PAMED’s Medical Students Find Success at 2017 Poster Contest and Med Student Debates

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2017

PAMED's Medical Student Section at the 2017 PAMED HOD

The Medical Student Section (MSS) made their presence felt during the Pennsylvania Medical Society's 2017 House of Delegates (PAMED's HOD) annual meeting, held Oct. 13-15, 2017, in Hershey.

PAMED's MSS held their first-ever student poster presentation on Oct. 13. Students from across the state submitted abstracts and, from those submissions, ten student poster presentations were chosen to present. 

The 2017 winners are:

First Place: Alex Adams
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Poster Title: Opioid Overprescribing following Common Hand Surgeries

Second Place: Michael Loesche
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Poster Title: Temporal Stability in Chronic Wound Microbiota is Associated with Poor Healing

Third Place: Sachin Gandhi
Drexel University College of Medicine
Poster Title: Assessing the Efficacy of Cyberknife Partial Breast Irradiation in the Community Care Setting

"It was a phenomenal experience to present our team's research on national opioid prescribing practices after common hand surgeries at Pennsylvania Medical Society's Medical Student Poster Session this October, and I am honored and very grateful to have received first prize in the competition," said poster contest winner Alex Adams. "I hope that our team's work may assist in explaining and addressing lesser known aspects of the national opioid crisis, such as the need for greater pain management education of young physicians. Thank you to the Pennsylvania Medical Society and to the Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center at Thomas Jefferson University for this great opportunity,"

Medical Student Debates

PAMED's MSS also debated several health care hot topics at their second annual medical student debates on Oct. 14. Physicians attending HOD had the opportunity to attend the debates and, vote for winners, and earn CME.

MedStudent Debates 

Medical Student Debates

The 2017 Medical Student debate topics were:

  • Should insurance companies provide coverage for all treatments/medications deemed necessary by a physician for a patient's medical care?
  • Should health care be recognized as a universal human right and provided for free with all costs covered by the state?
  • Should patients who have been deemed terminally ill by a physician have as a recognized option the ability to request a physician's aid in dying?

"It was a pleasure to moderate this year's student debates.," said debate moderator Matt Hope, a medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. "The topics were really engaging, and I felt all the participants did an incredible job representing their positions. These are important conversations to be had, and I hope the audience felt they got something out of the event!"

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