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Queen's Medical Student Madeline Lemke Wins SAGES Summer Research Award

Madeline Lemke, a second-year medical student at Queen's, has recently won a Medical Student Summer Research Award from the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). From SAGES, Madeline will receive $2,000 to pursue a research project investigating suturing in undergraduate medical education.

Under the guidance of Dr. Boris Zevin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Madeline will work to determine which strategy for teaching suturing to pre-clerkship medical students is most effective and cost efficient. She will recruit forty-five second-year medical students at Queen’s into her study and divide them randomly into three groups. Each group will learn suturing in a different way: the first from peer-led training, the second from faculty-led training, and the third from computer augmented training. Using hand motion analysis, Madeline will then conclude which group learned how to suture most efficiently and effectively.

The mission of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. SAGES is a leading surgical society, representing and educating a global community of over 6,000 surgeons that can bring minimal access surgery, endoscopy and emerging techniques to patients worldwide. The organization sets the clinical and educational guidelines on standards of practice in various procedures, critical to enhancing patient safety and health.

Please congratulate Madeline on her accomplishment and wish her the best of luck with her research.