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2018 Residents Trauma Papers Competition

The ACS Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) held our 41st Annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the ACS COT Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, on March 8. The competition is open to surgical residents and trauma fellows. Submissions describe original research in the area of trauma care and/or prevention in one of two categories—basic laboratory research or clinical investigation. The competition is funded by the eastern and western states COTs, Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska), and the ACS.

Submissions begin at the state or provincial level, and winners are then judged at regional competitions. Each region is then eligible to submit two abstracts to a panel of COT judges, who make the final selection for presentation at the Scientific Session of the COT meeting. This year, 15 presentations were given at the session, which was moderated by Leonard J. Weireter, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma. Each of the 15 presenters received a prize of $500, with an additional $500 awarded to the second-place winners in each category, and an extra $1,000 was awarded to the two first-place winners.

First- and Second-Place Winners

1st Place, Basic Laboratory Science
Michael Valliere, MD, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
“From pull to pressure, effects of tourniquet buckles and straps”

2nd Place, Basic Laboratory Science
Theresa Chan, MD, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
“The uniquely human gene CHRFAM7A inhibits cholinergic anti-inflammatory signaling and alters the inflammatory response”

1st Place, Clinical Research
Luke R. Johnston, MD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
“Reducing complication following reversal of combat-associated ostomies”

2nd Place, Clinical Research
Jared R. Gallaher MD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Durham, NC
“The Malawi trauma score: A model for predicting trauma-associated mortality in a resource-poor setting”

ACS COT Chair Ronald M. Stewart, MD FACS; Dr Chan; Dr. Gallaher; Dr. Valliere; Dr. Johnston; and ACS RCOT Chair Leonard J. Weireter, MD FACS 

2018 Regional Winners

Region 1 Basic Science
Christopher David Graham, MD, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
“Histone deacetylase 7 and lung inflammation in acute respiratory distress syndrome”

Region 2 – Clinical Research
Elizabeth J. Lilley, MD, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, NJ
“The impact of in-hospital palliative care consultation on health care at the end of life for older trauma patients who die after discharge”

Region 3 Basic Science
Niluka Wickramaratne, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
“Microcirculatory effects of polyethylene glycol 20,000 (PEG 20k) during resuscitation of hemorrhagic shock”

Region 4 – Clinical Research
Jared R. Gallaher MD, MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Durham, NC
“The Malawi trauma score: A model for predicting trauma-associated mortality in a resource-poor setting”

Region 5 – Clinical Research
Sarah E. Posillico, MD, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
“Bedside dysphagia screens in patients with traumatic cervical injuries: An ideal tool for an under-recognized problem”

Region 6 Basic Science
Shuyan Wei, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
“Endotheliopathy after trauma is associated with an increased risk of sepsis: A secondary analysis of patients from the PROPPR (Pragmatic, Randomized Optimal Platelet, and Plasma Ratios) trial”

Region 7 Basic Science
Michael Valliere, MD, Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
“From pull to pressure, effects of tourniquet buckles and straps”

Region 8 Basic Science
Julia Roberts Coleman, MD, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO
“Hypertonic saline administered for the reduction of intracranial hypertension promotes coagulopathy”

Region 9 Basic Science
Theresa Chan, MD, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
“The uniquely human gene CHRFAM7A inhibits cholinergic anti-inflammatory signaling and alters the inflammatory response”

Region 10 – Clinical Research
Barclay Thompson Stewart, MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
“Tracking global development assistance for injury: A call for advocacy and action”

Region 11 – Clinical Research
Alexandre Tran, MD, The Ottawa Hospital and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, ON
“A clinical prediction model for the early identification of the need for major intervention in patients with traumatic hemorrhage”

Region 13 – Clinical Research
Luke R. Johnston, MD, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
“Reducing complication following reversal of combat-associated ostomies”

Region 14 – Clinical Research
Déborah Delgado, MD, Maciel Hospital, Montevideo, Uruguay
“Acrylic rib prosthesis: An alternative fixation method for flail chest in developing countries”

Region 15 – Clinical Research
Karl Köhne, MBChB (UCT), University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
“Unplanned extubations in trauma ICU using the BE207/09 class approval database”

Region 16 – Clinical Research
Tee Shi Ting, MBBS, Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR), Klang, Malaysia
“Role of general surgeons in the management of traumatic brain Injury in the age of specialization”

2018 Regional COT Poster Competition Winners