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Dr. Andrew Berry, a second-year internal medicine resident physician at the University of South Alabama, recently presented multiple research posters at the national GI American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Scientific Meeting and Postgraduate Course in Las Vegas, Nev.
Dr. Berry said the projects were multidisciplinary and multi-institutional, representing a group collaboration of hard work. “It was a great opportunity to represent USA and be part of such collaborative efforts,” he said.
Four of his research projects included involvement from USA medical students, nursing administration and College of Medicine faculty members including—Dr. Brooks Cash, professor of internal medicine in the division of gastroenterology; Dr. Jack Di Palma, professor of internal medicine in the division of gastroenterology; Dr. Phillip Henderson, professor of internal medicine in the division of gastroenterology; Dr. Alana Schilithuis, assistant professor of internal medicine; and Dr. T.J. Hundley, assistant dean for medical education and student affairs.
Dr. Berry served as lead author for six of the research presentations and co-author for the remaining six. Of the 12 research projects, seven were full studies and five were clinical vignettes.
Ultimately, Dr. Berry said the goal is to have his research published in impactful journals. “As one of our projects suggests, only a mere 20 percent of all abstracts at the national GI conference are published in three years,” he said. “We aim to get all of our research published in sooner than three years.”
Dr. Berry said publishing the articles is not only important academically, but the literature can be quickly utilized in patient care. “One of the studies is part of a series of studies with Dr. Cash related to online symptom checker use among patients and clinicians, a topic that is already garnering public appeal,” he said.
The ACG was founded in 1932 and holds yearly meetings and regional postgraduate training courses. The ACG establishes research grants and also publishes The American Journal of Gastroenterology. More than 12,000 physicians from 82 countries are members of the ACG. Through annual scientific meetings, regional postgraduate training courses and research grants, the ACG provides its members with the most accurate and up-to-date scientific information on digestive health and the etiology, symptomatology and treatment of GI disorders.
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