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A newsletter for research & medical education April 2014


All PGY-1 and PGY-2 Pharmacy Residency Positions Filled in the 2014 Match

First Time All 5 PGY-1 Slots Filled From Outside New England

Baystate Medical Center matched all five of its open PGY-1 pharmacy residency positions, and its single PGY-2 Critical Care pharmacy residency position, in the Pharmacy Residency Match in March 2014. New pharmacy residents start their programs on July 1, 2014.

This year's Match had 4,799 applicants—a 22% increase over last year. Still, there were 309 positions that remained unfilled for the post-match process.

Incoming Pharmacy Residents

PGY-1 Pharmacy Residents
Name Pharmacy School
Jessica Biggs University of Maryland, MD
Derrick Ng Rutgers University, NJ
Hardik Patel South University, GA
Hannah Spinner Temple University, PA
Qian Ya (Lensa) Zeng University of Florida, FL
PGY-2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residents
Name Pharmacy Residency
Sharnae Stevens, PharmD Reading Hospital, PA

Michael Flaherty MD Wins National Resident Research Award

Dr. Michael FlahertyDr. Michael Flaherty, PGY3 Pediatrics resident, has been awarded an Academic Pediatric Association Research Award for Best Abstract by a Resident. His abstract is entitled, “Effect of Massachusetts' Graduated Driver Licensing System on Adolescent Motor Vehicle Crashes.”

Dr. Flaherty will be presented with the award and an honorarium of $500 at the APA Research Committee Meeting at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 4, 2014.

According to Dr. Laura Koenigs, Program Director of the Pediatric Residency, this is the second year in a row that a Baystate resident has won a national research award at the annual PAS meeting. Dr. Hijab Zubairi won an award from the Society for Pediatric Research in 2013.

Residents Auras Atreya MD and Behdad Besharatian MD Win Top Innovation Award at Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Meeting

Dr. Auras Atreya

PGY3 residents Auras Atreya MD and Behdad Besharatian MD won the top award in the Innovation Presentation category at the 2014 Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Regional Conference at Harvard Medical School. Their poster is titled “Android Application Based Educational Tool to Improve Cost-Conscious Care Among Internal Medicine Residents."

Dr. Behdad Besharatian

According to Dr. Tara Lagu, Department of Medicine academic hospitalist, the pair developed an app that lists the costs of all of the tests and services administered during a hospitalization. Dr. Thomas Higgins, Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs in the Department of Medicine, and Stefano Buccy, UMass Amherst student, were also on the project.

A total of 9 Baystate IM residents presented posters at SGIM. Dr. Thomas Chin, PGY 1 resident, gave an oral presentation titled, “An Unusual Case of a Patient with Drug Overdose and Brugada Pattern on Electrocardiogram Presenting as a Possible Acute Coronary Syndrome.”

Drs. Michael Rosenblum, Tara Lagu and Linda Canty were judges for the poster session.

Baystate Internal Medicine Residents and Attendings at 2014 Regional SGIM

Back Row:  Fadi Alkhatib, Thomas Chin, Tara Lagu, Michael Rosenblum, Hari Pokharel, Auras Atreya
2nd Row: Vijay Selvaraj, Michael Picchioni, Leena Rahmat, Auras Atreya
Front Row: Naimah Al Faraj, Annie Yang, Behdad Besharatian, Melissa Loh
(missing from photo: Dr. Linda Canty)

Dr. Lauren MeadeDr. Lauren Meade Promoted to Associate Professor

Lauren Meade MD, Associate Director of the Internal Medicine residency program, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Residents Gauri Luthra MD and Tara Abraham MD Present Posters at CREOG/APGO Meeting

Dr. Tara AbrahamDrs. Tara Abraham, PGY3 resident, and Gauri Luthra, PGY4 resident, each presented posters at the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics-Gynecology/Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics annual meeting in Atlanta GA in February 2014.

Dr. Abraham's poster, "Measuring the Most Functional Operating Position for Gynecologic Laparoscopy Procedures" was co-authored by Drs. Stephen Grow, Donald Kirton and Daniel Grow.

Dt. Gauri LuthraDr. Luthra's poster was titled, "Mental Mapping: A Universal Approach to Beginning Ultrasound." It was co-authored by Dr. Donald Kirton.

OB/Gyn faculty also presented posters. Drs. Michael Plevyak and Heather Sankey: Factors That Affect the Choice of an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. And Dr. Halina Wiczyk: Evaluation of Obstetric and Gynecology Residents’ Clinical Knowledge of Electrosurgical Principals Before and After an Educational Intervention.

Donald Kirton MD also gave a video presentation titled, "Skeletonizing the Uterine Artery: Developing a Laparoscopic Simulation Model."

Annual “Intern Project Day” Introduces New Internal Medicine Interns to Research Resources at Baystate

Intern Project Day 2014 at Baystate Medical Center

At Intern Project Day on February 24, 2014 Internal Medicine Residency interns spent the afternoon learning about research at Baystate. The interns were able to ask questions of a panel of residents who have already completed successful projects. Intern Project Day is designed to inspire interns, help them identify important and interesting research topics, and better understand the research infrastructure that exists for them at Baystate.






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