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Baystate Medical Center a Prominent Presence at American Geriatrics Society Meeting

by Sharon Glazer, MPH | July 01, 2013
Baystate Geriatrics Track at the Educational Exchange
L to R: Wanda Colon-Cartagena, Geriatrics fellow, and Rebecca Starr, faculty, presenting their work
Interactive Quiz Session Winning Team L to R: Fadi Ramadan, Tufts, and residents Monique Carreno, Randa Jaber and Sora Al Rowas

At the May 2013 American Geriatrics Society meeting in Dallas, 21 posters were presented by 13 BMC residents, 2 fellows, and 4 faculty members.

Resident and Fellow Posters Accepted to Presidential Session

Three residents, Dhivya Sundaramurthy, Shin Yin Lee, and Randa Jaber, and fellow Remya Tharackal Ravindran, first-authored posters in the Presidential Poster Session which included faculty, fellows and experienced researchers. Dr. Lee won first place in the category of preventive medicine.

BMC Residents Presented 18 of the Total 48 Resident Posters

BMC residents took, or tied for, first place in every category in the Residents Poster Session in which they competed.

  • Shin Yin Lee tied for first place in the research category and tied for third place in the case reports category.
  • Yee Chuan Ang tied for first place in the case reports category.
  • Monique Carreno won first place in the educational initiatives category.
  • Vijay Gadiraju tied for second place in the case report category.
  • Dhivya Sundaramurthy tied for first and third place in the case reports category.
  • Basmah Abdalla, Shiv Khosla, Eimear Kitt, Mohammad Amin Kashef, Karan Singh, Vijay Selvaraj, Auras Atreya, Randa Jaber, and Kah Poh Lo all first-authored cases published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Sora Al Rowas also presented a poster.

Baystate had the only residents to serve as co-teachers or panelists for a variety of clinical teaching sessions. BMC teams also placed first, second and third in the Residents Interactive Quiz Session. Co-presidents Randa Jaber, Yee Ang, Shin Yin Lee, and Shiv Khosla led the AGS Residents' Section annual meeting. Kah Poh Loh and Sora Al Rowas were elected co-presidents for next year.

BMC Fellows More Active than Most Junior Faculty from Other Programs

Geriatric fellows Wanda Colon-Cartagena and Remya Tharackal Ravindran presented posters, served as judges for the case reports category of the Residents Poster Session, taught at a gait/balance workhop, and demonstrated the Peyton method of teaching. Dr. Colon-Cartagena taught the Four Square Step Test and was co-presenter of a session on starting a residency-based AGS chapter. Dr. Ravindran taught the Star Excursion Balance Test.

Faculty Instrumental in Organizing Meeting

Maura Brennan, MD, Geriatrics Fellowship Program Director, organized clinical skills programming, the Residents Poster Session, and a symposium for combined international and palliative care special interest group, at which Dr. Reham Shaaban presented the Arab view on end of life conversations. Dr. Brennan chaired the meeting of the Subcommittee on Resident Recruitment, and participated in the Association for Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs, where she was appointed to the working group for the action goal of education.

BMC faculty taught medication management competency training for residents and students as well as the Interactive Quiz Session for trainees. All served as poster judges as well as faculty for a variety of clinical skills workshops. In addition, Drs. Laura Iglesias-Lino organized and lead the AGS book club, and coordinated the BMC table at the Fellowship Fair; Dr. Reham Shaaban organized and moderated the "Physical Exam Skills to Assess Gait and Balance" workshop; and Dr. Rebecca Starr co-presented a session on starting an AGS residency-based chapter.