Research Team Selected as Dr. Stelnicki Scholarship Awardees at Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine
Dec 06, 2010
Miami Shores, Fl. — Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine awarded four students; William Burmeister, Katherine Machado, Luis Rodriquez, and Annabelle Santos, with the 2010 Dr. James V. Stelnicki Scholarship for Excellence in Lower Extremity Vascular Medicine.
The scholarship, which comes from Dr. Stelnicki’s $100,000 donation to the School of Podiatric Medicine, awards $2,500 to each of the students - all senior podiatric medical students at Barry University.
The research team of Burmeister, Machado, Rodriquez, and Santos were selected by the podiatric medicine clinical faculty committee based upon their strong interest in lower extremity vascular medicine and submission of their research paper titled, Variations of the Origin of the Arcuate Artery, which has been submitted to JAPMA for publication.
The podiatric medical students have been collaborating with Barry professor Dr. BiBi Singh over the past year on their research and presented posters on their research at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ national conference in February as well as at the Florida Academy of Science Conference in March, of this year.
The purpose of this study was to investigate the origin of the arcuate artery. This cadaveric study demonstrated that the arcuate artery can be formed by the dorsalis pedis, lateral tarsal artery, and other variations. According to the researchers, knowledge of the anatomical variations in forefoot vasculature is crucial in the use of dorsal flaps following transmetatarsal amputations.
“Student doctors Burmeister, Machado, Rodriquez, and Santos are most worthy and admirable recipients,” said Dr. Jeffrey Jensen, DPM, FACFAS, dean of the Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine. “They serve as fine role models for their classmates for their hard work and high level of achievement. I am personally very proud of their accomplishments, and Dr. James Stelnicki extends his personal congratulations and greetings on this significant accomplishment.”