgement free! A delicious pizza lunch will be provided!

SNAAC

8/26/13

SNAAC hosted Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN for her talk titled, “How to Win the Weight Loss Battle.” She is an expert in the field who has regularly appeared on the Fox TV Morning news nutrition segment with practical nutrition advice. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor from BU Sargent College and has authored several books, including “Nutrition and You, Core Concepts for Good Health”.This was an excellent talk that provided practical information in a very engaging way to help medical students with their personal eating habits as well as give some ideas on how to counsel their future patients.

Integrative Medicine Interest Group

8/19/13

This will be the first lunch talk for the Integrative Medicine Interest Group where Dr. Lisa Conboy will present her research regarding acupuncture therapy for Gulf War Veterans after Agent Orange exposure.

Maimonides Society

8/14/13

Dr. Grodin was the faculty speaker at the “History of the Maimonides Society” lunch. As faculty advisor for the Maimonides Society for more than 30 years, he began by discussing all the different activities and lectures that have occurred in the Maimonides Society in the past. He also discussed Maimonides and how he was both a physician and a Jewish religiousleader. We then spoke about the events that some of the students may be interested in organizing and attending this year. We discussed the possibility of having Jewish Medical Ethics talks in combination with the law school and the exchange program and option of an away rotation fourth year in Israel at Hadassah Hospital.

Clinical Neuroscience Society

8/12/13

The Clinical Neuroscience Society, in collaboration with SCOMSA, welcomed back George Saterial and Dr. Peter Bergethon for their presentation on “The Neurobiology of Magic and the Magic of Neurobiology.” Mr. Saterial opened the show with exciting illusions for the audience of first- and second-year students, followed by a demonstration of how magicians can misdirect our attention to create a successful illusion. Dr. Bergethon then closed the evening by presenting the neuroscience behind perception and illusions, followed by engaging demonstrations of how audience members’ brains could be tricked with proprioceptive or visual inputs.

Student Presentations at National Conferences

American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS Annual Conference and Expo

9/29/13

Event: American Academy of Otolaryngology-HNS Annual Conference and Expo, Vancouver, CA, Sept 2013
Date: September 28 – October 2, 2013
Attendees: Christopher Tonn 

The AAO-HNS Annual meeting is the largest international annual meeting in the field of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery. This year it was held in Vancouver, CA at the Vancouver Conference Center overlooking the banks of the Vancouver harbor. For five days, the mornings were filled with seminars ranging from how to run a successful private clinic to recent advancements in trauma care and research oral presentations. The afternoons included a variety of lectures, workshops and seminars. In addition to this, the expo center featured a large hall of research posters and vendors catering to the field.
My place in all of this was to set up and present my research poster, entitled “Reduction Chondrolaryngoplasty: No disruption of the suspensory ligaments of the anterior commissure and no sequelae from reduction of the thyroepiglottic ligament” with senior author, Dr. Jeffrey Spiegel, best known for his work in facial feminization operations. My poster focused on the effects of the procedure entitled above, also known as a tracheal shave, designed to reduce the aesthetic appearance of the Adam’s apple. The danger lies in disrupting the anterior connection of the vocal cords to the thyroid cartilage as well as the epiglottic connection the thyroid cartilage. We had not reported any long-term post-operative symptoms suggesting that these connections were disrupted to the point of dysfunction.
It was my first international conference and I did all I could to soak it in. I also spent time touring the city and surrounding area. I was able to steal away for an afternoon and hike up Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver during a cold rainy day. All in all, the experience was great, and I can’t wait to go to AAO next year in Orlando!

- Christopher Tonn

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American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

9/25/13

Hi, I’m a 4th year medical student at BUSM, and I gave an oral presentation at the 2013 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting held in Atlanta, GA, September 22-25, 2013. ASTRO’s Annual Meeting is the premier radiation oncology scientific event in the world and draws more than 11,000 attendees each year. During the 2013 Annual Meeting, focus was held on patient-centered care and the importance of the physician’s role in helping with patient reported outcomes and the quality and safety of patient care.My talk was on the topic of secondary uterine corpus cancer following prior pelvic radiation therapy. My study showed that receiving radiation to a prior pelvic cancer, other than uterine, is not associated with an increased risk of secondary uterine cancer. However, we found that these patients had greater than expected incidence of secondary uterine cancer greater than 5 years out from the initial pelvic radiation treatment, developed more aggressive tumors, and had worse prognosis when compared with those who had pelvic cancers and did not receive pelvic radiation.Overall, I had a great time presenting at my first national conference, and I hope that it is a sign of things to come. 

- Jacob Shin

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9/24/13

Poster presentation titled : ” Early Volumetric Response to preoperative chemoradiation for rectal cancer predicts for pathologic complete response”
This poster was presented at the American Society of Radiation Oncology in Atlanta on Sept 24, 2013. The project defined gross tumor volumes by following weekly cone beam CT scans during preoperative chemoradiation and the objective was to look at how it could predict for pathologic complete response at time of surgery. The significant conclusion of this project was the rate of change (RoC) of gross tumor volume at week 4 preoperative chemoradiation was much higher in those who were going to achieve pathologic complete response. Therefore assessment of gross tumor volumes by cone beam CTs during preoperative chemoradiation can perhaps influence radiation therapy and help achieve pathological complete response at time of surgery for rectal cancer patients.
 

- Arvind Reddy Devanabanda

9/23/13

ASTRO’s Annual Meeting is the premier radiation oncology scientific event in the world and draws more than 11,000 attendees each year. This year it was held in Atlanta, GA. At the meeting, I presented a poster entitled, “The Evaluation of Chemoradiotherapy Toxicity and Outcome in Head and Neck Cancer.” My research dealt with the use of induction chemotherapy prior to concurrent chemotherapy and radiation therapy, for the treatment of head and neck cancers. Our results showed that head and neck cancer patients who received induction chemotherapy prior to concurrent treatment suffered from more acute toxicity compared to patients receiving concurrent treatment alone. The greater toxicity in the induction patients was attributed to more hematologic and gastrointestinal toxicities. Yet, no major differences were noted in treatment outcome or survival between the two patient! groups. We hope to publish our research soon. 

- Jennifer Logue

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9/23/13

I attended the ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology) 2013 conference in Atlanta, GA from Saturday, September 21st to the Monday, September 23rd with my classmate and fellow radiation oncology researcher, Rani Chudasama. At the conference, I presented my poster, Demographic Determinants of Mortality in Prostate Cancer Patients at a Diverse Academic Medical Center. I also attended meetings, including the conference’s Presidential Symposium, saw other posters, and spoke to other medical students as well as BUSM alumni. From the event, I gained knowledge and connections in the field of radiation oncology that I hope to use to pursue further research and ultimately residency. 

- Alexander Rand

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9/21/13

I recently attended the ASTRO 55th annual conference to present my research on breast cancer treatment disparities and how this affects mortality rate for our BMC patient population. The conference was very well organized and I was able to meet with residents and other medical students to discuss their research within the field of Radiation Oncology.  

- Rani Chudasama

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Student Attendance at National Conferences

New England American Urological Association

9/27/13

The New England Section of the American Urological Association held its annual meeting this year in Hartford, CT from September 25th until September 28th, 2013. The Section consists of private practice urologists and academic urologists from the states of Conneticut, Maine, Massachussetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Boston University School of Medicine and its Urology Department were well-represented by its Urologic residents Ashley Brandon, Elizabeth Phillips, Nannan Thirumavalavan, Urology Department Faculty Dr. Babayan (Chairman), Dr. David Wang, Dr. Linda Ng, and Dr. Lori Lerner, as well as medical student Arun Rai. Conference topics included Endourology, Uro-oncology, Incontinence, Sexual Medicine as well as a Video Session regarding surgical techniques.  

-Arun Rai

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

I had the opportunity to attend the American Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly in San Diego, California, where I was selected to give a poster presentation on my work with Dr. Ramon Cancino titled “Finding Meaning in Meaningful Use: Can Health IT change provider behavior and improve patient outcomes?” I was an honored to present my research and even more so when I was awarded the second place prize for medical student posters at this national conference. I was pleased to be able to also attend multiple lectures on a variety of family medicine topics from leaders in the field, and network with military family medicine members as part of the USAFP chapter reception. 

- Kirsten Lyman

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Student National Medical Association

9/6/13

The conference that I attended was this year’s second National Leadership Institute (NLI)– of the administrative year, Friday, September 6th – Sunday, September 8th in Rochester, MN. The host for this quarter’s meeting is the Mayo Clinic. This training session is for all members including those currently holding or interested in SNMA leadership positions at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. We do encourage those considering national and regional leadership positions for the 2014‐2015 administrative year toattend.
The September NLI focused focus on providing attendees with the tools necessary to fulfill personal
goals of academic and personal success. Sessions include Board Development lead by the
SNMA Strategic Planning Council, residency panels, and a keynote speaker from our host
institution! The SNMA has an important mission focused on both the advancement of our
membership and the betterment of our community. It is only through the effective
development of future leaders of medicine that these goals will be met.
 

- Michael Harrell

American Diabetes Association

6/23/13

I had the opportunity to attend the American Diabetes Association 73rd Scientific Sessions in Chicago, Illinois, where I was selected to give an oral presentation on my work with Dr. Sayon Roy titled “Connexin 43 Downregulation Promotes the Development of Vascular Lesions in the Diabetic Retina.” My abstract was one of eight presented in the oral session on June 23 entitled “Advances in the Pathogenesis and Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy.” It was an honor to present my research to some of the brightest and distinguished scientists in the field.  

- Thomas Tien

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Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine

6/16/13

At LEAPS into Integrative Medicine, I was one of thirty medical students from across North America to participate in an intensive week-long retreat led by the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine in collaboration with the American Medical Student Association Foundation and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. I attended lectures, discussions, and workshops that enhanced my understanding of health, disease, and Integrative Medicine. Additionally, I enhanced my leadership skills in order to advance Integrative Medicine at BUSM. Furthermore, I developed a project with the support from the LEAPS Core Faculty. This project is focused on building upon and further developing the MEDYoga group that I helped to lead this year at BUSM. 

- Rachel Goldstein

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Spring 2013 Updates

May 30th, 2013

SCOMSA:

On March 20 and April 10, SCOMSA held its last two meetings of the spring semester in the Dean’s Conference room. The minutes from the meetings are included in the following links: 2013.3.20 SCOMSA Minutes and 2013.4.10 SCOMSA Minutes.

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Student Group Activities:

Latino Medical Student Association

5/17/2013

We have bought a small selection of medical Spanish books which we intend to lend out to members over the summer. Once those books come back to us we will keep lending them out as needed. We are also going to look through the books to flesh out a more concrete Spanish curriculum that can help us with Spanish tables next year.

OSIG (Orthopedic Student Interest Group)

5/9/2013

The Orthopedic Student Interest Group (OSIG) held an informative meeting with three of BMC’s current resident orthopedic surgeons to discuss pathway’s into the field, current research opportunities, and the role and future of women in the field. Drs Lindsay, Bogdan, and Cooke spoke regarding their personal experiences and the expected trajectory of orthopedic practice in the future. The meeting was lead by OSIG chairs David Matherly and Florencia Rojas and a light breakfast was served. 20 first year students were in attendance.

CMDA (Christian Medical and Dental Association)

5/1/2013

The Christian Medical and Dental Association held a Christian Cultural Awareness Social on Wednesday, May 1st. This event aimed to provided an opportunity for all BUSM students to get to know one another and to learn from each other. Multiple faculty spoke about their experiences regarding how their faith informed their work and their care for patients as well as how the patients’ faith affected the doctor-patient interaction. Afterwards, small groups were formed to discuss each attendee’s thoughts about what was discussed as well as whether they thought faith had a role in medicine. This event was a great way to meet Christian colleagues in order to gain an improved understanding of their life view and allowed everyone to get to know one another better and to share their experiences. We believe that this event will foster greater cultural awareness and improve future interactions with Christian colleagues and patients.

GHEP (Global Health Equity Program)

4/29/2013

On April 29, 2013, the Global Health Equity Program and the Iranian Health Care Students Association welcomed Dr. Kamiar Alaei to the Boston University Medical Campus to speak about his award-winning work with HIV/AIDS in Iran. In 2008, he and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei, were arrested and held as political prisoners in Iran for their efforts. Physicians for Human Rights and others organized a letter writing campaign in their support, which garnered considerable international attention. Both brothers were finally freed in November 2011, and they have since been recognized and honored for their courage, dedication, and leadership. Dr. Alaei shared his story with medical, public health, and dental students at this well-attended talk. 

This event was part of the Global Health Equity Program’s Speaker Series, which seeks to bring innovative speakers to BUSM as a way to promote student interest and involvement in global health equity.

3/22/2013

As a fourth year medical student, Ashish Premkumar recently completed an away rotation at Lebanese American University in Social Medicine. With an interest in the intersections of reproductive health, medical anthropology, and social justice, he spoke about his personal experiences working with refugees from a clinical and research perspective. He discussed how criticism leveled against humanitarianism should be incorporated into medical education in these setting and how students can be an active part of this process.

AMA/MMS

4/26/2013

BUSM’s AMA/MMS organization is very active in community events and legislation on a national level. On Friday, April 26th the group finalized plans to participate in the annual Boston Health Fair at the YMCA in Chinatown. Additionally, they selected student representatives to attend the national AMA conference in Chicago held this summer. Speakers included Eri Verter, on the volunteer events during the Health Fair, and Sawyer Emmer, on the organization of the Chicago meeting. Roughly 30 students attended and were fed Anna’s Taqueria. Afterwards, the group hosted an informal gathering at a local Boston pub.

Medicine & Public Health Association

4/25/2013

The 2nd Annual MPHA Symposium revolved around the pertinent issue of gun control and the various public health approaches to addressing gun control in the United States. The four speakers were Dr. Michael Siegel, professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at BUSPH, Dr. Leonard Glantz, professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights and Associate Dean Emeritus of Academic Affairs at BUSPH, Dr. Terrence Keane, Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at VA Boston Healthcare System, and Dr. Peter Stringham from the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. 

Dr. Siegel spoke about his venture into gun control research due to the recent shootings in Aurora, Colorado and Sandy Hook, Connecticut. He explained his study to determine the relationship between state gun ownership in the prevalence of homicide. His study, which found a moderate positive association between the two, is the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind done in the past 20 years. Dr. Glantz spoke on the legal issues surrounding gun control laws and how the influence of the NRA (National Rifle Association) has historically made it difficult, and in some cases impossible, not only to pass gun control laws, but also to conduct research on the matter. Dr. Keane spoke about his career working with patients with PTSD and how addressing PTSD will be necessary to curbing the rate of gun related homicides in this country. Finally, Dr. Stringham spoke about his work addressing youth violence in East Boston and how an approach that strives to end the “cycle of vio! lence”, as well as enact stronger gun control laws, is necessary to successfully address the issue of gun control and gun-related homicide in the United States.

3/21/2013

Disability: Detection? Prevention? Accomodation? Where Should We Spend Our Healthcare Dollars? 

This talk was given by Dr. Steven Ralston, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Ralston, a recent graduate (SPH ’11) of the BU School of Public Health, spoke mainly about the public health approach to screening for Down’s Syndrome. He began by discussing the historical evolution of Down’s Syndrome screening and then outlined currently available, and developing, tests that are more sensitive and specific. He then discussed at length the medical, ethical, and financial issues and implications surrounding these new prenatal technologies.

Dr. Ralston also spoke about his work at Beth Israel and his role as the director of the MFM department there.

MedGLO

4/24/2013

MedGLO had a great turnout for our screening of the Oscar-nominated AIDS documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” Despite the late hour, many stayed behind after the film was over for an engaging panel discussion featuring three alumni of ACT UP, the AIDS organization the film focuses on, along with Drs. Deborah Cotton and Sharon Levine, two BMC physicians with enormous insight into the history of AIDS patient care and research. The panel discussion was lively and wide-ranging, covering everything from the very earliest days of the epidemic to the current challenges facing AIDS research and the gay community. Many lingered behind to chat with the panelists afterwards — it was a great event!

4/5/2013

The LGBT Health Student Symposium (2013, April 5th-7th) is an annual event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students from across the United States. The 2013 LGBT Health Student Symposium showcased a dynamic line-up of speakers, including a charismatic opening speech by Councilmember John J. Duran, JD, who is one of the first HIV-positive and openly gay elected officials in the U.S.; Director of Health & Aging of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Shane Snowdon, MA, who gave us insightful pointers on how to make a difference as medical students; Director of the Transgender Health Program at LAGLC and an expert in Transgender healthcare, Madeline Deutsch, MD , who elucidated the many concerns and disparities in caring for transgender patients; and Mark Katz, MD, who closed the symposium with his vibrant speech on the past, present and f! uture of LGBT and LGBT health. In addition to the speakers, a variety of small-group workshops allowed more personal and in-depths conversations that facilitated our learning and networking. Overall, the fourth annual LGBT Health Student Symposium, which was held on the West Coast for the first time, was an educational, inspiring and gay experience. 

ACOG

4/24/2013

ACOG hosted a congratulatory dinner for 4th year Ob/GYN medical students who matched this year. There was a great representation of the 4th year Ob/GYN students who shared their experiences with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year medical students in a panel-led discussion, guided by Dr. Abbott and Dr. Sonalkar.

Family Medicine Interest Group

4/23/2013

FMIG had a great turnout for our April 23rd national conference informational event. As attendees enjoyed the pizza we served, we discussed plans for the 2013 American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference in Kansas City, Mo., going over key events, networking opportunities, and chances to receive scholarships. A fourth year who had attended past conferences then reflected on her experiences.

3/21/2013

The Family Medicine Interest Group held an informational panel open to first, second, and third year students to learn more about family medicine and general tips for how to be a competitive residency applicant. Dr. Hoffman, a family medicine attending and BUMC faculty member spoke about her journey to family medicine and how family practice has evolved in the northeast. Two family medicine residents also spoke about what makes a competitive family medicine applicant and how to plan third and fourth year schedules accordingly. Additionally, students learned about what being a family medicine physician entails and how to balance work and lifestyle. 

Additionally, we congratulated two fourth year students who recently matched in family medicine. They shared their perspectives on the matching process, how they chose family medicine, and advice for current BUSM students who think they might be interested in pursuing family medicine.

Over 50 students from three classes attended this event. It was a great success and a wonderful way to connect students interested in family medicine!

Plastic Surgery Interest Group

4/22/2013

On Monday evening in April, 24 BUSM students and an alumni affairs staff member set out to hone their skills of observation through the practice of “life-study” i.e. drawing from a model. This was an opportunity for medical students to carefully observe and internalize the human form in a way that they are not able to in clinic. The hope is that in training the eye through art, we as physicians-in-training can become better observers in the clinic and thus better care-givers to our patients. The drawing class also provided an opportunity for training not found in the traditional medical curriculum, which was much appreciated by students, as well a relaxing activity and I chance for creative expression. 

The event was funded through the Plastic Surgery Interest Group and was organized with the help of the Arts Outreach Initiative between the College of Fine Arts and BUMC.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

4/11/2013

On April 11, the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) held a residency match panel to promote interest in Emergency Medicine and a better understanding of the EM match process. Panel participants included an attending physician and six 4th-year students who recently matched in EM. To kick off the event, Dr. Atema, an attending in the BMC ED and one of the EMIG faculty advisors, spoke for twenty minutes from the perspective of someone involved with resident selection. She offered students insight into the application and interview processes, as well as advice on how to become a strong applicant beginning in the pre-clinical years. Following Dr. Atema’s presentation, the 4th years fielded questions about topics ranging from what is special about EM to residency selection to finding an away rotation. The event was very well attended, with about 40 pre-clinical stu! dents and a handful of 3rd years in attendance. The six 4th-year panel participants spoke with enthusiastic students for over an hour, staying well past the event’s scheduled end time due to interest. Lunch was served. 

EMIG hosts numerous events throughout the school year, including suture and EKG workshops. Interested students can contactemigatbu@gmail.com with any EM-related questions or to join the mailing list.

Dermatology Interest Group

4/11/2013

The Dermatology Interest Group held a lunch panel on April 11th titled “Careers in Dermatology and Getting into a Competitive Residency”. The panel consisted of four members (3 of whom are current BUSM students and 1 who is a BU dermatology resident). The panel answered questions about how to prepare for a competitive residency in general, dermatology residency specifically, and the multiple career interests in the field of dermatology. The vast majority of attendees were first and second year medical students. Students asked the panel about what got them interested in dermatology and what they need to do in order to get accepted into a competitive specialty. Students who are and are not specifically interested in dermatology attended and found the panel to be quite helpful and informative.

Women’s Health Initiative

4/4/2013

The WIC Program: A Personal Story 

The event began with a brief educational segment about the WIC program, including how it works, which resources it provides, and how a WIC consult would operate. This was followed by a presentation by a BUSM medical student about her personal experience with WIC. Her primary care physician failed to identify her as someone who could benefit from the program, so she is passionate about teaching her peers about the doctor’s role in the referral process as well as the huge impact it can have on patients’ abilities to provide for their children! She elucidated the experience of juggling medical school with raising her child and the integral role WIC played in this process. This experience gave students insight into this program, which 53% of American children benefit from.

CNS (Clinical Neuroscience Society)

4/4/2013

CNS hosted an exclusive show for BUSM performed by the world renowned magician, George Sateriel, the world’s only winner of 2 gold medals in magic and BU’s own, Dr. Peter Bergethon, who performed (and revealed the secrets to) illusions of his own using neuroscience. 

Seventy five students form the medical school and depatrment of Anatomy and Neurobiology were in attendance.

2/20/2013

Dr. Seth Elkin-Frankston ave a talk about the principles of transcranial magnetic stimulation accompanied with a demo. 

There were 40 students in attendance.

American Geriatric Society & Family Medicine Interest Group

4/3/2013

Breaking bad news to patients and their families is one of a physician’s most difficult duties; however, medical education typically gives little formal preparation for this daunting task. Without proper training, the discomfort and uncertainty associated with breaking bad news may lead physicians to emotionally disengage from patients. Dr. Joanne Wilkinson, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health Sciences, spoke about how to break bad news to patients–especially the elderly and their families. She discussed the differences between diagnostic news and terminal news and how to approach different situations. She also gave specific strategies and examples that were insightful to students. Students were able to ask her questions and were very grateful for the experience.

CNS (Clinical Neuroscience Society)

4/4/2013

The BUSM Historical Society hosted a lunch talk on April 2, 2013. We had the pleasure of having Dr. Jonathan Smith, Chair of the Department of International Health at BUSPH, as the guest speaker. The talk was regarding the history of pubic health and medicine in Boston. He spoke about many famous Bostonians and landmarks, including Paul Revere, Boylston, and the Harbor Islands. We had approximately 35 attendees for this event.

PEDS

4/1/2013

Fourth year BUSM students who matched in pediatrics (Kerin Arora – UCSF, Gabriela Vargas – Brown, Tanya Donahou – Yale) shared their experiences in the residency match process. They discussed their personal reasons for choosing pediatrics, considerations they made when choosing residency programs, and how their experiences in medical school shaped their decisions. A group of 35 students ranging from first through third years posed questions to the panel. “What do residency programs look for and how did you stand out?” “What made you choose pediatrics?” “What is the Med-Peds program designed for?” “How did you schedule your third and fourth year?” The panel of fourth year students offered their contact information and emphasized the use of mentors.

Medicine and Business Association

4/1/2013

On April 1, 2013, Dr. John McCarthy gave a talk on “Non-Traditional Career Paths in Medicine.” This talk highlighted various career paths ranging from research to consulting and entrepreneurship. Dr. McCarthy, who has extensive background in bioinformatics, biotechnology, and consulting, described his own career path and the use of his MPH and MBA. 

Medical Students for Choice

3/27/2013

MSFC held a film screening of “Motherhood by Choice, Not Chance.”  The film is a compilation of clips from the Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning film series, CHOICE: From the Back-Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond.  The documentary included personal stories and insight from various points of view regarding abortion, as well as its history of challenges and triumphs in the United States.  The event was led by MSFC’s co-chairs, Vivian Chu and Katherine Januszewicz, with approximately 20 first year students in attendance.  A pizza lunch was served. 

BU IHI

3/27/2013

The BU IHI Open School Chapter hosted a very successful panel discussion on Wednesday, March 27. With about thirty-five students in attendance, Open School Academic Advisor Dr. James Moses moderated a wide-ranging conversation about the current state of quality improvement research here at Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine. The conversation captured the impressive scope of research being conducted on campus: Dr. Jodi Abbot spoke about her research on high-risk pregnancies and reducing premature births and infant mortality, Dr. Michael Ieong about his efforts to combat infections in the hospital’s intensive care units, Prof. Gouri Gupte about her experience teaching QI methods at the School of Public Health, and third year medical student Jonathan Lichkus about his MPH research on a local community health center’s suboxone program. Th! e casual format allowed the participants to speak candidly about the highs, lows, and unexpected turns — both welcome and unwelcome — that they have encountered as researchers. The panel wrapped up with productive questions from the medical, public health, and management students in attendance, followed by more information over seconds of the pizza and salad that SCOMSA and the IHI Open School so generously helped fund. 

Student Oncology Society

3/18/2013

On March 18, the Student Oncology Society, with the support of SCOMSA and the BU Alumni Association, held a Palliative Care Panel luncheon. Four speakers from BMC lent their perspectives on the issue of palliative care, including: Anne Carr, RN, MSN, GNP-BC, Clinical Service Manager, Palliative Care Consult Service; Samuel Lowe, M.Div., Ph.D., Staff Chaplain; Matt Russell, MD, MSc, Physician, Geriatrics/Palliative Care; and Amanda Wright, MSW, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Care Management Department. The panelists described their specific roles within the Palliative Care team and provided insight into how we, as future physicians, can help our patients through serious illness and end of life care. Specifically, we discussed the components and intricacies of the family meeting and the complexities involved in identifying a health care proxy and signing a DNR. Approximately 50 students attended.

GHEP

3/18/2013

Doctors for Global Health promotes health, education, art, and other human rights throughout the world. Dr. Lanny Smith is the founding president of Doctors for Global Health, and is Global Community Health Advisor in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Medical Deaconess Medical Center. After working in El Salvador, he recognized the need for an organization like Doctors for Global Health and pioneered the concept of Liberation Medicine, which focuses on the use of health to promote social justice and human dignity. 

In a talk organized by the Global Health Equity Program at BUSM, Dr. Smith spoke to students from all different schools (public health, medicine, dental) about the work the DGH has done in Latin America and how Liberation Medicine has shaped their work. He has contributed to raising student awareness about the structural forces that often contribute the health of the certain populations and provided students with possible outlets to pursue advocacy in social justice and health equity.

Internal Medicine Interest Group

3/20/2013

On Wednesday, March 20th, the Internal Medicine Interest Group hosted a lunch panel with five current fourth year students at BUSM who recently matched in Internal Medicine residencies, including programs at Wake Forest, Massachusetts General Hospital, New York Presbyterian, Exempla Saint Joseph, and Mayo Clinic. They shared their reasons for applying internal medicine and their experiences with residency interviews, and answered questions about the process. Also present was Dr. Yadavalli, the Director of BUSM’s Internal Medicine Program, and he provided valuable insight into what makes a competitive applicant.

American Geriatric Society & Psychiatry Interest Group

3/13/2013

On Wed. March 13, 2013, American Geriatric Society and the Psychiatry Student Interest group co-hosted a lunch-panel of physicians who spoke about the implications of Mental Health & how it affects the elderly. There were 24 students in attendance. 

The panelists included 2 physicians from BMC: Dr.Isidore Berenbaum and Dr. Margot Phillips. Also, there were two geropsychiatry fellows from Brown University, Dr. Stephanie Hill and Dr. Lauren Mercer, and the director of the geropsychiatry program at Brown, Dr. Robert Kohn.

The panelists fielded questions from BUSM students regarding the declining use of anti-psychotics, family involvement in geropsychiatry, cultural differences when dealing with an elderly population, psychiatry in nursing homes, and quality of life in patients with psychosis or dementia. Many of the students noted that this was their first experience with the subspeciality of Geropsychiatry. We hope that students will begin to see the need for competence in Geriatrics and Psychiatry because major problems such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and dementia overlap in many other areas of Medicine. It was a thought-provoking and informative experience and the students felt fortunate to have many perspectives to answer their questions.

Global Health Equity Program

3/12/2013

Global Health Spanish Immersion Program – Puerto Escondido, Mexico 

Ten BUSM students are pairing up with Child Family Health International and traveling to the coast of Mexico to enhance their existing Spanish proficiency and gain advanced clinical experience! This is one of the first abroad experiences at BUSM that pairs both first and fourth year students and is bound to cultivate BUSM camaraderie while developing our presence as Global Health Providers.

Ob/Gyn Department

2/26/2013

Last week (Feb 26-March 1), accompanied by Drs Abbott, Gittinger, Sia, and Mazul, our fabulous chief residents Chris Curry and Pooja Mehta, and our tireless clerkship and residency coordinators Makeba Kent and Megan Barnes, I attended the CREOG/APGO yearly conference. Much to my February-slump delight, the conference was held this year in beautiful/warm/SUNNY Phoenix, AZ. As some of the ob/gyn inclined among us may know, CREOG/APGO are the educational associations in ob/gyn who develop graduate and undergraduate curricula, residency training guidelines, and essentially work to enhance learning in the field of ob/gyn. I was lucky enough to have my abstract regarding curriculum I had designed for the M3 clerkship chosen for a poster presentation at the conference. From beginning to end this was a fantastic experience, particularly having recently submitted my rank list an! d having that stress behind me. The talks I chose to attend while not standing by my poster were largely focused on advocacy in ob/gyn and specifically the role we as educators play as advocates for our patients. As someone just on the brink of residency, it was inspiring and incredibly motivating to listen to some of these brilliant speakers. So even though my poster did not win an award, still a fantastic experience that I hope some of our upcoming future ob/gyns will be able to enjoy as well!

Otolaryngology Interest Group

2/20/2013

On February 20, 2013, the Otolaryngology Interest Group (OIG@bu.edu) held a great lunch seminar open to all BUSM students. Dr. Devaiah, an associate professor from the Department of Otolaryngology, presented a patient case at the seminar. Specifically, Dr. Devaiah presented a clinical vignette, MRI images, and nasal endoscopy videos, which led us to the diagnosis of Kartagener’s Syndrome. We had a strong turnout at the event, and students enjoyed a delicious lunch from Flour Bakery.

Unite for Sight

2/13/2013

The Boston University Medical Campus chapter of Unite For Sight and the Ophthalmology Interest Group hosted a guest speaker event led by Dr. Stephen Christiansen, a pediatric ophthalmologist at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Christiansen spoke about his local work as an ophthalmologist and about his groundbreaking international work in Rwanda. His talk, entitled “Preventable Blindness in Rwanda – A New Strategy”, described how his team is working to send ophthalmologists and provide cataract surgery training in Rwanda. Dr. Christiansen focused on what it takes to bring international aid to another country and how the process works. Unite for Sight is a 501(c)(3) non-profit global health delivery organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Our chapter here at the Boston University Medical Campus involves s! tudents from GMS, MED, and SPH in both community and global health initiatives, with an emphasis on the field of ophthalmic care.

BUDDS (Boston University Developmental Disabilities Awareness Group)

2/7/2013

At this talk Dr. Florez discussed his work as a part of the Mass General Hospital Down Syndrome Program. He went into detail about his role as a part of a multidisciplinary team of providers caring for people with Down syndrome of all ages. 

He then discussed his role as the older brother of a sister with Down Syndrome and his family’s navigation of the healthcare system throughout his sisters’ life.

1/30/2013

The BU Developmental Disabilities Awareness student group (BUDDs) hosted a lunch talk on Wednesday, January 30th from 12-1pm in Room L-203. 

The speaker was Dr. Sharon O’Brien, a pediatric cardiologist, who gave a presentation on Common Cardiac Disorders in Children with Developmental Disabilities to a room full of interested first and second years.

 

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Student Research Presented at National Conferences:

Megan O’Brien

5/16/2013

I have been partaking in research in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Boston and our abstract, “The Effect of an Evidence Based Guideline on Rates of Diagnostic Testing in Pediatric Syncope” was selected as one of the premier abstracts for the conference. I was able to present my poster at the “Gallery of Excellence” and gave a 10 minute talk on the research and our conclusions in a session on pediatric decision tools in the emergency department. I also was nominated for the Medical Student award and submitted an manuscript in order to qualify. It was a lively and exciting conference with an abundance of information and talks and was a fantastic experience!

Ujas Parikh

5/14/2013

I was very fortunate to have completed Interventional Radiology research with Dr. Warren Swee and Dr. William Julien at South Florida Vascular Assoc. that ultimately culminated in a research abstract and future manuscript on the acute complications of arterial procedures done in an endovascular lab setting. I presented my research at the 38th Annual Society of Interventional Radiology Scientific Meeting in New Orleans on May 14th in the form of a poster reception. I was able to attend a dinner conference for residents-in-training and medical students, and learn about the history and applications of IR, all the while meeting some incredible and influential physicians and residents. 

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Xu Xu

5/9/2013

I attended the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 61st Annual Clinical Meeting (ACM) in New Orleans, LA at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from May 5-7. I was presenting a research poster of research done at BMC/BUSM’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. My research is titled, “Decreasing Surgical Site Infection (SSI) after Hysterectomy: Does Broader Anaerobic Coverage Help?” Other authors of this project include Professor Lynn Borgatta MD, MPH, former BMC OBGYN resident Scott Shainker MD, and OBGYN Department Interim Chair Paul Hendessi MD. In addition to presenting my research, I also attended the following lecture: the John I. Brewer Memorial Lecture “New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines.”

Nikil Moodabagil

5/7/2013

I have been accepted to present my research done at the Veterans Affairs-Boston Healthcare System (VA-BHS) with Dr. Mary Daly (Associate Professor at BUSM/BMC and Chief of Ophthalmology at the VA) at the annual Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Seattle from May 5th-May 9, 2013. This meeting is a gathering for all subspecialties of Ophthalmology as well as basic science researchers involved in Ophthalmologic research. I will be presenting my poster, titled “Impact of changes in attending staffing on major cataract complications at Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System”. 

Ammarah Iqbal

5/4/2013

Over the first weekend of May, I attended the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington DC. This is a research based international meeting where presenters and attendees come from all aspects of the world to share their expertise in child health. It ranged from health policy to global health in developing countries to hospital specific protocol, etc. I was fortunate enough to present a poster on my research on the prevalence of economic hardship among families of newborns in an inner city hospital. I learned from the presentations and from the suggestions of the attendees. Thank you to SCOMSA for helping me achieve this experience 

Lauren Scott

5/2/2013

Acute Presentations Workshop: Using Simulation to Teach “High Stakes” Clinical Situations in a Safe Environment. 

Presented May 2, 2013 in Baltimore, MD as part of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Spring Conference

presented by: Hoffman, Miriam; Cohen-Osher, Molly; Wiecha, John; Dreyfus, Deborah; Scott, Lauren

attended by: Family Medicine educators (pre- and post-graduate) from medical schools around North America

Realistic simulation of “high-stakes” clinical situations such as cardiac arrest is a relatively new method of medical training, and can be used for student education in a safe learning environment.
The BUSM Family Medicine clerkship currently includes a module in which third-year students care for a simulated patient who presents with difficulty breathing in the office. As the interaction continues, the patient has an acute MI. Students must manage the decompensation and initiate CPR in most cases for the first time in their medical careers. The interaction is followed by an extensive debrief.

Conference participants were invited to comment on videos showing real students in this simulation scenario. Discussion was facilitated which focused on: the importance of simulation in striking the balance on the anxiety/learning curve, and the importance of “good stress” making a lasting impression on students, and the high value students placed on the activity based on feedback from students.

The presentation was incredibly well-received, and participants were actively engaged in discussion. They wanted to know how the simulation was structured, and how students felt about this activity.

Nikil Moodabagil

4/12/2013

I was lucky to be able to attend this year’s Combined Otolaryngology Section Meeting (COSM) in Orlando, which is an academically oriented conference that is coordinated by the subspecialty organizations and the Triological Society. There, I presented a poster titled “Analysis of Roles for an Emergency Medicine Physician versus Role for a Consulting Otolaryngologist in Management of Patients with Suspected Peritonsillar Abscess” based on work done at BUMC with Dr. Grundfast in the department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery and Emergency Medicine. I was also able to attend lectures on topics such as alternatives to free flaps for deficits resulting from surgery for head and neck tumors and a discussion of the evolution of modern facial plastic surgery. 

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Liliana Castelblanco

4/11/2013

I recently presented my research at the American Laryngological Association’s 2013 Spring Meeting at COSM in Orlando, FL from April 10-12th. This is a national conference held every year and brings together several otolaryngology associations to present research as posters and platform talks. I presented a poster titled “Correlating Singing Voice Handicap to Videostrobolaryngoscopy in Healthy Professional Singers” which was the culmination of my research project in the Otolaryngology Department at BU with Dr. Pieter Noordzij. This was a chance to present the results of our research project and network with physicians, residents, and other medical students. I was proud to explain our research to anyone interested and was delighted to learn about all the interesting otolaryngology research being pursued at institutions all over the country.

Alexander Lankowski

3/14/2013

I attended the Consortium of Universities for Global Health 4th Annual Conference in Washington, DC, this past March 14th and 15th. The conference was an excellent opportunity to hear from global health leaders and policy makers. There was an especially outstanding showing of speakers from the US government agencies that deal with public health and biomedical research, given the location in Washington, DC. Among the highlights were talks by NIH Director Francis Collins, NIAID Director Tony Fauci, CDC Director Thomas Frieden, and US PEPFAR Ambassador Eric Goosby. There was also a very interesting panel where the Dean of the newly established Northern Ontario School of Medicine spoke about his school’s efforts to promote training of students with aboriginal descent to practice medicine in rural underserved areas. In addition to attending the talks, I also presented a! poster entitled “The University Global Health Impact Report Card: An Assessment of Research Universities on Technology Access, Innovation, and Student Empowerment”, which is based on some ongoing work that I do in my capacity of a leader of the international student group, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines.

Thiago Oliveria and Daniel Silva

3/14/2013

Thiago Oliveira and Daniel Silva presented their poster titled “TB Index Case Factors Associated with TST Conversion in Household Contacts” at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health 4th annual meeting in Washington D.C. 

The poster was the result of research they completed in Vitoria, Brazil, along with classmates Nichole Starr and Konrad Karasek, the previous summer supported by the BUSM International Health Summer Scholarship. Their project was part of a collaboration between Boston Medical Center’s Section of Infectious Diseases and the Federal University of Espirito Santo’s Infectious Disease Center aimed at characterizing household transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Thank you to Drs. Jones-Lopez, Ellner and Hochberg for their mentorship and support!

~Daniel Silva

 

The theme for the third annual counseling psychology research conference in Vancouver BC was, Making an Impact: Diversity, Social Justice and Socially Responsible Practice. The conference invited submissions from career counselling and development, health and wellness, counselling process, therapeutic interventions, and multicultural counseling. Researchers, trainees, educators, and practitioners attended to share their knowledge with the hopes that their diverse perspectives on making a difference in the world may further dialogue among mental health practitioners.

For my Master’s thesis research in Cross-Cultural Psychology at Western Washington University, I examined the effects of domestic violence and self-silencing on depression with immigrant women in Vancouver, B. C. The study found many cultural-specific counseling and social service practices voiced by the women that effectively help these women to better their situations and depression. During the conference I had the privilege to give a one-hour talk to share the quantitative and qualitative results from the two-year study with the counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists that work with this specific population in British Columbia.

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Lauren F Kelly

3/14/2013

The Keystone Symposia Conference “Host Response in Tuberculosis (X7),” a joint meeting with “Tuberculosis: understanding the enemy (X8),” took place from March 13 through March 18, 2013 at the Whistler Conference Centre, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. I presented a poster “Helminth co-infection modulates innate immunity and FOXP3+ Tregs in human tuberculosis” from research conducted while spending three months in Vitoria, Brazil at a site of international collaboration. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Jerrold Ellner, Section Chief of the Department of Infectious Diseases at BUSM/BMC. In addition to presenting the poster, I attended talks given by world experts on tuberculosis with the meeting goal of “to reassess our current understanding of disease mechanisms, discuss the most recent advances in the field, and identify critical questions and future research directions – a key focus of the meeting will be the innate, acquired, and immunopathologic responses that occur in the host following exposure to Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Joyce Wang

3/4/2013

From March 1 to March 5, I attended the American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida. As a student, I was given the opportunity to give a powerpoint presentation on the fourth day of the conference at the Dermatology Teachers Exchange Group, a forum for discussing exciting topics in Dermatology education. I presented on the Integrated Skin Exam (ISE) Project, a research study led by Boston University but involving educators from 8 U.S. medical schools that seeks to narrow the practice gap related to the skin cancer examination (SCE) amongst medical students. Our aims are to promote the integration of the SCE into routine or focused physical examination, increase awareness of high risk patient groups and anatomic sites and to enable the detection of suspicious pigmented lesions. I presented results from a portion of our study: baseline predi! ctors of skill and intent to practice the ISE and the effect of the ISE film.

Madhura Bhadra

3/2/2013

The theme for the third annual counseling psychology research conference in Vancouver BC was, Making an Impact: Diversity, Social Justice and Socially Responsible Practice. The conference invited submissions from career counselling and development, health and wellness, counselling process, therapeutic interventions, and multicultural counseling. Researchers, trainees, educators, and practitioners attended to share their knowledge with the hopes that their diverse perspectives on making a difference in the world may further dialogue among mental health practitioners. 

For my Master’s thesis research in Cross-Cultural Psychology at Western Washington University, I examined the effects of domestic violence and self-silencing on depression with immigrant women in Vancouver, B. C. The study found many cultural-specific counseling and social service practices voiced by the women that effectively help these women to better their situations and depression. During the conference I had the privilege to give a one-hour talk to share the quantitative and qualitative results from the two-year study with the counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists that work with this specific population in British Columbia.

Michelle Min

2/27/2013

I thank SCOMSA for its generous funding, making it possible for me to travel to Miami, FL this February-March to give an oral presentation on my research from the Rhoda Alani lab (Department of Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine). My accepted abstract was titled, Evaluation of Novel Biomarkers of Melanoma. I was allowed 15 minutes to present the significance and future impact of my research, explaining the methodology and approach of our quantification of possible diagnostic biomarkers that follow the progression of melanoma. I am happy to say that my oral presentation was followed with many questions due to excitement and curiosity from the audience regarding the implications of my research. 

The conference spanned 4 days. During this time, I listened to other graduate students present their research as well as attended a poster presentation session. The conference was a wonderful opportunity to hear what other students are investing their time in as well as meeting other medical students from the east coast. We had a great time spending time with each other. In addition to presentations, we heard many guest speakers discuss not only their research but their vision for the future of research – mainly discussing the role of genetics – as well as their advice on how to happily balance practicing as a clinician and a researcher.

This was a wonderful opportunity for me, and I feel quite fortunate to have had such support in my research endeavors. Thank you again!

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Katherine Riedy

2/27/2013

The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum is an international research conference held annually at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The conference brings together medical, graduate and MD/PhD students, as well as resident physicians to present original research in both basic science and clinical research. Speakers and faculty preceptors foster an environment of interdisciplinary collaboration among the participants, and leadership in both student and physician-initiated research is emphasized. As a conference participant, I gave an oral presentation on my own student research that has been ongoing under the direction of Dr. Rhoda Alani, Chair of the Dermatology Department at BUSM. My research and presentation focused on the expression of NRP-2 in melanoma of the lentigo maligna subtype and it evaluated its potential utility as a novel biomarker. 

Nina Farivari

2/7/2013

I presented my summer MSSRP research at the American Heart Association: International Stroke Conference in Honolulu, HI on 2/7/2013. The title of my poster was “Stroke risk after blunt cerebrovascular injury with dissection.” I presented alongside Dr. Thanh Nguyen, of the BMC Department of Neurology, who served as my research mentor throughout the summer. conducted. 

 

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Student Attendance at National Conferences:

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Annual Meeting

5/7/2013

The 2013 ARVO Annual Meeting took place in Seattle, WA from May 5th to May 9th. With financial support from SCOMSA, I was able to attend the meeting to present my research comparing refractive outcomes following cataract surgery in patients with and without glaucoma. The meeting was a great opportunity to discuss my work with other clinician researchers in the field. From these discussions, I gained valuable insight that will influence my project’s future direction. Additionally, the lectures throughout the week provided exposure to the latest in vision research and ocular disease management. Among the colleagues I was able to interact with were ophthalmologists at the institution where I matched for residency. 

~ Greg Bever

The Structural Competency Symposium

4/12/2013

The Structural Competency Symposium on April 12 and the 5th Biennial National Conference for Physician-Scholars in Social Sciences and Humanities, Vital Signs on April 13 at UCSF served as an excellent platform for panel discussion with multidisciplinary experts and showcasing research from students across the country interested in the effects of race and class on health and illness. On Friday, students and professionals varying in their training joined together for a common interest, understanding the role of the structural obstacles, affected by socioeconomic status and race, in obtaining health. The symposium included keynote speakers such as Dr. Nancy Scheper Hughes, and a panel of experts in the field of medical anthropology including Dr. Babak Tofighi, MD and Dr. Vincanne Adams, PhD. Each panel was followed by lively discussion. The following day, a few selected s! tudents, including Boston University’s very own, Ashish Premkumar, presented their papers in the varying subjects of ethics, structural violence, and political economics. Each session consisted of 20 minutes paper-presentations, and a vibrant discussion. Ashish Premkumar’s paper presentation was very well received, and several people in the audience inquired about when he plans to write his first book.

Pediatrics Combined Annual Meeting

4/11/2013

I attended the Association of Pediatric Program Directors and Coucil on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics Combined Annual Meeting. During this even my research on Evaluating Medical Students Oral Presentations was presented by the Principal Investigator as 1 of 5 platform presentations of the conference. Additionally, I attended educational workshops on medical student and resident education, specifically on how to foster mentor/mentee relationships as well as how to appropriately self-assess to direct continued learning. 

~Gabriela Vargas

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

3/28/2013

I attended the 2013 Annual Medical Education Conference in Louisville, KY. I attended Step I preparation lectures, various workshops (such as the Business of Medicine), and clinical skills sessions. I also served as one of the delegates for Boston University School of Medicine for SNMA Region VII in the House of Delegates, where all policy and decisions concerning the SNMA were made. Finally, I was able to network during the exhibitors’ fair and various receptions by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Harvard Medical School resident recruitment. This was my fourth attendance at a SNMA annual meeting, and I cannot wait until next April for AMEC 2014 in Washington, D.C.! 

~Jade Anderson

 

I have been a member of the Student National Medical Association for several years and have always looked forward to attending the Annual National Conference. The 2013 conference was filled with educational workshops, networking opportunities and fun times. Afterwards, I returned to Boston with a renewed and refreshed purpose for my academic and clinical goals. I am excited to continue to serve as an active member in SNMA.

~Mwia Mutua

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

3/28/2013

I attended the 2013 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago. I attended workshops focused on various aspects of orthopaedics (such as an instructional course on knee replacements), the scientific exhibits, and the lectures provided by the different orthopaedic societies associated with the AAOS. I also networked and was able to set up a shadowing experience in August with the team physician for the New Orleans Saints! This was an amazing opportunity to be in attendance where over 14,000 surgeons convene annually. 

~Jade Anderson

American Medical Student Association

3/14/2013

The 2013 AMSA national conference is open to all members of AMSA. The goal of this convention is to educate medical students on issues that affect them, including important topics such as advocacy, career development, international health, wellness, professionalism, and public health. We hope that the members attending this conference are exposed to new ideas regarding their medical education, and that they incorporate those ideas they learned into new and educational events for next year. Several excellent speakers were also there including Dr. Nash, Dr. Quinones, and Dr. Angell. In addition, a poster session took place that one of our students participated in, which was a great way to expose students to the research of their peers. 

~Anjali Rai

 


February 2013 Updates

February 24th, 2013

SCOMSA:

On Wednesday, February 6, SCOMSA held its second meeting of the spring semester in the Dean’s Conference room. The minutes from the meeting are included in the following link: February SCOMSA Meeting Minutes.

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Student Group Activities:

Global Health Equity Program

2/14/2013

Dr. Demet Güral is Pathfinder International’s Vice President of Technical and Program Strengthening and a physician and a public health specialist with more than 25 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health programs and primary health care management. She spoke at BUSM as part of the Global Health Equity Program’s Speaker Series, which seeks to bring innovative speakers to BUSM as a way to promote student interest and involvement in global health equity. Her well-attended talk focused on the provision of sexual and reproductive health in wide variety of international settings.

BUSM Historical Society

2/11/2013

Dr. Brust’s talk, co-hosted by the BUSM Historical Society and Sullivan Academy, was a great success! Lots of students, faculty, deans, and alumni turned out to hear Dr. Brust talk about the history of BUSM, from its early days as the New England Female Medical College all the way through to the modern day. In case you missed the event, it was videotaped and the recording will be made available soon. As always, keep your eyes and ears open for more upcoming events from the Academies and from the BUSM Historical Society!

Family Medicine Interest Group

2/06/2013

On February 6th, the Family Medicine Interest Group hosted a lunch talk on Homelessness and Addictions given by Dr. Jim O’Connell. Dr. O’Connell graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1982, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1985. In 1985, Dr. O’Connell began fulltime clinical work with homeless individuals as the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Dr. O’Connell is now President of the program, which serves over 11,000 homeless persons each year in two hospital-based clinics and over 75 shelters and other outreach sites in Boston. Working with the MGH Laboratory of Computer Science, Dr. O’Connell designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for a homeless program in 1995. 

Dr. O’Connell spoke to students about common barriers faced in caring for homeless patients and some strategies to think about when treating the most vulnerable individuals. The talk was attended by over 60 students and many raised thoughtful questions about how best to care for this population. The overwhelming interest in this subject shown by the student body serves as a testament to the fact that BMC’s mission of serving the underserved resonates with many students. Further programming in adovcacy and training on working with hard to reach populations is not only wanted, but very much needed in order to best care for our future patients.


 

Latino Medical Student Association

1/30/2013

On 1/30/13, BUSM’s LMSA hosted a lunch talk on “Language Barriers and Medical Interpretation.” Our speaker was Dr. Eric Hardt, Associate Professor of Medicine and Board Director of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, who works in the Department of Geriatrics at BMC. Dr. Hardt discussed research outcomes that have shown the importance of facilitating medical interpretation for patients with limited English proficiency and how policy has changed in the last 25 years requiring health-care institutions to provide interpreter services. In addition, Dr. Hardt touched on how BMC deals with issues of language barriers through its Interpreter Services, and how students can feel more comfortable using medical interpretation in their future patient encounters as to minimize language-based disparities and deliver better care. 

Overall, LMSA was honored to have Dr. Hardt as a speaker and to have a wonderful turnout (~38 people) from our student body. Thanks to Dr. Ortega, our faculty advisor, we were able to raise the supplemental funds needed to make this event possible. Catering was provided by Grille 705.

To learn more about LMSA and learn about upcoming events, like our Facebook page: facebook.com/busmlatino.

 

Medicine and Business Association

1/23/2013

Leadership in Medicine: Occupational Medicine as a Career Path combining Academics, Administration and ConsultingJanuary 23, 2013 

Dr. Stephanos Kales, Chief of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and Medical Director for Employee Health & Industrial Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance, presented the field of occupational health and the pathway leading to it to first and second year medical students. He described the advantages and disadvantages of going into the field and the various roles a physician can play within it. This is a topic that we are not very exposed to in medical school, making it a unique talk. Dr. Kales went on to describe his role as a medical director and the way that he obtained this position. He discussed his various responsibilities and the tasks of a leader in medicine. This was an amazing talk that numerous people enjoyed and we hope to have Dr. Kales come speak again. The Medicine and Business Association will be hosting more talks just like this one as well as workshops to expose medical students to the business and leadership side of medicine.


 

SNAAC

1/14/2013

The Student Nutrition Action and Awareness Council (SNAAC) hosted a lunch talk given by Kathy Ireland, a clinical dietitian who works at the Nutrition for Life Clinic at BMC, on January 14th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There were approximately 30 people in attendance. Her talk focused on how to eat healthy while on a budget. She gave great tips on navigating grocery stores, how to read nutrition labels, and how to purchase cost effectively. SNAAC will be having two more lunch talks this semester, one of which will most likely be on the topic of maternal nutrition during breast feeding. Consider attending one of these exciting lunch talks hosted by SNAAC.

Student Interest Group in Neurology

1/10/2013

On January 10, Dr. Anna Hohler of the Department of Neurology brought to the event a patient from her clinic to demonstrate a neurological exam. First and second year medical students attended and had the opportunity to hear from a patient about their experiences with their diagnosis and ask the patient questions. Dr. Hohler also described the cause and clinical presentation of Parkinson’s disease and demonstrated parts of the neurological exam.

Global Health Equity Program

12/11/13

The Global Health Equity Program is student-run group dedicated to facilitating the study and promotion of global health equity among the BUSM community. As a part of this mission, we have established a speaker series, which we hope will stimulate discussion and provide inspiration to get involved with global health. 

As part of this series, we hosted Dr. Rishi Rattan, a surgical resident at Tufts who works with Physicians for Haiti. Dr. Rattan collaborates with the Haitian government to strengthen their water infrastructure, and advises the United Nations on its responsibilities with respect to Haiti’s water security. His talk focused on the social justice perspective of physician activism in underprivileged areas.

About thirty people from throughout the BMC community attended this talk.

 

 

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Student Research Presented at National Conferences:

Charles Gruver

2/05/2013

The experience I had at the 8th Annual Academic Surgical Congress was phenomenal. General surgeons, researchers, and medical students traveled from across the country to present original research, test out new ideas, and engage in dialogue for the betterment of surgical practices. I had the opportunity to present research regarding the prevention of adhesions, which normally occur as inevitable sequelae of open abdominopelvic surgery. Specifically, I gave a PowerPoint podium presentation on how the histone deacetylase inhibitor sodium valproate modules the in-vitro expression of known adhesiogenic genes, and how these biochemical pathways may be promising therapeutic targets. The talk went smoothly, and the poignant questions that I received from established surgeons, all of whom displayed genuine interest in my research, highlighted the easily forgotten connection between bench research and clinical practice. Lastly, the suggestions I received from other researchers helped spawn new goals for the continuation of the research already. conducted.

Brian Currie

2/05/2013

I attended the 8th Annual Academic Surgical Congress in New Orleans on February 5th 2013 to present my research on adhesiogenic pathways induced by open abdominopelvic surgeries. As a joint venture between the Association for Academic Surgery and the Society of University Surgeons, the conference is an opportunity to “hear and discuss the latest scientific advances in all disciplines pertinent to academic surgery.” These investigations were conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Arthur Stucchi in the Department of Surgery here at BUMC. 


 

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Student Attendance at National Conferences:

Department of Molecular Medicine

2/04/2013

I recently attended a Keystone symposium titled Mitochondria, Metabolism and Myocardial Function. This event allowed me to connect with internationally-renowned researchers in the field in order to further my research in cardiac lipid accumulation and mitochondrial dysfunction. Characteristic of a Keystone conference, unpublished results from basic science as well as clinical research were presented over the course of four days, which has afforded me some valuable insight into the field as I continue to forge collaborations and build my dissertation project. 

~Aly Elezaby

Student National Medical Association

1/25/2013

The conference that I attended was this year’s third and final National Leadership Institute (NLI)– of
the administrative year, Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. The host
for this quarter’s meeting is the University of Nevada School of Medicine‐Las Vegas campus.
This training session is for all members including those currently holding or interested in SNMA
leadership positions at the Chapter, Regional and National levels. We do encourage those
considering national and regional leadership positions for the 2013‐2014 administrative year to
attend. 

The January NLI will focus on providing attendees with the tools necessary to fulfill personal
goals of academic and personal success. Sessions include Board Development lead by the
SNMA Strategic Planning Council, residency panels, and a keynote speaker from our host
institution! The SNMA has an important mission focused on both the advancement of our
membership and the betterment of our community. It is only through the effective
development of future leaders of medicine that these goals will be met.

~Michael Harrell

MMS/AMA

1/23/2013

The AMA/MMS held a policy update of the upcoming effects of Obama Care and its impacts on legislation. Ankit Agarwal, a second year, held a presentation that included the future trajectory of healthcare in Massachusetts. Forty students attended to engage this topic and join both the AMA national association and the MMS. 

~David Matherly

January 2013 Updates

January 22nd, 2013

SCOMSA:

On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, SCOMSA held its sixth meeting of the year, the first of the spring semester. The minutes from the meeting are included in the following link January SCOMSA Minutes.

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Student Group Activities:

Christian Medical Dental Association

12/06/12

At this event, a number of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students met and discussed the meaning and impact of faith and spirituality on BU’s medical campus and in the lives of medical students. Using an article as our topic of discussion, CMDA was able to provide an open and welcoming forum for the exchange of different thoughts and ideas that students may not normally have the chance to discuss in a typical academic setting. It was a very enjoyable and fruitful experience for all of the students.

BUDS

12/06/12

BU Developmental Disabilities Awareness Group and its associated service learning elective, BU Down Syndrome Program, hosted a holiday party in December for its participants. BUDS pairs first and second year medical students with teens and young adults from the Boston community with Down syndrome, and this party was an opportunity for all of the pairs to get together to eat, socialize and play some fun party games. Everyone enjoyed meeting other people in the program and seeing how far pairs had come in getting to know one another since the beginning of the semester. BUDDS and BUDS hope to host more activities like this in 2013 in addition to upcoming lunch talks with Dr. O’Brien, Pediatric Cardiologist at BMC, January 30th and Dr. Florez of the MGH Down Syndrome Program, February 7th. Contact budsprogram@gmail.com to get involved.

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