By: Dr, Ralitza A. Spassova, XUSOM Faculty
The Annual XUSOM Research Day, held this year on Friday, February 23, 2018, was a great success. Our Dean of Basic Sciences, Dr. Arun Kumar Dubey, opened the afternoon with an introduction of our respected guest lecturers, Dr. Brian Little, retired Dean of Clinical Sciences at XUSOM, and Dr. Richard Derman, Associate Provost of Global Affairs, Director of Global Health Research at Thomas Jefferson University, and retired OB/GYN. Dr. Derman started by reminding the audience of the importance of performing and observing research in the field of medicine. Primarily, students benefit from seeing their basic science knowledge put into clinical practice. As a past board member of a residency institution, Dr. Derman stressed the importance of research on residency applications. Research is important not only for personal benefits, but also small-scale research can impact global health. He performed a pre- and post-lecture analysis on students’ knowledge about post-partum hemorrhage, allowing all students to participate actively in research.
There were five excellent research posters presented. All authoring and participating professors and students received certificates of participation, and the first and second place winners were assured funding for future research. The poster “Chemotherapy Induced Nausea & Vomiting (CINV): A Face-to-Face Interview,” (Poster author: Mr. Mostafa M. Hussein, MD2 Medical Student) was adjudged second. In first place was the poster “Inhaled Nitric Oxide in Treatment of Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of Neonate: An Insight into Biochemical Pathways,” (Poster authors: Mr. Abbas Hassan, MD4 Medical Student, Dr. Malpe Surekha Bhat, Professor in Biochemistry, and Dr. Narasimha Prasad, CASL coordinator & Faculty in Pharmacology). Acknowledgements were given to all students and staff involved in all areas of the presented posters, as research is a team success. All poster presentations were impactful and inspired future involvement in upcoming projects and the next Annual Research Day at XUSOM.