Tucson Internal Med Residents Take 1st, 2nd in 4 of 6 Contests at ACP Arizona Chapter Meeting

UA College of Medicine South Campus resident winners and their supportersPhysicians in training in internal medicine at the University of Arizona Department of Medicine took first or second place in four out of a possible six categories during academic contests at the 2018 Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physician’s Arizona Chapter.

The event was hosted Nov. 9-11 at the Arizona State University Memorial Union in Phoenix.

Pictured right (left to right): Dr. Eugene Trowers, Dr. Alex Alsadi, Dr. Sarah Tariq, Dr. Sooraj Kumar, Dr. Juan Siordia, Mary Gosciminski (South Campus program manager, Dr. Senthil Anand (graduate, and ex-South Campus chief resident) and Dr. Roberto Swazo (current South Campus chief resident).

American College of Physicians - Arizona Chapter logo“I am very proud of our training programs and our amazing faculty that make them great. I want to be sure everyone at UA and Banner knows about us,” said Department Chair Monica Kraft, MD, FACP.

Drs. Monica Kraft and Eugen TrowersPhysicians who won from the UA College of Medicine – Tucson were all from the UA Internal Medicine Residency Program – South Campus, with their primary training at the Banner – University Medical Center South hospital.

“We would like to thank all of the UA South Campus family and friends for their continued support and hard work. All of this resulted in another truly outstanding showing at the major academic competition,” said Program Director Eugene Trowers, MD, MPH, FACP, a professor of medicine and director of Gastrointestinal Services at Banner – UMC South.

“Your enthusiasm and commitment to excellence did not go unnoticed. From working hard to create your posters to listening to your friends practice for the 100th time, all of you deserve gratitude and thanks. Special thanks to faculty and staff who made major contributions to this year's success.”

Dr. Sarah Tariq and Mark Zubriski, ACP-AZ Chapter meeting program chairDr. Sarah Tariq, a South Campus PGY3, and Mark A. Zubriski, MD, MPH, FACP, the 2018 ACP AZ Program Committee chair.

Among those recognized in the final results were:

  • Program Year (PGY) 1 Poster: Nicholas Blackstone, MD — 2nd Place (theme: “Preventing Intubation, One Drip at a Time”)
  • PGY 2/3 Case Report Poster: Wina Yousman, MD — 1st Place (theme: “Air Inside Cranium: A Case Report of Clostridium Septicum Pneumocephalus”); Sidra Raoof, MBBS — 2nd Place (theme: “Peri-operative Risk Assessment & Management of Patients w/Pulmonary Hypertension undergoing Non cardiac surgery”)
  • Oral Clinical Vignette: Sarah Tariq, MD — 1st Place
  • Doctors' Dilemma: Alex Alsadi, MD, Sooraj Kumar, MBBS, and Juan Siordia, MD — 2nd Place

Dr. Tariq, along with her award, won $1,000 in prize money and will represent state of Arizona at nationals during the ACP Internal Medicine Meeting 2019 in Philadelphia on April 11-13.

Dr. Trowers also noted that South Campus was the only internal medicine program to field an all-intern Doctors’ Dilemma team and missed winning the competition by a margin of just a single question.

Drs. Bujji Ainapurapu and Prabir Roy-Chaudhury“Our residents truly did an outstanding job,” said Bujji Ainapurapu, MD, associate director for the South Campus IM residency program.

UA Division of Nephrology Chief Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, MD, PhD, congratulated Dr. Ainapurapu on the South Campus residents showing at the ACP Arizona Chapter meeting.

“You and Dr. Trowers deserve a huge amount of credit,” he said. “I am absolutely delighted that Dr. Wina Yousman, who will hopefully be joining our nephrology fellowship next year, won one of the top prizes. Congratulations again on these outstanding achievements.”

Dr. Amy Sussman“I wholeheartedly agree,” added DOM Associate Chair for Education and Nephrology Fellowship Program Director Amy Sussman, MD, said, “The leadership and education that you provide at the South Campus is truly outstanding. Wonderful news for all the winners!”

She was able to congratulate Dr. Yousman personally Sunday while she was on rotation in the Medical ICU.

Internal medicine residents at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix won first place in the Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Poster (Audrey Lee, MD – theme: “Let Them Eat”) and PGY-1 Poster (Tae Chang, MD – theme: “SCAD is not a scam!!”) and the Doctors’ Dilemma (Waseem Albasha, MD, Cris Molina, MD, and Maria Martin, MD) contests, second in the Oral Clinical Vignette (Allison Bigeh, DO) competition and third place in the Case Report Poster (Victor Karikari, DO – theme: “Pericardial Gossypiboma Discovered after Twenty Years in Hiding”) contest.

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"UA South Campus Resident-Physicians Win Out in Medical Competition to Represent State at National Internal Medicine Meeting” | Posted Nov. 24, 2015

Release Date: 
11/13/2018 - 3:15pm