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The Arizona Medical Education Consortium (AzMEC) presented the tenth annual Academic Excellence Day 2006 on Wednesday, May 3 at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea as an educational program in joint sponsorship with Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Phoenix Baptist Hospital, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare.

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

The Keynote presentation:
“Medical Education at the Crossroads”
Was delivered by:

Malcolm Cox, MD
Chief, Office of Academic Affiliations,
Veterans Health Administration
Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Harvard School of Medicine

Award Winners

Clinical Research – Resident

First ($250)
Paula Gerber, MD, St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
“Ictal Eye Closure is a Reliable Indicator for Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures”

Second ($150) Tie
Mika Thomas, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System & St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center - Phoenix Integrated Residency Program in Obstetrics & Gynecology
“Misoprostol and Early Pregnancy Failure: A Randomized Controlled Trial Of Treatment Versus No Treatment”

Second ($150) Tie
Brian Oliver, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System
“Inpatient Utilization of Blood Cultures Drawn in an Urban Emergency Department”

Third ($100)
Deepa Shah, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
“Association of Barrett's Esophagus and Colon Adenomas: A Cohort Study”

Clinical Research – Fellow

First ($250)
Christopher Wells, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Treatment of Barrett's Esophagus with Dysplasia Using the HALO360® Bipolar Balloon Electrode”

Second ($150)
Grigory Horonenko, DO, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
“Human Soluble Trigger Expressed on Myeloid Cells can be Detected in Exhaled Breath Condensate and Correlates with Ventilator Associated Pneumonia”

Third ($100)
Shabana Pasha, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Utility of Retrograde Double Balloon Endoscopy (rDBE) in Completion of Colon Examination in Patients after Incomplete Colonoscopy with a Conventional Colonoscope: A Pilot Study”

Case Report – Resident

First ($150)
Desirae McKee, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System
“’Hollow-Point, It's What's For Dinner’: A Case Report Of A Swallowed Bullet Following Right Posterior Shoulder Ballistic Injury”

Second ($100)
Vivienne Souter, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
“Molecular Genetics Reveals a New Mechanism for Twinning”

Clinical Research - Resident

First ($150)
Terrence Adam, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Qualitative Assessment of Medical Problem Data in a Distributed National Electronic Medical Record”

Second ($100)
Trisha Wong, MD, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
“Prolonged Activated Partial Thromboplastin Times: Five Years of Outpatient Consultations”

Third ($50)
Melissa Mendez, MD, Maricopa Integrated Health System and St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center - Phoenix Integrated Residency Program in Obstetrics & Gynecology
“Adolescent Prenatal Care and Adverse Outcomes”

Clinical Research – Fellows

First ($150)
Anne Mai, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Seizures in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection”

Second ($100)
Sean Beaty, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“T2- Weighted MR Imaging with Fiesta Vs Fast Spin-Echo: Comparative Efficacy in Clinical Hepatic Imaging”

Third ($50)
Bradley Riley, MD, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
“Lack of Scorpion Antivenom Leads to Increased Pediatric ICU Admissions”

Case Reports - Residents

First ($100)
Lynn Marie Morski, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Coccidiomycosis Masquerading as Subacute Bacterial Endocarditis: A Case Report”

Second ($50) Tie
Kirstin Bacani, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Surreptitious Sarcoidosis”

Second ($50) Tie
Paula Dionisio, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“An Unusual Case of Muscle Pain”

Case Reports - Fellows

First ($100)
Ravinder Mahal, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“A "Spontaneously Shrinking" Breast Mass: Unusual Presentation of Invasive Tubular Carcinoma”

Second ($50)
Stephanie Hansel, MD, Mayo Clinic Arizona
“Episodic Nausea, Vomiting, Abdominal Pain, and Diarrhea- A Case Report of Eosinophilic Gastroenteritis”


Banner Health Good Samaritan Hospital
Richard Gerkin, MD, MS
John Mattox, MD
Alex McLaren, MD
KeriLyn Morgan, MD
Aryn O’Connor, MD
Anne-Michelle Ruha, MD

Maricopa Integrated Health System
John Andazola, MD
William Dachman, MD, FACP
Patricia Graham, MD
Eric Gross, MD
Prabodh Hemmady, MD
Frank LoVecchio, DO, MPH
Shawn McMahon, MD, MPH
Lora Nordstrom, PhD
Salil Pradhan, MD
Anu Partap, MD
Roberta Reed, PhD
Mita Sinha, MD

Mayo Clinic/Hospital Arizona
Jennifer Bortz, PhD
Jonathan Carter, MD
David Gullen, MD
Teri Pipe, PhD
Stephen Thomas, MD
Susan Wilansky, MD

Phoenix Baptist Hospital
Bryan Gunnoe, MD
Robert Kravitz, MD

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Khalid Hasan, MD
Michael Recht, MD, PhD

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
Timothy Martin, DVM
Avery Sandberg, MD
Lawrence Shapiro, MD
John Stone, PhD

Scottsdale Healthcare
Robert Creager, MD
Frederick Dettmann, MD
Cynthia Kegowicz, MD

David Duggan, PhD, TGen
Mark Haussler, PhD, UA
Peter Jurutka, PhD, ASU

Academic Excellence Day
Committee Members:

Arizona Medical Education Consortium
Michael Grossman, MD, MACP
Karen Archibald
Brian Johnson

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Richard Gerkin, MD
Heidi Vega

Maricopa Integrated Health System
Michael Grossman, MD, MACP
Phyllis Thackrah, MS
Kathleen Mathieson, PhD

Mayo Clinic/Hospital Arizona
Joseph Drazkowski, MD
Leanne Andreasen
Lilia Murray
Linda Farquhar

Phoenix Baptist Hospital
Wendy Orm MD
Martin Krepcho, PhD

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Grace Caputo
Christine Aragon

St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center
Charles C. Daschbach, MD, MPH
Sallie Weems, RN

Scottsdale Healthcare
Robert Creager, MD
Debbie Pickett


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