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May 7, 2012

SIU Med Students, Residents Awarded for Research

Seven medical students and six resident physicians have received top awards in the 22st annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The symposium offers various trainees in Springfield and Carbondale an opportunity to gain experience in making formal presentations of their research findings. Faculty advisors provided assistance for each project. 

The top projects in each category, as judged by a panel of faculty, received monetary prizes.  The judging criteria included – preliminary data and research approach, research design, project creativity, originality, and the potential scientific or medical significance. Topics included Alzheimer’s Disease, cancer, infant mortality and osteoarthritis.

[Note: Advisors are listed after each project name. Family information for medical students is listed at the end of release.]     
The first-place medical student winner was Erik Hoefgen, a graduating senior from Eureka, Mo., for his project “Outborn Birth Remains Problematic for Very Pre-term Infants within a Rural Perinatal Network in Illinois” (Dr. Beau Batton, assistant professor of pediatrics). 

Second-place was awarded to two medical students:

●    Stefanie Ames, a graduating senior from Peoria, for her project “Inflammation and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Breast and Endometrial Cancer Survivors Compared with Non-Cancer Controls” (Dr. Laura Q. Rogers, professor of internal medicine) and 

●   Marshall Holland, a junior from Springfield, for his project “A Study of Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment: Patient Knowledge of Their Medications and Medical Conditions” (Dr. Thomas Ala, associate professor of neurology). 
Third-place was awarded to four medical students:

●   Benjamin Henkle, a sophomore from Springfield for his project “Physician Health Messages on Hypertension in Rural Southeastern Ghana” (Dr. Edem Agamah, volunteer associate professor of internal medicine), 

●   Reem Nubani, a graduating senior from Chicago, for her project “Factors Affecting Extremely Pre-term Infant Mortality Rate” (Batton),

●   Michael Sinha, a graduating senior from Decatur for his project “The Impact of Tort Reform and Quality Improvements on Medical Liability Claims;  A Tale of Two States” (Dr. Khaled J. Saleh, professor of surgery), and

●    Cathy Yu, a sophomore from Springfield, for her project “D-Methionine (D-Met) Pre-loading Prior to Noise Exposure Significantly Reduces Temporary and Permanent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in Chinchillas” (Kathleen Campbell, Ph.D., professor of otolaryngology).

The first-place resident physician winner was Dr. Christina Doerr, an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Bourbonnais, who was recognized for her project “Comparison of Visually Estimated Blood Loss Versus Caculated Blood Loss in Vaginal and Cesarean Deliveries: Pre- and Post-Hemmorhage Training Analysis” (Dr. Robert Abrams, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology). 

Second-place was awarded to two residents:

●    Dr. Theresa Hegge, a surgery resident from Williston, N.D., for her project “Integra Application on Exposed Bone with Fibrin: An Animal Model” (Dr. Reuben Bueno, associate professor of plastic surgery), and

●    Dr. Dustin Stehling, an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Monmouth, for his project “Postpartum Colposcopy:  A Review of Factors Associated with Improved Patient Compliance” ( Dr. Gilberto Rodrigo, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology).

Third-place was awarded to three residents –

●    Dr. Evan Armington, a surgery resident from Carmel, Ind., for his project “Meniscus Surgery and Joint Space Width Narrowing on Plane Radiographs:  Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative” (Dr. Khaled J. Saleh, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation),

●    Dr. Holly Hoefgen, an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Martinsville, for her project “Management of Adnexal Masses in the Pediatric/Adolescent Population of Central Illinois” (Mary McAsey, Ph.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology), and

●    Dr. Kyle Siewert, a surgery resident from Springport, Ind., for his project “Correlation of Subject Patient Scores to Cartilage Loss on 3T MRI:  Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative” (Saleh).

Judges for this year’s symposium were Dr. David Griffen, Ph.D., associate professor of emergency medicine; Joseph Milbrandt, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery; and Dr. Robert Mocharnuk, associate professor of hematology/oncology.

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