Welcome to the Augusta University/University of Georgia Publications, Presentations & Awards page. Here you will find information about published and accepted papers, research, presentations, and awards by our faculty, staff, students, and residents.


Brown Elected to Health-System Pharmacists Executive Committee

Dr. Tim Brown has been elected to serve on the Executive Committees of ASHP’s Pharmacy Practice Sections. The terms for the Section Chairs-elect will begin immediately; the two-year terms for Directors-at-Large will start in June 2022.

You can read the official press release here.


Gerald Poster Wins First Place

Rachel Gerald, Class of 2023, presented her project “How healthcare providers assess the accuracy of the medical history given by patients with dementia” at the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians CME conference on November 13.

Her project won first place in the poster contest. Gerald worked in this project during the summer MSP program.


Thawanyarat Presents at Plastic Surgeons Conference

Tony Thawanyarat, Class of 2024, presented “Dress to Impress: Perfection of Plastic Surgeon Attire” at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons in Philadelphia during the weekend of September 10-12.


Sulaiman Recognized for Achievements

Zoheb Sulaiman, DO, a third year resident in our Internal Medicine Residency Program, has recently been recognized for multiple achievements:

1) Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) – attended the 2021 SGIM Southern Regional Meeting virtually from February 23-25, 2021. His abstract was accepted for a virtual poster presentation – An Unusual Case of Aerococcus urinaeInfective Endocarditis.

2) Gold Humanism Honor Society –  was nominated by his co-residents and selected as St. Mary’s Hospital’s resident inductee for the Class of 2022.

3) American College of Cardiology (ACC) – attended the 2021 ACC National Meeting virtually from May 15-17, 2021. His abstract was accepted for a virtual poster presentation – An Unusual Case of Aerococcus urinae Infective Endocarditis; he was also published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology – https://www.jacc.org/doi/full/10.1016/S0735-1097%2821%2904309-6 

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Brown Joins American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Podcast

Dr. Tim Brown participated in a podcast with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists discussing LGBTQ+ health. In the podcast, Brown discusses ways that faculty and preceptors can incorporate LGBTQ+ health education for their learners, and the teaching and learning principles that apply across all health professions.

You can listen to the podcast here.


Lester Wins Good Neighbor of the Year Award

Dr. Suzanne Lester was one of the recipients of the Good Neighbor of the Year Award at Porchfest on Sunday, October 10. The award is presented from Envision Athens and is granted to outstanding members of the community who have been nominated by fellow neighbors.


Murrow and Ulversoy Win First Place at ACC Quality Summit

Dr. Jonathan Murrow and former Medical Partnership student Kyle Ulversoy won first place at the American College of Cardiology Quality Summit for their poster that examined the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on cost and readmission rates among HF patients at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital in Georgia.

You can read more here:


Transgender Education in North American Family Medicine Clerkships: A CERA Study

Dr. Vicki McKinney published:

Donavan, M., VanDerKork, K., McKinney, V.R., Graves, L. and Everard, K. (2021) Gender-Affirming Care Curriculum in Family Medicine Residencies – A CERA Study. Family Medicine, 53:9, 779-785.

You can read the paper here.

Vicki McKinney, PhD


Bruner and Adams Present at Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Practice and Quality Improvement Conference

Lia Bruner, MD

Dr. Lia Bruner recently presented a poster at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Practice and Quality Improvement conference. The poster presentation was entitled “COVID-19 Vaccine Intention and Influences in Vulnerable Populations” and was based on part of the data from a telephone survey done of persons who tested negative for COVID-19 through the Athens Free Clinic in the summer of 2020.

Bruner presented the poster with M3 student Zac Adams.

You can read more here and view the poster here.


Rohr-Kirchgraber Presents on Sex & Gender in Medicine

Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, presented for the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Women of Influence event this month on Sex and Gender in Medicine and Pay.

You can listen to the entire presentation by clicking here.


Insight into the function of active site residues in the catalytic mechanism of human ferrochelatase

Dr. Amy Medlock published a paper that provides additional insight into the mechanism of human ferrochelatase, the last enzyme of the heme biosynthesis pathway. This study describe the structure of 4 ferrochelatase variants, as well the characterization of enzyme activity and heme interactions in the active site in a number of variants.

Biochem J. 2021 Sep 17;478(17):3239-3252. doi: 10.1042/BCJ20210460.
Insight into the function of active site residues in the catalytic mechanism of human ferrochelatase
Amy E Medlock, Wided Najahi-Missaoui, Mesafint T Shiferaw, Angela N Albetel, William N Lanzilotta, Harry A Dailey
PMID: 34402499 DOI: 10.1042/BCJ20210460

Read the full paper here.


Primary research Reducing costs and improving care after hospitalization: Economic evaluation of a novel transitional care clinic

Dr. Jonathan Murrow published a paper that examined the clinical and economic impact of the Piedmont Community Care Clinic in providing care to patients after hospitalization, regardless of their ability to pay. In short, the part of the CCC taking care of these patients 1) reduced re-hospitalization and emergency department use while 2) providing a cost-savings to the health system. This work is scholarship resulting from clinical and teaching programs that grew in collaboration with the Medical Partnership, with early support by the Board of Regents to get underway. It provides the framework for other health systems in Georgia and beyond to rethink how they best care for patient who have been hospitalized with acute illnesses despite insurance status.

You can read the paper here.


The PPE Pandemic: Sex-Related Discrepancies of N95 Mask Fit

Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber had a paper accepted this summer that addressed how N95 masks fit women compared to men and how that contributed to the death toll in both genders.

You can read the paper on EMG Health or view the PDF version here.


Scott Wins Marietta Suhart Award

Dr. Don Scott was recently named the winner of the Georgia Gerontology Society’s Marietta Suhart Award. This award recognizes vision and leadership in educating those working with older adults. Scott will be recognized at the annual GGS conference on August 10.

To read more about the award, click here.


Medical Partnership Heavily Represented at International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)

Presentations at the IAMSE:

Teshager D, Baldwin A, Bond M, Hill JR, Bruner L.  “Medical school curricular factors that may contribute to students’ choice of specialty”.  Oral presentation, 25th Annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, June 2021.

*This presentation was nominated for an Outstanding Oral Presentation Award.

Bassett CN, Martin AT, Gibbs S, Boegehold MA, Gaines JK. “Collaboration among basic science and clinician educators in creating and implementing high fidelity simulation sessions in an integrated preclinical medical education curriculum”. Poster presentation, 25th Annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, June 2021.

Martin AT, Gibbs S, Bassett CN, Gaines JK, Boegehold MA. “Using an escape room activity to orient learners to the simulated medical environment”. Oral presentation, 25th Annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, June 2021.

Barany DA, Gallman E, VanLeuven AJ, Fiorella L. “Drawing insight from medical student drawings.” Oral presentation, 25th Annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, June 2021.

Medlock AE, Lee LP, Murrow J. “A summer research curriculum to cultivate medical student research”. Poster presentation, 25th Annual meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, June 2021.


Slaughter Contributes Columns for Journal of Biomolecular Techniques

Dr. Clive Slaughter, Professor of Biochemistry, has his own column, “Article Watch”, featured quarterly in the Journal of Biomolecular Techniques – a peer-reviewed journal with four regular issues and one supplemental meeting issue per year that is published by the Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities.

You can read his previous and upcoming articles here.

Clive Slaughter, PhD


Rohr-Kirchgraber Wins 2021 AMPAC Award for Political Participation

Dr. Theresa Rohr-Kirchgraber has been named the winner of the 2021 AMPAC Award for Political Participation. Awarded every two-years, the AMPAC Award for Political Participation recognizes an AMA or AMA Alliance member for their outstanding work through volunteer activities in a political campaign or significant health care related election issue such as a ballot initiative or referendum.

Rohr-Kirchgraber joined the Medical Partnership in 2021 and is a professor of medicine.

You can read more about Rohr-Kirchgraber and the award by clicking here.


Transgender Education in North American Family Medicine Clerkships

Dr. Vicki McKinney published the following paper:

VanDerKork, K., McKinney, V.R., Graves, L. and Harper, D. (2021) Transgender Education in North American Family Medicine Clerkships – A CERA Study. Family Medicine, In Press.

Vicki McKinney, PhD


Scott Presents at Virtual National American Society on Aging Conference

Dr. Don Scott virtually presented the workshop “Being There Matters: Physician Education in a Community Based Organization” during the American Society on Aging Conference on April 7.


Why Is a Child Not a Miniadult for Infections?

Drs. Tresa Chappell, Carrie Kelly, and Ken Rosenthal were recently published for their work on why children are not mini-adults when it comes to infections.

Chappell, M. Tresa MD*; Kelly, Carrie MD*; Rosenthal, Ken S. PhD*,† Why Is a Child Not a Miniadult for Infections?, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: April 5, 2021 – Volume Publish Ahead of Print – Issue – doi: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000001012

Abstract: The presentation of an infectious disease in a child is likely to differ from an adult and will differ at different ages of the child. In addition to differences in immune response, there are significant differences in anatomy, physiology, metabolism, and behavior that affect susceptibility, course of disease, severity, and treatment. This is the first of a series of reviews that examine differences in disease presentation for different demographics. This short review will look at some of the parameters that ask, “Why is a child not a miniadult for infections?”

The full paper can be read here.


AF Symposium Virtual Presentations

Alex Sweeting, Kyle Ahmed, Sujay Sreenivasan, Jacob Lawing, and Ty Frix all presented at the AF Symposium with Dr. Kent Nilsson.

Sweeting A, Ahmed M, Sreenivasan S, Nilsson K. Comparison of Fluoroscopy Exposure in Tacticath SE Ablation Catheter versus in Tacticath Ablation Catheter.  26th AF Symposium.  Virtual Symposium.  January 29-31, 2021.

Sreenivasan S, Ahmed M , Sweeting A , Lawing J, Frix J,  Mrlik M, Nilsson K. Comparison of XY versus XY/XZ Mapping During Pulmonary Vein Isolation Using the HD Grid. 26th AF Symposium.  Virtual Symposium.  January 29-31, 2021.


Menstrual experience of adolescents in the USA: protocol for a scoping review

Nine members of the Medical Partnership family (three faculty: Julie Gaines, MLIS, Ed Sperr, Amy Baldwin, PhD, five students: Debbie Shim, Bryanna Moppins, Diane Park, Jasmine Patterson, Samantha Schoenl, and one alumna: Ronke Olowojesiku, MD) were recently published for their research on adolescent menstruation.

Olowojesiku R, Shim DJ, Moppins B, Park D, Patterson JO, Schoenl SA, Gaines JK, Sperr EV, Baldwin A. Menstrual experience of adolescents in the USA: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2021 Feb 18;11(2):e040511. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040511. PMID: 33602701; PMCID: PMC7896570.

Introduction: In recent years, there has been a growing desire to address issues related to menstruation, particularly for adolescent girls. In low-income and middle-income countries, prior literature review of the adolescent menstrual experience suggests the need for further research into the impact and efficacy of interventions with this population. There is evidence to suggest the need for initiatives and research in higher-income countries like the USA. To date, the body of research on adolescent menstrual experience in the USA remains uncharacterised. Therefore, we propose a scoping review of the literature on this subject to better inform on areas for future primary study.

The paper can be read in its entirety here.


 

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