Medical studentsUAB Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty and trainees attended the to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2022 Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois from March 22-26.

The conference aimed to be five days of innovation, education and networking. Several UAB faculty and trainees presented their cutting-edge research and case studies while at the conference, including Heersink School of Medicine Students Katie Glasgow and Elizabeth “Liz” Marks Benson.

Glasgow was mentored by Director of Clinical Research Clay Spitler, M.D. She presented their research on external fixator preparation in operative tibial plateau fracture fixation. Her presentation was titled “Does In-Situ Preparation of the External Fixator Impact complication and Reoperation Rate in Operative Management of Tibial Plateau Fractures?”

Meanwhile, Benson, who was mentored by Section Chief of Sports Medicine Amit Momaya, M.D., presented on “Eccentric Hamstring Strength Imbalance Among Football and Soccer Athletes.” Their clinical research utilized the NordBord system which tests hamstring strength.

Spitler and Momaya enjoyed mentoring the students and supporting their presentations at the national conference.

“Supporting our medical students and trainees is an important step in developing orthopaedic surgeon scientists with a positive impact on patient experience and outcomes,” said Spitler. “Ultimately, it’s an honor to mentor students and play a small role in helping develop their research. Both of these students did a wonderful job in their presentations.”