Education Updates

All second year residents receive loupes, courtesy of the Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society

In the Loupes

Since 2014, the Curtis P. Artz MUSC Surgical Society has provided surgical loupes to all second-year residents as a way to ease the financial burden. General Surgery residents no longer have to worry about where they will find that extra $1000 dollars to cover the cost of their loupes, which are specialty glasses that includes a magnification device mounted in the lenses and are custom made for the individual surgeon to ensure the highest quality results in surgical procedures.

Eric R. Frykberg, M.D. Lecture and Surgery Research Recognition Day Goes Virtual

Each fall, our trainees have the opportunity to highlight their research during Surgery Research Recognition Day. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the day looked a little different. In fact, the virtual event spanned an entire week, providing many new opportunities for both the presenters and the attendees. “We offered electronic poster presentations and had two days of excellent podium presentations in Clinical Science, Basic Science, and Quality Improvement,” said Jean Marie Ruddy, M.D., Associate Program Director of Resident Research. “We appreciate everyone who engaged with our presenters & voted throughout the week.”

Congratulations to our award winners: Best Clinical Science Presentation: Melissa Hite, M.D. PGY-5 Best Basic Science Presentation: Jerec Ricci, M.D. PGY-3, Best Poster Presentation: Christopher Thomas, M.D PGY-2.

During Surgery Research Recognition Day, visiting professor Allan Kirk, M.D. presented Preparing for the Future of Surgery. Dr. Kirk is chair of the Department of Surgery at Duke University College of Medicine. He holds Professorships in Surgery, Pediatrics and Immunology and serves as Surgeon-in-Chief for the Duke University Health System. In addition to his clinical transplant practice, he has published over 300 scientific manuscripts, and continues NIH-, DoD- and FDA-sponsored investigations in organ transplantation and immune management. He has focused increasingly on the curation and analysis of multidimensional data for use in Real World Evidence trial design, clinical decision support tool development and drug discovery.