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2015 Postgraduate Awards

In 2011, the board of directors of Alpha Omega Alpha established the Postgraduate Award to encourage and support AΩA residents or fellows from programs or institutions with an active AΩA chapter or association to pursue a project in the spirit of the AΩA mission statement that could fulfill the ACGME requirements for scholarly activity. Project applications were accepted in the categories of:

  1. Research: Support for clinical investigation, basic labora- tory research, epidemiology, or social science/health services research.
  2. Service: Local or international service work, focusing on underprivileged or immigrant populations or those in the developing world, as well as patient and population education projects.
  3. Teaching and education: Research, development, or implementation of education academic curricula, with the focus on postgraduate education.
  4. Leadership: Leadership development.
  5. Humanism and professionalism: Projects designed to encourage understanding, development, and retention of traits of humanism and professionalism among physicians, directed to physicians in postgraduate training.

Four applicants received $2000 awards to support their work. The recipients of the 2015 awards are:

Susan Marshall, MD
New York University School of Medicine
Project category: Research
Phase II Study of MR-US Fusion Biopsy-Guided Focal Cryoablation of the Prostate in Men with Clinically Localized Low-Immediate Risk Prostate Cancer
Samir Taneja, MD, mentor

With the widespread use of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening and increasing life-expectancy, more men are being diagnosed with low grade, low risk prostate cancer. These patients can be managed with definitive radical therapies, but these may be associated with significant risks and side effects. Minimally invasive focal therapies are increasingly investigated as an alternative to whole gland treatment. We aim to study the preliminary outcomes and safety profile of MRI-Ultrasound fusion biopsy-guided focal cryo-ablation of the prostate, in men with low-intermediate risk prostate cancer. The purpose of this study is to assess the rate of negative prostate biopsy result using MR-US fusion biopsy six months after focal ablation by cryotherapy.

Laura Mazer, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Project category: Teaching and education
A competency-based curriculum for the surgical sub-internship
James Lau, MD, mentor

During the final year of medical school, students complete "sub-internship" rotations to assume greater levels of clinical responsibility and integrate into the medical team. Historically, these rotations are based on an apprenticeship model, without defined learning objectives or curricula. Prior data demonstrates that experiences on sub-internships significantly impact students' career choices, and medical students desire greater educational support. This project will create and implement a competency-based curriculum for the surgical sub-internship. The curriculum’s goals will be to facilitate the sub-intern’s integration within the clinical team, provide resources for practical knowledge and bedside technical skills, and develop mentorship relationships within the surgical department.

Johnny Nguyen, MD
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
Project category: Research
Understanding the Relationship between Genetic Basis and Immunomodulation in Myelodysplastic Syndromes and Related Myeoloid Neoplasms: Focusing on p53, EZH2 and Some Dendritic Cell Markers
Ling Zhang, MD, mentor

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of diverse clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorders characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis and an increased risk of progression to acute myeloid leukemia that occur in a variety of patient populations. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has detected novel gene mutations and abnormalities that contribute to MDS. Our study focuses specifically on TP53 and EZH2 mutations and their application to clinical outcomes. We are also examining dendritic cells, which are antigen presenting cells that forms part of the cellular backbone structure of the bone marrow itself, in its relation to MDS.

Vivian Shi, MD
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
Project category: Teaching and education
Incorporation of teledermatology in Nepal for international medical outreach
Raja K. Sivamani, MD, mentor

Telemedicine can potentially bridge health access divide between urban and rural communities in Nepal. Our outreach team will travel to Nepal and collaborate with local health workers in carrying out health camps in remote villages. Our partnerships with village health providers, community representatives, and academic collaborators from Anandabhan Leprosy Hospital and Mycobacterial Research Centre, as well as Tribhuvan and Kathmandu Universities, provides us a good opportunity to establish a teledermatology/telemedicine platform. The platform will be refined to ensure a sustainable and reliable application for long term use to improve health care and outcomes by reaching out to those at the highest need.

Updated on September 29, 2015.