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Baylor students wow alumni during Reunion poster session 

Baylor College of Medicine students impressed their alumni colleagues at the 2024 Alumni Reunion on Thursday, April 4, during the Student Research Poster Presentations session, with four Baylor students earning the top prizes for their research efforts. Students from the School of Medicine and the M.D./Ph.D. program were invited to present their research posters. 

After viewing the presentations, which covered a range of topics from Houston’s pediatric psychiatric resources to commercially negotiated pricing for Mohs surgery (a procedure used to treat skin cancer), alumni and guests voted for four out of the 11 projects to receive top honors.  

Kyle Blackburn, M.D. candidate ‘26, won first place and a $300 cash prize for his presentation titled “Preoperative Characteristics Can Accurately Estimate Patient Risk of Operative Mortality in Elective, Open Thoracoabdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repairs.”  

Taimur Siddiqui, M.D. candidate ‘26, won second place and a $200 cash prize for his presentation titled “Firearm Safety Counseling Workshop Improves Confidence in Pre-Clinical Medical Students.”  

In a tie for third place, Julia Morales, M.D. candidate ’26, and Jose Ramirez, M.D. candidate ‘27, both took home a $100 cash prize for their respective presentations titled “Exploring School Experiences in Children Affected by Osteogenesis Imperfecta” and “An Index to Predict Waitlist Time for Pediatric Lung Transplant Candidates.”  

To support more amazing students like these, please consider a donation to this year’s scholarship campaign: bcm.edu/2024scholarship