John Skandalakis's Legacy Honored by Medical Student Teaching Competition

April 2018

The 1st Annual John Skandalakis Surgical Anatomy Teaching Competition was held on April 25 in the SOM 110 Auditorium. The event was initiated by medical students and co-sponsored by the Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT) and the Medical Student Senate. Named for the late John E. Skandalakis, MD, PhD, the founder of CSAT, the event highlighted cases in which the correlation of gross anatomy to surgical anatomy was particularly relevant, honoring Dr. Skandalakis's academic legacy of teaching the critical role surgical anatomy plays in the operating room.

For the competition, eight medical students competed for cash prizes by presenting bite-sized surgical anatomy teaching cases in front of a panel of surgical faculty. Each student was assisted by a faculty mentor with planning and crafting their presentation.

The faculty judges were Britton Chahine, MD, Alfred Chahine, MD, Matthew Clifton, MD, Jahnavi Srinivasan, MD, and Robert McKeon, PhD. The preliminary judges who selected the presenters were Barbara Pettitt, MD; residents Clara Farley, MD, and Matthew Stanley, MD; and medical students Jenna Adams and Gazi Rashid.

The winners, listed with their presentations and mentors, were:

1st place, Uday Betarbet, "Total Scalp Avulsion with Microvascular Replantation," mentored by Grant Carlson, MD.

2nd place, Lindsey Urquia, "The Interplay of Anatomy and Physiology to Optimize the Intraoperative Management of a Patient Undergoing Complex Hepatic Resection," mentored by Shishir Maithel, MD.

3rd place, Sarah Newman, "When Anatomy Attacks: The Micro- and Macro-Anatomy of Trigeminal Neuralgia," mentored by Christopher Deibert, MD.