Alliance Residents, Fellows Honored at Academic Excellence Day


academic excellence winners

The work of residents and fellows in the Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance was recognized in the 24th Annual Michael Grossman Academic Excellence Day competition earlier this month.

The event, which has traditionally been hosted at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine-Phoenix campus, was held virtually this year, with judging running from May 4-7.

In oral presentations, Valleywise Health resident Tina Wong, MD, Surgery, captured first place in the oral presentation, clinical research category. Her topic was “Redesigning Epic Workflow to Reduce Medication Administration Errors.”

Meera Mehta, MD, Valleywise fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, won first place for her oral presentation in clinical research for “Pilot Study on Effects of a Single Session of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback (HRV BF) Intervention on Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients.”

Valleywise resident Kinnari Shah, MD, Internal Medicine, received second place in oral presentation, clinical research for “Reducing Inappropriate Use of Telemetry in the Non-ICU Setting in a Community Hospital - A Quality Improvement Project.”

Valleywise resident Siwen “Wendy” Liu, MD, Surgery, was awarded third place in the oral presentation, clinical research for “Opioid Crisis in the Trauma Population – Has Illicit Drug Use Increased the Severity and Economic Burden of the Trauma Patient in an Urban Center.”

In the fellow category, Valleywise’s Maya Heck, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, received third place in the oral presentation, clinical research category for “Sexual Orientation and Substance Use in Psychiatric Inpatient Adolescents.”

Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital resident Antonique Peterson, MD, Family Medicine, earned a second-place finish in poster presentation, clinical research for “Don’t Wreck the Med Rec: A Quality Improvement Project.”

Finally, Valleywise chief resident Pir Shehzad, MD, Internal Medicine, took second place in the poster presentation of case report/series for “A Case of Non-HFE Hereditary Hemochromatosis.”

Congratulations to all the residents and fellows who participated in this year’s competition.