Friday, May 8, 2015

19th Annual MWHC Research Day

Earlier this week, I was privileged to speak at the 19th annual Research Day at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, an event I’ve been attending for almost 15 years!  

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Research Day is residents’ opportunity to submit their research they’ve conducted to a panel of experienced clinician researchers and compete to recognize 'best in class' by being selected for an oral presentation and ultimately win a cash prize (and, of course, bragging rights). Participants’ submissions are broken into one of four categories: either manuscript or poster from first to third year residents (Post Grad Year (PGY) 1-3) or, manuscript or poster from fourth to eighth year residents (PGY 4-8).  

There was a double winner this year – Shawn Tejiram, MD, a PGY-2 general surgery fellow working in the Firefighters' Burn and Surgical Research Laboratory.
Tejiram said, "I've long had a desire to perform basic science research and really understand academic medicine. I'm fortunate that Dr. Jeffrey Shupp's lab has provided me with those opportunities. It was an exhilarating experience presenting our ongoing work to the MedStar faculty. Winning both awards was unexpected, but it represents the collaboration of everyone in our lab and I'm proud to have worked with them."

A week before the event all the poster finalists were hung in True Auditorium at MWHC and then finally, on May 2nd, both oral and poster finalists presented the findings of their research.

From the burn lab to improved radiation treatment for breast cancer to bedside nanotechnology, there was a lot of promising research presented at this year’s event. As the Keynote speaker I encouraged the residents to find ways to research healthcare delivery and remember their role they play in advancing health as part of the MedStar system.

As we look to the next 20 years of resident research day, I will be working with the education leaders across MedStar and hope to make Research Day for residents and fellows bigger and more visible, perhaps tying it to the success of our annual system wide Symposium.

Congratulations to all the winners, listed below.

An online version of the complete 2015 Research Day book, containing full manuscripts and all abstracts, can be found at

PGY 1-3
Shawn Tejiram, MD
General Surgery/Burn Research
“Pressure Therapy Augments Collagen Composition in Hypertrophic Scar”
PGY 4-8
Athansios Bikas, MD
MedStar Health Research Institute Fellow
“Induction of Oncosis in Glucose-Deprived Thyroid Cancer Cells”

PGY 1-3
Shawn Tejiram, MD
General Surgery/Burn Research
“Vascularity and Perfusion Are Influenced by Compression Therapy in A Porcine Model of Hypertrophic Scar”
PGY 4-8
Zarah Lucas, MD
“Pilot project to determine the predictive value of microRNAs in breast cancer brain metastases”

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