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Internal Medicine Residency News

Congratulations to our Golden Apple-Golden Stethoscope Honorees for 2017

April 2017

On April 4, 2017, Drexel University College of Medicine celebrated excellence in teaching with the annual Golden Apple and Golden Stethoscope Awards. Our Drexel medical students honor faculty and residents for outstanding teaching across our many campuses. The Drexel internal medicine residents were honored with several nominations, and Hanisha Manickavasagan, MD (R2), received one of the awards from the Class of 2017.

Nominees from the Class of 2017: Nidal Babaa, MD (R3), Ryan King, MD (R3), and Matthew Meleka, DO (R2)

Nominees from the Class of 2018: Kathleen Degen, MD (R2), Tahmid Rahman, MD (R3) and Kevin Rurak, MD (R2)

Congratulations!

Hanisha Manickavasagan, MD, receiving her teaching award from the Class of 2017
Hanisha Manickavasagan, MD, receiving her teaching award from the Class of 2017.
Drs. Hanisha Manickavasagan, Kathleen Degen, and Kevin Rurak at the ceremony.
Drs. Hanisha Manickavasagan, Kathleen Degen, and Kevin Rurak at the ceremony.

Medicine Residents Elected to Honor Societies

March 2017

Three of our internal medicine residents were honored with elections to Drexel's chapters of Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Third-year resident Dan DiLeo, MD, was elected to AOA as a resident inductee for contributions to patient care and leadership.

Second-year residents Hanisha Manickavasagan, MD, and Matthew Meleka, DO, were elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which honors physicians for their compassionate patient care and serving as role models to students and peers.

Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine Dr. Allison Ferris; Residents Drs. Dan DiLeo, Matt Meleka, and Hanisha Manickavasagan; and Interim Chair of Medicine Dr. Ellie Kelepouris


L-R: Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine Dr. Allison Ferris; Residents Drs. Dan DiLeo, Matt Meleka, and Hanisha Manickavasagan; and Interim Chair of Medicine Dr. Ellie Kelepouris

Residents Honored at Discovery Day 2016

Vice Dean for Educational Affairs Valerie Weber presenting Discovery Day winner Matthew Meleka with his prize
Vice Dean for Educational Affairs Valerie Weber presenting Discovery Day winner Matthew Meleka with his prize

October 2016

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies hosted Drexel Discovery Day 2016 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 20. Medical students, graduate students, residents, fellows and postdoctoral trainees presented their research for judging. The day featured more than 400 posters and platform presentations on various biomedical and clinical topics. Twenty internal medicine residents presented work as first authors, in both research and clinical case categories.

We congratulate Dr. Matthew Meleka (R2) for his first place Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Research Poster, "Functional Mechanisms of the Anti-Hypertensive Effects of Novel G Protein Inhibitor Ligands" (mentor: Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology).

Two residents were also recognized for Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Case Study Poster: Dr. Mariola Vazquez (R2) received second place for "Case Report of Kaposi Sarcoma with Osseus Involvement" (mentor: Maneesh Jain, MD, MS, Division of Hematology & Oncology) and Dr. Scott Steven (R3) received an honorable mention for "Hyponatremia Reveals Septo-Optic Dysplasia" (mentor: Barbara Simon, MD, Division of Endocrinology).

Residents to Present at American College of Gastroenterology

October 2016

We would like to congratulate our residents whose case reports and research posters will be presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology being held October 14-19, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Presenting authors are in bold.

Kang M, Chowdhury J, Pietrak S, Ward K, Rothstein K. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocystosis: acute liver failure in disguise.

Kang M, C Mannino, A Dutta, A Riera, V Patel, SJ Munoz, K Rothstein.  Underutilization of SBP Prophylaxis: A Retrospective Analysis of Prophylactic Antibiotic Use for SBP Prevention in Cirrhotics

Kesavarapu K, M Kang, J Shin, K Rothstein. Herbal detox tea: a potential cause of acute liver failure. 

Kesavarapu K, V Patel, A Riera, R Velasco, K Rothstein, SJ Munoz.  Severe Hyponatremia in Cirrhosis.

Trotta C, J Kim, H Chakunta, T Pompa, M Jain, M Styler. Upper alveolar ridge metastasis from colon cancer: a unique presentation of metastatic colon cancer. 

Manickavasagan H, R Wood, S Kindsfather, SJ Munoz. Dramatic effect of rituximab in immunoglobulin G4-related primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Shah S, K Bakhsh, G Lenchner. A rare presentation of emphysematous cholecystitits leading to clostridium perfringens bacteremia.


Rob Fleyshman Presents Poster at NKF Annual Meeting

May 2016

Second-year internal medicine resident Rob Fleyshman, MD, presented a poster at the National Kidney Foundation's 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston with co-authors Christopher Kern, DO, nephrology fellow; and Suzanne Boyle, MD, attending physician. The poster was titled "Methotrexate Toxicity Treated With Continuous Versus Intermittent Dialysis and Glucarpidase in Methotrexate Induced AKI: A Case Report."

Poster authors Robert Fleyshman (center) and Christopher Kern (right) are joined by Ellie Kelepouris, MD, interim chair, Department of Medicine.
Poster authors Robert Fleyshman (center) and Christopher Kern (right) are joined by Ellie Kelepouris, MD, interim chair of the Department of Medicine, at the National Kidney Foundation Annual Meeting in Boston


Daniel Dileo Wins Excellence in Clinical Practice Award

May 2016

Second-year internal medicine resident Daniel Dileo, MD, was selected by Hahnemann University Hospital to receive the 2016 award for Excellence in Clinical Practice: Intern, Resident, Fellow. The nominees are graded on patient care engagement, leadership among peers and interaction with other health care providers. The award was presented at the hospital's annual service award dinner on Thursday, May 12, 2016. Congratulations, Dan!


Resident Research Projects

We would like to congratulate our residents whose original research projects have recently been selected for presentation at national and international meetings.

Hematology/Oncology

  • Konstantine Halkidis, MD (R2), presented his poster: “The Impact of Winter Months on Patients with Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or Pulmonary Embolism (PE), a Retrospective Analysis of Hospital Outcomes in the United States (US) from 1998-2011” at the 57th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition, December 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
    Resident co-authors included: Parshva Patel, MD (R1), and Christina Trotta, DO (R2)

Cardiology

  • James Andrew McCaffrey, MD (R3), presented his poster “Predictors of Short and Long-Term Mortality After Transvenous Lead Extraction for Device Infection” at the Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, November 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
  • Devinder Singh, MD (R2), presented his poster "Embolic Coronary Occlusion Caused by Culture Negative Endocarditis: Documented by Pre and Post Angiography" at the American College of Cardiology 65th Annual Scientific Session, April 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine

  • Zach Weintraub, MD (R3), presented his poster “Evaluation of Adherence with Inhaled Antibiotic Regimens and Outcomes in Adults with Cystic Fibrosis” at the 2015 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, October 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Dan Hynes, MD (current R3), presented his poster "Retrievable IVC Filter Selection and Success Rate at a Large Urban Tertiary Care Center" at the CHEST Annual Meeting in October 2015, in Montreal, Quebec.
  • Andrew Gangemi, MD (R3), is presenting two posters at the 2016 American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Francisco, California: “A Retrospective Analysis of Bronchoscopy in Obese Patients” and “A Multi-Faceted Educational Intervention to Improve Resident Awareness and Practice in Diagnosing and Treating Intensive Care Unit Delirium” in May 2016 in San Francisco, California.
  • George Heckert, MD (R3), is presenting his poster “Steroid Use in Inpatient Management of COPD Exacerbation” at the 2016 American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Francisco, California in  May 2016.

Gastroenterology

  • Shefali Shah, MD (R1), is presenting her poster “An Inner City Urban Adult Population Perspective: Prevalence of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in the African American Population” at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, May 2016.
  • Ankit Amin, MD (R3), is presenting his poster “Post-Operative Mortality in Cirrhotics Has Decreased Over the Past Decade: MELD Score As Currently Used Overestimates Post-Operative Mortality" at the 2016 Digestive Disease Week at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, May 2016.
  • Hanisha Manickavasagan, MD (R1), presented her project “Correction of Coagulopathy Prior to Paracentesis Is Associated With Excessive Albumin Administration and No Apparent Clinical Benefit” at Digestive Disease Week 2016 in San Diego, California, May 2016

Nephrology

  • Nishi Patel, MD (R3), is presenting his poster "Adverse Perioperative Events in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients: Who Is at Highest Risk” at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2016 Spring Clinical Meetings (SCM16) April 27‐May 1, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. This manuscript has also been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Kidney Disease.

 
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2016 Golden Apple Awards

April 2016

The Drexel University College of Medicine Golden Apple Awards honored excellence in teaching in a ceremony at the Queen Lane Campus on April 6, 2016. Each class of Drexel medical students nominates and votes on the honorees. Residents from all clinical campuses and every specialty are eligible for awards.

The students again honored Drexel internal medicine residents with nominations, and two of our residents with Resident Physician Awards. We would like to congratulate Mitchell Kang, DO (R3), and Nishi Patel, MD (R3), for winning Resident Physician Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the Class of 2017. Last year’s winner, Dan Hynes, MD (R3), was nominated once more. Jared Choudhry, MD (R2), also received his first nomination.

Congratulations to the nominees and winners!

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2016 Golden Apple Award winners Nishi Patel, MD, and Mitchell Kang, DO

 
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Southeastern PA ACP Regional Poster Competition

November 2015

We congratulate the Drexel internal medicine residents who presented at the Southeastern PA Regional American College of Physician poster competition held at Drexel’s Queen Lane Campus on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Presenters were: Drs. Amanda Cai (R2), Olegg Grapp (R3), Dan Hynes (R3), and Nishi Patel (R3). Nishi Patel also received an honorable mention for his research poster,”Adverse Operative Events in Chronic Hemodialysis Patients: Who is at the Highest Risk” (co-author: Dr. Jesse Goldman, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension).

Internal medicine residents who attended the Southeastern PA Regional American College of Physician poster competition

 
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Sahil Patel Presents at ACG

October 2015

Chief resident Sahil Patel, MD, presented "Health Literacy and Gastroenterology: A Quantitative Readability Analysis of Patient Education Materials on the Internet" at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course in Honolulu in October 2015. His abstract was also featured as an "Abstract Highlight" on the ACG blog.

 
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Discovery Day 2015

October 2015

The Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies held their annual Drexel Discovery Day on October 8, 2015, at the Queen Lane Campus. One again, we are proud of the internal medicine residents who presented their research posters. They are: Justin Johannensen (R3), Sukhdeep (Rita) Kaur (chief resident), Ala Masri (R3), Parshva Patel (R1), Devinder Singh (R2), and Srinivas Sunkara (R2). Our residency alum and current Drexel cardiology fellow Sabrina Islam received an honorable mention for the Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Case Studies Poster category.

Pictures of internal medicine residents and mentors from Discovery Day 2015

 
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Internal Medicine Residency Awards Day

June 2015

Each year, our program celebrates a trainee in each class who has distinguished him or herself with their work over the past academic year. The honorees were announced in the annual awards ceremony held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. We congratulate the winners of Intern and Resident of the Year for 2014-2015:

  • R1: Dr. Maulin Patel
  • R2: Dr. Andrew Gangemi
  • R3: Dr. Sukhdeep (Rita) Kaur

 
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Residents Honored as Golden Apple Winners and Nominees

Dr. Daniel Hynes, Golden Apple Winner

April 2015

The Drexel University College of Medicine Golden Apple Award honorees were announced in a ceremony at the Queen Lane campus on April 6, 2015. Each class of Drexel medical students nominate and vote on the honorees.

Once again, the students honored several Drexel Internal Medicine residents with nominations and two of our residents with Resident Physician Awards. We would like to congratulate Dr. Daniel Hynes (R2) and Dr. Stacy Belcher (R3) for winning Resident Physician Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching from the class of 2015. Also, the class of 2015 nominated four other R3 internal medicine residents in recognition of their teaching: Drs. Niusha Damaghi, Constantine Fisher, Danielle Krol and Farihah Perwez.

Congratulations everyone!

 
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Congratulations!

We would like to congratulate all of our Drexel residents who matched into subspecialty fellowships on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. We are very proud of all of the hard work that they performed to accomplish this. You can see the updated graduate placement list here.

 
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Amir Kalani, MD, PhD, Receives 2014 ACG GutRunners Award

October 2014

The American College of Gastroenterology has selected second-year resident Amir Kalani, MD, PhD, to receive the 2014 ACG GutRunners Award for his abstract, "Reduced Healthcare Utilization Achieved by a Multidisciplinary Behavioral Intervention for Adolescents With Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Four-Year Healthcare Utilization Data Including Diagnostic Imaging Studies, Number and Nature of Healthcare Visits." The award will be presented at a reception on Monday, October 20.

 
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Residents Presenting at Drexel Discovery Day 2014

October 2014

Congratulations to our residents who presented their work at the Drexel Discovery Day on October 2, 2014, at the Queen Lane campus. The categories included both clinical cases and original research presentations. Our residents who presented are: Marie DiMattia (R2), Benjamin Bluen (R2), Jameal Hoosain (R3), Navneet Kaur (R3), Sukhdeep Kaur (R3), Eduard Koman (R2), James McCaffrey (R2), and Natasha Mehta (R2). Special congratulations to Nishi Patel (R2), who was awarded second place in the Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Research Poster category. See photos from Discovery Day.

 
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Drexel Residents Presenting at 2014 ACP Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Poster Competition

September 2014

Congratulations to our residents selected to present at the annual Southeastern Pennsylvania American College of Physicians poster competition on November 8, 2014. From a total of 199 abstracts submitted from programs across the greater Philadelphia area, 60 abstracts were selected for presentation.

Our Drexel presenters are:

Category, Clinical Vignette:

  • Thi Dang MD (R3)
  • Andrew Gangemi MD (R2)
  • Oleg Grapp (R2)
  • Eduard Koman (R2)
  • Sahil Patel (R3)
  • Devy Setyono (R1)
  • Rosy Thachil (R3)

Category, Research:

  • Eduard Koman (R2)

 
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6th Annual Department of Medicine Research Day

June 2014

The 6th Annual Department of Medicine Research Day was held on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Drexel Medicine residents presented over 30 posters, and five residents gave oral presentations for their peers and faculty. We acknowledge all for their excellent work and congratulate the following winners (as voted by our faculty).

Resident Oral Presentations

  • 1st place: Sean Kim "Pancreatic Lesions Are More Common in Patients with Hepatitis C"
  • 2nd place: Jaime Zacharias "Allergen sensitivities and obstruction indices among inner city asthmatic patients with high IgE (30-700 IU/ml) vs ultra high IgE levels (>700 IU/ml)"
  • 3rd place: Rosy Thachil and Phillip Carson "NIASPIRIN: Combinations of Niacin with Aspirin to Reduce Niacin Induced Flush"
  • Honorable mention: Navneet Kaur "Kidney Transplant Outcomes in Lupus Nephritis Patients in an Urban Setting: An Analysis of Charlson Co-morbidity Index (CCI) and Lupus Activity"
  • Honorable mention: Nishi Patel "The Effects of Estrogen on Platelet Physiology"

Resident Poster Presentation Awards

  • 1st place: Jamael Hoosain "Risk Factors in Heart Failure"
  • 2nd place: Ben Bluen "Accuracy and Quality Assessment of EUS-FNA: A Single-Center Large Cohort of Biopsies"
  • 3rd place: Constantine Fisher "Media-delivered bowel-centered mindfulness meditation as an adjuvant therapy for irritable bowel syndrome"
  • Honorable mention: Sahil Patel "Immersion Endoscopy: From Isaac Newton to Jacques Cousteau"

Best Resident Case Presentation

  • Awail Sadiq "Arterial Impulse Artifact – The Great Mimicker"

 
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Medicine Residents Nominated for Teaching Awards

Spring 2014

Every year, College of Medicine students nominate residents from over 20 clinical campuses for Golden Apple awards, acknowledging excellence in teaching. This year, we are very proud that 16 Drexel internal medicine residents were honored by the Classes of 2014 and 2015 with nominations for this very competitive award, and Dr. James Brown was nominated by both classes.

  • R3: Rozina Ali, Noemi Baffy, James Brown, Jessica DeSalvo, Joshua Grant, Sarina Kapoor, Thomas Lee, Laura Panarey, Mark Polyakov, and Shailendra (Sunny) Singh
  • R2: Constantine Fisher, William Lee, Sahil Patel
  • R1: Ben Bluen, Andrew Gangemi, Mitchell Kang

Congratulations to our young educators and all Golden Apple nominees!

 
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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Medical supplies in a doctor's office.