Medical student Francis Tinney honored as National Student Abstract Competition winner

May 06, 2016

Francis Tinney, a medical student in the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Class of 2017, was honored at the American College of Physicians’ annual Internal Medicine scientific meeting May 7 as a winner of the organization’s National Student Abstract Competition.

Tinney and seven fellow winners from Tufts University, the University of California at San Francisco, Case Western Reserve University and other medical schools were in Washington, D.C. to present their winning abstracts.

The Detroit resident and Ann Arbor native presented “Pregnancy in Simultaneous Pancreas-Kidney (SPK) Transplant: Is it Worth the Risk?,” which discusses pregnancy in solid organ transplant patients, specifically, the risk of graft rejection in simultaneous pancreas-kidney transplant recipients. “An increasing number of transplant patients around the world are females of childbearing age. An overview of the history, current management guidelines and risks of pregnancy in organ transplant recipients is discussed through the means of an interesting case report,” he said.

The work was conducted at Henry Ford Hospital, with assistance from the Class of 2016’s Taneev Escamilla, and Drs. Rohini Prashar, Mariella Ortigosa-Goggins and Jerry Yee. He thanks his co-authors for their guidance and mentorship throughout the project.

“I was very excited to receive the award. It's a huge honor to present on behalf of the team at Henry Ford and and I am very appreciative of the American College of Physicians’ invitation to present,” Tinney said. “Pregnancy in organ transplantation is a relatively new concept, with effective guidelines still being developed. I'm excited to be a part of this conversation and to help push forward high quality patient care.”

Winners of the National Abstract Competition are chosen for an original abstract in one of five categories; basic research, clinical research, quality improvement-patient safety, high value cost conscious care and clinical vignette.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 143,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students.