New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Summer 2021 Newsletter
» President's Message
» Newsletter Editor's Corner
» Secretary's Message
» Recorder's Message
» Program Chair's Message
» State Representative Updates
» GME & Candidate Membership Chair's Message
» Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting
» New Member Committee Chair's Message
» New Members Elected in 2021
» Task Force on Diversity & Inclusivity
» Dues Renewal
» Committee and Representative Listing
» NESS Job Board

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GME & Candidate Membership Chair's Message
Donald T. Hess, MD
Donald T. Hess, MD

This spring, the Annual Resident and Surgical Fellow Research Day was held virtually on May 5, 2021 after a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic. Typically, the day has been an in-person event at the Waltham Woods Conference Center with 26 presentations spanning a six-hour period of time. After a decision for the meeting to take place virtually, and a strategy to mitigate Zoom fatigue, we shortened the program to 20 presentations grouped together in four 50-minute blocks with a short break after each. What remained constant was the six-minute presentation limit with three minutes of questions. The four moderators, recruited from the GME Committee, were Daithi Heffernan from Brown University, Joseph Phillips from Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Wasef Abu-Jaish from University of Vermont and Jaswin Sawnhey from Maine Medical Center. The new format worked very well and the event was a success!

This year the GME Committee chose from over 80 submitted abstracts with representation from each state. The twenty accepted abstracts spanned topics from machine learning in trauma risk stratification to the gut microbiome. A link to the final program can be found here.

The highlight of the virtual day was the large number of audience participants who had the opportunity to engage the presenters. The moderators were also well prepared and helped facilitate the discussion. While the day transpired, members of the Executive Committee were acting as judges and submitting evaluations on a live grading sheet which allowed us to have immediate results. There were two winners chosen in the categories of best basic science presentation and best clinical presentation. There was an additional category of best medical student presentation that was added that day. The award recipients are listed below.

Basic Science

First Place:
Nanoparticle mediated in utero delivery of miR-200b for the treatment of pulmonary hypoplasia in congenital diaphragmatic hernia
Sarah Ullrich
Yale University

Second Place:
Modified Gut Microbiome Induced by Sleeve Gastrectomy Promotes Colitis-associated Cancer
James Luo
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Clinical Research
Tied for First:
Too Sick or Not Too Sick? Transplant Center Variability in Delisting from the Kidney Transplant Waitlist and 1-Year Mortality
Claire Sokas
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Stoma Closure and Reinforcement (SCAR) Trial: 30 Day Safety and Efficacy
Robert Shaw
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Medical Student Award
NEW for 2021
Moving the Needle in Pancreatic Cancer: The Impact of Modern Treatment Paradigm on Survival
Abdimajid Mohamed
Maine Medical Center

Donald T. Hess, MD
NESS GME & Candidate Membership Chair

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