Medical students receive local, national recognition

August 14, 2009 | Features, UToday
By Emily Hickey

It wasn’t until their second year of medical school that Katie Treuhaft, Eric Savory and Aaron Shmookler received recognition for their work outside of the classroom.

Treuhaft and Savory presented their research on end-of-life terminology at the local and national level, while Shmookler entered his analysis of bioethics in health care into a statewide competition.

At The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University’s 16th Annual Symposium in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science in April, Treuhaft and Savory received the award for best presentation. The pair also was chosen for a poster presentation in May for the national meeting of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine in New Orleans.

Savory explained how their research has aided them outside of the classroom: “We were exposed to the clinical aspect of medicine at an early stage in our medical school careers through the data collection that took place in the Emergency Department last summer.”

“We learned how to conduct a scientific experiment from start to finish, from submitting our proposal to the Institutional Review Board for approval to submitting the manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal to be published,” Treuhaft added.

Shmookler won first place in the 2009 Ohio Statewide Bioethics Case Analysis Competition presented by the Bioethics Network of Ohio (BENO). The competition was created to stimulate the interest and education of students in applying principles of bioethics in health care, according to BENO.

Shmookler said the topic of end-of-life care issues was of great interest to him due to his past experience as a caregiver in an assisted-living home. He thanked his medical ethics professors for helping his analysis stand out.

“For every topic that they taught, they emphasized the same core bioethical principles and the same approach to analyzing cases, so I’ve had a lot of practice with a rubric that I think works great.”

Shmookler received his award in May for his bioethics analysis.

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