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Research/Scholarly Activity

Research training is an important component of the residency program at St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC). All residents are taught basic research skills so that they can critically evaluate the results of published studies and use this knowledge to strengthen their clinical practice. Residents become familiar with a variety of research designs, statistical concepts, data analysis techniques, and manuscript writing styles through monthly journal clubs, local and national research presentations, and the completion of a scholarly project during the residency training. The first authors and the local winners receive a stipend to facilitate attending the regional and national meetings for the presentations. These are some of the activities residents participated in the last few years:

ACP National Meetings Young Achievers

Our residents were honored as ACP Young Achievers in the last two National Meetings (San Diego 2017 and New Orleans 2018). The following projects were presented:

  • Lung Cancer Screening: Need for Better Compliance and Broader Guidelines
    Bukhari S, Dirweesh A, Awad A, Soomro R, Mir A, Arsalan M, Kaji A, Wallach S.

  • A False Positive HIV Antibody Test in a Patient with Mediastinal Hodgkin Lymphoma
    Dirweesh A, Amodu A, Bukhari S, Wallach S.

ACP New Jersey Winners

Our residents also won the prize in ACP New Jersey Best Poster Presentation for the clinical vignette:

  • A False Positive HIV Antibody Test in a Patient with Mediastinal Hodgkin Lymphoma
    Dirweesh A, Amodu A, Bukhari S, Wallach S

Dr. Dirweesh (class of ’18), Dr. Awad (class of ’18), and Dr. Bukhari (class of ’17) at the ACP National Meeting 2017, San Diego

Oral and posters presentations are constantly submitted and accepted annually from SFMC. Here are few that were presented at the 2017/2018 meetings:

  • Symptomatic Diverticular Disease in Patients with Severely Reduced Kidney Function: Higher Rates of Complications and Transfusion Requirement
    Dirweesh A, Amodu A, Khan M, Zijoo R, Ambreen B, Ibrahim M, Ijaz M, Nawwar A, Genena K, Tahir M, Kumar N, Debari VA, Wallach S.

  • Anal Neuroendocrine Tumor Masquerading as External Hemorrhoids: A Case Report
    Khan M, Dirweesh A, Alvarez C, Conaway H, Moser R.

  • Anterograde Amnesia and Hyperreflexia due to Synthetic Cannabinoid Intoxication
    Acharya I, Genena K, Younis M, Christmas D.

  • Contrast Induced Neurotoxicity after Cardiac Catheterization
    Arsalan M, Fawwad S, Alvarez C, Mbianda J, Christmas D.

  • Coronary Artery Ectasia Presenting as a non-ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction in a Young Adult
    Genena K, Ali M, Christmas D, Siu H.

Dr. Arsalan (class of ’19) at the ACP NJ Meeting 2018

CHEST Annual Meeting Top Tier Selection

The American College of Chest Physicians and the Training & Transitions Committee selected our case report: Adenocarcinoma of the Lung Presenting as Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura to be ranked in the top tier of all Student/Resident Case Report Posters for the 2016/2017 CHEST Annual Meeting. The top tier case report posters were graded onsite by the members of the Training & Transitions Committee and an additional expert grader and awards were distributed at that time.

Seton Hall Colloquium Winners

Our SFMC residents routinely submit 25-30 abstracts annually for Dr. George Perez Research Colloquium at the Seton Hall University. The School of Health and Medical Sciences and the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine hosted the 28th Annual Dr. George Perez Research Colloquium on Friday, April 28, 2017, in the Richie Regan Recreation Center (Field House) and Jubilee Hall (Auditorium). Our Project: Symptomatic Diverticular Disease in Patients with Severely Reduced Kidney Function: Higher Rates of Complications and Transfusion won the award for the Best Oral Presentation.

American Thoracic Society Meeting

Five residents presented at the American Thoracic Society 2017 International Conference, Washington, DC. Abstracts were also published at the ATS website.

Congress of Clinical Rheumatology

A Case Report of a patient with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Coexisting Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Nawwar, A, Acharya, I, Usmani, Q.

Dr. Nawwar (class of ’19) at the Congress of Clinical Rheumatology 2018

Obesity Summit for Residents and Fellows

SFMC residents actively participated in a CME-certified summit (Orlando, Florida) specifically designed for residents and fellows-in-training to advance their knowledge, skills, behavior, and attitude regarding care for patients who present with obesity and related comorbid conditions.

Additional Publications

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