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2021 Residents Trauma Papers Competition

Each year, the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) holds the Resident Trauma Papers Competition. Residents from all surgical specialties and trauma fellows from all COT regions are eligible to compete.

The winners of the 44th Annual Resident Trauma Papers Competition were announced during the virtual COT Annual Meeting in March 2021. First- and second-place winners in Basic Laboratory Science and Clinical Research were recognized at the COT Business Session/Awards Presentation on Friday, March 12.

Basic Science

First place—Julia R. Coleman, MD, MPH
University of Colorado-Denver, Region 8
"A Mechanistic Exploration of Sex Dimorphisms in Coagulation—Calcium Signaling Drives Female-Specific Platelet Hyperactivity"

Second place—Zachary A. Matthay, MD
University of California, San Francisco and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Region 9
"Leveraging the Catecholamine Response after Trauma: An Opportunity to Enhance Platelet Dependent Hemostasis?"

Clinical Research

First place—Max Marsden, MBBS, BSc
Centre for Trauma Science, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary, University of London, Downe, Kent, United Kingdom, Region 15
"Trauma Laparotomy in the United Kingdom: A Prospective, Multi-Centre Observational Study"

Second place—Eric Walser, MD
Western University/London Health Sciences Center, London, ON, Region 12
Standardization of Opioid Prescription after Trauma (STOP Trauma): A Prospective Intervention to Reduce Opioid Excessive Prescription.

2021 Regional Winners

Region 1–Elizabeth W. Tindal, MD, MPH
Brown University/Rhode Island Hosp, Providence, RI
"Live Fast, Die Young: An Evaluation of End-of-Life Care in Young Trauma Patients"

Region 2–Elaa Mahdi, MD, MPH
University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
"Sustaining the Gains: Further Reductions in Unnecessary Computed Tomography Scans in Pediatric Trauma Patients"

Region 3–Hae Sung Kang, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health, Richmond, VA
"Fluid Resuscitation in Hemorrhagic Shock: Is It Time to Focus on Fluid Therapy That Increases Microcirculation?"

Region 4–Peter Abraham, MD
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
"Understanding the Geography of Trauma: Combining Spatial Analysis and Funnel Plots to Create Comprehensive Spatial Injury Profiles"

Region 5–Robert Keskey, MD
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
"Injury Severity Score Is an Ineffective Metric for Distinguishing Critical Injury across All Age Groups"

Region 6–Jessica Friedman, MD
Tulane University School of Med, New Orleans, LA
"Mitochondrial Reactive Oxygen Species Cause Endothelial Glycocalyx Shedding in a Rat Model of Zone 3 REBOA"

Region 7–Amanda Chelednik, MD
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
"Artificial Intelligence Model Predicts Mortality in Rural Trauma Patients Utilizing Pre- Hospital Parameters"

Region 8–Julia R. Coleman, MD, MPH
University of Colorado-Denver, Denver, CO
"A Mechanistic Exploration of Sex Dimorphisms in Coagulation: Calcium Signaling Drives Female-Specific Platelet Hyperactivity"

Region 9–Zachary A. Matthay, MD
University of California, San Francisco and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
"Leveraging the Catecholamine Response after Trauma: An Opportunity to
Enhance Platelet-Dependent Hemostasis?"
Region 10–Alexandra Dixon, MD, MPH
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
"FFP Maintains Normal Coagulation While PCC Induces a Hypercoagulable State in a Porcine Model of Pulmonary Contusion and Hemorrhagic Shock"

Region 11–Samantha Albacete, MD
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
"Alcohol Use and Trauma in Alberta after COVID-19 Lockdown: Over-Representation and Under-Treatment Are Opportunities for Improvement"

Region 12–Eric Walser, MD
Western University/London Health Sciences Center, London, ON
"Standardization of Opioid Prescription after Trauma (STOP Trauma): A Prospective Intervention to Reduce Opioid Excessive Prescription"

Region 13–Kyle Stigall, MD
San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, San Antonio, TX
"Performance of a Novel Temporary Arterial Shunt in a Military-Relevant Controlled Hemorrhage Swine Model"

Region 14–Luis G. Saldarriaga, MD
Universidad del Valle, Fundacion Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia
"Resuscitative Median Sternotomy Plus Endovascular Aortic Balloon Occlusion: New Surgical Approach for Penetrating Chest Trauma Management"

Region 15–Max Marsden, MBBS, BSc
Centre for Trauma Science, Blizard Institute, Queen Mary, University of London, Downe, Kent, United Kingdom
"Trauma Laparotomy in the United Kingdom: A Prospective, Multi-Centre Observational Study"

Region 16–Rachel Y. Chen, MBBS, MRCS
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore
"CHOP (Critical Hemorrhage to Operating-Room Patient) Resuscitation Protocol Leads to Consistent and Superior Outcomes in a Tertiary Trauma Center: A Cumulative Summation (CUSUM) Analysis"

Region 17–Shadi Bsat, MD
American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
"Beirut Blast 2020: The Neurosurgical Experience from a Tertiary Referral Center in Lebanon"