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South Carolina AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium Recognizes Excellence in Quality Improvement and Research Projects

The annual South Carolina AHEC Resident Scholarship Symposium is held each year in conjunction with the South Carolina Academy of Family Physicians’ (SCAFP) annual meeting. The symposium provides family medicine residents from across the state with the opportunity to showcase their quality improvement and research projects through scholarly presentations and poster sessions. Residents are also able to participate in conference and networking events with other family physicians from throughout South Carolina. During the symposium, the upcoming chief residents from each program participate in a seminar to learn about and develop leadership and other skills.

This year’s symposium in Myrtle Beach featured 16 podium presentations and 4 poster presentations. The quality improvement and research symposium gives residents an opportunity to engage with SCAFP members to discuss how these projects translate into practice. South Carolina AHEC is pleased to recognize this year’s Resident Scholarship Symposium winners. 

Basic Research:  

First Place 
Cardiovascular Screening in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Retrospective Case-Control Study Sarah Tucker Price, MD, PhD; Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program
                                                                                
Second Place  
Computer-Based Management Effect on Inpatient Glycemic Measures
Vinay Juneja, MD; Prisma Health-Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia (Columbia) Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Place  
Comparing the Prevalence of Adolescent Athletes with Elevated Blood Pressures and Their Physician Recommendations
Louis Gerena, MD; Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Quality Improvement

First Place
Protocol to Reduce Hospital Readmissions for Acute Exacerbations of COPD
Kliph Love, MD, MPH and Ben Stillman, DO; Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine Residency Program

Second Place *Tie* 
Improving Pediatric Vaccination Rates in a Family Medicine Clinic
William Burk, MD and Bryan Vo, MD; Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Evaluating Effects on Hospital Encounters After Implementing After-Hours Telemedicine Visits in a Senior Living Facility
Natalie Christian, MD and Rebecca King-Mallory, MD; Trident/MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program

Poster Session Winner

Injury Rates Among College Athletes Who Played Single vs Multiple Sports in High School 
Evan Madden, MD and Grayson Sumner, DO; Self Regional Family Medicine Residency Program

South Carolina AHEC would like to thank those who served as moderators and judges:

  • Dr. Lisa Mims, Trident/MUSC Family Medicine - Chair and Moderator
  • Dr. Alec DeCastro, Trident/MUSC Family Medicine - Moderator
  • Dr. Mark Humphrey, Prisma Health-Midlands/UofSC SOM Columbia (Columbia) Family Medicine - Judge
  • Dr. Jenna Reel, Spartanburg Regional Family Medicine - Judge 
  • Dr. Richard Boyles, SCAFP Immediate Past President and Board Chair - Judge
  • Dr. Marty Player, Trident/MUSC Family Medicine - Conference Assistance 

If you would like additional information about the symposium, please contact Director of AHEC Recruitment and Retention Programs Kristin Cochran at (843) 792-6977 or cochrak@musc.edu.


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