Department of Surgery Holds 48th Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program

April 9, 2018 by Michelle Bookless

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 the University of Vermont Department of Surgery held the 48th Annual Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Austin Auditorium. At an awards luncheon following the program UVM Larner College of Medicine Class of 2018 students Miles Grunvald, Brianna Spencer, and Samy Ramadan were honored with Senior Surgery Major Awards for their presentations.

Saurabh Patel '18, Autumn Reilly '18, Yazen Qumsiyeh '18, Ashley Deeb '18, Samy Ramadan '18, Miles Grunvald '18, Richard Mendez '18, Adam Petchers '18, Brianna Spencer '18, Soraiya Thura '18, Brittany Rocque '18, Brian Till '18

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 the University of Vermont Department of Surgery held the 48th Annual Surgery Senior Major Scientific Program in the University of Vermont Medical Center’s Austin Auditorium. Coordinated by Carlos E. Marroquin, M.D., Green and Gold Professor of Transplant Surgery and Immunology and chief of transplant, immunology and hepatobiliary surgery, the event showcases the scholarly work of UVM Larner College of Medicine students who will be specializing in surgery following their graduation in May. 

The objective of the event, according to the Department of Surgery, is "to provide [students] with the opportunity, through a library search or quality improvement project, a patient chart review and/or laboratory investigation, to complete a scholarly project, assemble and prepare the date in the form of a scientific article acceptable for publication in a professional journal and to present this research at a scientific seminar."

This year, presentations were given by twelve Class of 2018 medical students including Brittany Rocque, Autumn Reilly, Yazen Qumsiyeh, Ashley Deeb, Miles Grunvald, Richard Mendez, Saurabh Patel, Adam Petchers, Samy Ramadan, Brianna Spencer, Soraiya Thura, and Brian Till.

At an awards luncheon following the program, three students were recognized for their outstanding scientific projects and received Senior Surgery Major Awards. Miles Grunvald '18, earned first-place for his project "Utilization & Outcomes for Prothrombin Concentrate at UVM." His mentor on the project was UVM Assistant Professor of Surgery Loïc J. Fabricant, M.D.

Winning second-place honors was Brianna Spencer '18 with her presentation "Characterizing the Inflammatory Response in Patients with Breast Cancer Re-Excision and the Risk for Tumor Proliferation and Metastasis." She was mentored by UVM Professor of Medicine Mercedes Rincon, Ph.D. and UVM Associate Professor of Surgery Michelle Sowden, D.O.

The third-place prize was received by Samy Ramadan '18 for his presentation "Characteristics and Outcomes of Unplanned ICU Admissions in Trauma Patients." His mentor for the project was UVM Assistant Professor of Surgery Tim H. Lee, M.D., M.S.

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