Student Group Events
Physicians for Human Rights
|Approximately 15 students came out and discussed the role of physicians in advocating for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons, both for human rights reasons and as advocates for the health of their patients. -Robert Carey|
American Geriatrics Society
|Medical students and geriatricians Dr. Won Lee, Dr. Anitha Bhat, and Dr. Rossana Lau from BMC got together to have an informal discussion about a recent article on The Atlantic titled, “What Happens When We All Live to 100?” We talked about healthy aging and some of the challenges our family members and patients encounter as they age. -Angie Seo|
Physicians for a National Health Program
|Dr. Ring is a rural family physician trained in both medicine and public health who has devoted her career to meeting the needs of the medical underserved. Dr. Ring is currently touring U.S medical schools raising awareness on climate change as a public health emergency. BUSM was very fortunate to have Dr. Ring give a very informative presentation about the health effects of climate change and the responsability of health proffesionals to raise awareness. Many medical students were in attendance.
Dr. Ring is affiliated with PNHP and Climate 911, a national group of health professionals working to get the work out that climate change is a massive threat to human health. -Nahiris Bahamon
Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)
|On Thursday, September 11, the Family Medicine Interest Group held an informational panel targeted toward first and second year students to learn more about the Family Medicine Student Track (FaMeS) and Center for Community Health, Education, Research, and Service (CCHERS) programs. Four current second year students (Calvin Fong, Sujata Mulekar, Angie Seo, and Jaime Stull) shared their perspectives on these programs and answered questions from current students regarding their involvement in these activities. Twenty-five students from two classes attended this event and learned about how these programs compare to the traditional ICM curriculum, what curricular and extracurricular opportunities these experiences have to offer, and more about working in a primary care setting in general. -Tara Shenoy|
Ophthalmology Interest Group (OIG)
|The Ophthalmology Interest Group started the year off with a friendly orientation talk on 9/11 about “Ophthalmology as a Career” presented by Dr. Edward Feinberg of the BUSM Department of Ophthalmology. He talked about what it is like to be an ophthalmologist, why he chose ophthalmology and how medical students can go about applying for ophthalmology. In addition to sharing his experiences as an ophthalmologist, he also answered many good questions (i.e. work-life balance, happiness in the field, private vs. academia, etc.) during the Q&A session. -Tina Shiang|
Boston University Advocacy Training Program
|The BU Advocacy Training Program’s Annual Physician Advocacy Panel took place on Tuesday, September 9th, from 4:45-6:00pm, in Evans Seminar Room (E112A). A delicious dinner of vietnamese sandwiches and spring rolls was served.
The three BUSM-affiliated physicians profiled below shared how they have incorporated patient advocacy into their careers, then offered advice and answered questions from students interested in advocacy. Dr. Bob Witzburg did a wonderful job moderating the event, introducing students to the concept of patient advocacy, welcoming them into the advocacy program at BUSM, and summarizing key messages from the panelists.
BUATP leaders agreed that the event was successful in our goals of introducing BUATP to those who may be new to BUSM and of continuing to engage students already familiar with the BUATP community. Approximately 30 people were in attendance, including medical students from all four years, as well as students from the GMS and dental schools. We received very positive feedback from both panelists and attendees. The first-year medical students in attendance expressed great interest in physician advocacy and getting involved with BUATP. Most signed up for our list serve, and several plan to sign up for the Spectrum of Physician Advocacy elective in the Spring. -Karen Foo
Student Attendance at National Conferences
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation
|I was fortunate enough to attend the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation’s annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, from 9/21/14-9/24/14. This is one of the largest annual meetings in the field of otolaryngology, and as a fourth year student applying into otolaryngology, the meeting was a great experience and great way to further my knowledge in the field. During my time in Orlando, I attended numerous lectures and seminars each day, ranging from oral presentations in basic science findings to general otolaryngology to head/neck trauma and reconstruction. Despite being at the beginning of my surgical training, I found the conference to be a great help, and believe it will serve me advantageously in the future. -Susannah Orzell|
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
|My name is Megan Weinand and I am a second-year medical student at the Boston University School of Medicine. I am so grateful to the Boston University School of Medicine for making it possible for me to attend this year’s annual Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA) conference this week in Baltimore, MD! I would not have been able to attend this conference without BUSM’s generous support of the plane ticket cost and meals, as well as financial support from my scholarship with the Point Foundation to cover the conference ticket price, and I am indebted to them for this experience! This was my first-ever medical conference, as well as my first time in Baltimore.The highlight of the conference for me was getting to see my Point Foundation mentor, Dr. Jennifer Potter, along with Ida Berstein and Sarah Peitzmeier from Fenway Health present “If you have it, check it”, a lecture discussion and interactive session about how to facilitate the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) cervical cancer screenings (one method known as the “Pap” test), for folks along the FTM spectrum who still retain a cervix. I was really blown away by both the presentation from my mentor’s colleagues at the Fenway Institute as well as the discussion from the lively and knowledgable group at GLMA – which involves people who work at many great LGBTQI health centers around the world! These included from the “Check it Out, Guys” (www.checkitoutguys.ca) program in Toronoto, another group working with FTM spectrum individuals and cervical cancer screening, the Mazzoni Center in Philly, Callen-Lourde in New York City and Whitman-Walker in Washinton, D.C. just to name a few! (Di! d you know there are so many awesome LGBT health clinics? I’ve only recently learned throughout the last couple of years – and it’s great to see so many!)I learned a lot of really interesting and new things in this discussion which I hope to use going forward as a medical student and in my future practice one day, some of which included:
- While it should be possible to get the Pap test covered for any gender identity due to the prevalence of HPV screening, it is possible sometimes that insurance companies will question the test coverage if the sex assigned at birth is female – therefore, it is also possible to simply tell the insurance company that it is an anal Pap exam which insurance covers for a wide range of gender identities, including masculine of center.
- A great way to ask about sexual history, as suggested by one the attendees, could be: “What type of sex are you having, and what goes where?” In essence, removing all assumptions or provider-language around genitals, body parts, and types of sex – and allowing the patient to use their own language to describe their own sex and body parts (and then as the provider repeating that same language and using it throughout the interview).
- A link to the .pdf brochure for FTM spectrum folks and cervical cancer screening can be found that the Fenway Institute (and featured in the presentation today at GLMA) created can be found at the link below, which includes more of the many things I have learned!
Medical school education with LGBTQ health topics is still evolving – and unfortunately I am not able to learn these things about LGBTQ health in my classes, along with the standardized class content yet, although schools (such as my own, BUSM!) are certainly trying to incorporate more LGBTQ content now and for the future. Yet thanks to conferences like GLMA and through the support of the Boston University School of Medicine and the Point Foundation, I am able to learn about LGBTQ health in this way! Thank you again for letting me attend this conference, from the bottom of my heart. I can’t imagine practicing medicine and not knowing some of the key health concerns for the LGBTQ community. -Megan Weinand
Student Presentations at National Conferences
American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
|ASTRO, the nation’s largest Radiation Oncology society, hosts its annual meeting every September. This year it was held in San Francisco, CA and I had the great privilege of attending. As a fourth-year applying for residency in Radiation Oncology, I had the perfect opportunity to meet Radiation Oncology residents and attendings who I will inevitably meet again later down the road. I attended a number of interesting presentations, talks, and panel sessions that gave insight into the latest research and technology advancements. I also had the opportunity to present two of my own posters at the poster session, and I was glad to entertain visitors and answer their questions about my research amongst the thousands of other posters. Finally, most exciting at the conference was witnessing the display of commercial vendors – whose technologies and products are driving the enormous gains that are being made in the treatment of cancer. It looked almost like a car show. -Apar Gupta|
Radiation Oncology Department at ASTRO 2014
|This September I had the distinct privilege to present my poster on Analysis of Decision Making at a Multidisciplinary Tumor Board Incorporating Evidence Based NCCN Guidelines. The poster reception allowed me to present my results, proudly represent Boston Medical Center and BUSM, and also network with other medical students, residents, and physicians in the field. I learned many practical aspects of the field, and understood how clinicians interpret new research and implement these findings into their daily patient care. I also attended the ASTRO Presidential Address, which focused on Breast Cancer and its progression over the past 30 years. This talk was an immensely useful overview of this specific disease and the advancements, drawbacks, and changes that radiation oncology has experienced since 1984. Overall, this meeting was immensely valuable, and I wo! uld recommend it to any student interested in the field. -Bhartesh Shah|
American Society for Radiation Oncology
|The ASTRO meeting this year was held in San Francisco, CA. Radiation oncologists, residents, medical physicists, dosimetrists, nurses, and others from around the world flew in to discuss the latest developments in the field. I presented my research on the impact of the ASTRO Political Action Committee over the past 10 years. My research found that ASTRO has steadily been raising more money for political activities since 2003 and has had several legislative achievements. I also compared the findings of ASTRO to similar other medical specialty groups. The meeting was a great way to learn more about the field of radiation oncology and connect with physicians and others from around the world. -Ankit Agarwal|
American Society of Head and Neck Radiology (ASHNR)
|The American Society of Head & Neck Radiology (ASHNR) held its annual meeting this September 10th to 14th in Seattle, Washington. This meeting consisted of multiple sessions of educational lectures on practical imaging of the head and neck, including cranial nerve imaging, sinonasal imaging, skull base imaging, cancer staging, nodal metastasis, as well as controversies in head and neck imaging. Current research in head and neck radiology was also presented through scientific paper sessions and poster sessions. I displayed my electronic poster on research I conducted over the summer with the radiology department at BMC and Jichi University in Tochigi, Japan on mandibular nerve visualization with MR imaging. This meeting was a great opportunity to learn more about the very specialized field of head and neck radiology and the imaging and treatment of head and neck pathology. -Anna Yang|