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2016 Medical Student Research Day Awards

The Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) identifies research opportunities by pairing medical students with faculty mentors for a 9-week research experience. All students must present a poster describing his/her research findings at Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) held each October.

2016 Medical Student Research Day Winners

The 2016 Medical Student Research Day was held on Wednesday, October 5. The keynote address, “Bridging Research and Practice Through Pragmatic Clinical Trials,” was presented by Gary E. Rosenthal, MD, Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of Wake Forest Baptist Health.

2016 Medical Student Research Day Award Winners
Winners from left to right: Tesia Oliver, Revathy Sampath-Kumar, Robert Dorrell, Tunc Kiymaz, Margarita Peterson and Sarah Vermillion.

Six awards were given for medical students with outstanding research posters.

Overall - First Prize
Tunc Kiymaz, “An Orthopedic-Hospitalist Co-managed Hip Fracture Service Reduces Inpatient Length of Stay”
Mentor: Cynthia L. Emory, Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Overall - Second Prize
Revathy Sampath-Kumar, “Improved hepatocyte function and reduced hepatic steatosis in absence of hippo pathway effector TAZ”
Mentor: Jerrold M. Olefsky, MD, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Diego

Overall - Third Prize
Sarah Vermillion, “Modified Frailty Index Predicts Postoperative Outcomes in Older Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients”
Mentor: Clancy J. Clark, MD, Department of Surgery, Section on Surgical Oncology

Translational Science - T1: Bench to Bedside
Margarita Peterson, “Murine Model for Intraperitoneal Delivery of Folic Acid Targeted Polymer Nanoparticles and Treatment of Colorectal Cancer Metastases”
Mentor: Nicole Levi-Polyachenko, PhD, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Translational Science - T2: Bedside to Community
Robert Dorrell, “Feasibility of Using Real-time Location Systems in Monitoring Recovery After Major Abdominal Surgery”
Mentor: Clancy J. Clark, MD, Department of Surgery, Section on Surgical Oncology

Meredith Award for Outstanding Healthy Equity Research
Tesia Oliver, “Sustainability of CPAP in a Regional Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Accra, Ghana”
Mentor: Medge Owen, Department of Anesthesiology


Thanks to all the students who participated, to the mentors who guided them in their projects, and to all who attended the event.

The winning posters will be on display in Carpenter Library for two weeks. View images from MSRD 2016.