By Drs. Andrea Winthrop & Melanie Walker

This year the School of Medicine is proud to invite you to the 10th annual Medical Student Research Showcase on Wednesday October 13, 2021.

The event this year will be a hybrid one, held both within the School of Medicine Building and virtually.  Only those individuals who are presenting research (poster presentation or oral plenary), other medical students and faculty judges are permitted to attend the showcase in person.  We welcome all additional Queen’s Health Sciences faculty, staff and students to attend the oral plenary session virtually (details below).

This event celebrates the research achievements of our undergraduate medical students, with both posters and an oral plenary session featuring research performed by students while they have been enrolled in medical school. All students who received summer studentship research funding through the School of Medicine in 2021 will be presenting their work, as well as many other research initiatives. This year we had a record 98 poster submissions and students will be presenting their posters from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 pm. The link to the 2021 Medical Student Research Showcase Abstract Book is on our Medical Student Research Showcase Community in Elentra at the following link https://elentra.healthsci.queensu.ca/community/researchshowcase:meeting_book__oral_plenary_link

The oral plenary features the top research projects selected by a panel of faculty judges and will run virtually from 12:30 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.  Zoom Details can be found at the following link https://elentra.healthsci.queensu.ca/community/researchshowcase:meeting_book__oral_plenary_link (You must be logged in to Elentra to access this page).

This year’s faculty judges included:

  • Dr. Sheela Abraham
  • Dr. Susan Bartels
  • Dr. Anne Ellis
  • Dr. Laura Gaudet
  • Dr. Doris Jabs
  • Dr. Sonja Molin
  • Dr. Lois Mulligan
  • Dr. Nishardi Wijeratne

We are very grateful to these faculty members for evaluating our oral plenary applicants this year.

The three students who have been selected for the oral plenary session, and the titles of their research presentations and faculty supervisor names are listed below. Each of these three students will receive The Albert Clark Award for Medical Student Research Excellence.

Brian Laight – “Disruption of the non-Receptor Tyrosine Kinase Fes Enhances Cancer ImmunotherapyLaight, BJ; Hoskin, V; Alotaibi, F; Harper, D; Gao, Y; Greer, PA.*

Keshinisuthan Kirubalingam – “Opioid Prescriptions Following Otologic Surgery: A Population-Based Study” Kirubalingam, K.; Nguyen, P.; Klar, G.; Dion, J.M.; Campbell R.J.; *Beyea J.A.

Victoria McCann – “Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on substance use patterns and service access of street-involved individuals in Kingston, Ontario: A qualitative study” McCann, V.; Allen, R.; Purkey, E.*

Please set aside some time to review the abstract meeting book and attend the oral plenary via Zoom on October 13th. The students will appreciate your interest and support, and you will be amazed at what they have been able to achieve.