Medical students curate TEDxUMKC event

Now in its fourth year, TEDxUMKC has been organized primarily by medical students.
Now in its fourth year, TEDxUMKC has been organized primarily by medical students.

Tickets are on sale for TEDxUMKC. Speakers at the event, to be held Dec. 5 at the National World War I Memorial and Museum, include Mark Hoffman, Ph.D., director of the UMKC Center for Health Insights, and Sly James, the mayor of Kansas City, Missouri.

TEDx events are offshoots of the TED conferences, which started in California 26 years ago.

UMKC medical students Rahul Maheshwari and Ryan Sieli are co-curators of this year’s event, themed “Big Challenges, Small Solutions.” Harika Nalluri, a sixth-year medical student, organized the first TEDxUMKC event in 2012.

In addition to Hoffman and James, speakers at the 2015 TEDxUMKC event include Reza Derakshani, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at UMKC; Terri Friedline, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas; and Dakota Rosenfelt, a UMKC pharmacy student, hemophilia advocate and entrepreneur.

In a press release, the organizers of the 2015 TEDxUMKC event explained why they chose the “Big Challenges, Small Solutions” theme:

Although our society has made much progress, there are still major challenges facing us today. Some of these challenges are well known, while many are not. However, there are those among us that recognize, react and resolve those problems. These pioneers, acting in the spirit of ingenuity and altruism, have paved a path to help make the world a better place. They bring awareness to unseen obstacles, and offer creative solutions to tackle them. Innovational in nature and quick in thinking, these individuals strive to expand our horizons by breaking the facade for others to follow and demonstrating that one individual can make a difference.

Tickets to TEDxUMKC cost $5 for UMKC students and $10 for the general public and usually sell out. Visit www.tedxumkc.com for more information.

Students participate in 2015 Health Sciences Research Summit

 

Four of the School of Medicine winners from the 2015 Health Sciences Student Research Summit with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, are Supriya Dasari, MS 4, Megan Litzau, MS 6, Kayla Briggs, MS 4, and Susamita Kesh, MS 4. Not pictured is Timothy Fendler, winner of the graduate student first place award.
Four of the School of Medicine winners from the 2015 Health Sciences Student Research Summit with Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, are Supriya Dasari, MS 4, Megan Litzau, MS 6, Kayla Briggs, MS 4, and Susamita Kesh, MS 4. Not pictured is Timothy Fendler, winner of the graduate student first place award.
Megan Litzau, MS 6, explains her research poster to John Foxworth, Pharm.D., during the annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit on April 2.
Megan Litzau, MS 6, explains her research poster to John Foxworth, Pharm.D., during the annual Health Sciences Student Research Summit on April 2.

Megan Litzau, MS 6, presented two posters at the 2015 Student Research Summit on April 2. Each represented something of a milestone for the budding physician with interests in research and academic medicine.

Research drew Litzau’s interest during her second year of medical school and she took on small roles of data collection in a pair of studies. “It’s something that I just wanted to try,” Litzau said. “I had never tried doing research before.” By her third project, Litzau was in the position of helping write the grant proposal.

All of which led to the posters from two research projects she was presenting at the research summit. One project had an emergency medicine focus, which is in line with her residency choice — Litzau matched to an emergency medicine at the University of Indiana School of Medicine on Match Day just two weeks earlier.

“This is the first study that I’ve been the first author on,” Litzau said.

Around the corner was another poster from her fifth research project, this one focusing on medical education.

“That one was something of a milestone as well because it was the first time that I was actually invited to be part of a research team,” Litzau said. “A lot of times before, it was me asking someone, ‘Can I join the project? Do you have any use for a student?’ This was the first one where someone came to me and said, ‘We think you could be a valuable asset, will you come and join our team?’”

Litzau said she is already involved with another research project that she will continue to work on when she begins her residency training this summer in Indiana.

Thirty-four students from the School of Medicine, including three graduate students from the school’s graduate programs, participated in presenting 29 posters at Pierson Hall. Students from the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biological Sciences and Engineering and Arts and Sciences presented 89 research posters overall at the annual summit.

Each of the posters presented by medical students were judged by at least three School of Medicine faculty judges. Kayla Briggs, MS 4, received for the first prize for her poster, Enterovirus D68 Illness in Hospitalized Children under 24 Months of Age. Litzau’s poster, Medical Students’ NBME Subject Exam Preparation Habits and Their Predictive Effects on Actual Scores, tied for second place with a poster by Supriya Dasari, MS 4, and Susamita Kesh, MS 4, Smooth Muscle Actin (SMA1) Stain Lungs and Heart on Strains of CUX-1 Transgenic Mice.

Tim Fendler received the first prize for a poster presented by a graduate student with his poster, Alignment of Do-Not-Resuscitate Status with Patients’ Likelihood of Favorable Neurological Survival after In-hospital Cardiac Arrest.

Agostino Molteni, M.D., Ph.D., director of student research, said he was pleased with the collection of presentations and the collaboration that took place in producing many of the projects.

 2015 Health Sciences Student Research Summit
School of Medicine Presentations

(Student, research poster, faculty mentor)

Farhan Raza, MS 4, Pathological Changes in the Heart of CUX-1 Transgenic Mice. Dr. Agostino Molteni

Kayla Briggs, MS 4, Enterovirus D68 Illness in Hospitalized Children under 24 Months of Age. Dr. Jennifer E. Schuster (First Prize – BA/MD Student)

Vijit Chouhan, MS 5, Anatomic Description of the Oblique Bands of the Annular Ligament in the Human Elbow. Dr. Akin Cil

Vijit Chouhan, MS 5, Patterns of Empiric Antimicrobial Usage for Febrile Infants Between the Emergency Department and Inpatient Settings. Dr. Russell McCulloh

Seenu Abraham, MS 4, Polypharmacy and Distinctive Demographics of Congestive Heart Failure Patients. Dr. Lawrence Dall

Kavelin Rumalla, MS 1, Antonio Petralia, MS 1, and Adithi Reddy, MS 1, Student-Run Free Clinics: An Equitable Local Solution to National Healthcare Disparities. Dr. Valerie Rader

Scott Helgeson, MS 6, Incidence of Pulmonary Fibrosis in Lungs of CUX-1 Transgenic Mice, Dr. Agostino Molteni

Dilreet Rai, MS 5, A mouse model of diabetes-accelerated atherosclerosis exhibits elevated endothelial cell Vcam1, Icam1 and Ccl2 expression: Possible role for hyperglycemia in combination with inflammation. Dr. Jenny E. Kanter

Amina Qayum, MS 5, The Heat is On! Reducing Hypothermia During Delivery of High Risk Infants in a Children’s Hospital. Dr. Eugenia K Pallotto

Comron Hassanzadeh, MS 4, Regulation of locomotor activity to amphetamine injection by acid-sensing ion channel 1a and 2 in adult mice. Dr. Xiangping Chu

Keliang Xiao, MS 5, Primary Coarctation of the Aorta Diagnosed in the Older Patient: Endovascular Treatment with Thoracic Covered Stents. Dr. Keith B. Allen

Janessa Pennington, MS 5, Mariah Gawlik, MS 5, Maspin Expression of Pancreatic Inflammation in an Obese Strain of Mice. Dr. Agostino Molteni

Kaitlin Vogt, MS 6, Chris Schiavo, MS 6, Does lemon or cucumber juice inhibit the growth of Propionibacterium acnes in an anaerobic in vitro environment and does it improve the papule count in a preliminary clinical trial? Tim Quinn and Dr. Carol Stanford

Ingrid Hsiung, MS 4, Renal effect of triolein in a rat model of fat embolism syndrome. Dr. Molteni

Amneet Hans, MS 5, Faheem Mahomed, MS 5, Epidemiology of Pediatric Ophthalmic Trauma. Dr. Joshua Schliesser

Navya Reddy, MS 4, Endovenous Ablation Therapy for Treatment of Venous Insufficiency Comparative Study Evaluating the Efficacy of Laser and Radio Frequency in Symptomatic Venous Insufficiency. Dr. Molteni

Gautam Anand, MS 5, Effects of Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke Exposure on Vasculature in High-Risk Children. Dr. Geetha Raghuveer

Megan Litzau, MS 6, Medical Students’ NBME Subject Exam Preparation Habits and Their Predictive Effects on Actual Scores. Dr. Angellar Manguvo (Second Prize tie — BA/MD student)

Megan Litzau, MS 6, Universal Intimate Partner Violence Screening in the Pediatric Emergency Department and Urgent Care Setting: A Retrospective Review. Dr. Kimberly A. Randell

Rohit Saha, MS 5, Baseline knowledge, skills, and attitudes in quality improvement and patient safety (QIPS) among Years 1 students. Dr. Lawrence Dall

Will Enochs, MS 6, Exploring Paramedic-Physician Handoff Communication: A Mixed Methods Study. Dr. Emily Hillman

Timothy Fendler, graduate student, Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Alignment of Do-Not-Resuscitate Status with Patients’ Likelihood of Favorable Neurological Survival after In-hospital Cardiac Arrest. Dr. Donna Buchanan (First Prize — Graduate Student)

Anna Grodzinsky, graduate student, DBHI, Bleeding Risk Following PCI in Patients with Diabetes Prescribed Dual Anti platelet Therap. Dr. Donna Buchanan

Supriya Dasari, MS 4, Susamita Kesh, MS 4, Smooth Muscle Actin (SMA1) Stain Lungs and Heart on Strains of CUX-1 Transgenic Mice. Dr. Molteni, Dr. Betty Herndon (Second place tie — BA/MD Student)

Ali Shafiq, graduate student, DBHI, Likelihood of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Patients with non-ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome: Finding the Best Model. Dr. Donna Buchanan

Jonah Graves, MS 2, Developing an ACE-27 form in REDCap for quantitative analysis of co-morbidities and their effect on cancer outcomes. Dr. Mark Hoffman

Lisa Brown, MS 6, Ayesha Murtuza, MS 6, Measuring the Efficacy of Introductory Pamphlets on Patient Satisfaction. Dr. Carol Stanford

Isadore Tarantino, MS 5, Does the Modified Mallampati Scoring Method Effectively Screen for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Dr. Nurry Pirani

Azka Afzal, MS 5, Patient discharge instructions: Factors that improve patient understanding and compliance. Dr. Josh Honeyman

Researcher joins Biomedical and Health Informatics faculty

logo templateKim Smolderen, Ph.D., a distinguished researcher who has collaborated with the Mid America Heart Institute, will join the School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics faculty in February to work with program development and teaching and mentoring students and faculty.

After receiving her master’s degree and a Ph.D. in medical psychology from Tilburg University, The Netherlands, Smolderen completed two internships and a post-doctorate fellowship in outcomes research at the Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute working closely with John Spertus, M.D., Lauer/Missouri Endowed Chair in Metabolism and Vascular Disease Research. She will continue to work under his scientific mentorship.

With the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Smolderen will work to develop a sustained, extramurally-supported research program, while also teaching graduate level courses and mentoring students and faculty in research. She will also work with Mark Friedell, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, in developing the department’s research initiatives, said Karen Williams, professor and chair of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

Smolderen has received a number of awards and honors for her extensive research activities and her work has garnered many research grants, including a current $1.8 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

A member of many professional committees and associations, Smolderen currently serves as associate editor of BMC Cardiovascular Disorders and is a member of the editorial board for Cardiovascular Quality of Care and Outcomes.