Miller School Students and Faculty Recognized at Florida Medical Association’s Annual Meeting

Several Miller School students, graduates and faculty members were recognized for their clinical and research work at the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association (FMA) on August 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

About 25 Miller School medical students and graduates attended the meeting, which included a poster symposium, continuing medical education sessions, as well as the House of Delegates deliberation over policy-guiding resolutions, according to Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., associate professor of clinical medicine and anesthesiology, Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency, and Associate Director of the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Center for Patient Safety. At the session, Lenchus was elected Vice Speaker of the FMA, and Hansel Tookes, M.D. ’14, a resident in internal medicine, was selected as the resident and fellow section representative to the board.

“The Miller School was well represented at the poster symposium, with several top abstracts in the clinical and research categories,” said Lenchus. “One of the changes this year was that the posters were presented in an electronic format — a big step forward from traditional paper posters.”

In the clinical category, Rodrigo Mendirichaga, M.D., an internal medicine resident at UM/Jackson, tied for second place for his poster, “Sudden Cardiac Arrest in a Young Previously Healthy Former Naval Officer.” Michelle M. Falcone, a fourth-year medical student, earned third place for her poster, “A Unilateral Variant of FHONDA Syndrome.”

In the research category, Mabel Labrada, M.D. ’06, Chief of Hospital Medicine at the Miami VA Medical Center, tied for third place for her work, “Quality Improvement Measures to Prevent CHF Readmissions: Outcomes Eight Months After Implementation.”

Other Miller School presenters were Nisha Garg, a second-year medical student, with a clinical poster on “Posterior Keratoconus Diagnoses with Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography,” and Gregory Holt, M.D., assistant professor of pulmonology, with a poster on “Delays in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lung Cancer.”

The FMA represents more than 20,000 osteopathic and allopathic physicians in Florida, regardless of specialty or practice setting. The annual conference includes education and business sessions, including the election of officers.

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