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

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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

Gold Humanism Faculty and Resident Awards 

Congratulations to Dr. Chelsey Sandlin (Department of Pediatrics) as the winner of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.  This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate both clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care and who show respect for patients, their families, and healthcare colleagues.

Further congratulations go to the Class of 2019’s resident and faculty nominations for initiation into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. These physicians are considered exemplars of empathy, compassion, altruism, and integrity; their dedication to service in working with patients and others in the field of medicine inspired their students to nominate them for this honor. They were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on May 29th at 5pm in the Medical Education Building Lecture Hall B.

  • Faculty: Dr. Guido DeJesus, Internal Medicine- Baton Rouge
  • Resident: Dr. Crystal Nhieu, OBGYN- Baton Rouge
  • Resident: Dr. Michael Borrero, Plastic Surgery

 

Gold Humanism Award

The Gold Humanism Honor Society would like to extend its congratulations to the following students & residents who were nominated and elected by their peers for Students of the Month for March 2018!

  • L1s- Jewel Datri & Marguerite O-Quinn Maisie
  • L2s- Mitchelle Guedry & Melanie Hotz
  • L3s-Bradley Landwehr & Andrew Myers
  • L4s- Kelsey Ward & Willie Talber
  • Resident- Dr. Alex Ramos, Neurology & Dr. Jennifer Oswald, Emergency Medicine

Their interactions with their peers, patients, and community have been noted, and we want to commend them on being such great members of the LSUHSC community. These students embody the GHHS pillars of Respect, Integrity, Service, and Empathy.

Congratulations again and keep on being golden!

 

 

 

 

The Formation of a Medical Student Research Committee and Its Impact on Involvement in Orthopaedic Departmental Research

Stuart Schexnayder (SOM Class of 2020)
Hunter M. Starring (SOM Class of 2020) 

Research is an important aspect of medical training and plays a vital role in the advancement of clinical medicine. It teaches educational skills that are traditionally absent in many medical school curricula but important in building a career founded on evidence-based medicine. Research production also serves to improve institutional reputation and visibility while facilitating faculty advancement. To these ends, departments can benefit greatly from medical student involvement in research endeavors. Medical students, on the other hand, seeking to be competitive for residencies, particularly in orthopaedics, have increased their own research activities significantly over the past ten years.  This growing emphasis on research in the application process may stimulate younger students to seek out further research experiences. Some medical schools offer summer programs for first-year students or electives in research to fourth-year students, but these opportunities are likely too brief for students to complete a study or too late to include during the residency application process. 

Medical students may then seek to participate in research opportunities external to the formal curriculum, but face significant barriers, including a lack of time, competing educational demands, and unfamiliarity with the research process. Many institutions, particularly those with a strong history of research production, have established research departments with support staff in place to assist faculty, residents, and medical students. As the emphasis on research grows across the country, departments that have not historically been active in research are now searching for ways to increase productivity.  

In order to compete with these institutions, a Musculoskeletal Student Research Committee was developed to provide a mutually beneficial link between orthopaedic research faculty and medical students at LSUHSC-New Orleans. The goal of the committee was to overcome common barriers described previously in order to increase the amount, quality, and interest in research within the department of orthopaedics. Hence the mission statement of the committee was written, “To connect students with the information and faculty needed to guide and maximize medical students’ time to choose, start and complete research of the highest quality.”   

Composed of students and faculty, the committee developed a Research Guide for Medical Students, Research Database and Student List, Medical Students’ Webpage, Routing Form, and holds quarterly meetings for those students active in orthopaedic research. With this platform, the committee aimed to increase young student involvement in research and provide a stratified level of study participation among upper-level students for continued mentorship. In one calendar year, the total number of first and second-year students participating in department research increased 460% (5 to 28). Also, the total number of research projects with student involvement from these two classes increased 780% (5 to 44).  

The number of research experiences and publications that medical students are participating in to match into competitive residency programs continues to increase. From 2007 to 2014, the mean number of research experiences for successful orthopaedic applicants increased from 2.6 to 3.7.  The number of publications, abstracts, and presentations increased from 3.0 to 6.7 during that time frame as well. This number has also increased in all other specialties from 2.2 to 4.2. Since research is becoming much more imperative on residency applications in fields other than just orthopaedics, this committee model can be implemented by students and faculty in any medical academic specialty. Regardless if students continue to perform research as clinicians, the understanding and interpretation of research is vital to practicing a career of evidence-based medicine.  This demonstrates how the formation of a student committee, along with supportive department faculty, may quickly grow the research environment at institutions seeking to improve their research activity, and how this partnership may benefit students, residents, faculty, and the medical profession as a whole.  

Please visit our publication in Medical Education Online in the January 2018 Edition –  

DOI: 10.1080/10872981.2018.1424449 

Medical Student Research Day 

Paula Gregory, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Medical Student Research 

On Friday, November 17th, forty-two medical students presented their research results at Medical Student Research Day.  The winners from the 2017 Medical Student Research Day poster session are: 

Hunter Hidalgo1st Place – Hunter Hildago (Mentor: David Lefer) “Novel Rodent Model of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction (HF-pEF)” 

Karen Nelson2nd Place – Karen Nelson (Mentors: Christopher Parsons & Yussef Bennani) “HIV Outcomes in HIV+ Cancer Patients after Referral to Multidisciplinary Patient Navigation Program”  

Patrick Johnson3rd Place – Patrick Johnson (Mentor: Jennifer Mooney) “Helmet Use and Outcomes in Louisiana”  

Brett Salomon4th Place – Brett Salomon (Mentors: Vinod Dasa & Daniel Plessi) “Using a modern day rapid recovery protocol, when does pre-op range of motion return following total knee arthroplasty?”