Scholar’s Day 2020

Dr Brian Uthlaut

Dr Brian Uthlaut

By Brian S. Uthlaut, MD

COVID-19 has been a disruption to so many aspects of our life in medicine, including student and resident education. However, there is much to be proud of and celebrate the accomplishments of our mentees and the department as a whole!

1) The Department of Medicine won the Mulholland Award for the 5th straight year, the only department to do so. From Dr Rosner: “I am proud to announce that the Department of Medicine is the recipient of the Mulholland Award from the graduating School of Medicine students. This award recognizes the Department that provides the best teaching experience for the students. Personally, I view this award as a validation of our strong commitment to education. This leads us to our DOM heroes for the week: Drs Molly Hughes, Alex Millard, Evan Heald, Brian Uthlaut as well as the education team led by Joy Hilton and Karen Ward. In addition, many other faculty have spent extensive amounts of time mentoring and teaching students and they have my deepest thanks. This team has worked tirelessly to develop cutting-edge education programs that highlight both ambulatory and in-patient internal medicine and prepare our students for their future careers. We should be very proud of this award and congratulate our education team for their success.”

Alex Zimmet, Brian Uthlaut, and Brian Wentworth

Alex Zimmet, Brian Uthlaut, and Brian Wentworth

2) The Department of Medicine celebrated Carey Marshall Thorner Scholars’ Day in early May despite the changes and struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The process had to be very different this year, of course… due to the pandemic, we could not gather in large groups for discussion and presentation of the outstanding work occurring in projects involving trainees in the Department of Medicine. Despite that hurdle, we were able to hold an outstanding live oral presentation session that many of you viewed via Zoom. We heard five excellent oral presentations and honored residents, fellows, and students for their academic work with various research awards. The oral presentation session has been recorded and available for viewing; if you missed it, you may find it here.

Throughout the week, judges from around the Department of Medicine judged and provided feedback on nearly 70 virtual poster presentations captured by our project authors and submitted online. Virtual poster presentations can be viewed through the links via the Google sheet: Research & Scholar’s Day Poster Presentations. If you have any technical difficulties viewing through the links, please contact Anthony Brinkman.

Oral Presentation Awards:
• First place to Alex Zimmet for “Physiological signatures of bloodstream infection in critically ill adults.”

• Second place to Brian Wentworth for “The prognostic impact of adrenal insufficiency in hospitalized, non-critically ill patients with cirrhosis.”

Publication award was given to:
• Austin Robinson for “Off-label Direct Oral Anticoagulants Compared with Warfarin for Left Ventricular Thrombi: The RED VELVT Study.” JAMA Cardiology, 2020 [in press]

Most outstanding poster presentation awards were given to:
• Scott Douglas for “Underwater Endoscopic Mucosal Resection May Only Be Superior to Conventional Endoscopic Mucosal Resection for the Treatment of Colorectal Polyps 4 CM or Larger.”

• Evan Harmon for “Ventricular Arrhythmias Most Likely to Occur in the Immediate Post-Dialysis Period in Patients with End-Stage Renal Disease with Cardiac Implantable Devices.”

• Rebecca Haug for “ERCP With Carbon Dioxide Cholangiography Using Digital Subtraction Imaging is Comparable to Iodinated-Contrast Cholangiography in Identification of Choledocholithiasis–A Pilot Study.”

• Vikram Sabapathy for “ST2/IL-33 Signaling Axis in Tregs Critical for Restoring Kidney Tissues Homeostasis Upon Injury
Christopher Schumann for Creatine Chemical Exchange Transfer MRI to Evaluate Calf Muscle Energetics in Peripheral Arterial Disease.”

The Shyr-Te-Ju Immunology Award was split between:
• Rishitha Bollam for “Incidence of CNS Metastasis in Metastatic Melanoma Patients Following Immunotherapy.”

Rajkumar Venkatadri for “IL-233 Regulates Mitochondrial Function and Canonical WNT Signaling for Lupus Glomerulaonephritis Remission.”

Last year’s chief residents: Kirsten Koons, Sumner Abraham, Sam Oliver, and Eli Arant with Brian Uthlaut

Last year’s chief residents: Kirsten Koons, Sumner Abraham, Sam Oliver, and Eli Arant with Brian Uthlaut

Thanks to Drs Rosner and Petri and all of the project mentors in the Department for their support of our residents and fellows in their scholarly projects this year; to Sumner Abraham, Andrew Parsons and Tony Brinkman for their work in orchestrating the submissions, judging and presentations; and to our judging crew including Sumner Abraham, Brian Behm, Kim Dowdell, Jessica Dreicer, Tabor Flickinger, Shri Gadrey, Nicolas Intagliata, Alex Kadl, Rachel Kon, Kirsten Koons, Dennis Kumral, Monica Lawrence, Simon Lehtinen, Ting Li, Emily McGowan, Shannon Moonah, Glenn Moulder, Imre Noth, Mark Okusa, Sam Oliver, Andrew Parsons, Bill Petri, Mitch Rosner, Julia Scialla, Neeral Shah, Rahul Sharma, Jeff Sturek, Andrew Wolf, Matthew Wolf.

3) In late May, our outgoing Chief Residents – Drs Sumner Abraham, Eli Arant, Kirsten Koons, and Sam Oliver – delivered an outstanding recap of their year helping to lead and shape the residency program.

At this Chief Resident Grand Rounds, a number of awards were handed out or announced including:

Mulholland Teaching Awards (nominated by student): Jamey Cutts, PGY2; Matt Miller, PGY2; Rebecca Haug, PGY3

Brodie Resident Clinician Award (nominated by faculty, peers): Kennedy Wolfe, PGY3

New chief residents: Alex Jepsen, Sthuthi David, Rebecca Haug, and Alex Zimmet

New chief residents: Alex Jepsen, Sthuthi David, Rebecca Haug, and Alex Zimmet

Resident-voted awards

Dunn Award: Anthony Rooney, PGY3

Leadership in Service and Advocacy (new): Kennedy Wolfe, PGY3

Intern Professionalism Award: Sean Dougherty, PGY1

Inpatient Attending of the Year: Taison Bell, MICU

Outpatient Attending of the Year: Allison Lyons, UMA

Fellow of the Year: Noura Alturaif, MICU

Admitting Resident of the Year Award: Michael Gallagher, PGY3

You may view the Chief Residents’ Grand Rounds via video here.

Additionally, over the spring, a number of our other residents were honored in other settings for some outstanding awards listed below:

SOM Gold Humanism and Teaching Excellence Award: Rebecca Haug, Emily Richardson (both PGY3s)

Alpha Omega Alpha induction: Rebecca Clemo, Athidi Earasi, Evan Harmon (all PGY2)

SOM Kindred Award: Mike Gallagher, PGY3

4) The Virginia ACP Conference was canceled in March due to travel concerns with COVID-19 but a number of our residents were announced as winners of the virtual abstract competition held in May.

For the research oral abstracts, UVA had a clean sweep of the awards with first place going to Sthuthi David, second place to Alex Jepsen, and third place to Sarah Wood. Anthony Rooney took second place in the research poster judging.

For the clinical vignette oral abstracts, Rebecca Haug took second place and third place was awarded to David Jarava.

5) The department is fortunate to have a terrific group of new chief residents that started in June 2020. Welcome to Drs Sthuthi David, Rebecca Haug, Alex Jepsen, and Alex Zimmet!

6) Medical Grand Rounds restarted in June with four consecutive outstanding talks on the COVID-19 pandemic and the SARD-CoV-2 virus with Drs Bill Petri, Jeff Sturek, Taison Bell, Jess Dreicer, Kyle Enfield, Glenn Moulder, Amy Mathers, and Patrick Jackson leading the charge. Grand Rounds will be streamed on Zoom each Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm with recordings available if missed, and a small in-person gathering is occurring to help facilitate Q and A with the speakers.

7) Many changes are afoot as the academic year calendar flips from June to July… our medical students return to clinical rotations on June 29th and a new class of resident physicians starts June 24th!

Thanks to all in the department for an outstanding year in education!

Brian S. Uthlaut MD
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director
Associate Chair of Education, Department of Medicine
University of Virginia

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