This is a collection of work by residents and fellows of Maine Medical Center. All works listed here were authored at the time of residency and fellowship.

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Submissions from 2023

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2023-2024 Maine Medical Center House Staff, Maine Medical Center

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Investigating infectious outcomes in adult patients undergoing solid organ transplantation: A retrospective single-center experience, Paris, France, Hassan Tarhini, Rami Waked, Mayda Rahi, Nihel Haddad, Richard Dorent, Christine Randoux, Vincent Bunel, Sylvie Lariven, Laurene Deconinck, Christophe Rioux, Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Veronique Joly, and Jade Ghosn

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Feedback in Medical Education: A Review of the Literature and Best Practice Reccomendations, Stephen Long

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Racial disparities in complications following elective colon cancer resection: Impact of laparoscopic versus robotic approaches, Vanita Ahuja and Lucero G. Paredes

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Commentary on the current state of perioperative and critical care buprenorphine management, Aurora Quaye, Charlotte Crist, Simba Matoi, and Yi Zhang

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Needs Assessment for a Resuscitative Thoracotomy Curriculum for General Surgery Residents in the Northeast Region, Caroline Ricard, Deanna Plewa, Jack Vernamonti, Erin M. Scott, Dmitry Nepomnayshy, and Eric Benoit

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Neuregulin-1: A Tonic for Cardiorenal Syndrome? And All Else That Ails Us?, Andrew K. Geissler and Douglas Sawyer

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Protecting the Beans: A Case Based Presentation of Post-Transplant AKI, Micah Ludwig

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Textbook outcome as a composite measure of quality in hepaticopancreatic surgery, Abdimajid Mohamed, Laura Nicolais, and Timothy L. Fitzgerald

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A 9-Year-Old Boy With Fever and Cranial Swelling, Joseph M. Minichiello, Matthew T. Peters, and Rachel J. Williams

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Distance to Treatment with Radical Cystectomy in a Rural State: Long Car Rides, Equivalent Outcomes, Randie E. White, Joshua A. Linscott, Matthew T. Hayn, Stephen T. Ryan, Jeffrey Howard, Evelyn James, Moritz H. Hansen, and Jesse D. Sammon

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There's No Place Like Home: The Present, Past, and Future of Pediatric Anesthesia and the Pediatric Surgical Home at MMC, Jonathan Meserve

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Cirrhosis-related sarcopenia may not resolve after liver transplantation, Sara Brown, Brooks Richardson, Erin Bouquet, Elise Reid, Evan Mercer, Michael Goncalves, Ashley Spann, and Jeffrey Annis

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New Onset, Refractory Hyperglycemia with Diabetic Ketoacidosis After Enfortumab Vedotin Treatment: A Case Report, Ross E. Heinrich and Marie Caldwell

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Referral Patterns for Pediatric Sports-Related Concussion in One New England Health Care System, Joseph Benert, Amy Haskins PhD, Christina T. Holt, and Krystian Bigosinski

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Contemporary Treatment Paradigms are Associated with Improved Survival in Pancreatic Cancer, Bridget N. Kelly, Laura Nicolais, Abdimajid Mohamed, and Timothy L. Fitzgerald

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How Are Our Athletes Doing? A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Student-Athlete Mental Health in Fall 2022 at a Maine Division III University, Emma Cronk, Adriana Isacke, Amy Haskins, Christina Holt, and Krystian Bigosinski

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Evaluating Technologies to Identify Fentanyl and Adulterants in Street Drug Paraphernalia: Qualitative Perspectives of Service Providers and Their Clientele, Claudia Santelices, Atsushi Matsumoto, Mathieu Boulad, and Thomas J. Stopka

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Educational Value of Surgical Residents Operating as Teaching Assistant, Nicole Heidt, James Whiting, Carolyne Falank, Bridget Olsen, Heidi Miller, and Jaswin Sawhney

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Man in Cardiac Arrest, Weeden Bauman, Christina Wilson, Erik Christensen, Hillary McKinley, Peter Croft, Hadley Gunnell, and Andrew Fried

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Ocular Findings Aid in Diagnosis of West Nile Virus, Brandon K. Winward, Justin L. Gottlieb, Jonathan S. Chang, Luke Bradbury, Nenita Maganti, Chintan Pathak, and Benjamin J. Fowler

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Clinical outcomes of elective robotic vs laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer utilizing a large national database, Vanita Ahuja, Lucero G. Paredes, Ira L. Leeds, Melissa F. Perkal, and Joseph T. King

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Improved Overall Survival of Patients with Pancreatic Cancer through Multiagent Chemotherapy and Increased Rates of Surgical Resection, Laura M. Nicolais, Abdimajid Mohamed, Dougald Macgillivray, Nicholas Verdini, Roger Inhorn, Matthew Dugan, Cynthia M. Hayward, and Timothy L. Fitzgerald

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Current State of Perioperative Buprenorphine Management-A National Provider Survey, Aurora Quaye, Niayesh Mardmomen, Grace Mogren, Yussr Ibrahim, Janelle Richard, and Yi Zhang

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A Case of Pediatric Rash, Elizabeth B. Albert, Nathan Mick, and Tania D. Strout

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An Unusual Cause of Coronary Occlusion During an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair: Reperfusion With Diagnostic Angiography Only, Omkar Betageri, Hassan Ashraf, Adam Hafeez, Richard Kerensky, Thomas S. Huber, and Michael Massoomi

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Pathologic Tumor Regression is Associated With Improved Survival in Pancreatic Cancer, Laura M. Nicolais, Molly Caron, Nicholas Verdini, and Timothy L. Fitzgerald

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Combating Bias in Medical Education, Aaron Wallace

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Evaluation Management of Acute Asthma Exacerbations, Amanda Gagnon

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One Year Later: Family Members of Patients with COVID-19 Experience Persistent Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Melanie Ambler, Sarah Rhoads, Ryan Peterson, Ying Jin, Priscilla Armstrong, Priscilla Collier, Margaret Hope Cruse, Nicholas Csikesz, May Hua, Ruth A. Engelberg, Karin Halvorson, Joanna Heywood, Melissa Lee, Keely Likosky, Megan Mayer, Donald McGuirl, Marc Moss, Elizabeth Nielsen, Olivia Rea, Wendy Tong, James Wykowski, Stephanie Yu, Renee D. Stapleton, J Randall Curtis, and Timothy Amass

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An Educational Intervention to Improve Pediatric Inter-rater Reliability of the Hospital Asthma Severity Score (HASS), Anne Coates, Amanda Gagnon, and Noah Diminick

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Simulation-Based Resuscitative Transesophageal Echocardiography Training for Emergency Medicine Residents, August Felix, Andrew Fried, Jessica Hathaway, and Tania D. Strout

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Healthy Links – Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Improving Cardiac Health with Medically Tailored Meals, Emily Follo, Katherine Sharp, and Mylan Cohen

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How to address health misinformation? Using focus groups to understand the experience and needs of Interprofessional undergraduate health professionals, Leah Mallory, Jennifer Hayman, Shelley Cohen Konrad, Linda H. Chaudron, Christine Mallar, Grace Price, Brendan Prast, and Julia Safarik

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Obstetric Outcomes Assessment for New Mainers, Brendan Prast, Christina T. Holt, Amy Haskins, and Debra Rothenberg

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Evidence Based Medicine; Maternal Fetal Medicine, Luke Roberts

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Mystery at the meatus, Ben Pare, Robert Link, Isaak Jones, and Samir Haydar

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Commotio Cordis and Pediatric Cardiac Arrest, Jay Vance

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Venous Sinus Stent Placement Reduces Dosage Requirements for Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors in Patients with Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension, Jesse Martin and Matthew R. Sanborn

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Revisiting the Pancreatic Fistula Risk Score: Clinical Nomogram Accurately Assesses Risk, Abdimajid Mohamed, Laura Nicolais, and Timothy Fitzgerald

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Preoperative downstaging of pancreatic cancer is associated with improved survival after multi-agent chemotherapy, but not after radiation, Laura Nicolais, Austin W. Brown, Abdimajid Mohamed, David E. Clark, and Timothy L. Fitzgerald

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Evidence Based Medicine; Gynecology, Patricia Giafagna

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Chief Resident Presentation; Heavy Menstrual Bleeding in the Adolescent, Patricia Giafagna

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Simplifying Care for Our Complex Patients: A look at children with medical complexity, Danielle Doctor

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HIV Screening Among Immigrants Establishing Care in Maine, 2017-2021, Elizabeth Mazzeo, Elizabeth Danielson, Benjamin Felix, Kimberly Toomire, Elizabeth Eisenhardt, Evelyn Roach, Katlyn Breton, Karen Thompson, Stephen DiGiovanni, and Kathleen M. Fairfield

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Weekly Review of an Academic Checklist to Operationalize Improvements to a Surgical Residency Program, Sean Francois, James Whiting, Kartikey Pandya, and Jaswin Sawhney

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Evidence Based Medicine; Oncology, Rachel Cerone

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Geography of Pediatric Primary Care, Heather Reiley

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Male Adolescent With Syncope and Abnormal Chest X-Ray, Josh A. Swenson, Rebecca Bloch, and Peter Croft

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Uncomplicated Streptococcal Bacteremia: The Era of Stepdown to Oral Antibiotic Therapy?, Rami Waked, Wendy Craig, Nicholas J. Mercuro, Minkey Wungwattana, Emily Wood MD, and Kristina E. Rokas

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Pediatric Penicillin Allergy De-Labeling: Barriers and Opportunities, Russell Behmer

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Evidence Based Medicine; Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Courtney Hargreaves

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Man With Abdominal Pain, Cynthia Gaudet, Christina Wilson, and Peter Croft

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Validation of Panoramic Ultrasound Measurement of the Cross-Sectional Area of the Vastus Medialis, Kaitlin S. Minnehan, William W. Dexter, Christina T. Holt, Liz Scharnetzki, James P. Alex, Kaitlyn E. Chin, and Dirk J. Kokmeyer

Submissions from 2022

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2022-2023 Maine Medical Center House Staff, Maine Medical Center

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The Cultural Burden of Obesity: Obesity and Overweight in Children from Refugee Families, Sarah DiBrigida

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Everything old is new again: a case series of pediatric cutaneous leishmaniasis in Portland, Maine, Jennifer Jubulis, Amanda Goddard, Elizabeth Seiverling, Marc Kimball, and Carol A. McCarthy MD

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A prospective, randomized trial of the effect of buprenorphine continuation versus dose reduction on pain control and post-operative opioid use, Aurora Quaye, Kristen Silvia, Janelle Richard, Yussr Ibrahim, Wendy Craig, and Clifford J. Rosen

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Scheduling practices for pregnant emergency medicine residents, Casey Z. MacVane, Madeleine Puissant, Megan Fix, Tania D. Strout, Caitlin Bonney, Laura Welsh, Andrew Mittelman, Jana Ricker, and Isha Agarwal

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Implementation Science Fundamentals: Pediatric Surgery Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Protocol for Pectus Repair, Allison R. Thompson, Hannah Glick, Nathan S. Rubalcava, Jack P. Vernamonti, and K Elizabeth Speck

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Getting There Safely: A Review of Car Seat Safety Through the Years, Haley Pelletier

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The Endourological Society Inaugural Census Report, Hannah Moreland, Loren Smith, Victoria Stowasser, Ahmed Ghazi, Maria Chiara Sighinolfi, Matthew Bultitude, Amy E. Krambeck, Bernardo Maria Rocco, Justin B. Ziemba, and Timothy D. Averch

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Boy With Wheezing, Weeden J. Bauman, Alexander R. Lange, Josh A. Swenson, Christina Wilson, and David C. Mackenzie

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Alcohol Withdrawal in Young Adults, Rute Rothwell

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Prostate Specific Antigen Testing Behaviors for Prostate Cancer Screening Among U.S. Immigrants: A Cross-sectional Analysis Using the National Health Interview Survey, Nathaniel F. Hansen, Joshua A. Linscott, Matthew H. Hayn, Stephen T. Ryan, and Jesse D. Sammon

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Unknown Case: Spontaneous Breast Bruising, Zachary R. Zaniewski and Elizabeth Pietras

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Awake Craniotomy Without Invasive Blood Pressure Monitoring, Jeffrey E. Florman, Anand I. Rughani, Russell Kizor, Gina Pardi, and Emma England

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Infant With Respiratory Distress, Joshua L. Rehberg, David C. Mackenzie, Page Mieritz, and Christina N. Wilson

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Transitions In and Out of Care: Palliative Care and Communication for Adolescents and Young Adults, Emily Kelly

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Early Disseminated Lyme Disease: Cranial Neuropathy, Meningitis, and Polyradiculopathy, Tyler Crissinger and Kelly Baldwin

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Thoracoscopic-assisted rib plating (TARP): initial single-center case series, including TARP in the super elderly, technical lessons learned, and proposed expanded indications, Gary Zhang, Eric Shurtleff, Carolyne Falank, Daniel Cullinane, Damien Carter, and Forest Sheppard

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Utilization rate and outcomes of intravascular imaging in elderly patients presenting with ST-elevation myocardial infarction, Mohammed Elzeneini, Omkar Betageri, Sujay R. Kamisetty, Yazan Assaf, Islam Y. Elgendy, and Khanjan B. Shah

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Recreational Dissociation Leading to Bloody Urination, Cynthia Gaudet, Joshua Swenson, Diana Biggs, and Michelle Crispo

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The ABLE Anterior-Based Muscle-Sparing Approach: A Safe and Effective Option for Total Hip Arthroplasty, Adam J. Rana, Callahan M. Sturgeon, Brian J. McGrory, Michael V. Frazier, and George M. Babikian

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Woman With Cardiac Arrest, Christina Wilson, David Mackenzie, Peter Croft, John Hansen, Joshua Rehberg, and Andrew Fried

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Cardiovascular disease associated with methamphetamine use: a review, Jared Tobolski, Douglas B. Sawyer, Sharon J. Song, and Maxwell Eyram Afari

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Syphilitic Uveitis and Alopecia, Brandon Kyle Winward

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Urticarial Rash in a Patient with Alpha-Gal Syndrome Caused by Subcutaneous Heparin at Prophylactic Dosing: A Case Report, Russell G. Behmer, Randolph S. Thomas, and Hani T. Jarawan

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Reduction and Resolution of a Hiatal Hernia Using Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: A Case Report, Mikhail Volokitin, Anthony Song, Meredith T. Peck, and Susan Milani

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Myocarditis Following Immune Checkpoint Inhibition With Pembrolizumab: Management in a Context of Steroid Intolerance, Laura L. Onderko, Ross Heinrich, Katalin Gosling, Tim Downs, and Maxwell Eyram Afari

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Woman With Groin Pain, Carrie Anne Orlikowski, Sharon Siegel, and Christina Wilson

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Ureteroscopy with thulium fiber laser lithotripsy results in shorter operating times and large cost savings, Mitchell H. Nguyen, Joshua A. Linscott, Brian M. Jumper, Maria Ordoñez, and Johann P. Ingimarsson

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Stress-Related Disorders of Family Members of Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit With COVID-19, Timothy Amass, Lauren Jodi Van Scoy, May Hua, Melanie Ambler, Priscilla Armstrong, Matthew R. Baldwin, Rachelle Bernacki, Mansoor D. Burhani, Jennifer Chiurco, Zara Cooper, Hope Cruse, Nicholas Csikesz, Ruth A. Engelberg, Laura D. Fonseca, Karin Halvorson, Rachel Hammer, Joanna Heywood, Sarah Hochendoner Duda, Jin Huang, Ying Jin, Laura Johnson, Masami Tabata-Kelly, Emma Kerr, Trevor Lane, Melissa Lee, Keely Likosky, Donald McGuirl, Tijana Milinic, Marc Moss, Elizabeth Nielsen, Ryan Peterson, and Sara J. Puckey

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Predicting loss of independence after high-risk gastrointestinal abdominal surgery: Frailty vs. NSQIP risk calculator., Abdimajid Mohamed, Laura Nicolais, and Timothy L Fitzgerald

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Weather and prehospital predictors of trauma patient mortality in a rural American state, Obieze C. Nwanna-Nzewunwa, Carolyne Falank, Sean Francois, Julianne Ontengco, Bruce Chung, and Damien Carter

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Facial Plethora and Markedly Elevated Central Venous Pressure After Mitral Valve Repair, Maze, and Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion Procedures, Obieze C. Nwanna-Nzewunwa, Paul Lennon, Brian R. Gebhardt, Gregory Couper, and Michael P. Robich

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Prospective Validation of Sedation Scale Scores That Identify Light Sedation: A Pilot Study, Caitlin Brown, Pasquale Joseph Marotta, Richard R. Riker, Ashley D. Eldridge, Gilles L. Fraser, and Teresa L. May

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Woman With Chest Wall Bruising, Joshua Rehberg, John Nicholas Hansen, and David C. Mackenzie

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Current Barriers in Robotic Surgery Training for General Surgery Residents, Robert D. Shaw, Mark A. Eid, Josh Bleicher, Justine Broecker, Ben Caesar, Ryan Chin, Courtney Meyer, Anastasios Mitsakos, Allan E. Stolarksi, Lauren Theiss, Brigitte K. Smith, and Srinivas J. Ivatury

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Behavioral Support Checklist Making MMC More Autism Friendly, Rachel Coffey and Sarah Reynolds

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Assessment of Obstetric Outcomes Graphs and Figures for New Mainers, Amy Haskins, Brendan Prast, and Tina Holt