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UTHSC Medical Student and Department of Surgery Residents Win Majority of Awards at Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Meeting


The Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Chapter of the American College of Surgeons was recently held August 8 – 10, 2014 at Paris Landing State Park in Buchanan, TN. Participants from East Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, UT Chattanooga, UT Knoxville, and UTHSC took part in the Resident Paper Competition in the four categories of Cancer, Trauma, Basic Science, and Clinical Science. Of the eight awards, UTHSC won five of them.

Oncology Category:
1st Place:         Elena Paulus, M.D., Surgery Resident “Understanding Disparities in Breast Cancer Care in Memphis, TN”|
2nd Place:        Rodrigo Interiano, M.D., Surgery Resident “Safety and Diagnostic Accuracy of Tissue Biopsies in Children with Cancer”

Trauma Category:
1st Place:         Leah Hendrick, 4th Year Medical Student “Early Femur Fixation Benefits Both High and Low Risk Patients”
2nd Place:        Rodrigo Interiano, M.D. “Utility of MRI of Abdomen in Evaluation of Pediatric Pancreatic Injuries”

Basic Science Category:
1st Place:         Nathan Hinkle, M.D., Surgery Resident “P13K the Right Target: Effects of Chemotherapy and Targeted P13K Inhibition on Neuroblastoma Angiogenesis

We are extremely proud of these individuals and are grateful to our faculty for the guidance they provided on these excellent research papers.