Wayne State University graduate ambassador presents nephrology research at Mayo Clinic

Melanie Corsten, a graduate ambassador and master's student in the physician assistant studies program at Wayne State University, presented her research at Mayo Clinic on Feb. 16.

Wayne State University and the physician assistant studies program recently sponsored Graduate Ambassador Melanie Corsten to attend the Mayo Clinic Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation Update for the Clinician 2024 in Coronado, California. The two-day symposium invited scholars from around the nation to bring practitioners up to speed on various kidney disease topics crucial to medical practice.

Corsten presented her research poster titled: “Rhabdomyolysis in diabetic emergencies: a complication requiring prompt creatine kinase monitoring.” 

“My inspiration for this research came from a patient encounter during one of my rotations,” she said. “The patient, admitted for a diabetes emergency, developed rhabdomyolysis as a complication. Unfortunately, the condition went unnoticed until kidney damage had occurred. Delving into the literature, I discovered compelling evidence suggesting that rhabdomyolysis is more prevalent than commonly assumed. Given its easy detectability, I advocated for its inclusion in routine checks for patients admitted for diabetic emergencies.”

Corsten found presenting at a national convention, particularly hosted by such a renowned institution as Mayo Clinic, to be an incredibly gratifying experience. 

“The conference atmosphere fostered a culture of encouragement and appreciation for academic endeavors. Mayo Clinic's commitment to empowering women in leadership roles was palpable and inspiring.”

It takes a village

The support that made the trip possible began at Wayne State University, Corsten said.

“First, Sara Lolar, a faculty member in the PA program,  invested countless hours mentoring me and guiding me through the intricacies of crafting an effective poster and presentation. She generously dedicated her weekend and evening hours to allow me to edit and re-edit my poster, and to rehearse my presentation. I truly believe I could not have achieved this without her.

“Another aspect that deeply touched me was the support I received from faculty in other programs at the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. One evening, a group of professors reviewed my work and provided invaluable suggestions and encouragement. Their support not only calmed my nerves but also enabled me to navigate the conference experience without being consumed by anxiety.”

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