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Medical  Student  Research  Newsletter  
The  HUCM  Medical  Student  Research  Newsletter  Communicates  
Research  Opportunities  and  Highlights  Medical  Student  Research  

Table  of  Contents                                                                                                                                                              Page  

HUCM  Internal  Research  Opportunities                    2  
Funded  Research  Fellowship  Opportunities  at  HUCM                                3  
Howard  University  IRB  Approval                        4  
External  Research  Opportunities                                                                                                              5  
     with  web  links  
HUCM  Student  Research  Publications  and  Presentations            6-­‐8  
Meetings  and  Call  for  Abstracts                                                                                                                    9  
HUCM  Student  Research  Travel  Funding  Requests                                            10                              

HUCM Internal Research Opportunities
Surgical Outcomes Research Group
Meets Mondays 3:00 PM; 4th Floor, Room 4B-45 and 4B-39
The purpose of this group is to interact with all clinical divisions within the Department of Surgery,
and collaborate with clinicians to advance clinical outcomes research studies that have an impact on
health care policies, leading to national recognition and/or fundable research programs. Students
participate on research projects under the direction of Surgical Attendings.
Please contact Gezzer Ortega, MD, MPH at gezzer.ortega@howard.edu for additional information.

Radiology Students Research Group

Meets weekly starting in October in the main Radiology Conference room in Hospital; additionally,
our department hosts an active Radiology Interest Group (RIG). Goal is to expose students early on to
all aspects of radiology, and to offer students at many levels exposure to clinical radiology research.
Please see the website below for additional information.

Howard University Cancer Center Cancer Research Training Program
Provides a rich training environment for trainees to pursue cutting-edge cancer research in an
interdisciplinary environment. Two training opportunities exist.
Unpaid Research Internships provide research experiences to enhance knowledge and skills.
Paid Research Scholarships are accepted into paid slots within the University or an official affiliated
Please contact Dr. Carla Williams, Ph.D. in the HU Cancer Center or
http://cancer.howard.edu or 202-806-7697 for additional information

Please make an appointment with Dr. Stubbs to inquire about other student research opportunities.

Important  Dates  
Howard  University  Research  Week,  April  9th  -­‐  13th,  2018.  

Funded  Research  Fellowship  Opportunities  at  the  HUCM  
Second Year HUCM Student Summer Research Opportunities

Gwendolyn E. Mingo Fellowship

Freshmen and Sophomore Medical Students may conduct cancer research with Howard University
Cancer Center Affiliated faculty members during the summer. This fellowship provides a stipend of
$ 2,000 and it lasts for six to eight weeks. Applications are available in the early Spring 2018

Matory-Kiernan Summer Surgical Research Fellowship

The fellowship involves mentored research in conjunction with an exciting surgical observership
experience. The fellowship is typically conducted at Howard University Hospital under the
supervision of surgical faculty during the summer following the sophomore year. Students receive a
$2,500 summer stipend ($1,000 near the beginning of the fellowship and $1,500 after satisfactory
completion and submission of a research paper). Applications are available in the early Spring 2018
Please contact Kakra Hughes, MD, MS, FACS at kakra.hughes@howard.edu or
Mallory Williams, MD, MPH FACS at mallory.williams@howard.edu. for additional information.

Pugh-­‐Leffall  Surgical  Education  Fellowship    

This  fellowship  is  awarded  to  outstanding  sophomores  who  desire  an  early  exposure  to  the  
specialty  of  surgery  and  who  wish  to  develop  skills  in  surgical  education  research.  The  
fellowship  is  performed  at  the  Howard  University  Health  Sciences  Simulation  Center  under  the  
supervision  of  surgical  faculty  during  the  summer  following  the  sophomore  year.  The  program  
is  directed  by  Dr.  Debra  H.  Ford,  Associate  Professor  of  Surgery  and  Medical  Director  of  the  
Simulation  Center.  Please  see  the  website  below  for  information.  
Please  see  Dr.  Debra  Ford.  Applications  are  available  in  Spring  2018  
Medical Student Summer Research Program (MSSRP-II)
Sophomore HUCM Medical Students who participated in 2017 summer MSSRP may conduct
research with HUCM faculty members in MSSRP II. The objective of this program is to provide
additional time for 2017 MSSRP summer fellows and PIs to expand and convert initial research
findings/data into scientific publications and meeting abstracts. Participants will be paid a stipend of
$ 3,000.00. Please see Dr. Stubbs for additional information.

Research  Projects  involving  Human  Research  Require  
HU-­‐IRB  (Howard  University  Institutional  Review  Board)  
The Howard University Office of Regulatory Research Compliance (ORRC) manages all human
participant research studies at Howard University and provides support to two Institutional Review
Boards (IRB): The Medical IRB and the Non-medical IRB. The ORRC maintains the University’s
IRB’s policies, guidelines, and procedures involving research with human participants. ORRC staff is
available to provide guidance and education on research involving human participants to the Howard
research community and the community at large.

The IRB has the sole authority to approve a research protocol that involves human subjects.
All research projects involving human subjects must have the approval of the IRB before it starts. An
“IRB approved protocol” Lists the Project Objectives, Protocol, Principal Investigator (PI),
Collaborators, Researchers, and Dates of Approved Research Project.

Please note, students cannot serve as principle investigators on any research project. However,
medical students can be placed on an IRB protocol when it is first created by the PI or added onto
existing approved IRB protocols via an amended process by the PI. PIs can amend their IRB
protocols by submitting the students’ CV, CITI certification, and described role on the project to the

The ORRC staff is available to assist with any questions, concerns, and needs regarding human
research studies. Please contact them at (202) 865-8597 or theorrc@howard.edu. Also please see the
websites below

External Research Opportunities
Other summer programs

ASBMB National listing of national summer research programs


NIH Clinical Rotational Programs for Medical Students

The NIH Clinical Center's Clinical Electives Program offers short term, 4- to 12-week clinically
oriented rotations (HUCM MSY3 apply for MSY4)

HUCM  Student  Publications  and  Presentations  
Student Publications
Congratulations  to  
McDowell AR
Wade MD, McDowell AR, Ziermann JM. Innervation of the Long Head of the Triceps
Brachii in Humans-A Fresh Look. Anat Rec (Hoboken). 2018 Mar; 301(3):473-483.
doi:10.1002/ar.23741. PubMed PMID: 29418118

Walker R
deTorres AT, Brewer CC, Zalewski CK, King KA, Walker R, Scott GC, Asthagiri
AR, Chittiboina P, Kim HJ. Audiologic Natural History of Small Volume
Cochleovestibular Schwannomas in Neurofibromatosis Type 2.
Otol Neurotol. 2018 Mar;39(3):357-364. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000001690. PubMed PMID:
29342057; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5807117

Flynn JD1, McGlinchey RP1, Walker RL 3rd1, Lee JC2. Structural features of α-synuclein amyloid
fibrils revealed by Raman spectroscopy.
J Biol Chem. 2018 Jan 19;293(3):767-776. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M117.812388. Epub 2017 Nov 30.
**(This article made The Journal of Biological Chemistry Jan. 19, 2018 cover)

Hennis ECA
Ogundipe F, Hennis ECA, Mehari A, Gillum RF. Toxocara species exposure,
symptoms of asthma, and fractional exhaled nitric oxide in the US population.
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2017 Dec;119(6):569-570.
doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2017.09.063. PubMed PMID: 29223300.

Joseph V
Lewis O, Odeyemi Y, Joseph V, Mehari A, Gillum RF. Screen Hours and Sleep
Symptoms: The US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Fam Community Health. 2017 Jul/Sep;40(3):231-235.
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000150. PubMed PMID: 28525443.

Invited Student Research Presentations

American Contact Dermatitis Society 29th Annual Meeting, February 15, 2017, San Diego, CA
Olivia Ware, BA, Kimberly Huerth, MD, M. Ed, Trisha Patel, MD, Sharon Bridgeman-Shah, MD
Howard University, Washington, DC

13th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. January 30, 2018, Jacksonville, FL

How timing of surgical airway impacts in-hospital mortality in medical

patients in US hospitals.
Iasson Yi, MA,1 Gezzer Ortega, MD, MPH,2 Maria F. Nunez, MD,2 Edward E. Cornwell III, MD,3
Mallory Williams, MD, MPH3
1 Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC
2 Howard University College of Medicine, Clive O. Callender, MD Howard-Harvard Outcomes Research Center,
Washington DC
3 Department of Surgery, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC

Tipping the Scales: Results of Bariatric Surgery by Socioeconomic Status in Black Patients.
Sage  Timberline,  BA  7,  Margaret  S.  Pichardo,  MPH  6,7,  Gezzer  Ortega,  MD,MPH  5,  Maria  F.  
Nunez,  MD  8,  Edward  S.  Bauer,  BS  5,  Evan  Smith,  BS  7,  Jordan  Tordecilla,  BS  7,  Terrence  M.  
Fullum,  MD,  MBA  10,  and  Daniel  D.  Tran,  MD  10.  
5.  Howard  University  College  Of  Medicine  
Clive  O.  Callender  Howard-­‐Harvard  Health  Sciences  Outcomes  Research  Center,  Washington,  DC  USA  
6.  Yale  University,  New  Haven,  CT  USA  
7.  Howard  University  College  Of  Medicine,  Washington,  DC  USA  
8.  Howard  University  College  Of  Medicine,  Department  Of  Medicine,  Washington,  DC  USA  
10.  Howard  University  College  Of  Medicine,  Department  Of  Surgery,  Center  For  Wellness  And  Weight  Loss  Surgery  
Washington,  DC  USA  
Socioeconomic Disparities of Children with Umbilical Hernia Presenting to the Emergency
L. G. Souza Mota 1, M. F. Nunez3, G. Ortega 2,3, C. M. Smith 1, D. S. Rhee 4, D. D. Tran 2,3
1Howard University College Of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA
2Howard University College Of Medicine, Department Of Surgery, Washington, DC, USA
3Howard University College Of Medicine, Clive O. Callender, MD Howard-Harvard Outcomes Research
Center/Department Of Surgery, Washington, DC, USA
4Johns Hopkins University School Of Medicine, Division Of Pediatric Surgery/Johns Hopkins Children's Center,
Baltimore, MD, USA

Invited Student Research Presentations

13th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. January 30, 2018, Jacksonville, FL (Cont.)

Gunshot Injuries in U.S. Trauma Centers: Analysis of the Lethality of Multiple Gun Shot Wounds.
A. R. McDowell 1, G. Ortega2•3, A. Obirieze2, N. R. Changoor-2·3, F. Wilks 1 T. R. Jones 1
D. H. Ford3, A. Haider4, M. Williams2•3, E. E. Cornwell2•3
1Howard University College Of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA
2Howard University College Of Medicine, Clive 0. Callender Howard-Harvard Outcomes Research
Center/ Department Of Surgery, Washington, DC, USA
3Howard University College Of Medicine, Department Of Surgery, Washington, DC,
4Brigham And Women's Hospital, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

l8 th International Meeting on Simulations in Healthcare, January 14, 2018, Los Angeles, CA

An Undifferentiated Intern Readiness Course for Fourth Year Medical Students Prepares for the
Transition to Internship.
LaDonna Kearse, BS; Roderick Davis, BS; Bonnie Davis, MD; Pamela Coleman, MD; Vishal
Poddar, MD; Bryan Curry, MD; Adedoyin Kalejaiye, MD; David Rose, MD; Pamela Carter-
Nolan, MPH/PhD; Tamara Owens, Med; Debra Ford, MD

Triological Society 121st Annual Meeting at COSM April 20-21, 2018, National Harbor, MD.

Epidemiology and Resource Utilization of Ludwig's Angina Emergency Department Visits in the
United States from 2006 to 2014
Jamiela A. McDonnough, BS, Iasson Yi, BS MA, Adedoyin O. Kalejaiye, MD, Gezzer Ortega,

2018  Society  of  Black  Academic  Surgeons  Annual  Meeting,  Birmingham,    

Alabama,  April  26–28,  2018                                                                                                                                                              
Pediatric foreign body aspiration and ingestion in a United States Emergency Department national
database between 2006 and 2014
Jamiela A. McDonnough, BS, Iasson Yi, BS MA, Adedoyin O. Kalejaiye, MD, Gezzer Ortega,

&  Call  For  
National  Hispanic  Medical  Association  22nd  Annual  Conference,    
Gaylord  National  Resort,  Washington  DC,  March  22-­‐25,  2018.    
Please  go  to  https://www.nhmamd-­‐2018conf.com/    for  additional  information.  
Student  National  Medical  Association  (SNMA)  Annual  Conference,  San  Francisco,  CA  
March  28,  2018  –April  1,  2018  http://www.snma.org/amec.php  
Howard  University  Research  Week,  April  9th  -­‐  13th,  2018.  
Research  Week  is  part  of  Howard  University's  ongoing  efforts  to  foster  the  research  mission  
and  to  celebrate  the  University's  research  enterprise,  which  is  comprised  of  external  grants  
and  contracts,  distinguished  scholarly  projects,  and  outstanding  creative  works.  
The American Association for Cancer Research, Chicago, Il, April 14-18, 2018
The AACR Annual Meeting highlights the best cancer science and medicine from institutions all
over the world. Attendees are invited to stretch their boundaries, form collaborations, attend sessions
outside their own areas of expertise, and learn how to apply exciting new concepts, tools, and
techniques to their own research.
Please see http://www.aacr.org/Documents/2018AM_CfA.pdf
Assoc.  for  Clinical  and  Translational  Science’s  2018  Translational  Science  Meeting,                
April  19-­‐21,  2018,  Marriott  Wardman  Park  –  Washington,  DC    
Additional information may be found at http://www.actscience.org/page/session-search
Twenty-Eighth Annual Scientific Session of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.
Birmingham, Alabama, April 26–28, 2018
Additional information may be found at http://www.sbas.net/annual-meeting/
National Medical Association 116th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly
Orlando, FL August 11–August 15, 2018.
Please go to https://www.wynjade.com/nma18/ for registration information and
https://nmanet.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1013322&group= for general


HUCM  Student  Requirements  for  Research  Travel  Funding  Requests  

HUCM  students  who  are  requesting  funding  to  present  HU  research  findings  at  research  
meetings/conferences  are  require  to  submit  the  following  items    
• A  copy  of  the  invitation  to  present  poster  or  oral  paper  at  the  meeting.  (On  meeting  
stationary  or  conference  organizer’s  email)    
• A  copy  of  the  abstract  with  all  co-­‐authors  
FUNDS  by  the  HUCM  Faculty  Member  you  are  conducting  research  with  
• An  itemized  budget,  e.g.,  travel,  hotel,  meeting  registration  
• Travel,  Registration,  Hotel  Quotes  
• Dates  of  requested  funding  
and  the  above  information  are  due  one  month  in  advance  of  travel.    
Travel  Application  Documents  can  be  found  at  https://www.hucm.org/research/  
Moreover,  all  students  must  contact  Dr.  David  Rose,  Dean  of  Students,  to  secure  permission  for  
absence  to  attend  the  research  meeting/conference.    
Please  request  the  HUCM  STUDENT  APPLICATION  FOR  RESEARCH  TRAVEL  FUNDS  from                  
Dr.  Stubbs  at  john.stubbs@howard.edu    Please  electronically  submit  the  completed  application  
and  supporting  documents  to  Dr.  Stubbs  and  Dr.  Rose.    
Approval  is  dependent  upon  the  availability  of  funding.