Volume 23 | April 1, 2019
Surgical Notes
From the Chair

As you'll quickly see below, we've had some exciting things happening in all areas of surgical education this month. From Match Day to incredible presentations at international conferences, the Department of Surgery's trainees are clearly some of the very best.

Please join me in congratulating our many residents and fellows as they take the next steps in their surgical careers.
Vigneshwar Kasirajan, MD
Plastic Surgery Residency Match 2019
Please find below our Match results for the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency program. Both will officially join our team effective July 1.
2019 Trauma Symposium
Congratulations to Omar Abubaker , DMD, PhD, Professor and S. Elmer Bear Chair for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for winning the Rao R. Ivatory award at the 2019 Trauma Symposium.

The Rao R. Ivatury Award is awarded yearly at the Rao R. Ivatury Trauma Symposium for a person who exemplifies many of the attributes and beliefs that Dr. Ivatury cherishes and upholds such as service, education, integrity, humility, and mentorship.

Congratulations Dr. Abubaker!
General Surgery Residency Program Match 2019
The Department of Surgery's General Surgery Residency program had a very successful Match Season this year. Please find below our Match results for the Categorical and Preliminary programs. Special thanks to Evan Ward and the team for coordinating such a large effort!
Additionally, all VCU students applying to General Surgery categorical positions successfully matched! We thank all of the faculty who advised and supported these students!
We also want to congratulate our preliminary residents who have secured positions for next year:
Matt Miller
Categorical PGY-3
Surgery, Guthrie, PA
Kelly Poirier
Categorical PGY-3
Surgery, Arkansas
Matt Brandes
Categorical for 2020
Radiology, VCU
Andrew Carlisle
Anesthesia, Indiana University
Theo Cisu
Urology, VCU
Tyrell Gardner
Radiology, VCU
Micah Mabe
Categorical PGY-2
Surgery, Savannah, GA
Carolyn Song
Categorical PGY-2
Surgery, Shreveport, LA
William Visser
Urology, VCU
OMFS Incoming Residents, 2019-20
Congratulations to the newest class of Oral & Maxillofacial Residents to begin in July!
Jennifer Van Hook, D.M.D.
Medical University of South Carolina
Christopher Loschiavo, D.M.D.
Arizona School of Dentistry
Soheil Rostami, D.D.S.
VCU School of Dentistry
AUA Urology Residents Day
Natalie Swavely (PGY3) recently moderated and judged a resident debate at the American Urological Association headquarters in Linthicum, Maryland during Urology Residents Day on March 9th. The topic of the debate was holmium laser enucleation (Jacob Lewis, Einstein) versus simple prostatectomy (Daniel Heidenberg, George Washington).

The winner, chosen by Dr. Swavely, was laser enucleation.

Congratulations, Dr. Swavely!
Rwandan First National Trauma Symposium
Sudha Jayaraman , MD, Associate Professor and co-Director of Global Surgery and General Surgery Resident Ashley Rosenberg, MD organized and held Rwanda’s First National Trauma Symposium on February 13th in conjunction with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda and the Rwanda Biomedical Center.

There were over 100 attendees including the US Ambassador to Rwanda Peter Vrooman, representatives from USAID, the Rwanda National Police, Rwandan engineers, doctors from district referral and tertiary hospitals, and local NGOs. The event brought together those working in the field of trauma for collaboration and future plans. 
47th Annual Symposium on Vascular Surgery
Congratulations to many of our General Surgery Residents for their recent poster presentations at the 47th Annual Symposium on Vascular Surgery in Boca Raton, Florida.

Presentations included:

Amendola M, Peysha J, Wishnoff M, Banerjee D. MAUDE Database Entries of Covered Stents: Does it Matter it Involves an Arteriovenous Access Procedure?
Tse W, Amendola M. Complications of Carotid Artery Patches: Insight from the MAUDE Database. 
Tse W, George M, Wolfe L, Amendola M. Application of the Risk Analysis Index in Endovascular Aortic Aneurysm Repair Procedures.
Tse W, Wolfe L, Amendola M. Post-Operative Urinary Retention after EVAR: Are Graft Component Sizes Predictive?

Poirier K, Pfeifer J,  Amendola M. The Profunda Femoris Artery: A Rare Source of Type II Endoleak.
2019 Humanism & Excellence in Teaching Awards
Congratulations to Randy Vince , MD (PGY5) for being a recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award for 2019.

Nominated by M3/M4 students, Dr. Vince was recognized for being one of the "clear role models [for] providing humanistic patient care and exceptional educational experiences."  

Recipients are invited to attend Student Honors Day on Friday, April 12th where they will be recognized with a certificate and plaque during the Student Clinician Ceremony.

Congratulations, Dr. Vince!
1st Annual MEDARVA Patient Choice Awards
Congratulations to the following Urology faculty for being 1st annual MEDARVA Patient Choice Award winners.

Winners were nominated by Richmond area patients who had been asked to name their favorite doctors who, in their opinion, offered the very best in compassionate care.
Development, Engagement, and Wellness Committee Updates
The Department of Surgery's Development, Engagement, and Wellness committee recently established various means of submitting feedback to provide team members convenient and anonymous means for providing valuable insight. Below are the most recent comments and concerns received as well as how they were addressed:

Funding for Administrative Staff for Professional Development: Funding for such activities is managed at the division level and is included in each division's budget. Additionally, the Administrator and HR Coordinator choose administrative assistants and other support staff to attend an all-day conference for skill and professional development every few months. To date, nine administrative assistants have attended.

Call Schedule: Concerns were raised regarding the efficiency and equity surrounding call schedules. As such, various scheduling platforms were identified and demos were set up for physician feedback. QGenda was ultimately selected and the new program should be ready by April for physician training and roll-out.

Coffee: A request was made for better coffee on West 16. You asked - we listened!

Call Room Cleanliness: Concerns were raised regarding the usability and cleanliness of the call room areas. Education and Administration leadership walked through all areas where problems were documented and addressed with facilities. Additionally, ACSS leadership is actively working to address the layout of the STICU call room.
Surgery Staff Feature
Meet Amanda Jabri, Research Supervisor with the newly established Office of Research, Biomedicine, Innovation and Technology (ORBIT). Amanda joined Surgery almost five years ago as an administrative assistant with Surgery Education. Given her hard work and dedication, she was recently appointed as the Research Supervisor when ORBIT was established.

As Research Supervisor, Amanda is responsible for ensuring that our principal investigators are receiving the guidance and support they need to include budget and financial assistance. When asked about the most exciting part of her job she responded "being able to work with our surgeon-scientists who are continuously developing innovative ideas and collaborations with VCU."

When not at work, you will find Amanda spending time with her husband and daughter, Olivia.
Monthly Wellness Note
Do you remember elementary school when you had recess to help get your wiggles out?

Moving more during your day has many health benefits.

Click here for a WellNote from CommonHealth Richmond for ideas to help putting wiggles back into your day.
Upcoming Events
Grand Rounds
May 2, 2019
7:30 - 8:30 AM
George Ben Johnson Auditorium

Please join us at Grand Rounds on Thursday May 2nd where former vice-Chair and David M. Hume Professor of Surgery Harvey J. Sugarman, MD will present "My Journey and Lessons Learned: Follow the Ups and Downs of My Medical Career."

Objectives include:

  • Don’t let mental illness get you down and be supportive of others with a mental or substance abuse problem;
  • Don’t believe everything a professor tells you and beware of articles, even those in prestigious journals;
  • Don’t take a rejection for an article you really believe in and do clinical research to help your fellow man.
2019 Virginia Bariatric Society
State Chapter Meeting
May 3 - 5, 2019
Kingsmill Resort & Spa

Click here for more information
Research Open Forum
Monthly, 2nd Mondays
4:00 - 5:00 PM
West 16 Conference Room (16-103)

All are encouraged to attend!
Have a story to tell? Contact jessica.carey@vcuhealth.org
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