SIU Med Students, Residents Awarded for Research


May 2, 2013

SIU Med Students, Residents Awarded for Research          

Six medical students and seven resident physicians have received top awards in the 23rd annual Trainee Research Symposium at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The symposium offers trainees in Springfield 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 prostate cancer, total hip arthroplasty and dietetic counseling and weight gain during pregnancy.

[Note:  Advisors are listed after each project name. Family information for medical students and residents is listed at the end of release.]     

The first-place medical student winner was Amanda Velazquez, a senior from Oak Park, for her project “Effects of a Mobile Phone Application Intervention on Medical Student Weight Loss and Perceived Patient Counseling Ability” (Dr. David Steward, professor and chair of internal medicine). 

Two medical students received second place:

    ●    Christian McNeely a sophomore from Jacksonville, for his project "Long Term Survival of patients Undergoing Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement: A longitudinal Analysis of Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries" (Dr. Christina Vassileva, assistant professor of surgery)

    ●    Andrew Mitchelson, a sophomore from Taylorville, for his project “Patient Demographics and Risk Factors in Pediatric Distal Humeral Supracondylar Fractures” (Dr. Khaled Saleh, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation).

Third-place was awarded to three medical students:

         Dan Rosenkrans, a junior from Pecatonica, for his project “One-Level Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion: Does Order Placement of Hardware Matter?” (Dr. Per Freitag, Ph.D., associate professor of surgery)

    ●    Clare Zimmerman, a sophomore from Springfield, for her project "Techniques In Cryopreservation of Human Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cells” (Mary McAsey, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology)

     ●    Daniel Sadowski, a junior from LaSalle, for his project “Online Information on Proton Therapy for Prostate Cancer: Patient Education or Marketing?” (Dr. Alex Gorbonos, assistant professor of surgery).

The first-place resident physician winner was Dr. Anthony Jeanmenne, a radiology resident from Peoria, for his project “Development and Implementation of an Interactive, Web-based, Mobile App for Radiology Residents That Simulates “Must See” Emergency Cases That Are Encountered on Independent Call Shifts” (Dr. John Becker, assistant professor of radiology).       
Second-place was awarded to two residents:

    ●    Dr. Kevin Sharif, an orthopaedics and rehabilitation resident from Elkhart, Ind., for his project “Impact of Age, Gender, and Anesthesia Modality on Post-Operative Pain in Total Hip Arthroplasty Patients” (Dr. Khaled Saleh, professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation)

    ●    Dr. Trinadha Pilla, a medicine psychiatry resident from India, for his project “Azithromycin Intravenous Bolus Infusion Improves the Quality of Visualization of Egd in Acute Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding – A Retrospective Study” (Dr. Arman Ali, assistant professor of internal medicine).

Third-place was awarded to four residents:

    ●    Dr. Kenneth Illingworth, an orthopaedics and rehabilitation resident from San Francisco, Calif., for his project “Inaccuracy of Leg Length Discrepancy Measurements: Comparison With a Novel 3d Ct Measurement” (Saleh)

    ●    Dr. Pierre Johnson, an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Chicago, for his project “Evaluation of Labor and Delivery Triage Utilization: A Use and Cost Analysis” (Dr. Sohail Siddique, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology)

    ●    Dr. Rachel Durham, an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Belleville, for her project “Seat Belt Usage by Pregnant Women in Central Illinois” (Dr. Sohail Siddique, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology)

   ●     Dr. Amanda O’Brien, an obstetrics and gynecology resident from Springfield, for her project “Dietetic Counseling and Weight Gain During Pregnancy: An Outcomes Analysis” (Dr. Erica Nelson, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology).

Judges for this year’s symposium were Dr. J. Kevin Dorsey, Ph.D., dean and provost; Dr. James Gilchrist, professor and chair of neurology; Dr. Brian Moore, assistant professor of pathology; Dr. Katherine Hild-Mosley, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology; Dr. Michael Neumeister, professor and chair of surgery; and Steven Verhulst, Ph.D., professor of statistics and research consulting.

Note to editor:   Amanda Velazquez is the daughter of Rudy and Nancy Velazquez of Oak Park, Christian McNeely is the son of Charles and Susan McNeely of Jacksonville, Dan Rosekrans is the son of Jim and Lisa Rosenkrans of Pecatonica, Clare Zimmerman is the daughter of Richard Zimmerman and Maureen Farmer, both of Springfield, Daniel Sadowski is the son of John and Victoria Sadowski of LaSalle; Dr. Anthony Jeanmenne is the son Raoul and Teri Jeanmenne of Peoria, Dr. Kevin Sharif is the son of Roy and Valerie Whyte of Elkhart, Ind., and Dr. Rachel Durham is the daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth Sidwell of Alton.

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