Last month, a trio of 2023 medical students from Wayne State University School of Medicine co-hosted the Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group 2nd Annual Clinical Research Exhibition, giving 60 students the opportunity to talk about their projects in a virtual setting.
âStudent-run showcases are extremely important for the development of medical students who seek to get involved in research and research conferences, but feel they don’t have enough experience or are afraid to present, and it’s a shame they’re so rare, âsaid Kareem Elhage, co-host and co-chair of SOGI. âSymposia like this provide an opportunity for students to practice their presentations in a low stress environment while getting feedback from students as well as highly experienced faculty. Fostering similar learning environments is essential for increasing the participation of medical students in research and academia.
The three-hour evening took place on December 2, with students presenting 15 five-minute oral presentations and 45 posters.
The event took place on Zoom, giving students the unique opportunity to present in a virtual setting.
âIt challenged my team and the participating students to be flexible and more creative in their presentations in order to better present their work. A lot of times when you’re talking on the phone or by message it’s hard to express what you really mean, âsaid Brook Garnica, another co-host and co-chair of SOGI. âBeing challenged to come out of our shell and be more creative in our presentations will only help us in our future as physicians. Not all patients will be the same and the more flexibility we can practice, the better suited us to be the best we can be for our future patients. “
Physicians-in-training will need to educate patients and sometimes their peers and trainees, added co-host Adam Olszewski. âTherefore, developing written and verbal communication skills should be an important part of medical education. In the context of research, it is essential not only to be able to conduct a research experiment, but also to effectively convey the experience and results to an audience, âhe said.
Presenters were eligible for prizes in both categories. The students voted for the top three posters first, with the winners announced at the start of the program. Next, keynote speaker Charles Day, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital, spoke about diversity in orthopedics. Dr. Day and his colleague Eric Makhni, MD, judged the oral presentations, with the winners presented at the end of the event.
“For those who did not attend, it was a great learning experience to directly observe the research presentation process and provided excellent examples of how the research process is conducted and completed,” said said SOGI coordinator Eric Battista. âI think it is extremely important for medical schools to continue to provide similar opportunities not only to promote professional development, but also to encourage medical students to feel comfortable sharing the hard work that they do. ‘they devote to their research. These shared experiences linked to the stimulating research effort help to create an inclusive and supportive culture among students. “