The inaugural UAMS Surgical Research Symposium was held May 17 with a tremendous turnout. We had 60+ attendees with 35 presenting posters. This event showcased the diverse areas of research performed in the Department of Surgery focused on the generation of novel therapies and devices and modification of standard treatment protocols for improving patient care and outcomes across UAMS campus. This research is carried out in collaboration with numerous departments and divisions across campus including the Radiology, Nursing, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Translational Research Institute and the Institute for Digital Health and Innovation, along with many more.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. Joshua Smith from Memorial Sloan Kettering, gave an excellent talk presenting his ground breaking research on rectal cancer. He emphasized the importance of surgeons engaging in research as they provide a unique perspective on disease development. Following his talk, he met with the surgery residents for a lunch Q&A where he answered their questions on transitioning to a clinician-scientist and choosing subspecialties. He encouraged them to follow their passions and persist.
Awards for posters went to:
- Samuel Byrd, M3 Student – Speaker’s Choice — Resident Operative Experience in General Surgery: A Multi-year, Multi-site Analysis of Case Logs and Subsequent Fellowship Choices
- Hailey Hardgrave, M4 Student – Chair’s Choice — COVID-19 Mortality in Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: A Single Center United States Propensity Score Matching Study
- Tarendeep Thind, M3 Student — Best Overall — Weight-based Dosing for Low Molecular Weight Heparin (enoxaparin) Administration to Achieve Optimal VTE Prophylaxis in Trauma Patients: A Single Case Series
Thank you to the many faculty, residents and medical students who participated and made this event successful. Special thanks to Dr. Marie Burdine, Dr. Hanna Jensen, Sandy Moore and all the administration team for their efforts in coordinating this event. Additional thanks go to Dr. Ronald Robertson for his continued support of the Division of Surgical Research.