Annual Senior Medical Student’s Research Competition Underway

Submissions for the Second Annual Senior Research Medical Competition are due November 15. Winners will be announced by January 1, 2011.

While completing their clinical years at one of the University’s more than 60 affiliated hospitals and clinical centers across the United States and United Kingdom, many St. George’s University students participate in research projects and publish results during the course of their training. In support of these research initiatives, the Medical Student Research Institute (MSRI) of St. George’s University last year held the first of what is now an annual competition of research projects for senior medical students.

The Senior Medical Research Competition is a natural extension of the MSRI mission to encourage, support, facilitate and centralize medical student research throughout the School of Medicine. After soliciting research projects from students in their last year of clinical training, a panel of faculty judges select winning projects based on the originality, scientific merit and level of involvement of their respective presentations and/or papers. In 2009 five winners were selected, showcasing a variety of compelling research topics:

  • Kyle Smith for the “Effect of Location Drill Holes on the Bending Strength of Bovine Bone”
  • Supreet Singh Bindra for “Laparoscopic Appendectomy: Surgeon and patient-specific factors resulting in open conversion. “
  • Ahmad F Khalid for researching “Risk factors for emergency Caesarean section in a multiethnic environment”
  • Zachary Klaassen on “Thoracic outlet syndrome: An enigmatic neurological and vascular disorder.”
  • Ashish Jairath for research on “Active real time hematoma expansion in intracerebral hemorrhage in the presence of computed tomography angiographic spot sign.”

Dr. Stephen Weitzman, Dean of the School of Medicine, commented on the competition. “An outgrowth of the MSRI, this competition has proven to be enormously successful in building enthusiasm among our clinical students for research in medicine.”

St. George’s School of Medicine offered winners a complimentary trip to Grenada to present and discuss their research with faculty members and their peers during an annual faculty meetings week.

“The competition was met with enthusiasm by the students last year. They seemed happy to be able to return to Grenada to present their research to their teachers and mentors at St. George’s annual all-faculty meeting,” recalled Dr. Weitzman. “The School of Medicine is proud to be a part of this competition in support of the MSRI mission.”

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