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2013 Medical Students' Steps to Success Meeting Recap

2013 Medical Students' Steps to Success Meeting Recap

On Saturday, April 20, the 10th Annual Medical Students' Steps to Success meeting was held at USUHS in Bethesda. Over 130 students registered for this event, which is designed solely with medical students in mind. This is a regional meeting sponsored by the DC, Maryland, Virginia, US Army, US Navy, and US Air Force chapters.

The morning included an abstract competition which featured 40 research and clinical vignette abstracts from students from the six area chapters. Breakout sessions included presentations on Civilian, IMG, and the Military Match, as well as workshops on Success in the Clerkship and Success as a Sub-I/Intern. A mentoring lunch was then hosted, followed by a Student Dilemma competition. Six teams participated in this session which was new to the Steps to Success program and featured two exciting hours of informative questions developed by a group of student advisors from the University of Maryland, Harbor, Good Samaritan, USUHS, and Hopkins student programs. The day ended with procedure workshops at the Walter Reed Simulation Center on Cardiology, Arthrocentesis, and Pulmonary/Critical Care.

The students found the workshop to be very valuable as a tool in furthering their medical education careers and were pleased with the opportunity to interact with students from such a large regional area.

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Abstract and Student Dilemma sessions.

Student Dilemma
1st Place - Harbor Hospital students: John DiBianco, Ahmed Salem, Bibi A. Janumelli, and Jennifer Harris
2nd Place -Hopkins students: Eugene Schenderov, Krishna Juluri, Elizabeth Wu and Katie Fan
3rd Place - USUHS students - Alex Knobloch, Sarah Parker and Mike Meyer

Clinical Vignette
1st Place - John Sarandria (St. Agnes Hospital/Ross), "A Rare Tumor that will Littorally Transform the Spleen: Littoral Cell Angioma in a 32 Year Old Male with Crohn's Disease"
2nd Place - Janelle Hinze, (Harbor/Ross), "More than Just a Bruise? A Case of the Morel-Lavallee Lesion"

1st Place - Amy Zhang (UMMS), "Impaired Aerobic Capacity in Older Adults with Stage 3-4 Chronic Kidney Disease"
2nd Place - Jill Remick, "An Alternative Replication Pathway Induced by Apoptosis in Cell Lines Latently Infected with Human Herpesvirus"

Thanks also to the USUHS IMIG student leaders including Jessee Rouse, Annie Chow, Tim Hunter and Richard Wu and special thanks to Dr. Janaki Deepak, Student Dilemma Coordinator, and Dr. Todd Gleeson, Steps Coordinator, who spent countless hours in arranging this meeting. Lastly, thanks to our faculty mentors and judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to join us for the day.

R. Dobbin Chow, MD, MBA, FACP
Governor, ACP Maryland Chapter