Student-Run Biotech Incubator

Zachary Richard (SOM Class of 2021) 

 The New Orleans Medical Innovators (NOMI) is a student-run biotech incubator partnered with Sling Health that mentors students on designing their own healthcare-related projects or expanding on already-developed ideas that solve real-world clinical problems. The clinical problems our teams use are generally pulled from a national database but we want to tackle problems that are specific to New Orleans. Examples of past projects from the National organization are a portable ventilator to use in developing countries, laparoscopic knot tying easier through preformed nitinol loops on the tail of sutures, developing software to improve communication between everyone caring for a patient on their day of surgery and developing an early melanoma detection and screening app. 

If there is a clinical problem that you would like to see resolved, please contact Zachary Richard, the co-director of NOMI (zricha@lsuhsc.edu) or fill out this spreadsheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/123wyRjai77jJZyClxleAVMAf9HnvntLPYqr3-jYGf9k/edit?usp=sharing). Submitting a problem does not mean you have to be involved with the project. 

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Congratulations to the new members of AOA from the class of 2019. 

Please welcome our new AOA members!  The following 23 seniors from the LSU SOM Class of 2019 have been selected for membership into the Louisiana Beta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society:  

  • Michael Artigue 
  • Lynn Bourn 
  • Alexander Daigle 
  • Amy DeKerlegand 
  • Kristen Garvie 
  • Channing Hood 
  • Rachel Kopkin 
  • Ellen Landry 
  • Emma Levenson 
  • Hannah Lomzenski 
  • Katherine Moody 
  • Amelia Muhs 
  • Anthony Naquin 
  • Abbie Naus 
  • Alexandra Navard 
  • Jenny Nguyen 
  • Hayes Patrick 
  • Myles Prados 
  • Camille Robinson 
  • Tyler Scott 
  • Hunter Starring 
  • William Steward 
  • Heather Valdin 

The following 9 members of the LSU SOM Class of 2019 were inducted as juniors into the Louisiana Beta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in April: 

  • Ethan “Hunter” Arnaud 
  • Ryan Bolotte 
  • Elizabeth Cooper 
  • Allison Falcon 
  • Brian “Jake” Johnson 
  • Caroline Lieux 
  • John Miller 
  • Louis Monnig 
  • William “Hunter” Waddell 

Please join me in congratulating these students for achieving this most prestigious honor!  

 

 The Gold Humanism Honor Society 

Maximilian Musharoff,(SOM Class of 2019 and current GHHS President) 

The Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) was founded in 2002 to bestow “a designation of compassion” on medical students to cultivate the ideal patient-physician dynamic. In 2014 Alexis Morvant created the LSUHSC-New Orleans chapter to join the national society, which now has over 30,000 members, with the following mission statement:  

GHHS provides recognition for one’s values in action that cannot be objectively calculated (e.g. grades), but are subjectively observed by those with whom our students work most closely—colleagues. GHHS presents national recognition for our future physicians who portray integrity, excellence, compassion, altruism, respect, empathy, service, which all coalesce to recognize humanism in their practice of medicine as observed by their peers. Ultimately, our organization recognizes those student-doctors who are viewed by their peers as being the type of doctor one would send one’s own parent or child to for care—a ‘Doctor’s Doctor’. 

The honor society nomination allows fellow classmates to anonymously assess how closely a student’s actions reflect the characteristics at the heart of GHHS. Over the course of the year, GHHS conducts activities designed to spread patient-centered care to all of LSU, students and practitioners alike. Some of these activities include:  

 Student of the Month: A highly valued and selective award given to students who have gone above and beyond to help their patients or their colleagues. Fellow students submit anonymous nominations. Submissions are voted on by GHHS and junior RISE representatives with identifying information removed.  

Visiting Student Tours: Students from outside programs who are rotating at LSU are given a guided tour with the opportunity for questions prior to the start of their rotation. 

 Humanism in Medicine Lecture for incoming first year students: During orientation week for incoming first year students, GHHS members present a full lecture on the pillars of Humanism. Emphasis is placed on altruism, empathy, respect, service, compassion, excellence, and integrity for students to include these ideals during a formative time in their overall approach to medicine. 

L1 White Coat ceremony: GHHS welcomes the students, leads the reading of the Oath of Ideals, and provides volunteers for the ceremony. 

New Orleans Women’s Shelter Winter Clothing Drive: Last year, GHHS ran a clothing drive and donated over 1900 articles of clothing to men, women, and children staying in the shelters at Chateau D’Orleans and S. Liberty St. over the holidays. 

Patient Solidarity day: Members make and distribute hand-made cards expressing sympathy and encouraging optimism on Valentine’s Day to patients at University Medical Center. A booth is set up at the hospital so other care providers can take cards to give to their patients.  

Humanism in Medicine Essay Contest: To encourage viewing medicine from the perspective of Humanism, all medical students are invited to submit a short essay describing an experience embodying the values of GHHS. The winner is invited to speak at the first year students’ Whitecoat Ceremony and GHHS induction and is awarded a cash prize.   

Leonard Tow Award: Awarded to 1 faculty, 2 residents, and 1 student who demonstrates “both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues.” 

We are extremely excited for the upcoming year! We are actively working with the National Chapter in an effort to further spread Humanism throughout the LSU system and expand our online presence through social media. We are working with the Student Affairs office to increase the amount of time spent communicating the idealistic traits valued by GHHS with the first year medical students. Our member involvement has increased with a new structure of subcommittees for our events.  

Thank you for reading, and join us in trying to be the best version of ourselves for our patients and for each other! 

 

Aesculapian Society

Lucie Calderon (Class of 2019)  

Since 1963, the Aesculapian Society has served students by opening a line of communication between students and faculty in the spirit of bettering LSU’s medical school education. The exact functions of the organization have evolved with each generation of scholars, but it remains, first and foremost, a student-run society that assimilates feedback from the students and works with faculty to better cater to the needs of each class.  

Our most recent adaptation took place with the Class of 2019 who sat through the product of LSU’s recent curriculum change. In tandem with the direction of medical schools across the country, LSU worked intensively to incorporate a more systems-based schedule in the second year curriculum. Courses were moved around, broken down and reassembled, and taught for the first time by a team of faculty members from several disciplines to provide a holistic overview of each organ system. 

The Aesculapian Society, which formerly met with faculty members at the conclusion of each course, saw a need for a quicker turnaround of communication to address the issues that we saw day-to-day in the classroom as lecturers presented their foundational material in a new way for the first time. A herculean task, perhaps, but it was one that was approached strategically by motivated students and by faculty members who were extremely receptive to their feedback. What was once a singular meeting at the end of the semester became weekly meetings with course directors, where selected Aesculapian representatives collected suggestions from their peers and presented actionable proposals to the faculty. While a curriculum change will always require a great deal of work well beyond what the outside observer might notice, it’s fair to say that with the strong efforts of both faculty and students, the transition occurred successfully and was well received by Class of 2019 and the subsequent classes of students. 

Given the great feedback the students and faculty gave about the Aesculapians’ work during the second year curriculum, we tweaked the way we approached both the first and the third year data collection processes to also include methods of more real-time feedback. First-year representatives began meeting regularly with their course directors to address immediate needs of their peers, similar to the structure of the second-year meetings. Third years are also exploring a new system of communication in which members are selected to represent a certain service throughout the year, and they serve as the sounding board for concerns of any students rotating through that particular clerkship. Rather than simply waiting until the conclusion of the year to address issues that arose each block, Aesculapians are now able to communicate their feedback so as to effect change for the students beginning the clerkship in the next rotation.  

The Society continues to harvest data on a course-by-course basis to provide faculty members with written reports at the end of each semester, but the Society has and will continue to adapt to meet the ever-changing needs of the student body.  

 

Congratulations to our Graduating Graduate Students 

Congratulations are in order for the following students who received their degrees from the School of Graduate Studies at the 144th Annual LSUHSC Graduation:

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Master of Science

Bryant Nicholas Autin
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Jennifer Cameron (Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology)

Darryl Anthony Gaudet, Jr.
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Stefany Primeaux (Department of Physiology)

Charles Seth Lott
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Wayne Backes (Department of Pharmacology)

Shawn Jacob Marcell
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Ludmila Belayev (Neuroscience Center of Excellence)

Nouriath Gnon Ningbinnin*
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Ben Kelly (Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology)

Rod Ingraham Paulsen*
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Scott Edwards (Department of Physiology)

Jonquil Marie Poret
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Stefany Primeaux (Department of Physiology)

Alicia Nicole Ray-Botello*
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Nicholas Gilpin (Department of Physiology)

Domonique Patrice Smith
Department: Biomedical Sciences
Major Professor: Dr. Robert Siggins (Department of Physiology)

Doctor of Philosophy

Hannah Leslie Albritton
Department: Microbiology, Immunology, & Parasitology
Major Professor: Dr. Alison Quayle
Dissertation: The Importance of Local Mucosal Antibodies in Chlamydia Trachomatis Infections in Women

Sami Mohammed Alshehry
Department: Cell Biology & Anatomy
Major Professor: Dr. John Cork
Dissertation: The Effectiveness of Different Educational Resources for Teaching Neck Anatomy to First-Year Dental Students

Kayla Tye Beale Fuselier
Department: Human Genetics
Major Professor: Dr. Ed Grabczyk
Dissertation: MLH3 Isoforms: The Difference 72 Nucleotides Makes in GAA•TTC Repeat Expansion

Minmin Luo
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Sunyoung Kim
Dissertation: A Study of Kinesin-5 Mechanotransduction in Multi-Motor Systems

Mazvita Maziveyi
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Suresh Alahari
Dissertation: The Role of Nischarin in the Breast Tumor Microenvironment

Allyson Lea Schreiber
Department: Physiology
Major Professor: Dr. Nicholas Gilpin
Dissertation: Brain Corticotropin-Releasing Factor (CRF) Signaling Mediates Traumatic Stress-Induced Behaviors

Dustin Roderick Todaro
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Arthur Haas
Dissertation: Mechanistic Conservation in Nedd4-2/NEDD4L-Catalyzed Polyubiquitin Chain Assembly

Rishi Kiran Trivedi*
Department: Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Major Professor: Dr. David Lefer
Dissertation: Effects of LCZ696 on Myocardial and Vascular Function in the Setting of Heart Failure

Shannan Darice Washington
Department: Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics
Major Professor: Dr. Donna Neumann
Dissertation: To Loop or to Insulate? How CCCTC-Binding Factor (CTCF) Regulates the Transcriptional Program of Herpes Simplex Virus Type I (HSV-1) Latency and the Transition to Reactivation

*In Absentia

Medical Student Award Winners 

Congratulations go out to the entire class of 2018 on their graduation from medical school!  We wish you all the best in your future residencies and careers.

We’d also like to bring to your attention the following recipients of awards and honors presented at Pre-Commencement on May 16, 2018:

ALLEN A. COPPING EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD 

  • Patrick Grieffenstein, M.D., (Department of Surgery)

THE USPHS EXCELLENCE AWARD 

  • Patrick L. Johnson

THE GERALD R. GEHRINGER AWARD 

  • Madeleine Marie Barat Leefe

 

THE NORMA C. RAGLAND MEMORIAL AWARD 

  • Christopher Charles Anderson
  • Mark Andrew Hoppens
  • Laura Anna Petrauskas
  • Chloe Eveleth Renshaw

 

THE ALASTAIR H. BURNS MEMORIAL AWARD 

  • Matthew Ryan Migneron

 

THE GEORGE D. LYONS AWARD IN OTOLARYNGOLOGY 

  • Jonas Randall Miller

 

THE BICK AWARD IN PSYCHIATRY 

  • Douglas Joel Alexander, II and Sydney Elizabeth Smith

 

THE HERBERT ROTHSCHILD AWARD IN PEDIATRICS 

  • Elizabeth Marie Owers

 

THE STEPHEN OSOFSKY MEMORIAL AWARD IN PEDIATRICS 

  • Kelsey Hershey Manguno

 

THE ALEC KING ORTHOPAEDIC AWARD 

  • Mitchell Peter John, II and Stuart Paul Schexnayder

 

THE SAEM MEDICAL STUDENT EXCELLENCE AWARD 

  • Samuel James Ganier

 

THE LSU EMERGENCY MEDICINE AWARD 

  • Jordan Kristopher Leumas

 

THE KORNBERG AWARD IN BIOCHEMISTRY 

  • Stephanie Faye Hampton

 

THE PHARMACOLOGY AWARD 

  • Stephanie Faye Hampton

 

THE ABE MICKAL AWARD IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY 

  • Erika Leigh Arceneaux

 

THE HARRY DASCOMB AWARD IN INFECTIOUS DISEASES 

  • Ronald Tyler Hebert and Bernard Aldrich Landry-Wegener

 

THE HENRY JOLLY AWARD IN DERMATOLOGY 

  • Taylor Ryan Smith

 

THE G. GORDON MCHARDY AWARD IN GASTROENTEROLOGY 

  • William Chandler Chastant

 

THE ACP INTERNAL MEDICINE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE 

  • Bernard Aldrich Landry-Wegener

 

THE JOHN BOBEAR AWARD IN PULMONOLOGY 

  • Tyler Gerard Boudreaux

 

THE GARRET JOHN BUDDINGH MEMORIAL AWARD IN MICROBIOLOGY 

  • Stephanie Faye Hampton

 

THE HULL-AKENHEAD MEMORIAL AWARD IN CARDIOLOGY 

  • Elridge John Schwartzenburg

 

THE LUIS PEREZ MEMORIAL AWARD IN OPHTHALMOLOGY 

  • John Paul Luckett, III

 

THE LSU ALUMNI AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN ANATOMY 

  • Stephanie Faye Hampton

 

THE RUSSELL L. HOLMAN MEMORIAL AWARD 

  • Mary Etosha Green

 

THE URBAN MAES MEMORIAL AWARD 

  • Catherine Anne Chappuis and Gabriella Catherine Squeo

 

THE CLASS OF 1993 BOBBIE A. MILLET AWARD 

  • Casie Marie Jame

 

THE CLASS OF 1991 ESPRIT DE CORPS AWARD 

  • Victoria Frances Marie Serven

 

THE MOSES MAIMONIDES ETHICS AWARD 

  • Douglas Joel Alexander, II

 

THE CLASS OF 1964 AWARD 

  • Kyle Raymond Hoppens

 

THE RICHARD M. PADDISON MEDICAL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARD 

  • Bernard Aldrich Landry-Wegener

 

THE GEORGE H. KARAM ALPHA OMEGA ALPHA AWARD FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE 

  • Mark Lawrence Rolfsen 

 

THE DEAN’S AWARD 

  • Maura Elise Jones
  • Paul Joseph Kepper

 

THE GEORGE SAM BEL MEMORIAL AWARD 

  • Jonas Randall Miller

 

THE CHANCELLOR’S AWARD 

  • Samantha Gloria Karlin

Medical Students Graduate with “Honors in Research” 

Congratulations go out to the following medical students who graduated with an “Honors in Research”, which is part of the LSU Medical Student Honors Program:

Laura Petrauskas 

  • Thesis:  Red cell distribution width:  A biomarker for pulmonary hypertension
  • Mentor:  Matthew Lammi, MD (Pulmonary)

Christopher Anderson 

  • Thesis:  Concordance between usual care bedside nursing sedation assessments and explicit protocolized sedation assessments in medical intensive care unit patients
  • Mentor:  Sarah Jolley, MD (Pulmonary)

New AOA Inductees 

The following eight juniors from the LSU SOM Class of 2019 have been selected for membership into the Louisiana Beta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society:

  • Ethan Hunter Arnaud
  • Ryan Bolotte
  • Elizabeth Cooper
  • Alison Falcon
  • Brian Jake Johnson
  • Caroline Lieux
  • Louis Monnig
  • William Hunter Waddell

The following residents, faculty members, and alumni have also been selected for membership into the Louisiana Beta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society:

Residents: 

  • Omid Baniahmad MD – Internal Medicine
  • Jason Charrier MD – Internal Medicine
  • Casey Murphy MD – Pain Management & Rehabilitation
  • Lauren Nunez MD – Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine
  • Nate Peyton MD – Internal Medicine
  • Charles Zhang MD – Internal Medicine

Faculty: 

  • Rebecca Lillis MD – Internal Medicine, Section of Infectious Disease
  • Mark Townsend MD – Psychiatry
  • Carl Giffin MD – Internal Medicine
  • John Hutchings MD – Internal Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology
  • Jeffrey Barton MD – Department of Surgery, Section of Colorectal Surgery

Alumni: 

  • Gerald Cvitanovich MD (‘86) – Family Medicine
  • Otis Drew MD (‘05) – Orthopedic Surgery – Lafayette, LA
  • L’Issa L. Gates MD (‘07) – Pediatrics – New Orleans, LA
  • Patrick David Kearns MD (‘79) – Pathology – Adairsville, GA
  • John McLachlan MD (‘91) – Cardiology – Baton Rouge, LA

Please join us in congratulating these students, residents, faculty, and alumni for achieving this well-deserved honor!

 

First Year Medical Students Receive White Coats 

Adam Prevot (Class of 2021)

While still a relatively young tradition, the white coat ceremony has quickly become a mainstay in the medical training community as an opportunity to instill humanism in the hearts of future physicians from early on in their careers. On April 21st, 2018, the LSUHSC School of Medicine Class of 2021 donned the white coat for the first time in the company of their friends, family, and trusted faculty.

The white coat ceremony began in 1993 when Dr. Arnold Gold, a pediatric neurologist, realized that young medical students are often so engulfed in learning disease processes that they often forget that the face of a patient – an actual human, sits on the other side of a disease. Dr. Gold began to roll out white coat ceremonies at medical schools across the country with the idea of setting the expectation of “human centered medicine” as the gold standard of care for the physician from day one of training. With this ideal in mind, Dr. Gold started the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS), which recognizes medical students who exhibit exceptional humanism in their approach to medical education and in every day life. The Class of 2021 reaffirmed Dr. Gold’s mission on that Saturday, highlighted by a promise to uphold ideals that echo Dr. Gold’s original mission with a pledge to never forget that the practice of medicine is an earned privilege and that the well-being of the patient should always come first.”

The festivities of the Class of 2021’s white coat ceremony kicked off in the Superdome with a welcome from Dr. Steve Nelson, the Dean of the LSU School of Medicine. Following Dr. Nelson’s welcome, Brittany Foret, the Class of 2021 OSR Representative introduced the LSUHSC nominee for the AAMC Humanism in Medicine award – Dr. Randy Roig. Dr. Roig serves as assistant chief of the PM&R Service while also being extremely involved in the clinical education of LSU medical students, residents, and fellows. As a pain management specialist Dr. Roig regularly encounters patients when they are in debilitating pain – often the worst pain of their life. His speech during the ceremony highlighted his patient-centered care that purposefully approaches each patient as a human first – separate from his or her disease with an identity that is not defined by their pain.

 

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Following Dr. Roig’s speech, GHHS President Victoria Serven presented the Class of 2019’s Lucie Calderon, the winner of GHHS Humanism in Medicine Essay contest. Lucie recounted a poignant story of her time at Children’s Hospital in the Oncology unit where she encountered the family of a young patient who had previously lost his battle to leukemia. The younger brother of the late patient spread joy and cheer to current patients on Valentine’s Day – the anniversary of his older brother’s death. Lucie’s essay highlights the call for physicians to approach medicine with the same purity and love for others that this child displays, even in the face of incredible challenges.

Dr. Fred Lopez served as the master of ceremonies during the event while Dr. Hamilton Farris and Dr. Cathy Lazarus assisted in conferring the coats with each student being “coated” by a distinguished faculty member selected by the Class of 2021. These faculty members were selected for their outstanding commitment to the education and development of the Class of 2021 and the conferring faculty included Dr. Robert Maupin, Dr. Andrew Hollenbach, Dr. Robin English, Dr. Cacky Hebert, Dr. David Worthylake, Dr. Patricia Molina, Dr. William Swartz, and Dr. Bud Landry. After all coats were conferred, several members of the Class of 2021 led the rest of the class in the Oath of Ideals which proudly proclaimed an ardent commitment to place the patient first and foremost in all aspects of the practice of medicine.

Dr. Arnold Gold died this year. There is no doubt that with the loss of this incredible human the world also lost a man rich in one of our scarcest resources today – compassion. Though he is gone, his legacy permeated throughout the Superdome on that afternoon as the Class of 2021 placed his mission firmly on our own shoulders. There is a new guard of doctors on the rise. A generation of healers educated in the shadow of a man who saw a “love problem” in medicine and took meaningful steps to fix it – and we should all be thankful for that.

The Class of 2021 would like to extend a special thanks to the Office of Student Affairs, whom without White Coat Ceremony would not have been possible. An extraspecialthanks goes out to Melanie Brown and Dr. Kourtnie Robin, whom without I surely would have had at least one meltdown trying to juggle planning the ceremony with the rigors of medical school.

Adam A. Prevot – President – Class of 2021 

Gold Humanism Inductees 

It is with great pleasure that I would like to introduce the newest members of the LSUHSC Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society who were recently chosen from the medical school class of 2019. GHHS nationally recognizes student-doctors who are viewed by peers as being the type of doctor one would send one’s own parent or child to for care - A ‘Doctor’s Doctor’. The following students were chosen by their classmates for being outstanding role models in the areas of empathy, altruism, respect, service, compassion, and integrity. Please join me in congratulating these incredible students:

  • Lamia AbiSamra
  • Michael Artigue
  • Cody Blackwelder
  • Ryan Bolotte
  • Elizabeth Cooper
  • Ashlyn Courville
  • Alex Daigle
  • Paige Davis
  • Alex Dooley
  • Tucker Dorion
  • Michael Evers
  • Allison Fallcon
  • Virginia Fontenot
  • Gabrielle Fusilier
  • Amber Jarrell
  • Margaret Johnson
  • Patrick Johnson
  • Emma Levenson
  • Hannah Lomzenski
  • Shannon McDuff
  • Elaine Meyers
  • Andrew Mire
  • Max Musharoff
  • Anthony Naquin
  • David Pitre
  • Christie Talley
  • Christina Tran
  • Heather Valdin
  • Andrew Van Hook
  • Brittany Woods