The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) announced the 15 winners of the 38th annual Residents Trauma Papers Competition at its Annual Meeting, March 12–14, in Chicago, IL. Each winner received $500, with an additional $500 awarded to the second-place winners in each category, and an extra $1,000 awarded to the two first-place winners.
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 Eastern and Western States COTs, Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska) and the ACS are funding the competition.
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 Annual Meeting. Leonard J. Weireter, MD, FACS, Norfolk, VA, Vice-Chair of the COT and Chair of the COT Regional Committees, moderated the session.
The 2015 competition winners are as follows:
• First Place, Basic Laboratory Research: Simone M. Langness, MD, University of California, San Diego, postgraduate year (PGY)-4 (COT Region 9): The Vagus Nerve Mediates the Neural Stem Cell Response to Intestinal Injury
• First Place, Clinical Investigation: Deepika Nehra, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, PGY-7 (COT Region 10): Acute Rehabilitation after Trauma: Does It Really Matter?
• Second Place, Basic Laboratory Research: Michaela C. Kollisch-Singule, MD, State University of New York at Stony Brook Medical University, Syracuse, PGY-4 (COT Region 2): Impact of Chest Wall Recruitment in Prevention of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
• Second Place, Clinical Investigation: Cherisse Berry, MD, University of Maryland, Baltimore, PGY-9 (COT Region 3): Prospective Evaluation of Post-Traumatic Vasospasm (PTV) and Post-Injury Functional Outcome Assessment: Is Cerebral Ischemia Going Unrecognized in TBI Patients?
Additional selected surgical residents and the papers they presented are as follows:
• Elizabeth King, MD, Boston University Medical Center, PGY-5 (COT Region 1): Valproic Acid Mitigates the Inflammatory Response in Murine Acute Lung Injury at the Expense of Bacterial Clearance
• Samuel W. Ross, MD, MPH, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC, PGY-4 (COT Region 4): Hemodilution: Fact or Fiction? A Prospective, Randomized Control Trial to Quantify the Effect of Blood Loss and Crystalloid Resuscitation on Hemoglobin
• Ihab Halaweish, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, PGY-5 (COT Region 5): Early Resuscitation with Fresh Frozen Plasma for Traumatic Brain Injury Combined with Hemorrhagic Shock Improves Neurological Recovery
• Melody R. Saeman, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, PGY-5 (COT Region 6): Alteration of the Circadian Network following Traumatic Brain Injury
• Haniee Chung, MD, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, PGY-5 (COT Region 7): The Problem of Age: The Role of the Immune Response to Severe Injury in the Elderly
• Hunter B. Moore, MD, University of Colorado, Denver, PGY-3 (COT Region 8): Hyperfibrinolysis Is Driven by Hemorrhagic Shock and Attenuated by Plasma Resuscitation: The Role of Plasma First Resuscitation in Critically Injured Patients
• Timothy J. Rice, MD, Hamilton General Hospital, ON (COT Region 12): A Randomized, Double-Blinded, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Trial on the Efficacy of Early Enoxaparin: The Optimal Timing of Thromboprophylaxis in a Traumatic Intracranial Hemorrhage Study
• Captain Jonathan J. Sexton, MD, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD (COT Region 13): Administration of FTY720 during Tourniquet-Induced Hind Limb Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Attenuates Morbidity and Mortality in a Rodent Model
• Eduardo Rissi Silva, MD, Hospital das Clinicas, Sao Paulo, Brazil (COT Region 14): Prospective Evaluation of a Protocol of Whole-Body CT Based Only in Mechanism of Injury in Major Trauma Patients
• Jacqueline van Laarhoven, MD, Ratboud University, Netherlands (COT Region 15): Associated Thoracic Injury in Patients with a Clavicle Fracture: An Analysis of 1478 Polytrauma Patients
• Felix Che-Lok Chow, MB, BS (HK), MHKICSBCS, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital (COT Region 16): Clinical Parameters Predicting In-Hospital Mortality in Geriatric Patients following Severe Trauma: A 15-Year Experience