June 11, 2024

Internal Medicine residents shine at medical education research conference

Eight teams of residents from the Wayne State University School of Medicine Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital Internal Medicine program participated in the Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education annual research conference, held in Lovett Hall at The Henry Ford on May 22 in Dearborn, Mich. 

From left, Robert Flora, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., chief academic officer and vice president of Academic Affairs for McLaren; Internal Medicine resident and winner of first place in the QI Slide Presentation competition, Anoopa Mathew, M.D.; Michael Geheb, M.D., FACP, SEMCME executive director; and Karen Hagglund, chair of the SEMCME Research Committee.

This year, for the first time, SEMCME combined two events that had previously been held separately, the Michigan Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Summit and the Research Forum. Two WSU teams won awards, including first place in the QIPS slide presentation category.

As a founding member of SEMCME, the School of Medicine was permitted one slide presentation and three posters for each event, quality improvement and research. Below is a list of the eight presenters and project titles.

Ninth annual Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Summit

Slide presentation:

First place: “Improving Obesity Outcomes in an Academic Internal Medicine Clinic: A Quality Improvement Study,” presenter: Anoopa Mathew, co-authors: David Samrah, Jahanavi Ramakrishna, Aman Saleemi, Emecheta Ajaero, Hasan Ilyas, Javaria Asif, Vesna Tegeltija, faculty mentor Zain Kulairi


“Standardization of Inpatient Hypertension Management,” presenter: Dhairya Salvi, co-authors: Nour Aldaoud, Vamsi Krishna Lavu, Abdullah Yesilyaprak, faculty mentor Vesna Tegeltija

“Improving Sepsis Care in a Community Hospital,” presenter: Taha Alaa, co-authors: Zachary Johnson, Sarwan Kumar, faculty mentor Vesna Tegeltija

“Overutilization of Proton Pump Inhibitors,” presenter: Tripti Nagar, co-authors: Alaa Taha, Anthony Calabrese, Ayushi Garg, faculty mentor Vesna Tegeltija

46th annual Research Forum

Slide presentation:

“Assessing the Efficacy of Farnesoid X Receptor Agonists in the Management of Metabolic Dysfunction-associated Steatotic Liver Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” presenter: Jai Kumar, co-authors: Misha Hasan, Sana Mohsin, Tripti Nagar, faculty mentors Vesna Tegeltija and Sarwan Kumar


Judges’ Commendation: “Acute Gout Flares in Hospitalized Patients with Association of Area Deprivation Index with Prostate Cancer Outcomes in a Contemporary North American Cohort,” presenter: Wadid Sirry, co-authors: Alaa Taha, Abdullah Yesilyaprak, Nabeel Badar, faculty mentors Sarwan Kumar and Vesna Tegeltija

“Exploring the Clinical Outcomes of End-Organ Damage in Hypertensive Emergency: A National Perspective,” presenter: Alaa Taha, co-authors: Dhairya Salvi, Nour Aldaoud, Abdullah Yesilyaprak, faculty mentors Zachary Johnson and Zain Kulairi

“Revisiting the Obesity Paradox: Insights from Pulmonary Embolism Patient Outcomes,” presenter: Ali Ahmad, co-authors: Evangelos Bistas, Mohamed Mansour, Nour Aldaoud, Ayushi Garg, Alaa Taha, Abdullah Yesilyaprak, faculty mentors Joseph Vercellone and Zain Kulairi

Anoopa Mathew took first place in the QI Slide Presentation category, winning a $1,000 cash prize, a certificate and the Robert Flora, M.D., Award. Dr. Mathew also won the 2024 GME/APRH QI Research Day competition held in April, more evidence of the quality of the QI initiative at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital under the direction of Internal Medicine Associate Program Director Vesna Tegeltija, M.D.

Wadid Sirry received a Judges' Commendation and $100 in the Research Poster category.

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