Research Week 2021

Residents are required to complete at least one scholarly project during their three-year training period. Scholarly projects could involve basic research, clinical research, patient safety and quality, education projects, and much more. Research Week allows residents in their third year of training to showcase their scholarly projects online, where peers and faculty are able to make comments and give feedback. Below you can find the scholarly projects that have been done by the 2021 Senior Class.

Senior Talks 

“Thrombogenic phenotype in myeloproliferative neoplasms” Presented by: Roelof Bekendam, MD

“HIV outbreaks in people who inject drugs: Indiana and beyond” Presented by: Tara Bylsma, MD

“Cardiac Stress Tests” Presented by: Joseph Chung, MD

“Addressing misinformation about COVID-19 vaccination in an increasingly conspiratorial political climate” Presented by: Samuel Coffin, MD 

“Plasma Cell Dyscrasia Testing in Patients Undergoing 99mTc-PYP Cardiac Imaging” Presented by: Matthew Cozzolino, MD

“Fellowship Recruitment in the COVID-era” Presented by: Kevin Huang, MD

“Medicine and Social Media” Presented by: Jasmine Huerta, MD

“Osteoporosis Treatment and Management” Presented by: Theo Kalathas, MD

“Thrombolytics in the Management of Intermediate Risk Pulmonary Embolism” Presented by: August Sigelko, MD

“The Medicine of Art” Presented by: Alexandra Solomon, MD

Oral Abstracts 

“Epidemiology of Hypertension Subtypes: The Framingham Heart Study” Presented by: Maximillian Bourdillon, MD

“Increasing Vaccination Rates with a Patient Portal (MYCHART-EPIC) in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial” Presented by: Andrew Canakis, DO

“Improved use of scheduled adjunctive non-opioid analgesics for patients using opioids for pain control” Presented by: Rachel Feldman, MD

“Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance in the Arab World: A Cross-Sectional Study” Presented by: Ihsan Kaadan, MD, MSc

“Venous Thromboembolism Associated with Increased Sickle Cell Disease Severity and Mortality Risk” Presented by: Julia Newman, MD

“Treatment of Chagas Disease at Boston Medical Center” Presented by: Katherine Reifler, MD

“Association of Orthostatic Blood Pressure Response with Incident Heart Failure: The Framingham Heart Study” Presented by: Tara Shrout, MD, MSc


“Routine FIB-4 Index Reporting in the Electronic Medical Record and Patterns of Liver Disease Referral” Sarah Altajar, MD

“The cross-sectional association between hepatic steatosis and sarcopenia: The Framingham Heart Study” Sarah Altajar, MD

“Febrile neuropenia and bacteremia after high dose chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in patients treated in inpatient versus outpatient” Ana Maria Avila Rodriguez, MD

“STI Screening Among Patients with Syphilis in a Hospital-Based Primary Care Practice” Ryan Bonner, MD


“Notable paradoxical phenomena between cardiovascular health score, subclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease in the community: Framingham Heart Study” Maximillian Bourdillon, MD

“Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in the Primary Care Clinic of a Safety Net Hospital” Steven Coffin, MD and Ahmed Gemei, MD

“It’s time to rethink how we screen for communicable diseases in the emergency department: Lessons learned from COVID-19” Madeline DiLorenzo, MD

“Presence of t(11;14) in AL Amyloidosis as a marker of response when treated with a bortezomib based regimen” Brett Dumas, MD

“Impaired Oxygen Uptake Efficiency Slope Predicts Mortality in Wild-Type Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy” Michael Fattouh, MD and Akash Patel, MD

“A Young Woman with Atypical Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy after Cervical Dilation and Curettage” Edeliz Flores, MD

“A Culturally Tailored Pre-Colonoscopy Diet Plan for Rwanda Patients” Nikitha Gangasani, MD

“Validation of computable disease definitions as exclusions criteria for a pragmatic trial of polygenic risk scores” Eric Guardino, DO

“Exercise Capacity and Coronary Plaque Volume in Subjects with Clinical Coronary Artery Disease” Abdulaziz Malik, MD

“Echocardiographic Findings of Valvular Calcification in Scleroderma” Kaitlin McCarter, MD

“The Case of the Disappearing Platelets: Isolated Thrombocytopenia in a Patient with Hepatitis C” Linda Paniszyn, MD

“Long-term renal function in Hepatitis C patients does not improve after treatment for Hepatitis C” Nathan Pham, MD

“The Growing Snake and Thumping Heart: A Case of Arteriovenous Fistula Causing High Output Heart Failure” Iniya Rajendran, MBBS

“The impact of clinical decision support systems on provider behaviors in the inpatient setting: A systematic review of meta-analysis” Clare Ronan, MD

“Risk of Heart Failure (HF) in Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM) Has Decreased Over Time – A Danish Nationwide Cohort Study” Brian Schwartz, MD

“Thinking Twice: Unexpected Cause of West Nile Encephalitis in a Patient with MSSA Bacteremia” Hely Shah, MD

“Association of Orthostatic Blood Pressure Response with Incident Heart Failure: The Framingham Heart Study” Tara Shrout, MD, MSc

“Thyroid Storm with Mild Biochemical Hyperthyroidism: A Mimiker of Septic Shock” Samantha Siskind, MD

“Primary Hepatic Lymphoma: A Rare Entity” Mythri Subramaniam, MD

“Dry Eyes and Wet Pericardium: Case of Sjogren’s-Associated Pericardial Effusion” Stephanie Van Decker, MD

“Amusing the patient while nature cures the disease: A case of tuberculosis auto-regression” Chelsea Walter, MD


Acknowledgment of Mentors


Charlotte Andersson, MD Gyorgy Baffy, MD, PhD – Harvard Thomas Barber, MD Audrey Calderwood, MD – Dartmouth
Francis Farraye, MD Noyan A. Gokce, MD Deepa Gopal, MD David Hammer, MD
Natasha Hochberg, MD Carlos J. Acuna-Villaorduna, MD Alice K. Jacobs, MD Elizabeth Klings, MD
Michelle T. Long, MD Mary-Lynn Dranoni, PhD Perla Macip-Prodriguez, MD Juhee McDougal, MD
Katherine Modzelewski, MD Craig Noronha, MD David Nunes, MD Alexander Pipilas, MD
Karen Quillen, MD Vasan Ramachandran, MD Katya Ravid, PhD Frederick L. Ruberg, MD
Vaishali Sanchorawala, MD Elissa M. Schechter-Perkins, MD Robert W. Simms, MD Pranay Sinha, MD
Mark Sloan, MD Jessica L. Taylor, MD Jason L. Vassy, MD – Harvard Prakash Viswanathan, MD – Maine
Allan Walkey, MD Sharmeel Wassan, MD Francine K. Welty, MD – Harvard Vanessa Xanthakis, PhD