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Faculty Highlights

A team of six CMC emergency medicine residents earned first place in the annual Quiz Bowl competition at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine annual meeting on May 14 in Dallas, Texas.

Thirteen teams from residency programs across the country answered questions designed to assess clinical fund of knowledge in a moderated, timed, team based format. Congratulations to PGY2 residents Bryant Allen, Karina Reyner, Dan Troha, Jessica Baxley, Sarah Rackers and David Kiefer for a job well done.

CMC emergency medicine PGY1 Josh Robertson emerged as winner of the inaugural Ignite! Competition May 15 at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine annual meeting in Dallas, Texas. 

Ignite! is a national competition in which resident physicians present on a variety of topics relevant to emergency medicine. Speakers have 5 minutes to present 20 slides, which advance automatically at 15 second intervals. Presenters are evaluated based on quality of the topic and presentation skills. Dr. Robertson's presentation entitled "Tourniquets as the New Trend: Data, Technology and Outcomes to Show that Mortality from Extremity Hemorrhage should be a Thing of the Past" was awarded first place.

Dr. Modisett Congratulations to Emergency Medicine Chief Resident Katharine Modisett, MD!

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident Dr. Katharine Modisett has been selected Resident of the Year by the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine! This is an honor awarded to one EM resident in the nation each year. The award is given by the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Modisett was presented the award at this year’s SAEM meeting in Dallas during the AWAEM luncheon on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Dr. Modisett will also be honored with a profile in the “Outstanding Woman in EM” column in an upcoming AWAEM newsletter.

Dr. Matkins Center for Faculty Excellence Announces Preeti Matkins, MD, as the 2014 CFE Fellow Appointee

Dr. Matkins has written curricula for Adolescent Medicine, Term Nursery and Child Abuse for residents, medical students and fellows. In coordination with The Center for Advancing Pediatric Excellence (CAPE), she has worked on multiple resident-led quality improvement projects serving as the faculty champion.  She was an early adopter of electronic medical records and enjoys teaching tips in EMR. However, her teaching philosophy is becoming more “old school”: limited use of Power Point to engage learners and teachers; use of multimedia without complete dependence; and utilizing short, teachable moments within busy clinical settings.  Dr. Matkins has extensive experience in multidisciplinary team approaches to patient care, including integrated mental health services. In her role as a fellow, Dr. Matkins will facilitate best practices in quality improvement, teaching and learning.

Dr. Uche Obih

Dr. Patrick Proctor

Drs. Obih and Proctor Win First Place at the Southern Regional Society of General Internal Medicine Meeting

Drs. Obih and Proctor won first place overall for the top clinical vignette poster at the Southern Regional Society of General Internal Medicine meeting.

Several internal medicine residents recently presented clinical vignettes at the Southern Regional Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting in New Orleans, LA, February 20 - 22. Two of our residents, Drs. Uche Obih and Patrick Proctor, jointly presented a clinical vignette at the meeting and won first place overall for the top clinical vignette poster out of more than 130 entries.

They will also present their poster at the Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA in April. In addition, Patrick was one of four residents chosen to present another clinical vignette during the plenary session at the Southern Regional SGIM meeting.

Congratulations to both Drs. Obih and Proctor for their outstanding accomplishments!

Dr. Susan Bliss Dr. Bliss has been awarded the ACOG District IV Donald F. Richardson Memorial Lecture and Outstanding Faculty Award.

This award is nominated by and voted on by the junior fellow chairs and vice chairs of the sections in District IV and given to recognize faculty in District IV who have made outstanding contributions to the training of obstetricians/gynecologists and who have enthusiastically supported the recruitment of Junior Fellows and the participation of Junior Fellows in the activities of The American College/Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Dr. Hendry Sawe Dr. Hendry Sawe Awarded Best Resident Presentation at 2013 SAEM Annual Meeting in Atlanta

Attendees at the 2013 SAEM Annual Meeting in Atlanta this past May might not have been familiar with Dr. Hendry Sawe, the winner of the event’s award for Best Resident Presentation. Dr. Sawe is a chief resident in the emergency medicine program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

He is also a founding member, and president, of the Emergency Medicine Association of Tanzania, and recently joined SAEM and the Society’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy (GEMA). The residency program in Dar is a three-year Master’s of Medicine in EM program at Muhimbili University of Health Allied Sciences (MUHAS), with clinical work at the ED of the adjacent Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).

It is the first EM residency program in Tanzania. The ED and EM program are supported by visiting EM faculty from a consortium of academic programs in South Africa, Canada, and the US, made possible by the financial backing of Abbott Fund Tanzania. The plan for long-term sustainability of the project is that reliance on the international faculty support will decrease as Hendry and his colleagues graduate and take over program leadership. Indeed, he and his classmates are on track to be the first graduates from the program later this year.

Dr. Andrew M. Nunn Dr. Nunn Chosen as a Recipient of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Resident Scholarship 2013

Dr. Andrew M. Nunn, PGY-5 at Carolinas Medical Center, was chosen as a recipient of this year’s American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) Resident Scholarship. Founded in 1937, the AAST is committed to the development and education of young surgeons interested in trauma and acute care surgery. Specifically stated in the mission statement, “the AAST provides research funding and scholarships for medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty.”

The scholarship funds a trip to the AAST 2013 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California. This will provide Dr. Nunn not only with an incredible educational opportunity, but also an opportunity to visit with some of the world’s greatest trauma and acute care surgeons. After completing his PGY-5 year, Dr. Nunn is pursuing a fellowship in acute care surgery and surgical critical care.

Dr. David Lelio Dr. Lelio Honored with Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching Award

The Clinical Preceptor Excellence in Teaching award - Off-campus Faculty 2013 recognized Dr. Lelio’s dedication to educating the UNC SOM medical students and for going above and beyond the call of duty to be an effective teacher. Student remarks about him include:

“Dr. Lelio is very personable, friendly, and positive. Probably much of the reason he is so well respected and liked by students is that he shows them how to be kind and understanding to psychiatric patients and their families and thereby serves as a role model for developing positive therapeutic relationships.”

“I want to be like Dr Lelio when I grow up."

Dr. Lelio is the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CMC Randolph. He completed his residency at Illinois State Psychiatric Institute in Chicago, IL and completed his child and adolescent fellowship at the University of Illinois, department of psychiatry. He has been the director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2003.

Dr. Hall Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Family Medicine

Mary Hall, MD, Chief Academic Officer of Carolinas HealthCare System, was recently recognized with a national award for her work in advocacy and family medicine. She is this year’s recipient of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) President's Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Advocacy, which honors outstanding work in political advocacy at the local, state or national level.

“I am very excited to receive this award and acknowledgment,” says Dr. Hall. “It is a privilege to do this work and to contribute, every day, to the education of all of our resident physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System.” The President’s Award was presented in May 2013 at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference in Baltimore, M.D.

Dr. Patricia White awarded the George T. Wolff Award

Established in 1999, this award is named after George T. Wolff, who was the former director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, NC. Nominated by third-year UNC medical students, this award is given each year to a faculty member who demonstrates dedication to quality community-based medical education and is selected by the Whitehead Medical Society and the UNC Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Jo Anna Leuck Dr. Jo Anna Leuck awarded the SAEM (Society for Academic Emergency Medicine)
Education Fellowship Grant (EFG)

The mission of this grant is to develop academic potential of the selected fellow by providing for a dedicated two-year training period that includes an advanced degree in education. Dr. Leuck's project incorporates a formal didactic program resulting in a Master's Degree in Healthcare Education, a mentored program of structured professional development, and an innovative, mentored, educational research project. She plans to develop and test educational and evaluation methods that are designed to measure the effects of fatigue on knowledge transfer, longitudinal retention, and remediation in the real-time setting of clinical emergency medicine training and practice.

Dr. Paul Colavita Dr. Paul Colavita, General Surgery PGY3 awarded the Research Award at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) 2012

From approximately 6,500 members of SAGES with hundreds of research abstracts reviewed, a panel of internationally known research physicians selected Dr. Paul Colavita. Paul's project compared laparoscopic and open techniques for ventral hernia repair with mesh in the United States, utilizing the Nationwide Inpatient Sample to do the analysis. Results showed that laparoscopic techniques were independently associated with improved outcomes (mortality, cost, length of stay, complications, and frequency of routine discharge).  The project manuscript is being published in Surgical Endoscopy.

Dr. Blair Wormer Department of Surgery Trauma Residents Sweep First and Second Place at the NC/SC American College of Surgeons—Committee on Trauma (ASC-COT) in Resident Research Paper Competition

Dr. Blair Wormer was awarded first place and Dr. Paul Colavita placed second, along with teammates Drs Erin Hanna, Lindsay Fairfax and Samual Ross, who all were selected for best abstracts of clinical and basic science research presented at the ASC-COT annual meeting. These presentations are then scored on content of the research, the presentation skills of the resident and the knowledge of the resident regarding the topic they present. The winner presents at the regional committee on trauma, and potentially at the national level.

With competition from among institutions such as Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University, the Department of Surgery has demonstrated a consistent national presence with resident presentations. Dr. David Klima was a national finalist in 2011 and Dr. Tom Schmelzer placed second nationally in 2009, with their papers being published in a peer reviewed publication.

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