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SMA Virtual Abstract Competition Top 20

August 15, 2023 // Randy Glick

Congratulations to the Top 20 Winners of SMA’s Virtual Abstract Competition that took place August 8-9, 2023! 

With more than 85 oral and poster abstracts presented during the two-day virtual event, physicians-in-training from more than 30 medical schools and residency programs had the opportunity to share their research and interact with their peers. 

“It was wonderful to spend time with these outstanding medical students and residents and hear about interesting cases as well as the latest developments across various aspects of medicine,” noted SMA Executive Director Randy Glick. “All of the presenters did an outstanding job. Their hard work and preparation were apparent and made this competition a success.” 


Each winner will be notified by SMA’s Director of Education, Susan Gonzalez, as to what they need to prepare to present in person at SMA’s Annual Scientific Assembly taking place October 26-28 in Greensboro, North Carolina to compete for over $12,000 in cash prizes. 

Top 10 Oral Abstract Winners

Trenton Ferguson, PGY3 

Virginia Tech Carilion

“Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole–Induced Psychosis in a Patient With Down Syndrome”

Ahmed Hebishy, PGY1

East Carolina University

“Nausea and Vomiting in a Teenager, Treated as Cholecystitis, Found to have Castleman Disease”

Sunpil Hwang, PGY2

North Alabama Medical Center

“A Rare Presentation of Metastatic Sclerosing Epithelioid Fibrosarcoma with Spinal Cord Compression”

Ritika Kumar, PGY1

North Alabama Medical Center

“Rare Case of Cardiac Fibroelastoma- Cause of Embolic Stroke”

Tripti Nagar, PGY3

Wayne State University

“Development of Migratory Dermatographism after Moderna COVID-19 Booster Vaccination”

Sierra Patterson, PGY2

Medical University of South Carolina

“Atriocaval Shunt as Damage-Control Surgical Technique for Complex Pancreaticoduodenal and Juxta Hepatic Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Injury”

Henry Ross, PGY2

Medical University of South Carolina

“Needs Assessment for MUSC ACCESS Program Among M4's & Preliminary Residents”

Aditya Vinjamuri, PGY3

Tulane School of Medicine

“Can Inhibiting Ferroptosis and Subsequent Endothelial Glycocalyx Shedding Reduce the Morbidity and Mortality of Hemorrhagic Shock?”

Peter Zhang, PGY4

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

“Remote Monitoring of Patients with Congestive Heart Failure in Rural Areas Reduces Admissions Over Time”

Joshua Zweigle, PGY2

East Carolina University

“Solitary Scalp Metastasis – A Rare Presentation of Hepatocellular Carcinoma”

Top 10 Poster Abstract Winners

Laura Harrison, PGY3

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

“Refractory Hypertension and Hypokalemia in the Setting of Licorice Consumption”

Annabelle Lunt, PGY3

University of South Carolina School of Medicine

“Student-led Guidance for Diabetic Management in an Underserved Population”

Leo Meller, PGY1

University of California San Diego School of Medicine

“Necrobiotic Xanthogranuloma Associated with Uveitis, Retinal Vasculitis and Autoimmune Retinopathy”

Tina Phan, PGY3 

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

“Chorea-Is Diabetes Mellitus to Blame?”

Cooper Root, PGY3

University of Kansas School of Medicine

“Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction with Suture Tape Augmentation: A Scoping Review”

Katherine Ruiz Gonzalez, PGY2

Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center

“Strenuous Cough Causing Bilateral Rectus Sheath Hematoma Secondary to Warfarin Coagulopathy”

Alexandra Savage, PGY2

University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine

“Investigating the Role of PGP Peptides and Heme in Sepsis-Related Acute Lung Injury: Mechanisms and Therapeutic Perspectives”

Lynn Tong, PGY1

Willis Knighton Health System

“Comparing Bacterial Presence with the Usage of 0.05% Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Lavage During Urologic Prosthesis Revision Surgery”

Virginia Velez Quinones, PGY3

University of Miami  JFK Medical Center

“An Uncommon Case of Epiploic Appendagitis Initially Diagnosed as Acute Diverticulitis”

Clara Wynn, PGY2

Wellstar Kennestone

“Necrotizing Pancreatitis As A Complication of HELLP Syndrome”

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