2022 Medical Student Research Symposium Award Winners Announced – Faculty of Medicine News


The twelve students pictured won first place in various categories at the 2022 Medical Student Research Symposium.

Eighty medical students from Wayne State University School of Medicine participated in the annual Medical Student Research Symposium, hosted and hosted virtually by the Office of Medical Student Research Programs on January 28.

Students submitted 74 combined research projects, many of which worked collaboratively in categories that included basic science and clinical research, as well as specialized categories such as women’s health research, medical education research, global health, public health and community engagement.

“As in previous years, the research presented by the students was very impressive and demonstrated their increased involvement in research projects,” said Joseph Dunbar, Ph.D., director of student research and innovation in medicine and professor of physiology. “Student participation in scholarly activities has been and will continue to be very important in their education. Participation in these activities enhances their ability to explore new questions and provide new perspectives for improving health care in the future. Participating in scholarly activities greatly enhances the academic and scientific development of students.

The symposium gives students the opportunity to discuss and deliberate research and accompanying findings with other students and faculty, and reinforces the message that clinicians can have fulfilling research careers too. All WSU medical students were eligible to submit abstracts on a research project to which they made a significant contribution during their undergraduate or graduate years.

First, second and third place awards were given in Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Medical Education Research, Women’s Health and Public Health and Community Engagement.

Winners included:

Basic scientific research

1st place: Antoine Chifor
Post-synaptic intracorporeal recruitment of CaMKIIα enhances memory

2nd place (tie): Cole Goodman
Imaging of the functional attenuation coefficient of the inner segment of the rod: the shape of things to come

2nd place (tie): Harry Ramos
The role of connective tissue growth factor in maintaining the epithelial phenotype of ovarian cancer cells during the epithelial-mesenchymal transition

3rd place (tie): El Hussain Shamsa
The short-term effects of airborne fine particles and climate on COVID-19 disease dynamics

3rd place (tie): Serena Simpson
Norepinephrine Regulation of Spatial Memory Using Barnes’ Maze in Male and Female Rats

Clinical research

1st place (tie): Mara Darian
Blood pressure response in children with heart disease

1st place (tie): Dominic Alessio-Billowus
Predictors of length of hospital stay in pediatric dog-bitten patients

2nd place (tie): Sopie Wittenberg and Nicole Xu
Reduced healthcare resource utilization combined with a rapid exclusion protocol for suspected acute coronary syndrome

2nd place (tie): Hannah Milad
A prospective study investigating the relationship between diagnostic lumbar medial branch blocks and the use of sedation

3rd place (tie): Ivan Rakic
Assessing the utility of lymphovascular invasion as an independent prognostic predictor of overall survival in patients with renal cell carcinoma undergoing nephrectomy

3rd place (tie): May Chammaa
The impact of trauma subtypes on the severity of PTSD in Syrian refugee children and adolescents

3rd place (tie): Susan Wager
Recovery time after operative or non-operative treatment of a humeral stem fracture

Women’s Health Research

1st place: Erin Leestma
Impact of Language Preference on Outcomes of Persons Lost to Follow-Up After Location Unknown Pregnancy Diagnosis

2nd place (tie): Emily Lau
The Role of Vigorous, High-Intensity Interval Training Physical Activity Tips in Prenatal Care

2nd place (tie): Gurbani Bedi
Discharge against medical advice during the postpartum period: why should we care?

Medical Education Research

1st place: Joseph Files
Ultrasound training program triples visualization ability of first-graders

Public Health and Community Engagement

1st place (tie): Karla Escobar, Julia Yee, Miles Bowman, Myles Hardeman, Emile Tadros, Omar Mahmood and Kiernan Bloye
Social Determinants, Health Care Access and Utilization in Detroit, Michigan LatinX Community

1st place (tie): Bushra Fathima
The effect of socioeconomic status on patient outcomes after rotator cuff repair at two hospital campuses

2nd place (tie): Varag Abed and Alex Duvall
Social Determinants of Health Influence Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review

2nd place (tie): Sahar Elmenini
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emerging adults with type 1 diabetes

3rd place (tie): Sikander Chohan
Using primary care to engage patients on opioids in psychological intervention for chronic pain

3rd place (tie): Margaret Wasvary
Perspectives on Telemedicine from a National Youth Study in the United States


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