April 15: The Section of Gastroenterology and Hepatology had a strong showing at the annual Department of Medicine Housestaff Research Symposium. Fourteen posters authored by nine GI fellows and mentored by 13 faculty were presented. Special thanks to Dr. RJ Sealock - who led the mentoring pack with five posters. Mentorship of the housestaff is vital to foster GI interest among residents and to build even stronger applicants. Dr. Fasiha Kanwal was one of the featured keynote speakers with her talk “Quality of care in patients with cirrhosis” and two faculty served as poster judges (Drs. Natalia Khalif and Ellie Jarbrink).
Dr. Tariq Hammad's poster "Missed Opportunities for Screening and Surveillance of Barrett's Esophagus in Veterans with Esophageal Adenocarcinoma", mentored by Drs. Hashem El-Serag, Aaron Thrift and senior mentor Dr. Nisreen Husain won 3rd prize in the Clinical Research category.
Fellow participants included Drs. Mazen Shobassy, Rehman Sheikh, Syed Tasleem, Euqene Kligman, Tariq Hammad, Vinshi Khan, Jordan Sparkman, Joe Krill and Rollin George.
Faculty participants included Drs. El-Serag, Li Jiao, Mohamed Othman, Stephan Pappas, Manreet Kaur, Thrift, Husain, Sealock, Fasiha Kanwal, Ruben Hernaez, Maya Balakrishnan, Hou and Richa Shukla.