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SMA’s 2021 Inaugural Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference Abstract Presentations

The following abstracts were accepted and presented during Southern Medical Association’s virtual Physicians-in-Training Leadership Conference, April 16-18, 2021, and are listed in order of presentation. *Abstracts are published as submitted.


COVID-19 Pandemic Origins: Bioweapons and the History of Laboratory Leaks

To date, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has taken more than 3.5 million lives. Many of these deaths have been attributed to misleading information that fragmented a coordinated effort to mitigate loss of life. Future pandemics will continue to be a threat, so it is important to lay bare…

Posted in: Infectious Disease90

Invited Commentary

Commentary on “COVID-19 Pandemic Origins: Bioweapons and the History of Laboratory Leaks”

In his perspective entitled “COVID-19 Pandemic Origins: Bioweapons and the History of Laboratory Leaks,” Dr Dacre Knight has endeavored to provide an evidence-based and historical contextual rejection of speculative theories regarding the origin of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus as a research bioweapon that was accidentally leaked from a…

Posted in: Infectious Disease90

Original Article

Impact of Depressive Symptomology on Pain and Function during Recovery after Total Joint Arthroplasty

Objectives: To determine the effect of preoperative depressive symptoms on patient-reported function and pain following total joint arthroplasty (TJA) after controlling for potential confounding factors; how depressive symptoms changed after TJA; and the impact of postoperative depressive symptoms on recovery. Methods: A prospective cohort study undertaken in a metropolitan region…

Posted in: Mental Health38

Original Article

Developing a Transitions of Care Elective for Medical Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

Objectives: Health care in the United States is costly, fragmented, and often ineffective. Transitions of care (TOC), particularly from the inpatient to the outpatient setting, is an especially complicated time and one that is potentially fraught with errors that contribute to negative outcomes. The coronavirus 2019 pandemic exacerbated many of…

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Letter to the Editor

COVID-19 Patient Acceptance to Monoclonal Antibody Infusion: A Single Medical Center Experience

To the Editor: As emergency departments and hospitals have become inundated with patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), several treatment modalities have been investigated to help improve COVID-19 symptoms and reduce hospitalizations. Bamlanivimab was approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 10,…

Posted in: Infectious Disease90

Original Article

CME Article: Improving the Quality of Inpatient Discharge Instructions: An Evaluation and Implementation of Best Practices

Objectives: Little is known about whether improving the quality of written discharge instructions can result in improved readmission rates and whether there are differences in the quality of discharge instructions based on provider and patient characteristics. We set out to determine provider characteristics associated with high quality discharge instructions and…

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