The Second Annual Orthopedic Research Symposium for Michigan Medical Students hosted by OUWB students

Medical students from across Michigan recently gathered for a research symposium hosted by a group of future physicians from the University of Oakland’s William Beaumont School of Medicine, where presentations and valuable details about securing a residency in this specialty were highlighted.

2Abbreviation II Michigan’s annual Orthopedic Research Symposium for Medical Students was held December 8 at the Red Oaks Tavern in Auburn Hills.

Attendees were students from OUWB, Wayne State University College of Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, Michigan State University College of Medicine, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker, MD, and the School of Medicine.

There were eight presentations on the platform – including three from OUWB students – and 36 posters.

Several Corewell Health doctors also attended and served as judges for the catwalk and poster shows. The experts also provided insight into what it takes to successfully obtain ortho residency.

“At its core, the symposium is what academic medicine is all about — research,” said Maddy Declercq, M3, one of the organisers. “It’s also about bringing all these medical students together to communicate and receive feedback in a way that’s so important.”

“It provides a glimpse into what our future looks like,” she added.

Valuable insights from the Program Director

Drew Moore, MD, director of the Orthopedics Residency Program, Corewell Health, demonstrated how medical students successfully fit into his program.

Drew Moore, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopedics, and Director of the Orthopedics Residency Program, Corewell Health, demonstrated how medical students successfully fit into his program.

He also talked about the field’s competitiveness: There are currently more than 1,000 medical students applying to 210 programs across the country, and just 875 locations. Moore described it as having a “high mismatch rate”.

For his program alone, Moore said more than 600 applications are received annually, and only six spots are offered.

600 are cut in half using baseline criteria: graduation from a US program; Having a “type of research involvement” and a Step 2 test score of “about 240 to 245”.

Approximately 300 remaining applications are read “front to back” and narrowed down to about 60.

He said applications from the strongest candidates usually contain three to four letters of recommendation, including at least one from the program director or president.

“What it means most to me is a letter from someone I know and someone I trust saying that this person is really good and they want him on their show,” Moore said.

He said quality research also plays into the equation.

“Research can take an order from the margins and raise it to the ‘good’ category,” he said.

Moore also emphasized the importance of a strong personal statement.

“Almost all (personal data) are the same…”I had a meniscus injury when I was playing football in high school…my mom broke her hip…I like working with my hands…I like sports,” he said. There was something unique to you, put it out there… Just don’t be weird, or try to be too creative because that can backfire sometimes.”

When it comes to what Moore calls the “ideal traits” he looks for in a population, he has identified several: initiative; Hard working; good citizens; I am glad to be around; compassionate, honest with others and with themselves; and complete tasks independently.

Picture of the group behind the Osteopathic Conference
Robert Runner, MD, Moore, Arapovich, Declerc, James Pecos, MD Runner, Moore, and Pecos served as judges for posters and presentations on the platform.

Moore also provided insight into what medical students can do to be successful in osteopathic courses.

He urged students to be “sharks, not sponges,” and to seek employment in ways that are beneficial and make the lives of residents easier. He also urged the students to try and work harder than the residents and not to complain.

He said, “If you can’t go a month without complaining or showing laziness, you won’t be able to do it for five years.”

Moore also recommended that students “read, read, read… especially for cases and anatomy.”

Jamil Haddad, M3, MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, said he appreciated the opportunity to connect with experts like Moore.

“As a third-year medical student currently doing clinical rotations, the hospital can be a very challenging place to connect with other students and faculty on a deeper level,” he said. “Having this event open to all medical students is a very beneficial opportunity.”

The event is a blessing

DeClercq said there were about 50 students like Haddad from all over Michigan who participated in the event.

All costs, including food, were covered by the event’s sponsors: Smith & Nephew Sports Medicine; Vericel cartilage restoration. shock DePuy Synthes; Miotech DonJoy Bracing; and Zimmer Biomet Joints.

Abdullah Sahyoni, M3, Wayne State University School of Medicine, said he takes every opportunity possible to network and learn from others interested in this specialty.

“In the past three years — mostly because of COVID — it’s been really hard to get an opportunity to interact and connect with a lot of people who are interested in the same field that I would love to be a part of, which is orthopedics,” he said. “It was hard just eating a nice meal and connecting, whether it was orthopedic or not. I am really grateful for this event.”

Zechariah Jean, M3, Wayne State, said he’s passionate about helping people who have difficulty moving.

“It’s a blessing to come to an event like this because I’ll be able to see things that I’m passionate about,” he said. “It’s also a great opportunity to connect with people from other schools, build camaraderie…and form a network.”

Jane came 2nd in the Poster Awards category for “Sequential Meniscus Repair Device, A Biomechanical Study Comparing All Internal Repair Techniques to an All Internal Repair Device.”

Wayne State’s Devin Mendez earned first place, while Western Michigan’s Zachary Pearson earned third.

Kathryn McCollum of Central Michigan won first place for the Podium Awards. The second went to Nikhil Patel of the University of Michigan. And the third is Lauren Eberhardt from the OUWB.

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