September 26th marked the 2nd annual Medical Student Research Showcase at the Queen’s School of Medicine. This yearly event was brought to us by Dr. Heather Murray (Emergency Medicine and Public Health Sciences), Melanie Walker (Public Health Sciences),  and Amanda Consack (UGME) as well as many other members of the UG staff.  It showcases research performed by our medical students, during their time in medical school, for other students and faculty. This year’s session had a collection of 54 posters in the David Walker atrium, and three students were selected to deliver their research findings in an oral plenary, moderated by Dean Reznick.  It was an inspiring display of innovation, effort and accomplishment.

A wide range of research topics were presented, and over the lunch hour the students were able to go over their work with a crowd of interested faculty and students. Many Queen’s faculty served as poster assessors and completed a structured feedback form so that presenting medical students could understand where their posters succeeded, and also how they might be improved. Additionally, the 10 QuARMS students were introduced to the event through an assignment evaluating the design and findings of 3 posters that appealed to them.

This year, students who attended the poster session were encouraged to vote for their top 3 posters in a “People’s Choice” award competition. We had over 80 ballots cast, and in combination with the poster assessors feedback, a poster winner was selected: Osbert Zalay, with his poster “Foundations of the tricorder: Artificial intelligence solutions for biomedical classification problems.”

Later in the afternoon, the 3 students selected for the oral plenary session delivered their research in the main auditorium. These students were selected after submitting a 5-page summary of their work, each of which was reviewed 3 separate times by a panel of faculty judges: Dr. Albert Clark, Dr. Paula James, Dr. Anne Ellis, Dr. David Lillicrap, Dr. Will Pickett, Dr. Mike Brundage, Dr. Heather Murray, Dr. Tan Towheed and Dr. Rob Brison. Eighteen submissions of extremely high quality were reviewed, and the following students were selected:

Nathan Roth, MEDS 2015 “Inside the brain of an expert: Comparing medical decision making and cognitive processing demands between medical students and experienced medical resident learners.”
Faculty supervisor: Dr. Dan Howes

James Simpson,  MEDS 2015 “Patient evaluation of clinical interaction with medical students: A pilot study.”
Faculty Supervisor: Dr. Andrea Winthrop

Yan Xu, MEDS 2015 “Prescribing pattern of novel anticoagulants following regulatory approval for atrial fibrillation in Ontario, Canada.”
Faculty supervisors: Dr.Ana Johnson, Dr.Chris Simpson, Dr.Anne Holbrook (MacMaster) and Dr. Dar Dowlatshani (Ottawa)

These 3 students, and Osbert Zalay MEDS 2015 (“People’s Choice” Poster) have all been awarded the 2013 Albert Clark Award for Medical Student Research Excellence. This award was established in 2012, in honour of Dr.Clark’s longstanding contributions towards the critical enquiry program at Queen’s.

Students at the Queen’s School of Medicine are actively involved in a wide array of research enquiry with impressive results. Our students are asking questions, seeking answers, advancing care and inspiring change. Congratulations to all who presented, and to the faculty who have mentored them.