We are excited to announce that research by AUA students Sharon George and Thomas Campi was selected for the AMNET-BCOM* XIII International Conference “Chronic Diseases: Borderless” to be held in Las Cruces, NM, November 9-11.

Sharon and Thomas will be presenting a poster at the New Mexico conference based on their research, “Effect of Charted Mental Illness on Reperfusion Therapy in Hospitalized Patients with an Acute Myocardial Infarction in the State of Florida.” The study looked at how often patients with documented mental illness were receiving reperfusion, a type of treatment that seeks to restore blood flow through blocked arteries, usually after a heart attack. They found that these patients were 30 percent less likely to receive the treatment than heart myocardial infarction patients without documented mental illness. In their conclusion they write that, “the findings highlight future policies to prioritize medically vulnerable AMI patients (CMI, females, black race) in order to remove disparity in AMI management.”

Having research accepted to conferences raises AUA’s profile as an institution, and having research experience increases students’ chances of obtaining a more competitive residency after graduation. AUA congratulates these students on their achievements and is extremely proud of their work!

*Americas Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance-Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine