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jly118

First Name

Justin

Last Name

Ly

Profile Type

Medical Student

About Me

About Me

I am a 3rd year Temple medical student with the ultimate goal of becoming an orthopaedic surgeon, most likely sub-specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery. My goal for this program is to help an applicant or mentee navigate their way through the different challenges and moments of adversity through this process and to help them know that their value is not defined by the number and metrics set by medical school admissions. As those who have been there before know, we did not go through this process alone and it could not have been done without the amazing friends, family members, and mentors who were there to support us each step of the way

Favorite Quote

“When facing a difficult task, act as though it’s impossible to fail.” – Jackson Brown Jr.

In both life and football, failure is inevitable. You don’t always win. You can, however, learn from that failure, pick yourself up with great enthusiasm, and place yourself in the arena again. And that’s right where you will find me. Because I know I still have more to prove.” – Tom Brady

Special Interests and Hobbies

Interests – History (major in college and favorite subject)

Hobbies:

  • Weightlifting and sports
  • Reading (historical fiction)
  • Visiting museums
  • Watching movies
  • Video games

My Goals

My Goals for This Year

My goals for my third year are to learn as much as possible, do the best I can on each rotation, and enjoy the process of discovering new and interesting things in each core rotation

My 5 Year Goals

My goal in 5 years is to be a 3rd year orthopaedic surgery resident in a program that fits best with my personality and career goals, and continuing to help other medical students interested in the same field or who have been on a similar journey

My 10 Year Goals

An attending physician at an academic institution who has the opportunity to both treat patients and continue teaching residents and medical students to help prepare the next generation of surgeons to be the best that they can be and achieve their goals

Undergrad

Undergraduate School

University of Pittsburgh

Major 1

History

Minor 1

Chemistry

Minor 2

Certificate – Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

Leadership and Club Activities

                                                            

Chapter Member, Circle K                                                                  August 2012 – April 2015

University of Pittsburgh Chapter

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Special Events Committee, Pitt Program Council                               August 2012 – April 2015

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Secretary, National Society of Collegiate Scholars                             August 2013 – April 2014

University of Pittsburgh Chapter

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Group Member, Krate for Karagwe                                                    January 2014 – April 2015

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Chapter President, National Society of Collegiate Scholars               August 2014 – April 2015

University of Pittsburgh Chapter

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Teaching Assistant, United States Since 1945 Course              August 2013 – December 2013

Department of History

University of Pittsburgh

Professor: Liann Tsoukas, PhD

 

Teaching Assistant, Foundations of Biology II Course              August 2014 – December 2014

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Pittsburgh

Professor: Candice Damiani, PhD

 

Volunteer Patient Navigator & Trainer                          September 2011 – November 2013

UPMC Shadyside Hospital

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

 

Volunteer Patient Navigator                                         January 2014 – April 2015

Magee –Womens Hospital of UPMC

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Graduate School

Graduate School

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Medical School

Medical School

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Degree Program

MD

School Clubs & Organizations

Block 1 Representative                                                                   August 2018 – October 2018

Department of Medical Education

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Block 1 Course Director: Steven N. Popoff, PhD

Supervisor: Gerald Sterling, PhD

 

ACMS Peer Mentor                                                                             September 2018 – Present

ACMS Post-Baccalaureate Program

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisors: Elizabeth Koniz, Scott K. Shore, PhD

 

Student Representative                                                                           October 2018 – Present

Curriculum Committee

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Curriculum Committee Chair:

Anuradha Paranjape, MD, MPH, FACP (2018-2019)

Rebecca Petre Sullivan, PhD (2019-Present)

 

Student Representative, Co-Chair                                                October 2018 – March 2020

Student Feedback Subcommittee

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor: Stephanie Barbetta, MD

 

ACMS Tutor                                                                                      October 2018 – March 2020

ACMS Post-Baccalaureate Program

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor(s): Elizabeth Koniz, Scott K. Shore, PhD

 

Co-President                                                                                  January 2019 – January 2020

                        Orthopaedic Interest Group

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor(s): Saqib Rehman, MD, MBA, Joanne Donnelly, Bridget Slattery

 

Chapter President                                                                         January 2019 – January 2020

Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor: Stephen Permut, MD, JD

 

Secretary                                                                                         January 2019 – January 2020

Integrative Medicine Interest Group

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor: Karen Lin, MD

 

Narrative Medicine Conference Planning Committee           July 2019 – December 2019

Presenters & Workshop – Lead Planner

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

                        Supervisor: Michael T. Vitez, Naomi Rosenberg, MD

 

Student Representative                                                                                 July 2020 – Present

Phase 1 & 2 Curriculum Renewal Task Force

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor(s): David J. Karras, MD, Gerald Sterling PhD, Alisa Peet, MD

 

Mentoring

Currently Accepting Students

Yes

Mentoring Philosophy

Ultimately it’s about what the mentee wants and what their goals are. I will do what I can to both listen and provide advice when needed to help achieve that goal and provide them with support so they know that they do not have to endure this part of the process alone. I am also more than happy to adapt or change my style in a way that best fits with the mentee

Communications & Availability

Communications – a mentee can e-mail, text, or call. Preference is after 5 PM on a weekday because I can get back to them quickly. No presences on the weekends. Calling is the best or easiest method, can provide immediate responses that can address any questions or concerns that come up.

 

Research Experience

Research Experience / Publications

Research Lab Assistant                                             May 2012 – August 2012, May 2013 – August 201

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Department of Physiology

PI: Marla R. Wolfson, MS, PhD

  • Collected and analyzed respiratory pulmonology data from experiments that examined the effects of nasopharyngeal cooling on pulmonary mechanics following head trauma
  • Managed laboratory inventory and work log, protocol review, and assisted in experimental set up and execution. 

Research Fellow                                                                                  July 2015 – June 2016

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

PI: Eric J. Kropf, MD

Research Coordinator, Program Director: Joanne Donnelly

  • Assisted PI with completing manuscripts for annual department journal
  • Conducted literature searches and assisted research coordinator with writing protocols and study documents for site Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission and review for PI’s research projects
  • Prepared manuscripts and abstracts/posters on behalf of residents and PI for journal and conference submission 
  • Managed patient and surgical imaging and data administered subjective questionnaires during office hours for data collection
  • Collaborated and worked directly with orthopaedic residents on research projects
  • Shadowed PI in the OR and scribed during officer hours and gained significant understanding of clinical orthopaedic workflow

Clinical Research Assistant                                                                 September 2017 – May 2018

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

PI(s):

  • Eric J. Kropf, MD
  • Saqib Rehman, MD, MBA
  • Christopher Haydel, MD
  • Pekka A. Mooar, MD
  • J. Milo Sewards, MD
  • Leslie A. Barnes, MD
  • Eric C. Gokcen, MD
  • Mark K. Solarz, MD
  • Hesham Abdelfattah, MD
  • Joseph S. Torg, MD
  • Meera N. Gonzalez, MD (Department of Anesthesiology)

Research Coordinator: Bridget Slattery

Research Coordinator, Program Director: Joanne Donnelly

  • Assisted department research coordinators with patient enrollment and data collection and management in REGAIN and NOVOCART-3D clinical trials
  • Served as a liaison to medical students and residents on behalf of the PIs
  • Assisted PI with obtaining patient consent for collaborative clinical research project with Department of Cardiovascular Research at Lewis Katz School of Medicine 
  • Assisted with coordinating and completing IRB protocol and data usage agreement on collaborative project with Penn State Hershey Bone & Joint Institute
  • Prepared manuscripts and abstracts/posters on behalf of residents and PIs for journal and conference submission 
  • Assisted with completion of letters and manuscripts for annual department journal 
  • Conducted literature searches and assisted with writing protocols and study documents for site Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission and review
  • Escorted undergraduate and high school students into the OR for shadowing
  • Assisted medical student with data collection and entry for site IRB approved clinical research project
  • Collaborated and worked directly with orthopaedic residents on research projects 
  • Trialed CareSense patient questionnaire software for department and facilitated discussions of implementation between the department, CareSense, and Chief Information Officer at Lewis Katz School of Medicine 
  • Assisted PIs with project preparation, student meetings, and obtaining student’s health system access for department 2018 Summer Research Program
  • Shadowed various attendings in the OR and office hours and gained significant understanding of orthopaedic clinical workflow at Temple University Hospital

Research Volunteer – Summer Research Program                         June 2019 – August 2019

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute                                                                       303.5 hours total

Hand & Wrist Division

PI(s):  

  • Asif M. Ilyas, MD
  • Christopher M. Jones, MD

Orthopaedic Surgical Resident: William L. Wang, MD

Research Fellow(s): Lauren Banner, Richard McEntee

Supervisor: Allie Martin (Operations Manager – Clinical Research)

  • Attended monthly division meetings that involved reviewing status of ongoing research projects and didactic conferences or grand rounds between fellows and orthopaedic surgeons
  • Assigned individual cost analysis project that examined and compared the cost differential for sterile single use surgical kits to reusable and reprocessed surgical trays used in the open reduction, internal fixation of distal radius fractures
  • Conducted literature search, assisted resident with manuscript writing, and worked with statistician to determine data analysis of financial/billing records and survey data
  • Assisted division research fellow with other research and office tasks which included reviewing and editing of manuscript for a different project
  • Worked with surgical supply chain director, resident, and PIs to obtain cost and financial data for project and gained a significant understanding of procedural and business aspects of an orthopaedic hand surgery practice
  • Shadowed PIs and other Rothman orthopaedic surgeons in the OR and during office hours and gained significant understanding of orthopaedic clinical workflow at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute and affiliated sites

Clinical Trials:

1.     REGAIN                                                                                       September 2017 – May 2018

Role: Assistant Research Coordinator

Regional vs General Anesthesia for Promoting Independence After Hip Fracture Surgery (Large Multi-Center Study)

Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

PI: Alla Spivak, DO

Sub-PI(s): Christopher Haydel, MD

2.     NOVOCART 3-D                                                                         September 2017 – May 2018

AESCULAP

A Phase 3, Prospective, Randomized, Partially Blinded Multi-Center Study to measure the Safety and Efficacy of NOVOCART 3D Compared to Microfracture in the Treatment of Articular Cartilage Defects.

Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Role: Research Coordinator

PI: J. Milo Sewards, MD

Sub-PI(s): Pekka A. Mooar, MD; Eric J. Kropf, MD

Looking for Research?

No

Work & Military Experience

Work Experience

Tutor, Earthen Vessels Outreach Program                                          September 2011 – April 2012

Work-Study Program

University of Pittsburgh

Teaching Assistant, Human Anatomy Course                                       January 2018 – April 2018

Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

ACMS Post-Baccalaureate Program

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Professor(s): Steven N. Popoff, PhD

        Nicole L. Griffin, PhD

        Stephen H. Pilder, PhD

        Arthur Washburn, PhD

        Brett Oxberry, PhD

        Victor Rizzo, PhD

·        Assisted 34 post-baccalaureate students and professors during laboratory cadaver dissection in Gross Human Anatomy Course

·        Reviewed course concepts and topics with students during designated laboratory study days

·        Prepared and proctored practical exams with anatomy professors

Student Worker                                                 July 2017, December 2017, June 2018 – August 2018

Human Cadaver Pre-Dissection Program

Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology

Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM)

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Supervisor(s): Steven N. Popoff, PhD (LKSOM)

Nicole L. Griffin, PhD (LKSOM)

Brett Oxberry, PhD (LKSOM)

Stephen H. Pilder, PhD (Podiatry)

Arthur Washburn, PhD (Podiatry)

·        For 10 days in July 2017 pre-dissected back, lower and upper limb, chest, abdomen, face, and neck of 35 cadavers to prepare them for use by first year medical students and faculty in the gross human anatomy course that year

·        In December 2017, pre-dissected the anterior neck and chest of cadavers to prepare them for use by Temple University dental students and faculty in their Spring 2018 anatomy course

·        Converted plate references from the 6th Edition of Netter’s Atlas of Human Anatomy to the 7thEdition in the Block 1 LKSOM Chapter Notes and Dissection Guides and in the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Dissection Guides in June 2018

·        For 5 days, in July 2018, helped professors lead/manage 6 podiatry students in the pre-dissection of the back, arms, chest, and abdomen at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

·        For 10 days in July and August 2018, helped lead/manage 7 post-baccalaureate students and 3 dental students at the LKSOM in the pre-dissection back, lower and upper limb, chest, abdomen, face, and neck of 35 cadavers to prepare them for use by first year medical students and faculty in the gross human anatomy course that year

ACMS Tutor                                                                                         October 2018 – March 2020

ACMS Post-Baccalaureate Program

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Supervisor(s): Elizabeth Koniz, Scott K. Shore, PhD