Postgraduate residency news
Postgraduate Medical Studies holds first annual awards ceremony

These residents were able to take time out from their busy schedules to attend the first Postgraduate Medical Studies awards and recognition ceremony.

Back (from left): Dr. Keegan Au, Orthopedic Surgery; Dr. Jerome Doucet, Psychiatry; Dr. Nikita Makretsov, Anatomical Pathology.

Front (from left): Dean James Rourke; Dr. George Yousef, Anatomical Pathology; Dr. Anjana Chawla, Psychiatry; Dr. Chhaya Acharya, Anatomical Pathology; Dr. Pamela Hebbard, General Surgery; Dr. Chantelle Reid, Psychiatry; Dr. Asoka Samarasena, assistant dean, Postgraduate Medical Studies

The inaugural Postgraduate Medical Studies Awards and Recognition ceremony took place June 12 at the Faculty of Medicine. Although many residents were unable to attend due to scheduling conflicts, it was an opportunity for Dean James Rourke and Dr. Asoka Samarasena, assistant dean for postgraduate medical studies, to recognize publicly residents who have won awards during the past year, and thank the residency directors and clinical chairs who have organized events such as resident research forums.

Dr. Rourke thanked faculty members involved in residency training for their dedication to service; he also made special note of the tremendous support provided by the office staff of the Postgraduate Medical Studies Office.

Some of the hard-working staff at the Postgraduate Medical Education Office

(from left):Raylene Rowe, Susan Carter, Melody Marshall and assistant dean Dr. Asoka Samarasena.
Unavailable for photo: Linda Bradbury.

Residents in anatomical pathology made a good showing at the awards ceremony.

They took time for a photo with Dr. Dzintra Fernandez (L), chair of the Discipline of Laboratory Medicine and Dr. Amrah Pirzada, program director for Anatomical Pathology.

From Dr. Pirzada's left: Dr. George Yousef, Dr. Chhaya Acharya and Dr. Nikita Makretsov.


Discipline of Family Medicine
Dr. Melanie Murphy received the Chairman’s Award for her project Geriatric Medication Audit.
The Research Director’s Award went to Dr. Syed Qadry for Acute Otitis Media:
An Audit Determining the Change in Antibiotic Prescribing Practices at the Health Labrador Hospital.

Discipline of Anesthesia
First prize at the annual research forum went to Dr. Colin Audain for MRI Characterization of the Pediatric Airway.
Dr. Sonia Sampson won second prize for her project Acute Pain Education and Exposure – A Resident Survey.
Dr. William Flexer won third prize for the project An Unusual Cause of Hypoxia: A Cautionary Tale for Anesthesia.

Discipline of Internal Medicine
The Dr. David Hawkins’ Resident Research Award first place prize went to Dr. Joanne Hickey for her project titled VTE Prophylaxis of Adult Medical Inpatients in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Second place went to Dr. Dawn Goodyear for The Influence of Age on Outcomes in Patients who receive Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation.
Dr. Joseph Lockyer received the Dr. John Simpson’s Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence.
Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The 2005 Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health Award was awarded to Dr. Colleen Cook for her project IM vs IV Oxytocin for Management of the Third Stage of Labour

Discipline of Pathology
Dr. Nikita Makretsov received the Canadian Association of Pathologists 2006 Junior Scientist Award for his project Clustering Analysis of Breast Cancer Prognostic Biomarkers.
Dr. George Yousef received the Best Research Award for The potential role of kallikreins as ovarian cancer biomarkers.
Dr. Chhaya Acharya received the Best Paper Award for Primary leptomeningeal precursor B cell lymphoma in a 10-yearold child in the absence of bone marrow involvement.

Dr. Chantelle Reid (C) received the 2005/2006 Psychiatry Resident’s Annual Research Prize for her project Sexuality and Sexual Health, Knowledge and Attitudes as Measured in Medical Students at Memorial.
From left (at the annual Psychiatry Residents' Research Day): Dr. Kevin Hogan, research director for Psychiatry; Dr. Ted Callanan, discipline chair; Dr. Reid; judges Drs. Sharon Buehler and Howard Strong.
Lisa Carroll (left), representing Janssen-Ortho, attended the 2006l Psychiatry Residents' Research Day. Dr. Weldon Bonnell (on Ms. Carroll's left) and Dr. Jerome Doucet shared the Dr. Paul Janssen Excellence in Psychiatry Research Award for their project Conceptualizations of Mood and Affect within the Mental Status Examination Amongst Staff Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Residents, and Mental Health Nurses. Dr. Kevin Hogan (R) is research director for Psychiatry.

Discipline of Psychiatry
Dr. Chantelle Reid received the 2005/2006 Psychiatry Resident’s Annual Research Prize for the project Sexuality and Sexual Health, Knowledge and Attitudes as Measured in Medical Students at Memorial.
Drs. Weldon Bonnell and Jerome Doucet shared the Dr. Paul Janssen Excellence in Psychiatry Research Award for their project Conceptualizations of Mood and Affect within the Mental Status Examination Amongst Staff Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Residents, and Mental Health Nurses.
Dr. Anjana Chawla received the International Conference Resident’s Award at the third annual meeting of the Maine Benzodiazephine Study Group for her project Zopiclone Addiction: A Case Study.

Discipline of Radiology
Dr. Kenneth Crocker received the 2005/2006 RSNA, AUR, ARRS Introduction to Research Award.
Dr. Scott Harris received the 2006 Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award for his project A Comparison between liver lesion detection with high and low mAs CT Examinations.
Dr. Connie Hapgood won the 2006 Boston Scientific Award for her project on the incidence of pyloric stenosis in Newfoundland over the past decade and potential associated etiologies.

Discipline of Surger y
Dr. Mike McCaffrey received the 2005 Atlantic Provinces Orthopedic Society Best Clinical Paper Award for his project titled Intra-articular Corticosteroids for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee
Dr. Keegan Au received the A.E. Shapter Award for Resident Teaching in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Co-recipient of the 2005/2006 Couves Award for Excellence in Surgical Research:
Dr. Keegan Au for Interobserver Variability of Risser Staging in Patients with Idiopatic Scoliosis;
Dr T. Kuan Chuah for Pediatric Trauma Rate Secondary to All Terrain Vehicles in Newfoundland before and after ATV Legislation;
Dr. David Harrington for The Prevention of Pharyngocutaneous Fistulas Using Pectoralis Myocutaneous Flap;
Dr. Pamela Hebbard for Lifestyle issues in General Surgery: A National Survey.
The Tyco Health Care Resident Award for Teaching Excellence went to corecipients Drs. Michael Hogan and Alex Mathieson

The 2006 Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident Research Day took place June 9. The following presentations were made:
• Remote Umbilical Arterial Blood pH Analysis by Dr. Krista Brown. She also made a presentation on Vesico Uterine Fistula in Pregnancy: A Case Report.

• IM versus IV Oxytocin for Management of the Third Stage of Labour by Dr. Colleen Cook. She also made a presentation on Practice Patterns in the Management of First Trimester Miscarriage.

• The Role of Integrin Linked Kinase in Trophoblast Development: To Fuse or Not
to Fuse by Dr. T.M. Kirby.

• Maternal and Fetal Complications of Obesity in Obstetrics by Dr. Joanne White.

• Digital Scalp Stimulation Compared with Scalp pH in the Assessment of Intrapartum Fetal Well-Being by Dr. Samantha Collins.

• Complications of the Third Trimester Amniocentesis Using Continuous Ultrasound Guidance in a Tertiary Care Center by Dr. Hani Farag.

• Utilization of Prenatal Screening Options Among Women With Pregnancies Affected by Chromosome Trisomy (21, 13, 18) 2000-2003 by Dr. J. K. Brock.


© MUNMED Spring-Summer 2006 - Vol.18 No.2- Faculty of Medicine - Memorial University of Newfoundland