Four Trainees Win Abstract Awards at Fink Scholar Day

At the 11th Annual Mitchell P. Fink Scholar Day, four trainee investigators were awarded prizes for their research in one of four categories. Fink Scholar Day featured a keynote presentation by R. Scott Watson, MD, MPH, professor of Pediatrics from the University of Washington; a poster session featuring 27 trainees; and four junior faculty highlight presentations. Held on April 14, 2022, Fink Scholar Day is the signature scholarship event of the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

“The depth of our trainee research programs was on full display at Fink Scholar Day and exemplified by the four abstracts winners who hailed from four different trainee levels: medical student, resident, MCCTP fellow, and post-doctoral fellow, said Lori Shutter, MD, the vice chair for education who hosted Fink Scholar Day.

The trainee winners and their abstracts were:

  • Clinical Research category – Elissa Abou Khalil, MD, post-doctoral research fellow, “Association of Thromboelastography with Progression of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children”
  • Educational Initiatives category – William C. Gautier, MSEd, medical student, “Pilot Study of a Scalable Technology-enhanced Training Program to Improve ICU Nurses’ Serious Illness Communication Skills”
  • Quality Improvement Initiatives category – Fajun Wang, MD, MCCTP adult Critical Care Medicine fellow, “One Stone Two Birds – Phenobarbital for Seizure and Alcohol Withdrawal Prophylaxis in Traumatic Brain Injury”
  • Original & Translational Research category – Anne Yang, MD, MS, Internal Medicine resident, “Time to Treatment and Mortality Among Sepsis Clinical Phenotypes”

Fink Scholar Day is named in honor of Mitchell P. Fink, MD, who was the inaugural chair of the Department of Critical Care Medicine, the first such department at a medical school in the United States. His clear and strategic vision for modern multidisciplinary critical care has left lasting benefits for the entire field. He was one of the most inspiring and influential leaders in the fields of critical care medicine and trauma and sepsis management. He excelled as a teacher, clinician and scientist. Over his 40-year career, he provided caring, astute mentorship and career guidance to hundreds of physicians and scientists.