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The Arizona Medical Education Consortium (AzMEC) presented Academic Excellence Day 2005 as an educational program in joint sponsorship with Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Academic Excellence Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the magnitude and variety of clinical and bench research being done by residents, fellows, graduate students, clinical allied health staff, and physician staff.

The Keynote presentation:
“Genomics in Medicine:
A 21st Century Approach to Improving Human Health”

was delivered by:

David J. Duggan,
Research Investigator, Genetic Basis of Human Disease Division, TGen
Director, Genotyping Technology Center, TGen
Associate Investigator, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of Arizona Cancer Center
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Award Winners

Clinical Research - Resident

First ($250)
J. Brock Amon, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Ob/Gyn "Randomized Pilot Study of Remote Training for Simulated Operative Hysteroscopy"

First Runner-up ($150)
Jason Knight, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System ED "Boehler’s Angle and the Critical Angle of Gissane Are of Limited Use in Diagnosing Calcaneous Fractures in the Emergency Department"

Second Runner-up ($100)
Kim Gerten, MD, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Ob/Gyn "Correlation Between Lifting and Intra-Abdominal Pressure for Post-Operative Weight Restrictions"


Clinical Research - Fellow

First ($250)
Wee Chng, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona IM "A Validated Fish Trisomy Index Demonstrates the Hyperdiploid and Non-Hyperdiploid Dichotomy in MGUS"

First Runner-up ($150)
Anthony Pizon, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center "Toxicology Calcium Channel Blockers Overdose: Treatment Withing the Past 10 Years"

Second Runner-up ($100)
Jennifer A. O’Hea, MD
, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center "Pulmonary The Use of Indwelling Pleural Catheters in the Management of Recurrent Pleural Effusions"


Case Report/Series - Resident

First ($150)
Melody Rodarte, DO,
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center IM "A Case of the Missing Mosquito"

Second ($100)
Richard Lehman, MD,
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Peds "Please Come to Assess a Blue Child"

Third ($50)
David Yao, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System Surgery "Air Emolization to the Right Ventricle in a Blunt Trauma Patient After Injection of Contrast Dye"

Case Report/Series - Fellow

First ($150)
Erica Driver-Dunckley, MD,
Mayo Clinic Arizona Neurology "Restless Legs Syndrome in Parkinson’s Disease Patients Improves with Subthalamic Stimulation"


Clinical Research - Resident

First ($150)
Steve Slauson, MD
, Maricopa Integrated Health System ED "Standardized Chest Pain Order Sheet Improves Compliance with American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association Guidelines for the Treatment of Acure Coronary Syndromes"

First Runner-up ($100)
Kirsten Carr, MD,
Scottsdale Healthcare Family Medicine "Literacy in the Family Practice Office: Implementation of a Family Reading Program"

Second Runner-up ($50)
Ann Sullivan, MD,
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center Ob/Gyn "Assessment of Perineal Pain in Postpartum Women"


Clinical Research - Fellow

First ($150)
Stuart Triester, MD,
Mayo Clinic Arizona Gastroenterology "A Meta-Analysis of the Yield of Capsule Endoscopy (CE) Compared to Other Diagnostic Modalities in Patients With Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding (OGIB)"

First Runner-up ($100)
Azzah Al Masri, PhD,
Mayo Clinic Arizona Research "MicroRNA Analysis of Human Myeloma Cell Lines"

Second Runner-up ($50)
Elizabeth Carey, MD,
Mayo Clinic Arizona "Gastroenterology Reversal of Hepatopulmonary Syndrome After Cadaveric And Living Donor Liver Transplantation: A Single Center Experience"


Case Report/Series -

First ($100)
Benjamin Clapp, MD,
Maricopa Integrated Health System Surgery "Pellet Guns: A Fatal Toy"

Second ($50)
Minal Vazirani, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Med/Peds "Mending A Broken Heart: A Case of a Sinus of Valsalva Mycotic Aneurysm in a Fourteen-Year Old Female"


Case Report/Series -

First ($100)
Christopher Wells, MD,
Mayo Clinic Arizona Gastroenterology "Barrett’s Esophagus Following Treatment of Achalasia With Botulinum Toxin"

Second ($50)
Wesley Hilger, MD,
Mayo Clinic Arizona Ob/Gyn "Rectovaginal Fistula After Intravaginal Slingplasty And Polypropylene Mesh Augmented Rectocele Repair"


Julia Kelly, MD
Lisa M. Hurst, MD
Charles Daschbach, MD
Richard Gerkin, MD MS
Cynthia M. Stonnington, MD
James Campbell, MD
Beverly Mirise, PhD
Mary Ellen Dirlam, MD
Lora Nordstrom, PhD
Roberta Reed, PhD
Joseph Sirven, MD
Joseph Drazkowski, MD
Shawn McMahon, MD
Abdul Nadir, MD
Molly Harrington, MLS
Richard Tayrien, DO
John Boyd, MD
James Mankin, MD
KeriLyn Morgan, MD
Mahoj Matthews, MD
Jayne Peterson, MD
Richard Gerkin, MD

Academic Excellence Day
Committee Members:

Michael Grossman, M.D., MACP
Richard Gerkin, M.D.
Karen Archibald
Heidi Beltran
Maricela Moffitt, M.D., MPH
Joseph F. Drazkowski, M.D.
R. Curtis Bay, Ph.D.
Leanne Andreasen
Kathleen Mathieson, Ph.D.
Jo Ellen Hepner
Phyllis Thackrah, MS
Lillia Murray
Susan Watson
Grace Caputo, M.D.
Debbie Pickett
Christine Aragon
Charles C. Daschbach, M.D., MPH
Sallie Weems, R.N.

poster session
desert break
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