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Internal Medicine Residency Resident Research Day

The 10th Annual Department of Medicine Research Days

A record number of abstracts were submitted for the Department of Medicine's Research Day! So many, that the event had to be split into two days. Poster presentations were showcased on Tuesday, May 29, the oral presentations were held on May 30, and the awards were announced on June 13, 2018.

We would like to congratulate the winners and their colleagues on all the work that made these projects possible, and also thank the residents and fellows who submitted entries for their effort.

Resident Research Talks

First Place

Dr. Erika Correa: "Impact of Iron Deficiency in Patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample from 1999-2014"
Co-authors: Mariola Vazquez-Martinez, Chetan Jeurkar, Sufana Shikdar, Maneesh Jain, David Topolsky, Pamela Crilley, Kristine Ward, Michael Styler

Second Place

Dr. Andrew Lee: "Applying the NOBLADS Risk Scoring System for Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding"
Co-authors: Stanley J. Pietrak, Andrew J. Quinn, Dhruvan Patel, Asyia S. Ahmad

Third Place

Dr. Kevin Rurak: "The Predictive Accuracy of Variations in Inferior Vena Cava Diameter, Pulse Pressure, and Central Venous Pressure with Respiration"
Co-authors: Maulin Patel, Jared Chowdhury, Hardik Bhatt, Aditya Kasarabada, Michael Sherman

Honorable Mention

Dr. Mariola Vazquez: "The Prognostic Significance of PSA as an Indicator of Age Standardized Relative Survival: An Analysis of the SEER Database 2004-2014"
Co-authors: Erika Correa, Chetan Jeurkar, Sufana Shikdar, Maneesh Jain, David Topolsky, Pamela Crilley, Kristine Ward, Michael Styler

Resident QI Talks

First Place

Dr. Neal B. Shah (primary author) and Dr. Kunal Shah (presenter): "Guidelines to Improve the Management of Diabetic Ketoacidosis"
Co-authors: Erica Yoo, Barbara Simon

Second Place

Dr. Michael Yee: "Association Between Continuity of Care and Outpatient Quality Metric Data"
Co-authors: Dahlia Raymond, Steven Russell, Edgar Chou

Third Place

Dr. Marc Katz: "Reducing Over-Utilization of Inpatient Cardiac Telemetry"
Co-authors: Neel A. Patel, Neil Agarwal, Jagpreet Grewal, Kevin D'Mello, Naitek Patel

Honorable Mention

Dr. Willis Ko: "To improve appropriate utilization of echocardiography in the management of patients admitted for syncope"
Co-authors: Kevin Gu, Vikram Prasad, Kevin D'Mello, Naitik Patel

Resident Quality Improvement Posters

First Place

Dr. Omar Sheriff, PGY3: "Reducing Length of Stay for Patients Admitted for Low Risk Chest Pain"
Co-authors: Neel Parikh, Angad Singh, Tahmid Rahman, Naitik Patel, Kevin D'Mello

Second Place

Dr. Maliha Ahmed, PGY2: "Implementation of modified CDI Algorithm to improve diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection At Hahnemann University Hospital"
Co-authors: Shefali N. Shah, Chelsea Weldie, Jeffrey Kim, Andrew Quinn, Bahar Adeli, James Rossi, Brian Lin, Kyle Krevolin, Neal Goldstein, Seth Welles, Michael Pride, Naglaa Mohammad, Kevin D'Mello, Neilanjan Nandi, Michele A. Kutzler

Third Place (tie)

Dr. Mariola Vazquez, PGY3: "Hypercoagulable Workup in the Inpatient Setting: To Test or Not to Test?"
Co-authors: Erika Correa, Nausheen Hakim, Rachel Nathan, Doris Rivas, Diane Sun, Michael Styler, Maneesh Jain, Kristine Ward, Kevin D'Mello

Dr. Mike Khieu, PGY2: "Anticoagulation in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation: A Quality Improvement Project at an Urban Care Facility"
Co-authors: Suchet Kumar, Naitik Patel, Kevin D'Mello, S. Luke Kusmirek

Resident Research Posters

First Place

Dr. Kevin Gu PGY2: "Predicting Major Adverse Cardiac Events using HEART Score in the Elderly"
Co-authors: Amar Kaneria, Parija Sharadalal, Neel Patel, David Chang, Andrew Kohut, Kevin D'Mello

Second Place

Dr. Lauren Schmalz, PGY1: "Malignant pleural effusions: Do race, obesity and comorbidities play a role?"
Co-authors: Zachary Michael Trisel, Stuthi Perimbeti, William May Lee, David Lane Topolsky, Pamela A. Crilley, Kristine Marie Ward, Michael Styler

Third Place

Dr. Meet Parikh, PGY2: "Chronic Cannabis Use and Gastrointestinal Symptomatology, Endoscopic and High-Resolution Manometry Findings"
Co-authors: Shelini Sooklal, Asyia Ahmad

Resident Case Presentation Posters

First Place (Cash Prize)

Dr. Joel Alcid, PGY2: "Double-hit lymphoma - A rare subset of high-grade B-cell lymphoma with poor outcome"
Co-author: Christian Fidler

Second Place

Dr. Tanvisha Mody, PGY2: "Poorly differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma - A Poorly Understood Entity"
Co-authors: Shivam Patel, Alan Chang

Third Place (tie)

Dr. Nihaal Karnik, PGY1: "Salt, Ticks, and Lyme: A case of Lyme Neuroborreliosis Presenting as SIADH"
Co-authors: Rohan Parikh, James Rossi

Dr. Thomas Sibert, PGY1: "Parachute mitral valve is a congenital deformity"
Co-authors: Dexter Jacob, Paulina Gorodin Kiliddar, Gary S. Ledley, S. Farhan Hasni

Fellow Research Posters

First Place

Dr. Benjamin Bluen: "How can we do better? Experience of Hepatitis C Testing for Baby Boomers (1945-1965) in six primary care clinics"
Co-authors: Anna Kesaris, Dagan Coppock, Suzanne Boyle, Edgar Chou, Dong Heun Lee

Second Place

Dr. Nabil Zeineddine: "Placental pathology and neonatal outcomes in pregnancies of perinatally versus non perinatally HIV infected women"
Co-authors: Maria Keating, Shara Epstein, Hervette Nkwihoreze, Erika Aaron, Gregg Alleyne, Florence Momplaisir

Third Place

Dr. Stacy Goldbaum: "The Clinical Efficacy and Safety of GLP-1 (Glucagon-Like Peptide 1) Agonists Combined with Pre-Mixed or Pre-Meal Insulins"
Co-author: Barbara Simon

Fellow Case Presentation Posters

First Place

Dr. Lukasz R. Kiljanek (primary author) and Dr. Johnathan Lee (presenter): "Gabapentin toxicity in a patient with Acute Kidney Injury"
Co-authors: Hasan Arif, Sandeep Aggarwal, Rebecca K. Seshasai

Second Place

Dr. Amanda Karasinski: "An Ailing Kidney with a Change of HAART: An Interesting Case of Rapidly Progressive HIV Associated Immune Complex Kidney Disease (HIVICK)"
Co-authors: Abbas Raza, Sandeep Aggarwal

Third Place

Dr. Shahzad Ahmed: "Spontaneous Left Main Coronary Artery Thrombus: A Rare Cause of Acute STEMI in A Young Male and Unique Approach to Successful Intervention"
Co-authors: not listed

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9th Annual Research Day - May 31, 2017

The Department of Medicine's 9th Annual Research Day was held on May 31, 2017. Research Day is an opportunity for the Department of Medicine fellows and internal medicine residents to present their basic or clinical research projects, either in an oral or poster presentation format, to colleagues within the Drexel community, thus celebrating research accomplishments and fostering new collaborations.

Congratulations to the awardees and to all of the work our trainees have done throughout the year!

A resident presenting during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day

Outstanding Research Project – Resident Oral Presentations

First Place

Dr. Matthew Meleka for his talk entitled “Functional Mechanisms of the Anti-Hypertensive Effects of Novel G Protein Inhibitor Ligands”
Co-authors: Matthew Medcalf, Kevin D. Moeller, Patrick Osei-Owusu

Second Place

Dr. Swaiman Singh for his talk entitled "Absence of BKCa Channels Causes Cardiac Hypertrophy and Dysfunction”
Co-authors: Aaron J. Wengrofsky, Kajol Shah, Shubha Gururaja Rao, Devasena Ponnalagu, Ahmed Tafsirul Hussain, Andrew R. Kohut, Harpreet Singh

Third Place

Dr. Shefali Shah for her talk entitled "Anonymous Self Perception Survey of Sexuality and Body Image in Inflammatory Bowel Disease”
Co-authors: Matthew J. Urban, Edward Gracely, Neilanjan Nandi

Honorable Mention

Dr. Parshva Patel for his talk entitled "Trends of Short Term Clinical Outcomes in Sepsis Related Admission in Transvenous Lead Removal in Heart Failure Patients from 2004 to 2013: Nationwide Analysis”
Co-authors: Abhishek Deshmukh, Farhan Hasni, Heath Saltzman, Yong Mei Cha, Paul Friedman, Samuel Asirvatham, Steven Kutalek

Outstanding Research Project – Resident Poster Presentations

First Place

Dr. Mohammad Ahmad for his poster entitled, "Overweight and Obese Inner City Asthmatics (BMI: 25-40 Kg/m²): High IgE (HC, 30-700 IU/ml) Vs. Low IgE (LC, <30 IU/ml) Cohorts”
Co-authors: A. Arslan, M.S. Aslam, R. Dhingra, E. S. Schulman

Second Place

Dr. Keerthi Kesavarapu for the poster entitled "Severe Hyponatremia in Cirrhotics Listed For Transplantation: Boon or Bane”
Co-authors: Gwen McNulty, Kenneth D. Rothstein, Santiago Munoz

Third Place

Dr. Mariola Vazquez-Rodriquez for the poster entitled "Pulmonary Embolism Prophylaxis in Solid Tumors: Exploring a Paradigm Shift”
Co-authors: Nausheen Hakim, Luiz Marconcini,  Mariola A. Vazquez Martinez, Doris Maria Rivas, Christina Trotta, Jordan Spencer Carter, Stuthi Perimbeti, William Lee, Seema Niphadkar, Neilanjan Nandi, Kristine Ward, Maneesh Jain, Michael Styler

Honorable Mention

Dr. Jared Chowdhury for his talk entitled "Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cystic Fibrosis patients”
Co-authors: Michael J. Stephen

A resident presenting during the Department of Medicine's annual Research Day

Outstanding Case Presentation by a Resident

First Place

Dr. Jeff Kim for his case entitled "Severe Clostridium difficile Infection in Cystic Fibrosis: A Rare but Fatal Presentation”
Co-authors: Omar Sherieff, Syeda Fatima Absar, Ralph Cipriano, Neilanjan Nandi, Bethany Mapow

Outstanding Research Project – Fellow Poster Presentations

First Place

Dr. Marcus Sandling for the poster entitled "Risk Factors Associated with Avascular Necrosis in HIV-Infected Patients in the New Antiretroviral Therapy Era”
Co-authors: Nida Arif, Sara Taherkani, Ed Gracely, Nader Toossi, Norman Johanson, Kimberly Dike and Zsofia Szep

Second Place

Dr. Greg Burkman for the poster entitled "Utility of Intracardiac Echocardiography in Evaluating Pacemaker and ICD Lead Infections and in Identifying Complications Post Extraction: A Single Center Experience”
Co-authors: 
Neel Patel, Brett Angel, Steven Kutalek, Heath Saltzman

Third Place

Dr. Myriam Vela-Ortiz for the poster entitled “Post Adrenalectomy Blood Pressure (BP) Management: A Single Center Experience”
Co-authors: Jaime Baynes-Fields, Waqas Siddiqui, Ziauddin Ahmed, Jesse Goldman, Francis J. Schanne, Sandeep Aggarwal

Outstanding Case Presentation by a Fellow

First Place

Dr. Chris Kern for the case entitled “Canagliflozin (Invokana) Induced Ketoacidosis and RTA2 in the Setting of Euglycemia Following Surgery: a Case Report”
Co-authors: R. Fleyshman, H. Arif

Second Place

Dr. Caytlin Deering for the case entitled "The Frenchman with Swiss Cheese Brain”
Co-authors: Marcus Sanding, Elizabeth Gancher, Sara Schultz

Third Place

Dr. Stacy Goldbaum for the case entitled "Misdiagnosed Radiological Findings in a Patient with Compound Heterozygous 21-Hydroxylase Deficiency”
Co-authors:
 Sonali Biligiri, Alan Chang

 
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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.