To say Justin La had an eventful final year of medical school would be an understatement. He gave an oral presentation on how primary hyperparathyroidism impacts sleep quality to a national audience at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. The presentation was the culmination of work he began as an M1 as part of a pathways research project.
“I was interested in surgery coming into medical school, so I contacted several faculty members in the department of surgery during my first year,” Justin said. “I had conducted basic science research before coming to MCW, so I wanted to gain some experience in good clinical research. The prospective study in primary hyperparathyroidism with Dr. Tina Yen was a good opportunity for me to get that experience as I coordinated the entire research project from beginning to end – developing the study design, getting the Institutional Review Board approval, recruiting patients, collecting and analyzing data, preparing the oral presentation and writing a manuscript. Under her supervision, Dr. Yen allowed me to take the reins of the entire project and was truly a dedicated mentor and advisor throughout the project.”
Justin will be doing his residency in urologic surgery at University of California-Irvine, and said his experience at MCW will stay with him during residency and beyond.
“Every single faculty member I interacted with at MCW had a genuine passion in teaching and was a role model I hope to emulate as a physician,” he said.
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