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A newsletter for research & medical education September 2014


Student Summer Scholars Wrap Up 2014 Program With Presentation of Research Findings

Baystate Summer Scholars 2014

Front Row: Krishna Vermuni, Jennifer Friderici, Justin Ayala, Cassidy Cunningham, Jonathan Housey, Carla Lauture, Sunjin Oh, Abigail Hatch, Laura Thompson-Martin, Keith Spencer, and Rebecca Blanchard, PhD
Back Row: Nick Cormier, Bob Gaffey, Delaine Winn, John Budrow, Alex Knee, Kyle Douglas, Ibrahim Osumanu, Paul Visintainer, PhD, and Jane Garb.

Fourteen Scholars from 12 institutions participated in the Baystate Summer Student Scholars program this summer. The 10-week program provided college students with exposure to the fundamentals of clinical research design and conduct in a synergistic environment while assisting BMC clinical faculty in conducting research.

The program was run under the direction of Paul Visintainer, PhD and Rebecca Blanchard, PhD in collaboration with the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Core Research staff and Krishna Vermuri, UMass Amherst graduate student. 

Faculty members Melissa Brown, PhD, RD; Sarah Goff, MD; Eric Granowitz, MD; Donald Kirton, MD; Tara Lagu, MD MPH; Rachana Singh, MD; Howard Smithline, MD; Mihaela Stefan, MD; and Katharine White, MD, MPH and were mentors to this year's scholars.

The Scholars presented their research findings to mentors, faculty and staff at the Chestnut Conference Center on August 7-8, 2014. Final presentations can be viewed on the Summer Student Scholars LibGuide.

Department of Medicine at the Society of General Internal Medicine National Meeting

Resident Dilpreet Singh and Program Director Michael Rosenblun at 2014 SGIM National meeting
Dr. Dilpreet Singh (PGY2 Resident) and Dr. Michael Rosenblum, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, at the 2014 SGIM National Meeting

Residents, fellows, and faculty in the Department of Medicine attended the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)  National Meeting held in San Diego in April 2014.

Dr. Michael Rosenblum, Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency, served as the co-chair of the 2013-2014 SGIM Education Committee. He and other Baystate faculty were involved in 5 workshops/concurrent sessions.

Resident/Fellow Posters and Presentations

The following residents and fellows had posters accepted or gave oral presentations.

  1. Katie Jobbins, Jesse Leyse: "Orbital cellulitis with cavernous sinus thrombosis in an elderly woman: A case report"
  2. Anita Mulye: “Chlorpromazine-induced hepatitis” (Oral presentation)
  3. Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh: “Healthcare professionals’ attitudes, perceptions and practices regarding breast self-examination”
  4. Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh, Saurabh Dahiya, Karan Singh: “Severe refractory hypercalcemia in a rare case of B-cell prolymhocytic Leukemia”
  5. Leena Rahmat: " Is cardiac catherization the definitive treatment of cardio embolic myocardial infraction from infective endocartitis?”
  6. Vijay Selvaraj: “Do cancer patients fare well in the ICU?”
  7. Dilpreet Singh: “Toxic leukoencephalopathy from heroin overdose - Atypical presentation and recovery with residual autonomic dysfunction and spasticity”
  8. Auras Atreya, Behdad Besharatian: “DxCostBuddy”: An Android application to improve cost-conscious care among internal medicine residents”
  9. Prasanna Durairaj: “ Not your typical “Lumpy Jaw”: A case of Actinomyces osteonecrosis of the mandible”
  10. Laura Harrison, Leena Rahmat: “The façade of familiarity--a missed case of myxedema coma”
  11. Sonali Arora, Auras Atreya: “Healthcare providers’ knowledge of different diets and dietary advice provided to patients”
  12. Prasanna Durairaj, Auras Atreya, ”Left atrial myxoma: A ‘zebra’ in the differential for altered mental status & seizure"
  13. Jaber Randa: “Death among patients hospitalized with pneumonia; Implications for hospital outcome measures” (Oral Presentation)
  14. Karan Singh: “When occam’s razor fails: Linezoid induced lactic acidosis in a patient with severe aortic atherosclerotic disease”
  15. Karan Singh, Vijay Selvaraj: “We see with our eyes, but we see with our brains as well-phantoms in the brain: Charles Bonnet Hallucinations”

Susan Krause, CNM, MSN Appointed Director of the Midwifery Education Program

Susan Krause, CNMSusan (Sukey) Krause, CNM, MSN assumed the position of Director, Baystate Midwifery Education Program, on August 18. She is replacing Barbara Graves, CNM, MPH, MN, FACNM, who is retiring after serving as director since 1998.

Sukey has been faculty in the Education Program and a nurse midwife clinician in Baystate Midwifery and Women’s Health since 1993. "It is a tribute to the caliber of our program that, when we did a national search, we found our best candidate right here at Baystate,’ said Susan DeJoy, CNM, PhD, Chief of Midwifery. "Sukey brings not only experience and expertise to the Director role, but new ideas and vision. We are fortunate to have her."

Douglas Johnson MD Appointed Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Douglas JohnsonDr. Douglas Johnson, Critical Care and Pulmonary Division, was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

The Clinical Appointment and Promotion Committee noted Dr. Johnson's reputation as a widely respected pulmonary medicine specialist, his commitment to smoking cessation policy, and his teaching and administrative responsibilities through his directorship of the Intermediate Care Program.

Dr. Barry Sarvet Honored with 2014 Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award

Dr. Barry SarvetBarry Sarvet MD, Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, has been selected by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) for its 2014 Simon Wile Leadership in Consultation Award.

This award acknowledges outstanding leadership and continuous contributions in the field of liaison child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Sarvet is Chief of Child and Adolescent Services at Baystate, and has served as statewide medical director of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project (MCPAP) since its inception.

Dr. Sarvet will be recognized at a Distinguished Awards Luncheon during the AACAP 2014 Annual Meeting in October in San Diego, and will make an honors presentation about his work.

Dr. Sarvet was also elected as Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Maura Brennan MD Receives Inspirational Physician Award

Dr. Maura BrennanMaura Brennan MD, Program Director, Geriatric Fellowship and Chief, Geriatrics, Palliative Care and Post-Acute Medicine Division, been acknowledged by the The American Medical Association Women Physicians Section with the Inspirational Physician Award for her contributions to the achievements of women in the medical profession.

Dr. Brennan was nominated by PGY3 Internal Medicine resident Kah Poh (Melissa) Loh who called her an exceptional clinician, teacher and mentor, and said, "Without her, I would not have achieved what I have today."

Dr. Ronald Gross Active As a Mentor

Dr. Ronald GrossRonald Gross MD, Chief of the Division of Trauma, Acute Care Surgery & Surgical Critical Care, has been selected to be a mentor in the 2014-2015 class of the American College of Surgeons Young Fellow Association Mentorship Program. The mentorship program creates a 1-year mentor/mentee match focused on strengthening engagement in the ACS for both young surgeons and senior fellows.

Two years ago, Dr. Gross was also selected to be one of the 10 original mentors in the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) mentorship program. The program promotes the academic and personal growth of young acute care surgeons by providing extramural mentorship over a 2-year period. He continues to be involved in that program.

Reham Shaaban MD Named a Top Hospitalist for 2014

Dr. Reham ShaabanDr. Reham Shaaban, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency's Healthcare Quality and Hospitalist Track, was selected as one of ACP Hospitalist's Top Hospitalists for 2014.

After being nominated by her colleagues, she was selected by the ACP editorial board as one of the 10 best hospitalists. She will be featured in the November issue, the cover story of which is devoted to profiles of each of the top doctors.





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