American University of Antigua (AUA) College of Medicine students Namrata Kohli and Ryan Singhi won first place at the 2013 American College of Physicians (ACP) conference research poster competition.


The poster presentation took place during the South Carolina ACP chapter’s annual meeting between October 24 and 27. Founded in 1915, the ACP is a national organization of internists, who are physicians who specialize in internal medicine. It is the largest medical-specialty organization in the U.S. and has over 137,000 members.

Kohli and Singhi’s winning presentation was entitled “Rare Cardiac Arrest Observed in Patient with Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy (Broken Heart Syndrome),” which presented their findings on a rare Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) case suffering from Broken Heart Syndrome. Only 2% of patients with ACS have this disease and only 1% suffer from a near fatal arrhythmia–ventricular fibrillation. They were the only Caribbean medical school students invited to the conference and competed with 50 other poster presentations from researchers, students, and residents at some of the top medical schools and teaching hospitals in the United States.

“We are honored to call ourselves AUA students,” said Kohli.

AUA is incredibly proud of Kohli and Singhi for this remarkable achievement.