Six UA Internal Medicine Residents Honored at GME Scholarly Day South Campus

From left: Drs. Wina Yousman and Nirmal Singh; Drs. Balaji Natarajan, Supreet Khare, Francisco Mora, Rhonda Alkatib, Bujji Ainapurapu (IM Residency South Campus assistant program director), Roberto Swazo, Chief Resident John Sandoval and Wei Xiang Wong; Dr. Jessica August; and GME South's Jeanne Deinert and Assistant Dean Dr. Victoria Murrain

Several University of Arizona Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus physicians were among those whose research projects were recognized at the GME Scholarly Day event hosted May 16 at Banner – University Medical Center South’s La Galería auditorium.

“This was not only Internal Medicine, it was for all residency programs and med students at South Campus,” said Jeanne Deinert, administrator, Graduate Medical Education Office, UA College of Medicine – Tucson South.

Norm Beatty, MD, accepts the 2017 Norma Peal GME Resident AwardNorman Beatty, MD, a graduating Internal Medicine resident who will join the UA Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program in July, was the winner of the Norma J. Peal, PhD, Excellence in Graduate Medical Education Resident Award.

Dr. Beatty acknowledges being awarded the Norma J. Peal GME award by GME South Assistant Dean Victoria Murrain, DO (pictured top of page, far right with Jeanne Deinert). For a photo gallery from the day's events, click here [PDF] or on the image at left.

The award is one that’s recommended through an application process from the program director in a resident’s final year of training. Named after one of the founders of the South Campus GME program who died in 2009, it goes to a resident who has shown a commitment to underserved populations, rural communities, community activity and scholarly activity.

Among Beatty’s efforts in that regard:

  • He has worked with rural health programs in Maricopa County
  • He did a rotation last summer with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health on a project to complete a census of urgent care centers in a national infection control preparedness initiative following the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa
  • He presented on two posters at the Infectious Diseases Society’s ID Week last fall in New Orleans
  • He and fellow IM resident Roberto Swazo, MD, spearheaded an April “Pathway to Success” Health Care Career Fair for underprivileged high school students at Banner – UMC South, and
  • He has volunteered at refugee and TB clinics in Pima and Maricopa counties and is applying to volunteer for the International Rescue Committee with the goal of helping refugees relocating to Arizona.

“For one resident, that’s quite a bit of outreach and his activities toward community fulfill a lot of the roles expected for this award,” Deinert said.

Other winners were:

Quality Improvement Poster

1st place – Balaji Natarajan, MBBS (Internal Medicine): “Care Variability for Patients Hospitalized with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction”
2nd place TIE – Shana Semmens, MD/Grace Price, MD (Family & Community Medicine): “ACT! Advanced Contraception Training: A Model to Increase Family Planning Discussions in a Resident Clinic”
2nd place TIE – Roberto Swazo, MD (Internal Medicine): “Medical Spanish Language and Healthcare Disparities Distinction Track”

Research Poster

1st place – Jessica August, MD (Internal Medicine): “Incidence of Infection in Crotaline Snake Envenomation in Arizona” (Pictured here with Dr. Alkatib, Dr. August will also join the UA Infectious Diseases Fellowship come July.)
2nd place – Nirmal Singh, MBBS (Internal Medicine): “Home Telemonitoring to Improve Clinical Outcome in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis”

Clinical Poster 

1st place – Anthony Saenz, MD/Patrick Goetz, MD (Family & Community Medicine): “Physical Therapy Expectations and Quality Measures in Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions”
2nd place – TIE – Lisa Goldberg, MD (Emergency Medicine): “Accuracy of Novel Infra-orbital Coronal Measurement of the Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter Using POCUS”
UA physicians discuss research posters at GME Scholarly Day South Campus2nd place – TIE – Supreet Khare, MBBS (Internal Medicine): “Doctor, Will I Die From a Sore Throat?”

Dr. Gene Trowers (on left at right), director, Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus, chats with residents, including Dr. Supreet Khare (second from right).

Medical Student

1st place – James Smitt:  “Survey of State of Forensic Training in Emergency Medicine Programs”

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Release Date: 
05/18/2017 - 3:30pm