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2018 Medical Student Research Day Awards

The Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) identifies research opportunities by pairing rising 2nd year WFSM medical students with faculty mentors for an 8½ week summer research experience. All students must present a poster describing their research findings at Medical Student Research Day (MSRD) held each October.

Debra I. Diz, PhD, Professor of Surgery Hypertension and Co-Director of the Cardiovascular Sciences Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine presented the keynote address, “Insights into Orthostatic Intolerance in Children: A Multidisciplinary Team Effort” at the 2018 Medical Student Research Day on October 10.

2018 Medical Student Research Day Winners

Winners from left to right: Claudia Loyola Amador, Philip Kayser, Mike Lin, Jennifer Newman and Kathryn Cain (Missing from photo: Adam Jimenez)
Winners from left to right: Claudia Loyola Amador, Philip Kayser, Mike Lin, Jennifer Newman and Kathryn Cain (Missing from photo: Adam Jimenez)

Six awards were given for medical students with outstanding research posters. Click on their poster title to view poster.

Overall - First Prize
Mike Lin
Mechanical Tissue Resuscitation After Ischemic Injury To Cardiac Tissue 
Mentor: James E. Jordan, PhD; Cardiothoracic Surgery

Overall - Second Prize
Philip Kayser
Biggest Loser? Caloric Restriction and Later Incidence of Frailty
Mentors: Barbara Nicklas, PhD; Kathryn Callahan, MD; Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine

Overall - Third Prize
Jennifer Newman
Robust Process Improvement for the Voluntary Inpatient Psychiatry Admission Process
Mentor: Stephen I. Kramer, MD, DLFAPA; Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine

Translational Science - T1: Bench to Bedside
Adam Jimenez
Does MEST-C Score Predict Outcomes in Pediatric HSP Nephritis? 
Mentors: Andrew South, MD, MS; Ashton Chen, DO; Jen-Jar Lin, MD; PhD; Pediatrics

Translational Science - T2: Bedside to Community
Kathryn Cain
Assessing Parents' Communication of Weight and Weight Management From Clinic To Home
Mentors: Callie Brown, MD, MPH; Gail Cohen, MD, MS; Joseph A. Skelton, MD, MS; Pediatrics

Meredith Award for Outstanding Healthy Equity Research
Claudia Loyola Amador
Prevalence of Hypertension in the Dominican population: US vs. the Dominican Republic
Mentor: Carlos J. Rodriguez, MD, MPH; Cardiology and Public Health Sciences


Thanks to all the students who participated and to the mentors who guided them in their projects!

Coming soon: photo album from the 2018 MSRD!