Medical Education (GME)

Published on April 4th, 2016

St. Luke’s Trainees Have Impressive Showing at the 2016 Academic Surgical Congress

Three St. Luke’s residents and one Temple medical student presented papers at the Academic Surgical Congress (ASC), a joint meeting of the two leading associations for academic surgery — the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) and the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). Together, the AAS and SUS boast more than 5,000 members from leading institutions nationwide.

The 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) was held February 2-4, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida. Hundreds of academic surgeons from a breadth of subspecialties participated. Medical students, residents and young surgeons were acknowledged for their thought-provoking work and established surgical leaders presented keynote addresses.

“This is only the second time our students have presented at ASC, and in only one year we have more than doubled the number of papers presented at one of the most prestigious academic surgical meetings,” notes Brian Hoey, MD, program director, St. Luke’s University General Surgery Residency. “This impressive showing demonstrates St. Luke’s commitment to research and medical education, as well as the outstanding leadership provided by Dr. Stawicki, SLUHN Chair of Research and Innovation.

Students presenting at this year’s conference and their topics were:

  • Maggie Lin, MD, general surgery resident (PGY 4) along with the SLUHN Vascular Surgery team, presented “Temporal variability of mortality & readmission determinants in peripheral vascular surgery patients.” This project also involved Temple medical student Eric Pletcher. View the presentation.
  • Another Vascular Surgery project presented by Dr. Lin was titled, “Comorbidity-polypharmacy score predicts morbidity, infections after lower extremity bypass.” This project also involved Temple medical student Eric Pletcher. View the presentation.
  • Dr. Lin also presented a truly unique project titled, “Traditional autopsy versus CT-imaging autopsy in trauma: A Case of ‘Synergistic Disagreement.’ ” This project also involved a recent Temple graduate, Dr. Marissa S. Cohen (now one of our SLUHN Emergency Medicine residents) and faculty members from St. Luke’s Level I Trauma Center and the Department of Radiology. View the presentation.
  • Heidi Hon, MD, general surgery resident (PGY3) along with our Level I Trauma Team presented “Identifying injury and fatality risks in aeromedical transport: Making it safer for the life-savers.” This project also involved Temple medical student, J. P. Anagnostakos. View the presentation.
  • Dr. Hon, under the direction of Dr. Morrissey (SLUHN Plastic Surgery) presented a project titled, “A comparative study: Acellular dermis vs. inferior de-epithelized flap in breast reconstruction.” View the presentation.
  • Brett Styskel, Temple medical student along with the SLUHN patient safety team presented “Natural history of retained surgical items: Building on cumulative experience.” View the presentation.
  • Anthony Cipriano, MD, general surgery resident (PGY 2) along with the SLUHN Level I Trauma Center team presented “Comparison of platelet & RBC indices after splenectomy, embolization, & observation in trauma. This project also involved one of our Temple medical students, Suzie Liu. View the presentation.

“I couldn’t be more pleased by the number and quality of the papers presented,” says Dr. Stawicki. “This is just one indication of the caliber of the St. Luke’s residents and Temple medical students who study at St. Luke’s University Health Network.”

With the assistance of faculty mentors, all General Surgery residents are required to complete a scholarly project prior to completing their residency. The expectation is that this work will be presented at a national meeting and ultimately be published.

About ASC

The mission of the Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) is to promote surgical research investigations through the communication of ideas between surgical residents, surgical fellows, junior surgical faculty, and full professors, and through awarding surgical research grants. Members and leaders of the association usually maintain active laboratories or academic research programs at their institutions. In recent years, the association has increased its international involvement and taken a role in policy development. Increasingly, new members are from outside North America.

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