The 2018 Seldin Symposium

On May 3rd, 2018 we held our 3nd Annual Donald W. Seldin, MD Research Symposium showcasing the scholarly work of our housestaff. A total of 132 posters were presented, of which 96 were by first and second year residents! The breadth and depth of the work was outstanding!

Here are some of the pics. (You can view and download all the the pics of the symposium from this link).

Some of our residents were serious!

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Some found their doppleganger!

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Others are just well happy and well dressed!

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We thank all our judges for probing into each poster and researcher’s work, and helping select the six finalists: our six Foster Fellows. After Dr. Michael Brown’s incredible grand rounds lecture on ‘Controlling Cholesterol’ on May 4th, including his friendship with Dr Goldstein and a touching personal tribute to Dr. Seldin, the six Foster Fellows were announced.

On May 11th, the Six Foster Fellow’s presented their work in a 5 minute short-oral form to the UTSW community, including Parkland, Clements and Texas Health. After 2 minutes of fast and furious questioning, 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.

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On May 11th, the Six Foster Fellow’s presented their work in a 5 minute short-oral form to the UTSW community, including Parkland, Clements and Texas Health. The sessions were moderated by Dr. Susan Hedayati. After 2 minutes of fast and furious questioning, 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. Johnson took a few minutes to present a special award that specifically recognizes research in quality of care and education at Parkland Hospital. This award was enabled by the Ron Anderson MD Professorship held by Dr. Carlos Girod, supported by a donation from the Hoblitzelle Foundation​ to UT Southwestern.  This award went to Neil Keshvani for his project, “Reducing Hospitalizations: Institution of Outpatient Infusional EPOCH-based Chemotherapy at a Safety-Net Hospital.” His mentors were Dr. Jenny Li and Dr. Navid Sadeghi.

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Dr. Johnson also presented awards to four of the most outstanding case presentations we saw this year at the Symposium.

  • Ari Bennett, for his presentation, Erythromelalgia Gets Misdiagnosed Again and Again
  • Ashlin Christensen-Szalanski, for his presentation, Psychotic, Paranoid, and Parkinsonian
  • John Marshall, for his presentation, Calcitriol-Mediated Hypercalcemia in Borderline Lepromatous Leprosy
  • Mridula Nadamuni, for her presentation, Diarrhea for Days: GI Disturbance as the Presenting Symptom of Anti-DPPX Encephalitis.

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And then, came the Finale! Votes were in! And in a close race with votes tallied from across all UTSW sites – the 2018 Seldin Scholar was:
Dr. Ezim Ajufo and her mentor Dr. Amit Khera.

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

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We also would like thank all those that made this event possible, including Dr. Johnson, Dr. Kazi, Dr. Towler, Dr. Hedayati, the Education Office, Chair’s Office and Research Office, and specifically Chris Huang and Beni Stewart for carrying this event along.

See you in 2019!

— Chiefs