Kelley Nguyen, MS4, was awarded “Outstanding Poster Presenter” for a case report at the 2018 American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia with a sponsorship from HAMS.

Kelley Nguyen awarded "Outstanding Poster Presenter" with sponsorship from HAMS.The 2018 American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Meeting was hosted in Philadelphia. GI physicians from around the nation and world congregate to learn and hear about the latest clinical information on new topics in gastroenterology and hepatology. I had my abstract accepted for poster presentation and subsequently was awarded with the “Outstanding Poster Presenter” award. This accolade encourages the use of critical storytelling and presentation skills which are essential for a career as a clinical investigator and scientific communicator. During Poster Rounds, poster presenters were invited to provide a succinct and informative two-minute briefing on their research followed by one minute of Q&A with expert faculty judges. Each judge then selected one or more “Outstanding Poster Presenters” who were best able to communicate their key findings, the significance of their data, in addition to articulating the potential impact of their findings for future clinicians and patients.

Previous to submitting my abstract for this conference, I desired publishing a case report on gastric variceal hemorrhage in a patient with metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Houston Aggie Medical Society (HAMS) made this achievement possible by sponsoring my publication of the case report I had presented. HAMS supported me through this venture which inadvertently encouraged me to submit my abstract to the ACG meeting. I would like to express my utmost gratitude to HAMS who have provided unending support and encouragement, without whom my publication and award would not have been possible.

Kelley Nguyen
MD Candidate, Class of 2019