Vol 5: Winter 2017

Vol 5: Winter 2017

Volume 5: Winter 2017
Letter From the Editors. James Polega, Garrett Roe, and Danny Yau. The editors of MSRJ are excited to announce our Winter 2017 issue. We would like to thank everyone for waiting patiently during our brief hiatus. Since the release of our last issue we have been working diligently to retool our publish- ing process and we are delighted to announce the result of this work. All articles accepted for publication in MSRJ will now be featured as an electronic publication ahead of appearing in our print issue.

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Editorial Staff 2017-2018

Editorial Staff 2017-2018

Introducing the new 2017 – 2018 editorial staff for the MSRJ! We are thrilled to welcome many new junior editors to our experienced MSRJ team. The journal has been making exciting new changes with the start of e-publication and we look forward to another productive year of publishing, editing, and supporting medical student research efforts around the world! 2017-2018 Editorial Staff Executive Editors Danny Yau, Executive Editor-in-Chief, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous contributions to MSRJ include the ePublications feature, and previously serving as the M3 Executive Editor. For the 2017 year, he is focused on sustainability of the organization, as well as further establishing MSRJ’s presence in the medical research community. His current interest is in Emergency Medicine, and he recently presented at the MSU FAME Community Research Forum on Geospatial Analysis between Neighborhood Characteristics and Bystander CPR Initiation Rates. Kyle Hildebrandt, M4 Executive Editor, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Biomedical Laboratory Science at Michigan State University as a recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship. His previous contributions to MSRJ include engaging in outreach and  serving as Editing Coordinator. For 2017, he is focused on streamlining the review process and increasing submission throughput. He has a strong interest in Orthopaedic Surgery, particularly trauma. To that end, he is pursuing a year of orthopaedic trauma research at NYU in during the 2017-2018 academic year. Angelyn Thayer, M3 Executive Editor, is a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Grand Valley State University and worked as a Pediatric Critical Care nurse in Detroit before coming to medical school. She is currently working on a research project at Children’s Hospital of Michigan focusing on thrombosis prophylaxis in postoperative congenital heart disease patients. She helped to run the MSRJ elective last year, and is looking to improve communication and promote member driven initiates within the organization. While pediatric critical care remains an interest, she is also intrigued by various surgical specialties and looks forward to experiencing them during clerkships. Executive Board Alex Chavez-Yenter, Senior Editor Coordinator, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State College of Human Medicine.  He received his BS in Human Biology and a minor in Spanish at Michigan State University in 2013.  Alex has research experience in medical anthropology exploring the use of stimulant medication and its portrayal in social media.  More recently, he participated in research on ethnic discordance and its effect on perceived quality of patient-physician encounters.  This research was presented at the MSU Flint Area Medical Education Community Research Forum in 2017.  Alex is a former Junior Editor and is currently the Senior Editor Coordinator for MSRJ.  He is interested in pursuing a career in either diagnostic or interventional radiology. Rohit Nallani, Junior Editor Coordinator, is a third year medical student in the Medical Partners in Public Health program at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Neuroscience and History at the University of Michigan in 2014. Rohit has bench-science research experience in Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience and clinical research...

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Editorial Staff 2016-2017

Editorial Staff 2016-2017

Introducing the new 2016 – 2017 editorial staff for the MSRJ! We are thrilled to welcome 20+ junior editors to our experienced MSRJ team. The journal has been making exciting new changes with the start of e-publication and we look forward to another productive year of publishing, editing, and supporting medical student research efforts around the world! 2016-2017 Executive Editorial Board Executive Editors James Polega, Executive Editor-in-Chief, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Saginaw Valley State University in 2013. He has previous research experience in bariatric surgery, freshwater ecology, natural products chemistry, and antiquity metallic compositional determination. He has special interests in hematology and oncology. He plans to pursue a Med/Peds residency upon completion of medical school. Garrett Roe, Executive Editor, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Neuroscience at the University of Michigan in 2013. He has previous research experience in Parkinson’s Disease which he completed while at the University of Michigan. He has special interests in neuroscience, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and sports medicine. Danny Yau, Executive Editor, is a third year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He completed his B.S. in Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. His previous contributions to MSRJ include the new ePublications feature. As an executive editor, he looks to further establish MSRJ’s presence in the medical research community. His current interest is in Emergency Medicine. Executive Board Mahnoor Rehman, Senior Editor Coordinator, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She received her B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2013. Over the years, she has participated in research related to identifying infectious mechanisms in Legionella pneumophila, HPV vaccination rates in adolescent males in the mid-Michigan area, and background EEG patterns in patients that suffer from non-epileptic seizures. She is interested in pursuing a career in Neurology with a focus on epilepsy. Kyle Hildebrandt, Junior Editor Coordinator, is a third year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. He completed a B.S. in Biomedical Laboratory Science with an additional major in Human Biology. He is planning on pursuing a career in Surgery, with a special interest in Orthopedics. Jason Sotzen, Treasurer, is a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He received a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Spanish Language & Literature from Oakland University in 2011. He has previous research experience and publications in retinal gene expression at Oakland University and hematologic malignancies at the University of Michigan. Jason is drawn to surgery and neuroscience, and plans to pursue a career as a neurological surgeon. Senior Editors Regina Matar is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience with a Minor in Music.  She has completed research related to Carotid Artery Stenosis and Melanoma at Spectrum Health, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease at Columbia University, and Renal Failure at the University of Michigan.  Regina is passionate about pursuing a surgical career and looks forward to furthering evidence-based medicine...

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New Feature: MSRJ e-Publications

New Feature: MSRJ e-Publications

e-Publications now available!

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MSRJ Elective Update: Academic Medicine

MSRJ Elective Update: Academic Medicine

On February 10, Dr. Karnani came to East Lansing to speak to the students in the MSRJ Elective about careers in academic medicine.

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Editorial Staff 2015-2016

Editorial Staff 2015-2016

Introducing the new 2015 – 2016 editorial staff for the MSRJ! We are beyond excited for the upcoming academic year as we welcome 20+ new junior editors to the experienced MSRJ staff. The journal has been making incredible progress and we look forward to another productive year publishing impressive article submissions and supporting medical student research around the world! 2015-2016 Executive Editorial Board Executive Editors Kaitlyn Vitale, Executive Editor-in-Chief, is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She completed a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame in 2012. She is planning on pursuing a career in Neurology, eventually becoming involved in academic medicine. James Polega, Executive Editor, is a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He received a B.S. in Biology from Saginaw Valley State University. Prior to entering medical school he was an active researcher in the fields of freshwater ecology and natural products chemistry. When not busy with school he enjoys spending time with his wife. He hopes to one day specialize in Hematology/Oncology and practice in his home state of Michigan. Rama Salhi, Executive Editor, is a fourth year medical student Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a B.S. in Microbiology and Arabic studies. She went on to complete a master’s degree in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010. Currently she is considering pursuing a career in academic Emergency Medicine. Senior Editors Apoorva Aekka is a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies—Global Environment and Health. She hopes to pursue her interests in pediatrics and global health. Toomas Arusoo is a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Originally from Michigan, Toomas graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2011 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and Loyola University Chicago in 2013 with a M.S. in Cell and Molecular Physiology. He is interested in pursuing a career in surgery Andrew Benintende is currently a third year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.  He graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a B.S. in Movement Science.  Before entering medical school he taught high school science in Houston Independent School District.  He is interested in specifically working with underserved populations both in the United States and abroad. Tina Chaalan is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. She graduated with a B.S in Biological Sciences at the University of Michigan- Dearborn in 2012. She is interested in pursuing a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has a strong interest in women’s health and hopes to become greatly involved in research and patient education in that area. Alex Golec is a fourth year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 2011. He is interested in a career in internal medicine or one of its subspecialties. Tyler Junttila is currently a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. He graduated from the University of Michigan...

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