Residents’ scholarly activities shine at 11th ACP Associates Program

San Antonio (July 13, 2004) – A record 30 residents from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s School of Medicine presented posters recently at the 11th Annual South Texas American College of Physicians (ACP) Associates Program held in San Antonio. The School of Medicine presenters included four residents who gained specialized training at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). The Health Science Center operates the RAHC Medical Education Division in Harlingen.

Marvin Forland, M.D., M.A.C.P., professor emeritus in the School of Medicine, initiated the South Texas ACP Associates Program. Sponsored by the Texas Academy of Internal Medicine, a regional chapter of the ACP, this program convenes ACP associate members who are internal medicine residents from South Texas programs to showcase their scholarly activities.

Six residency programs participated this year, including the Health Science Center’s San Antonio and RAHC programs, Wilford Hall Medical Center, Brooke Army Medical Center, Austin Medical Education program, and Scott & White Internal Medicine program.

Four abstracts from the Health Science Center’s San Antonio residents were accepted for oral presentation. In the poster competition, Dr. Nancy Torres from the Health Science Center San Antonio program won first prize for her poster “Massive Myocardial Infarction Secondary to Coronary Artery Thrombosis from Type 2 Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia.” Dr. Jennifer Gonzales from the Regional Academic Health Center program won second place for her poster “Quinolone-Induced Hypoglycemia: Class Effect vs. Adverse Drug Effect.”

Health Science Center residents took two of the top three prizes in the oral presentation competition. Dr. Matthias Simon captured first place for his paper “Mechanism of Mesangial Cell Apoptosis in Immune-Complex Glomerulonephritis,” and Dr. Patricia Gomez took third place for her work, “Beta Blocker Use in Congestive Heart Failure Patients with Asthma and/or COPD: Beneficial or Detrimental?”

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