Resident scholarship showcased at SGIM conference

Iowa makes another strong showing at Midwest SGIM!

Our IM residents’ Quality Improvement (QI) curriculum faculty led by Carly Kuehn, MD, and including Matt Soltys, MD, Ethan Kuperman, MD, Chief Resident for Quality and Safety Sam Zetumer, MD, and Krista Johnson, MD, MME, continue to encourage and help prepare our residents to present their team’s QI projects at the Midwest regional meeting of the Society for General Internal Medicine.

The resident teams, with support from their faculty QI mentors, prepared and submitted abstracts and 4 were chosen for poster presentations and 1 for an oral presentation. As part of that preparation, the QI core faculty arrange an evening session that includes pizza for sustenance for residents to practice their presentations and get feedback on their posters and slides as well as the content and quality of their presentations. Residents appreciate this opportunity for practice and feedback it is reflected in the quality of their presentations.

For the past seven years, the Division of General Internal Medicine, led by Richard Hoffman, MD, MPH, has provided financial support for resident QI presentations at regional and national meetings. The QI curriculum has not only improved our residents knowledge and skills and quality improvement but has also had impact on improving processes and patient care. It has also been an ongoing venue for scholarship for our residents and faculty mentors.

Below are the accepted abstracts from our trainees.

Oral presentation

“Shared decision-making for aspirin deprescription in older veterans”
Aron Z. Evans, MD, Luke Morrey, MD, Tong Yu, MD, Michael Shlossman, MD, Ahmed Abdelhamid, MD, Matthew Becker, MD, Paul Mester, MD, Brittnee Haynes, DO, Grace Alexander, MD, Hunter Frederiksen, MD, Ashten Sherman, MD, Justin W. Smock, MD
– Presented by PGY-3 Aron Evans, MD


Preventing opioid-related toxicity at a regional VA medical center”
Kathie Zhang, Jeremy Zhang, Michael C. Sauer, Sarah Van Dorin, Lauren Zabel, Tommy Robinson, Yvonne De Sloover Koch, Matthew D. Soltys.
– Presented by PGY-3 Kathie Zhang, MD

“Increasing colorectal screening rate among patients aged 45-49 years in resident clinic using electronic messaging.”
Prakash S, Garza A, Sternhagen E, Colten S, Eisenbeisz M, Salomone J, Pickthorn S, Klein M, Fiordellisi W.
– Presented by PGY-3 Shahana Prakash, MD

“Improving Utilization of SGLT2 Inhibitors in Patients with T2DM and CKD in a VA Primary Care Clinic: A Quality Improvement Project”
Zandvakili A, Anderson R, Day J, de la Serna S, Hines M, Prathivadhi-Bhayankaram S, Vather-Wu N, Meyer M, Zeithamel M, Johnson K, Brettell L, Hupp D.
– Presented by PGY-2 Rachel Anderson, MD

“Pilot study retrospective review of failure mode for the concurrent prescribing cCQM”
Lauren Zabel, MD, James Willey, MD, Ethan Kuperman, MD, Jennifer McDanel, PhD, MS.
– Presented by PGY-2 Lauren Zabel, MD

Midwest SGIM has also been a venue for our residents and students to present clinical vignettes under guidance from faculty mentors. This year, medical student Elaine Harrington worked with faculty mentor Joseph Szot, MD, and received multiple comments on the quality of the poster as well as her delivery.

Faculty were on the scene showcasing their work as well. Matthew Bauer, MD, and Ethan Kuperman, MD. won Best Research Poster for their QI project, “Analysis of a Clinical Decision Support System to Screen for Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia.”

Associate Program Director Johnson has long been a champion of these residents each year. She writes:

SGIM has always been one of my favorite meetings for how welcoming and encouraging they are of trainees’ work. This year, Kathie Zhang, Lauren Zabel, Rachel Anderson, and Shahana Prakash did an outstanding job of presenting their team’s QI projects at the poster session. Their posters were some of the best-looking posters there as far as visuals and use of space and content. Several faculty attending SGIM spontaneously told me how well-spoken and knowledgeable about their projects our residents were and how they were doing really good work.

Aron Evans gave a fantastic oral presentation regarding his team’s shared decision-making for deprescribing aspirin project and his slides were clean and incredibly effective. He did a great job answering questions. His presentation also was praised by several faculty at the session.

We also had a great time hanging out with them at the meeting and social networking. It was an opportunity for them to meet other trainees and faculty from different institutions and get feedback on their work.

We are so proud of our residents and students’ hard work and the high-quality presentations of their work at Midwest SGIM!


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