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Residents' Research Day for General Surgery

2015 Residents' Research Day

Date: Friday October 2, 2015

Location: Juravinski Lecture Theater

Guest Speaker: Dr. Richard K. Reznick, Queen's University

A graduate of McGill, Richard Reznick did his surgical training in Toronto followed by fellowships in education at Southern Illinois University and colorectal surgery at the University of Texas in Houston. Well known for his work in medical education, as a faculty member at University of Toronto he was the founding director of the Wilson Centre, Vice President, Education of University Health Network, and for 8 years, the R.S. McLaughlin Professor and Chair of Surgery. He speaks widely around the world and publishes on assessment and novel methods of training. In July of 2010 he became Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and CEO of the Southeastern Ontario Academic Medical Organization.

First Prize

Dr Tabitha Tse (PGY-4)
The Attachment and Personality Profiles of Surgical vs. Medical Patients with Crohn’s Disease: A Pilot Feasibility Study

Second Prize

Dr Elena Parvez (PGY-5)
Evaluation of a Structured Hernia Repair Course for Intern Physicians in Northern Uganda

​Third Prize

Dr Shiraz Elkheir (PGY-5)
Simethicone in Postoperative Ileus Trial (SPOT), RCT

2014 Residents' Research Day

Date: Friday October 31, 2014

Location: Juravinski Lecture Theater

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Kane, Roswell Park

John M. Kane III, MD, FACS is Chief of the Melanoma Sarcoma Service, Department of Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Kane earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He then completed his general surgery residency and research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Kane previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Dr. Kane is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He was the past Vice-Chair of the Society of Surgical Oncology Training Committee and currently serves on the Society of Surgical Oncology Executive Committee. Dr. Kane is Program Director of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute ACGME accredited Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. He has authored over 90 manuscripts and abstracts. His clinical and research interests are melanoma, sarcoma, and cytoreduction/HIPEC for peritoneal surface malignancies.
As an educator, Dr. Kane has twice been the recipient of Roswell Park’s Golden Apple Award, which is given to the outstanding educator in surgical oncology. He has also been awarded the Third Year Resident’s Best Educational Surgical Rotation Award in the Department of Surgery and the University at Buffalo medical students’ Commendation for Teaching Excellence Award

First Prize

Dr. Elena Parvez (PGY-4)
A Cosmesis Outcome Sub-Study In A Prospective, Randomized Trial Comparing Radioguided Seed Localization To Wire Localization For Nonpalpable, Invasive And In Situ Breast Cancers

Second Prize

Dr. Timothy Rice (PGY-5) 
Mandatory Reporting Rates Of Injured Alcohol-Impaired Drivers With Suspected Alcohol Dependence In A Level I Canadian Trauma Centre: A Single Institution’s Experience And Review Of The Literature

Third Prize

Dr. Filgen Fung (PGY-5) 
Predictors Of 5-Year Local, Regional And Distant Recurrence Of Breast Cancer In A Population-Based Cohort In South-Central Ontario

2013 Residents' Research Day

Date: Friday October 25, 2013 (Details coming soon)

Location: Juravinski B3 Lecture Theater

Guest Speaker: Dr. Nancy Baxter

Dr. Baxter received her MD from University of Toronto in 1990. She trained in surgery at the University of Toronto and completed a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology through the Surgical Scientist Program at University of Toronto in 1998. She undertook fellowship training in Colorectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in 2001.

Dr. Baxter worked as an Assistant Professor in Surgery at the University of Minnesota until 2005, when she returned to the University of Toronto where she is on faculty as an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at St. Michael*s Hospital and holds a cross appointment to the Department of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation. She has extensive experience with the use of large databases for studying cancer including cancer registry and administrative data from Canada and the United States. Her main research interests are in the evaluation of patterns of cancer care, investigating non-oncologic factors influencing care, the evaluation of cancer screening and determining the long-term consequences of cancer care for survivors.

First Prize

Dr. Timothy Rice (PGY-5)
A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Trial on the Efficacy of Early Enoxaparin:  The Optimal Timing of Thromboprophylaxis in Traumatic Intracranial Haemorrhage Study

Second Prize

Dr. Paige Churchill (PGY-4) 
A Nurse-Guided Rapid Assessment Program and Its Effect on Wait Times for Colorectal Cancer Surgery

Third Prize

Dr.Kathryn Howe (PGY-3) 
Transforming Growth Factor-Beta Ameliorates Intestinal Epithelial Barrier Dysfunction in a Cell Culture Model of Hypoxia-Reoxygenation

2012 Residents' Research Day 

Date: Friday October 12th, 2012
Juravinski Hospital Auditorium

There were 13 resident presentations this year and our keynote speaker was Dr. Calvin Law from Edmond Odette Cancer Centre & Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. There were some great presentations and discussions. We are pleased to anounce the following:

First Prize

Dr. Harry Kim (PGY-4)
An Evaluation of Intra-Operative Digital Specimen Mammography versus Conventional Specimen Radiography for the Excision of Nonpalpable Breast Lesions

Tie for Second Prize

Dr. Cindy Sklar (PGY-4) 
Laparoscopic vs Open Reduction of Pediatric Intussusception: A Retrospective Review and Meta-Analysis

Dr. Chuck Wen (PGY-4)

Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Colorectal Cancer Screening and Stage at Presentation: Preliminary Results of a Population-Based Study from an Urban Canadian Center

2011 Residents' Research Day

Date: October 14th, 2011
Location: Farncombe Atrium at the MUMC Site

There were 14 resident presentations this year and our keynote speaker was Dr. Allan Okrainec from Toronto. It was a fantastic day with some great presentations and discussions. Dr. Okrainec's presention entitled "The Development of Sustainable Simulation Programs in Remote and Resource-Poor Areas". We are pleased to anounce the following:

First Prize

Dr. John Agzarian (PGY-3)
Prognostic Indicators in the Management of Anastomotic Leaks Following Colorectal Surgery

Second Prize

Dr. Heather Macleod (PGY-5 TB) 
Incorporation of a Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) into the E-Documentation System to Trigger Earlier Resuscitation in Deteriorating Surgical Inpatients: A Pilot Study

Third Prize

Dr. Joey MacDonald (PGY-5) 
The Use of Transcutaneous Oximetry to Predict Complications of Chronic Wound Healing: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Honorable Mention goes to the following two residents:

Dr. Tiffaney Kittmer (PGY-2)
Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum: A Qualitative Analysis of Professionalism in Surgical Clerkship

Dr. Melissa Gieni (PGY-5)
Local Breast Cancer Recurrence after Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction for Invasive Cancer: A Meta-Analysis

Congratulations to all presenters, we received several comments from attendees that the quality of the projects was very high.

2010 Residents' Research Day

Date: October 15, 2010
Location: Farncombe Atrium at the MUMC Site 

It was an informative morning with twelve resident presentations, and our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Paul Belliveau from Queens University in Kingston was impressed by the quality of their work. Dr. Belliveau did a Keynote Presentation entitled “Implementation of an Acute Surgery Service: Impact on Resources and Educational Benefits” which described the Kingston experience and generated much discussion. We are also pleased to report that for the first time, a PGY-1 resident scored the highest.  Congratulations to:

First Prize

Dr. Paige Churchill (PGY-1)
Treatment Options for Lymphangioma in Children: A Scoping Review

Second Prize

Dr. Laura Vanderbeek (PGY-4)
Primary Breast Cancer Tumour and Patient Characteristics as Predictors of Radiation Therapy

Third Prize

Dr. Ryan Suri (PGY-5)
Benign Diagnoses after Pancreaticoduodenectomy in Patients with Suspected Malignancy

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