UTHSC Department of Surgery at Launches Global Institute, continued from page 7 “That’s breathtaking,” Dr. Zalamea said. The physicians, many of whom, like Dr. Zalamea, are affiliated with Methodist Le Bonheur Health Care, donate their surgical skills to help people in China, Vietnam, Honduras, Nicaragua, India, and the Philippines, among many destinations. The survey also showed 60 percent of incoming residents were interested in doing international work as part of their training, and 65 to 70 percent of medical students had already been involved in international work prior to residency, she
said. “That’s a pretty moving statistic,” she said. “Not only do they want it, but they’ve already engaged in it,” Dr. Zalamea said. The UTHSC Global Surgery Institute is a partner of the American College of Surgeons, which links it with similar organizations nationally and globally and expands overseas opportunities and support. A Global Surgery Support Fund has been established through the UT Foundation to offer scholarships for travel expenses to medical students, surgery
residents, and surgery fellows interested in doing mission work. To help fund the scholarships, the Global Surgery Institute is holding its first fundraiser May 11 from 6-10 p.m. at The Brass Door, 152 Madison Avenue, and the Madison Avenue Park across the street. Admission is $10, or $5 with a student ID, and includes refreshments and entertainment. Ethicon Endosurgery, a manufacturer of surgical devices, is helping sponsor the event. The UTHSC Global Surgery Institute includes an active student advisory and support group. One of those students,
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Janyn Quiz, 24, in her first year of medical school, grew up in the Philippines and moved to the United States two years ago with her family. “I’m really grateful for my country, and I want to give back to them as much as I can,” she said.
GrandRounds Rhodes Student Publishes Research Evaluating Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Filoteia Popescu, a Rhodes College junior with majors in biochemistry and molecular biology and neuroscience, has published an article proposing a new procedure for evaluating women who experience recurrent pregnancy loss. She published the article with Rhodes biology professor Carolyn Jaslow and Filoteia Popescu William Kutteh of Fertility Associates of Memphis in a March issue of Human Reproduction, an international peer-reviewed scientific journal. The title of the article is “Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Evaluation Combined With 24-Chromosome Microarray of Miscarriage Tissue Provides a Probable or Definite Cause of Pregnancy Loss In Over 90 Percent of Patients.” Research participants included 100 women with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) seen in a private fertility clinic. All 100 women had two or more pregnancy losses, a complete evaluation for RPL as defined by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and miscarriage tissue evaluated by 24-chromosome microarray analysis after their second or subsequent miscarriage. Popescu’s research role included interpretation, analysis, and synthesis of data, the original draft of the article, manuscript review and editing, and critical discussion. “That an undergraduate is the first author on this type of publication is extraordinary,” Jaslow said. “I think it is likely that this article will change the testing procedures for women seeking help for RPL in fertility clinics throughout the world.” RPL is frustrating for physicians to treat, according to Popescu, and the recommended workup could only identify probable causes for RPL about half the time. The procedure that she and her collaborators have proposed involves adding the 24-chromosome microarray analysis as the first step to the standard RPL testing procedure. “This step should not only allow physicians to identify a definite or probable cause for pregnancy loss in more than 90% of patients, but it will also provide substantial savings in overall healthcare costs,” says Popescu.“It also is emotionally devastating for couples to experience recurrent pregnancy loss, and for some patients, knowing the cause for a loss may provide comfort. The proposed procedure would provide patients with those answers in a cost-efficient and timeefficient manner. I am thrilled that this article has the potential to contribute to new therapies and policies that can help future couples.” memphismedicalnews
Memphis Medical News May 2018