Medical Student Research Symposium

2015 Medical Student Research Symposium

8th Annual Medical Student Research Symposium

Wright State University medical students presented 62 scientific posters on their research at the 8th Annual Medical Student Research Symposium on April 13, 2016. The symposium provides a forum for medical students to present their research to their fellow students, medical school faculty and the greater community. The event is sponsored by the Medical Student Research Club and the Boonshoft School of Medicine Office of Research Affairs. For more information, contact Amber McCurdy, medical student research coordinator, at amber.mccurdy@wright.edu.

About the Medical Student Research Symposium

The Annual Medical Student Research Symposium is sponsored by the Research Learning Community at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The Research Learning Community was developed by the Medical Student Research Club and the Office of Research Affairs to promote research-related educational opportunities for WSU medical students. Programs supported by the Research Learning Community include the Medical Student Research Club, Medical Student Journal Club, Research Learning Community Lecture Series, and research electives for M1 and M2 students (SMD 616 and SMD 617). Symposium Proceedings are archived in the WSU Libraries CORE Scholar (Campus Online Repository). See:

2015

2015 Medical Student Research Symposium

The Seventh Annual Medical Student Research Symposium took place on April 8, 2015, in the Ramesh K. Gandhi Medical Education Center. Medical students presented posters describing their research and the following graduating students who have demonstrated a continued commitment to medical scholarship received Distinguished Scholar Awards: Amanda Freeman, M.D./Ph.D.; Christopher Heid, M.D.; Kara Joseph, M.D.; and Ryan Schwieterman, M.D. Symposium directors were Adam Deardorff, Ahmed Hawash and Jacob Vincent.

2015 Poster Judges

Many thanks go to the poster judges: F. Javier Alvarez-Leefmans, M.D., Ph.D.; Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D.; David Cool, Ph.D.; Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D.; John F. Donnelly, M.D.; Andrew W. Froehle, Ph.D.; Nadja Grobe, Ph.D.; Thomas E. Herchline, M.D.; Timothy G. Janz, M.D.; Karen E. Kirkham, M.D.; Paul G. Koles, M.D.; Barbara Kraszpulska, Ph.D.; Smita Krishnamurthy, M.D.; David R. Ladle, Ph.D.; Ronald J. Markert, Ph.D.; Ramzi W. Nahhas, Ph.D.; Gary L. Nieder, Ph.D.; James E. Olson, Ph.D.; Lawrence J. Prochaska, Ph.D.; Larry J. Ream, Ph.D.; Mark M. Rich, M.D., Ph.D.; Nick A. Ritucci, Ph.D.; Patrick M. Sonner, Ph.D.; Raymond P. Ten Eyck, M.D.; and Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D.

Photos from the 2015 Symposium

2014

2014 Medical Student Research Symposium

The 6th Annual Medical Student Research Symposium at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine was held April 10, 2014, in White Hall on the WSU main campus. The symposium began with welcoming remarks and presentation of the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Awards. A poster reception with 40 student research posters followed in the White Hall Atrium.

The annual Distinguished Scholar Awards are presented to graduating medical students who have demonstrated a continued commitment to medical scholarship. Distinguished Scholars are recognized for generating a significant body of scholarly work, for working collaboratively with students and faculty, for demonstrating leadership in the Research Learning Community, and for advancing student research at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The 2014 Distinguished Scholars were Robert Beaulieu; Gabrielle Horstman, Ph.D.; Ann Imber, Ph.D.; and Catherine Ulman.

The symposium was organized by the Wright State Medical Student Research Club with support from the BSOM Office of Research Affairs.

Distinguished Scholar Awards

The Distinguished Scholar Awards are presented to fourth year students who have demonstrated a continued commitment to medical scholarship. Distinguished Scholars are recognized for generating a significant body of scholarly work, for working collaboratively with students and faculty, for demonstrating leadership in the Research Learning Community, and for advancing student research at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The following are Distinguished Scholar Award recipients for 2014:

Robert A. Beaulieu is an M.D. candidate at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He has produced a large body of research over a wide variety of topics. He has studied predictive factors and models that can be used in assessing trauma patients, with an emphasis on discharge disposition. He has studied quality improvement in ophthalmologic care, notably investigating intraocular pressure spikes following selective laser trabeculoplasty, and he has been an active medical education researcher, surveying medical school graduates and residency program directors to assess preparation for internship. He has several publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented his work at numerous regional and national conferences, most recently a podium presentation at the Academic Surgical Congress Annual Meeting. Mr. Beaulieu has been actively involved in the Research Learning Community, where he co-chaired the medical school Journal Club and has presented his work at several Medical Student Research Symposia as well as our Translational Research Lecture Series. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and the medical school Ophthalmology Interest Group. In addition to his scientific work, Mr. Beaulieu co-founded the medical school Nutrition and Health club, developed the Nutrition in Medicine online elective, serves on the Medical School Student Council, and is Vice President of the fourth year class. He has also participated in several community outreach and volunteer programs, including providing patient care at both Reach Out Montgomery County as well as the Winslow Indian Health Care Center (Winslow, AZ), performing preschool vision screens with the Ohio Optometric Association, organizing an eyeglass collection drive, performing community glaucoma screens, and mentoring local low-income high school students in nutrition, gardening, agriculture, and food production. Mr. Beaulieu will soon begin his residency training in Ophthalmology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas after completing a transitional year at the Mount Carmel Heath System in Columbus, Ohio.

Gabrielle M. Horstman is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. In 2012, she completed her Ph.D. studies in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience and Physiology in the laboratory of Dr. Timothy Cope. She has produced an extensive body of research on the neural control of movement and the reorganization of spinal circuits following traumatic nerve injury using in vivo physiology and muscle force recordings. Her dissertation, Limitations Of Functional Recovery Of Stretch Reflex Circuitry After Peripheral Nerve Regeneration, provides new insight into the profound discoordination of spinal reflexes that occurs following successful peripheral nerve regeneration. Dr. Horstman has presented her work at regional and international conferences and has several manuscripts in preparation. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Physician Scientists Association where she served on the Annual Meeting Planning Committee. In addition to her scientific work, Dr. Horstman has participated in several community outreach and volunteer programs, including teaching neuroscience to middle and high school students in Science Olympiad, serving as organizational director of Student-to-Student, mentoring WSU premedical students, and working with homeless children at the St. Vincent DePaul Apple Street Gateway Shelter. She has been highly involved in the Student Interest Group in Neurology has as well as the Clinical Neuroscience Curriculum Development Committee and the medical school Admissions Committee. She has also served on the Medical School Student Council and is a founding member of the Medical Student Research Club, where her leadership was instrumental to growth of the Medical Student Research Symposium and the Research Learning Community. She is also a classically trained vocalist and a member of a local dance troupe. Dr. Horstman will soon begin her residency training in Neurology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Ann N. Imber is an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. In 2012, she completed her Ph.D. studies in Biomedical Sciences with a concentration in Neuroscience and Physiology in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Putnam. She has produced an extensive body of research on the neural control of breathing using whole cell patch clamp recording and in vitro pharmacology. Her dissertation, The Role of Ca2+ in Central Respiratory Control Neurons of the Locus Coeruleus: Development of the Chemosensitive Brake, examined the intracellular signaling pathways of acid sensitive neurons within the brainstem and provides new insight not only into the role of Ca2+ in these cells but also into the pathogenesis of disorders involving altered respiratory drive, including sleep apnea and panic disorder. Dr. Imber has several publications in peer reviewed journals with several more in preparation. She has presented at several regional, national, and international conferences. In 2010 she received a graduate fellowship award from the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate. She has been an active and long-time participant in the research Learning Community, where she has presented her work orally and has won numerous scientific poster awards at the Annual Medical Student Research Symposium. In addition to her scientific work, Dr. Imber has extensive teaching experience and has participated in community outreach and volunteer programs, including after school tutoring at the St. Vincent DePaul Apple Street Gateway Shelter, providing patient care at Reach Out Montgomery County, and giving health awareness demonstrations to local grade school through Student to Student. Dr. Imber will soon begin her residency training in Internal Medicine at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida

Catherine A. Ulman is an M.D. candidate at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. She has generated an extensive body of research in both characterizing various dermatological diseases as well as assessing medical student proficiency in diagnosing and treating these diseases. She is also actively involved in several medical education projects, including studying the effects of medical student personal and academic habits on exam performance and the specific factors that may influence a medical student’s choice of specialty. She has several publications in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored a textbook chapter, and presented at numerous regional and national conferences. In 2013, her poster on Herpes Zoster in a 2 year old vaccinated against varicella won 3rd place at the Ohio Dermatological Society Meeting. She has been actively involved in the Research Learning Community, where she has presented her work at the Translational Research Lecture Series as well as several Annual Research Symposia, winning a best medical education research poster award. In addition to her scientific work, Ms. Ulman is highly involved in the Dermatology Interest Group, is the founder of the Pathology Interest Group, and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She has also participated in several community outreach and volunteer programs, including providing nutritional education to local charter schools students, mentoring WSU premedical undergraduate students, and providing AIDS education to local grade school students. She has assisted with the AOA canned food drive, the annual WSU community sin cancer screening, Operation Christmas Child, the 5k to cure paralysis, and has spoken on numerous panels for MS1 and MS2 students. Ms. Ulman will soon begin her residency training in Dermatology at the Ohio State University Medicine Center in Columbus, Ohio.

2014 Poster Judges

Many thanks go to the BSOM faculty who served as poster judges: Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D., David R. Cool, Ph.D., Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D., Adrian Corbett, Ph.D., John F. Donnelly, M.D., B. Laurel Elder, Ph.D., Timothy Janz, M.D., Karen Kirkham, M.D., Paul Koles, M.D., Barbara Kraszpulska, Ph.D., Smita Krishnamurthy, M.D., David R. Ladle, Ph.D., Sabrina M. Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H., Gary L. Nieder, Ph.D., James E. Olson, Ph.D., Gary Onady, M.D., Ph.D., Lawrence J. Prochaska, Ph.D., Larry J. Ream, Ph.D., Nick A. Ritucci, Ph.D., Mark M. Rich, M.D., Ph.D., Brenda J. B. Roman, M.D., Patrick Sonner, Ph.D., Courtney E. W. Sulentic, Ph.D., Kathryn M. Tchorz, M.D., Raymond P. Ten Eyck, M.D., , M.P.H., Mary Jo Trout, Pharm. D., RPh, Lucile Wrenshall, M.D., Ph.D., Christopher N. Wyatt, Ph.D., Teresa W. Zryd, M.D.

2014 Medical Student Poster Winners

Best Overall Poster: Shaina Hecht

A rare infection in a patient with advanced AIDS
Shaina Hecht; Kunal Desai, M.D.; Hari Polenakovik, M.D.

Presenting Author: Shaina Hecht
Faculty Mentor: Hari Polenakovik, M.D.
Mentor’s Department: Internal Medicine


Best Medical Education Poster: Danial Jilani

Assessing Attitudes of Medical Students Towards the Poor
Danial Jilani; Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D.; Nicole J. Borges, Ph.D.; Karen Kirkham, M.D.

Presenting Author: Danial Jilani
Faculty Mentor: Nicole J. Borges, Ph.D.
Mentor’s Department: Community Health


Runner Up Medical Education Poster: Kevin Bree

Assessing Humility in Medical Students
Kevin Bree; Jason Hao; Adrienne Stolfie, M.S.P.H;. Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D.

Presenting Author: Kevin Bree
Faculty Mentor: Ashley K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D.
Mentor’s Department: Community Health, Pediatrics


Best Basic/Translational Science Poster: Udit Singhal

Elucidating BRG1 mediated epigenetic modifications in lung cancer, and their resultant effect on DNA repair gene expression levels
Udit Singhal; Jinwei Hu; Erica Hlavin Bell, Ph.D.; Arnab Chakravarti, M.D.

Presenting Author: Udit Singhal
Faculty Mentor: Arnab Chakravarti, M.D.; Erica Hlavin Bell, Ph.D.
Mentor’s Department: Radiation Oncology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Arthur G James Cancer Hospital and Richard J Solove Research Institute


Runner Up Basic/Translational Poster (tie): Jacob Vincent & Minh-Tri Nguyen

Channelopathy contributes to proprioceptive deficits following chemotherapy
Jacob Vincent; Paul Nardelli; Krystyna Wieczerak; Mark Rich, M.D., Ph.D.; Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D.

Presenting Author: Jacob Vincent
Faculty Mentor: Timothy C. Cope, Ph.D.
Mentor’s Department: Neuroscience, Cell Biology, & Physiology

Inherited polymorphisms in the mTOR pathway, obesity, and colorectal adenomas
Minh-Tri Nguyen; Cheryl L. Thompson; Zhengyi Chen; Graham Casey; Li Li

Presenting Author: Minh-Tri Nguyen
Faculty Mentor: Li Li, M.D., Ph.D.; Cheryl L. Thompson, Ph.D.
Mentor’s Department: Family Medicine, Case Western Reserve University


Best Public Health Poster: Huong-Thao Tran

Meeting People Where They Are: A Pilot Project to Improve Health Communication in the Dayton Vietnamese Community
H. Tran; H. Phuoc; A.E. Nguyen; A.K. Fernandes, M.D., Ph.D.

Presenting Author: Huong-Thao Tran
Faculty Mentor: Ashley K. Fernandes, MD, PhD
Mentor’s Department: Community Health, Pediatrics


Runner Up Public Health Poster: Danielle Fleissig

Language barriers in local medicine: Interviews with Spanish-speaking patients in the Greater Dayton Area
Danielle Fleissig; Shalini Forbis, M.D., M.P.H.

Presenting Author: Danielle Fleissig
Faculty Mentor: Shalini Forbis, M.D., M.P.H.
Mentor’s Department: Pediatrics


Best Clinical Science Poster (tie): Eric Fischer & Kyle A. Davis

Effect of a backboard on depth of chest compressions on an Emergency Room gurney during Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
Eric Fischer; Raymond Ten Eyck M.D., M.P.H., FACEP

Presenting Author: Eric Fischer
Faculty Mentor: Raymond Ten Eyck M.D., M.P.H., FACEP
Mentor’s Department: Emergency Medicine

Management of a Patient with Congenital Intracranial Immature Teratoma
Kyle A. Davis; J. Todd Boyd, M.D.

Presenting Author: Kyle A. Davis
Faculty Mentor: J. Todd Boyd, M.D.
Mentor’s Department: Pathology, Dayton Children’s Hospital


Runner Up Clinical Science Poster (tie): Christina Anderson & Ahmed Hawash

Cost-Efficacy of Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Using the Harmonic Scalpel
C. Anderson; M.S. Walusimbi; A.P. Ekeh; K.M. Hendershot; D. Lebamoff; P. Williams; J.M. Saxe; K.M. Tchorz; M.L. Whitmill; R.J. Woods; M.P. Roelle; L.M. Barney; M.C. McCarthy

Presenting Author: Christina Anderson
Faculty Mentor: Mbaga Walusimbi, M.D., FACS
Mentor’s Department: Surgery

Targeted alpha particle irradiation as a glioblastoma therapy
Ahmed Hawash; Katja Behling; David Scheinberg; Michael McDevitt

Presenting Author: Ahmed Hawash
Faculty Mentor: Michael McDevitt
Mentor’s Department: Medicine and Radiology, Molecular Pharmacology and Chemistry


Best Case Study Poster: Adam Altman

Subdural empyema secondary to sinusitis in an adolescent
Adam Altman; Stefanie K. Horne, M.D.

Presenting Author: Adam Altman
Faculty Mentor: Stefanie K. Horne, M.D.
Mentor’s Department: Otolaryngology


Runner Up Case Study Poster: Joseph Capichioni

The use of indirect video laryngoscopy in difficult airways
Joseph Capichioni; Amol Soin; Omar Kahn; Rahul Mada

Presenting Author: Joseph Capichioni
Faculty Mentor: Amol Soin, M.D., M.B.A.
Mentor’s Department: Surgery

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