Seldin Symposium 2017

On May 4th, we held our 2nd annual Donald W. Seldin, MD Research Symposium showcasing the scholarly work of our housestaff.

Over 85 Interns, senior residents and fellows from the various Internal Medicine departments presented their work. The breadth and depth of the work was outstanding! Poster were presented on May 4th with judging taking place that afternoon. We thank all our judges, including our guest Grand Rounds speaker Dr. Rabinovitch (Stanford University) for joining us in the judging process. After intense probing into each poster and researcher’s work, the adjucation committee selected six finalists: our six Foster Fellows.

After Dr. Rabinovitch’s grand rounds lecture on May 5th, the six Foster Fellows were announced and scheduled to present their work on that following Friday, May 12th.

  • Elizabeth McGehee (R2) Treatment and Outcomes of PrimaryPericardial Mesothelioma: A Systematic Review
  • Jeanney Lew (R3) Understanding the Venus and Mars Effect: Sex-Based Differences in Cardiovascular Biomarkers
  • Arjun Gupta (R3) Gastric Acid Suppression and Recurrent Clostridium difficile Infection: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
  • Justin Chen (Allergy Fellow) Reflexive Penicillin Allergy Testing with In-Hospital Aztreonam Use
  • Glynnis Garry (R1)  A Twist-Dependent Progenitor Cell Contributes to Adult Skeletal Muscle
  • Jasmine Singh (R1) Homemade Silver Nanoparticle Pharmacology and Dramatic Activity in Highly Refractory Metastatic Head and Neck Squamous Cell Cancer

On May 12th, these six housestaff presented their work in a 5 minute short-oral form to the UTSW community, including Parkland, Clements and Texas Health. The D1.500 room was a packed house with great attendance from residents, faculty and researchers. Thank you also Dr. Podolsky for joining us! After 2 minutes of fast and furious questioning, including some tough questions by Dr. Helen Hobbes for Dr. Garry  and Dr. James De Lemos for Dr. Gupta – it was time for all the audience to VOTE. The audience voted using their phones and paper ballots on the winning presentation and the chosen Seldin Scholar.

While votes were actively tallied, Dr. J ohnson took a moment to present a separate award that specifically recognized research in quality of care and education at Parkland Hospital (enabled  by the Ron Anderson MD Professorship held by Dr. Carlos Girod, supported by  a donation from the Hoblitzelle Foundation​  to UT Southwestern).  Great way to our committment as a department and institution to research and care of those most in need in Dallas County.

This year’s Award for Research in Quality of Care  at Parkland Memorial Hospital went to Deepika Satish, for her project, “Prescription Practices of Pancreatic Enzyme Replacement Therapy in a Public Health System.” Her mentor, Dr. Deepak Agrawal had a number of submissions.

And then, came the Finale! Votes were in! And in a close race with votes tallied from across all UTSW sites – the 2017 Seldin Scholar was:
Dr. Glynnis Gary and her mentor Dr. Rhonda Bassel-Duby

Congratulations to all our winners – and to all the housestaff and their fabulous mentors for their submissions.

We also would like thank all those that made this event possible, including Dr. Johnson and Dr. Towler along with the extraordinary team of Chris Huang, Shannon Carver, Beni Stewart, Mikki Ames and many others!

See you all in 2018 at next year’s symposium!