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2019 Residents Trauma Papers Competition

The ACS Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) held our 42nd Annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition during the ACS COT Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, on Thursday March 21. 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 Patrick M. Reilly, MD, FACS, Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma as well as Scott D’Amours, MD, FACS. Each of the 17 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

Elliott C Williams, MD
UC San Diego Division of Trauma, San Diego, CA
“The Uniquely Human Gene CHRFAM7A Modulates Emergency Myelopoiesis after Injury”

2nd Place, Basic Laboratory Science

Patricia Martinez-Quinones, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
“N-Formyl Peptide Mediated Vascular Endothelium Barrier Dysfunction in Sepsis and Trauma-Induced Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Is Improved with Deformylase”

1st Place, Clinical Research

Hope Villiard, MD
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
“Who Hurts More? A Multicenter, Prospective Study of In-Hospital Opioid Use in Pediatric Trauma Patients in the Midwest”

2nd Place, Clinical Research

Parin Boonthum, MD
Songklanagarind Hospital, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand
“Wind of Change: The Paradigm Shift in Antimicrobial Therapy in Soft-Tissue Blast Injuries”

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Patrick M. Reilly; ACS COT Chair Eileen M. Bulger, MD, FACS; Dr. Parin Boonthum; Dr. Elliot C Williams; Dr. Patricia Martinez-Quinones; Dr. Hope Villiard; and Dr. Scott D’Amours

Dr. Eileen M. Bulger (front row, third from the right); Dr. Patrick M. Reilly (front row, far right); Dr. Scott D’Amours (front row, first on the left); and the 2019 Resident Trauma Papers Competition participants

2019 Regional Winners

Region 1–Basic Science

Casey M. Luckhurst, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
“Applications of a Novel Magnetorheological Hemostatic Agent in a Model of an Actively Hemorrhaging Trauma Patient”

Region 2–Clinical Research

Colin Kennedy, MD
Bassett Healthcare, Cooperstown, NY
“Effect of Patient Volume, ACS Trauma Center Verification, and Level Designation on Mortality: An NTDB Study”

Region 3–Basic Science

Amanda M. Chipman, MD
RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
“Is All Plasma Created Equal? The Effect of Interdonor Variability”

Region 4–Basic Science

Patricia Martinez Quinones, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, Augusta, GA
“N-Formyl Peptide Mediated Vascular Endothelium Barrier Dysfunction in Sepsis and Trauma-Induced Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome Is Improved with Deformylase”

Region 5–Basic Science

Grace Martin Niziolek, MD
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
“Acid Sphingomyelinase Inhibition Reduces the Harmful Effects of Repetitive Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”

Region 6–Basic Science

Bobby Robinson, MD
Baylor Scott and White Medical Center, Temple, TX
“Doxycycline Prevents Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction and Microvascular Hyperpermeability after Traumatic Brain Injury”

Region 7–Clinical Research

Hope M. Villiard, MD
Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
“Who Hurts More? A Multicenter, Prospective Study of In-Hospital Opioid Use in Pediatric Trauma Patients in the Midwest”

Region 8–Basic Science

Julia Roberts Coleman, MD
University of Colorado-Denver, Aurora, CO
“Prothrombin Time/International Normalized Ratio and Thrombelastography Discordances in Trauma Patients: An Examination of Correlation with Factor Levels and Thrombin Generation”

Region 9–Clinical Research

Jessica Cox, MD
UC Davis Health, Sacramento, CA
“Admission of Geriatric Patients with Isolated Rib Fractures to an Intensive Care Unit Does Not Improve Outcomes”

Region 9–Basic Science

Elliot C. Williams, MD
UC San Diego Division of Trauma, San Diego, CA
“The Uniquely Human Gene CHRFAM7A Modulates Emergency Myelopoiesis after Injury”

Region 10–Clinical Research

Ashley B. Hink, MD
Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
“Enhancing Firearm Injury Data: Can Trauma Centers Fill the Holes?”

Region 11–Clinical Research

Katrina Duncan, MD, MPH
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
“Management of Firearm Injuries in the Emergency Department in Maryland, 2013–2016”

Region 12–Clinical Research

Cecily Bos, MD, MSc PT, BA Hons
McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
“Using the Fragility Index to Assess the Evidence Cited in the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma Practice Management Guidelines: Is the Evidence as Strong as We Think It Is?”

Region 13–Basic Science

Rowan R. Sheldon, MD
Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA
“An Evaluation of a Novel Medical Device versus Standard Interventions in the Treatment of Tension Pneumothorax in a Swine Model (Sus Scrofa)”

Region 14–Clinical Research

Victor Daniel Ortiz, MD
Hospital Aeronáutico Central, Buenos Aires, Argentina
“Antropometric Valoration of the Thoracic Wall for the Determination of the Thoracic Drainage Site by Puncion”

Region 16–Clinical Research

Parin Boonthum, MD
Songklanagarind Hospital, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand
“Wind of
Change: The Paradigm Shift in Antimicrobial Therapy in Soft-Tissue Blast Injuries”

Region 17–Clinical Research

Maria F. A. Nader, MD
American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon
“Stray Bullets: Where Do We Stand (Or Do We Fall?)”