Physicians today must be life-long learners with the skills to judge whether the latest research findings should change the way they care for patients. To hone those skills, residents training in the various specialties at the VCU Medical Center are increasingly getting first-hand experience leading their own research projects.
Each year, the Resident-Fellow Research Day gives the physicians-in-training the chance to showcase their research findings through poster and oral presentations. This year’s event, held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 in the Molecular Medicine Research Building, drew more than 80 presenters.
For topics ranging from hepatitis C to prostate cancer and traumatic brain injury, prizes were awarded to half a dozen residents and fellows in the categories of clinical science research, basic science research and poster presentations.
“In the 10 years we’ve held Research Day, I’ve been impressed with the quality of the work presented by our residents and fellows,” said Mary Alice O’Donnell, Ph.D., associate dean for graduate medical education. “They have much to be proud of with the important work that they are pursuing.”
Throughout its 10-year run, the Research Day has been coordinated by Evan Reiter, M.D., an associate professor and director of Otolaryngology’s residency program, and Stephanie Brown, an administrative staff specialist in the otolaryngology department. This year’s judges were Diane Biskobing, M.D., Brian Kaplan, M.D., Arti Pandya, M.D., M.B.A., Bruce Spiess, M.D., Frank Macrina, Ph.D., and Gonzalo Bearman, M.D. Laurie Lyckholm, M.D., Evan Reiter, M.D., and Brandon Wills, D.O., reviewed the submitted abstracts.
To encourage residents to get involved with research, the Graduate Medical Education Office teamed up with VCU’s Center for Clinical and Translational Research to organize a research primer held earlier this year that familiarized more than 100 residents with concepts like research design and Institutional Review Boards.
2013 Resident-Fellow Research Day Prize Winners
1st Place Prize in Clinical Science Research
Julie Linatoc, M.D., Fellow in Internal Medicine Nephrology Transplant
Effect of induction therapy with thymoglobulin on outcome in hepatitis C infected kidney transplant recipients: A single center experience
2nd Place Prize in Clinical Science Research
M. Luke Gambill, D.O., Fellow in Internal Medicine Cardiovascular Diseases
Interleukin-1 blockade with anakinra induces endogenous production of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor in patients with STEMI
1st Place Prize in Basic Science Research
Albert Petrossian, M.D., Resident in Urology
Molecular imaging of dendritic cell trafficking in vivo in a murine prostate cancer model
2nd Place Prize in Basic Science Research
Tommy Pacana, M.D., Fellow, Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology Research
Dysregulated methionine metabolism and hyperhomocysteinemia in diet-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
1st Place Poster Award
Jawad Al-Khafaji, M.D., Resident, Internal Medicine
Synergistic interactions between the irreversible proteasome inhibitor cafrfilzomib and the selective HDAC6 inhibitor ACY1215 in DLBCL cells sensitive or resistant to bortezomib
2nd Place Poster Award
Kendall Leonard, M.D., Resident, Anesthesiology Research
Effects of oxygent perfluorocarbon therapy on alpha II spectrin biomarker of brain damage and cognitive outcome associated with repetitive air blast traumatic brain injury