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Dr. Pankil Shah Od

800 S Highway 287
Decatur TX 76234
940 260-0088
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License #: 8141-TG
NPI: 1417397993
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Parainfluenza virus infections in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients and hematologic malignancy patients: A systematic review. - Cancer letters
Parainfluenza viral infections are increasingly recognized as common causes of morbidity and mortality in cancer patients, particularly in hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients and hematologic malignancy (HM) patients because of their immunocompromised status and susceptibility to lower respiratory tract infections. Advances in diagnostic methods, including polymerase chain reaction, have led to increased identification and awareness of these infections. Lack of consensus on clinically significant endpoints and the small number of patients affected in each cancer institution every year make it difficult to assess the efficacy of new or available antiviral drugs. In this systematic review, we summarized data from all published studies on parainfluenza virus infections in HM patients and HCT recipients, focusing on incidence, risk factors, long-term outcomes, mortality, prevention, and management with available or new investigational agents. Vaccines against these viruses are lacking; thus, infection control measures remain the mainstay for preventing nosocomial spread. A multi-institutional collaborative effort is recommended to standardize and validate clinical endpoints for PIV infections, which will be essential for determining efficacy of future vaccine and antiviral therapies.Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Cross-sectional longitudinal study of the academic half-day format in a hematology-oncology fellowship training program. - BMC medical education
Few published studies have evaluated the effectiveness of changing the traditional curriculum of several hourly educational sessions per week to an academic half-day (AHD) educational format. This study describes our experience with implementing an AHD format in the Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and evaluates the perceptions that learners had for this format.Using a mixed quantitative and qualitative approach, we evaluated our AHD program using four yearly fellows' surveys to assess the Hematology-Oncology Fellows' perceptions of the effectiveness of the AHD format. We analyzed the fellows' perceptions using descriptive statistics and thematic analysis of the qualitative data collected from the surveys. We used a quality improvement approach by implementing and testing changes to the AHD over 4 years on the basis of the data collected from the yearly fellows' surveys. We also collected third-year fellows' Oncology In Training Exam (ITE) scores from 2008 to 2014.We found that the fellows perceived the AHD format favorably; fellows agreed that they had more motivation to attend AHD, more concentration during the sessions, more effective weekly work organization, and increased knowledge retention. We established the reliability of our survey tool (Cronbach's alpha = 0.83) as well as content and construct validity. We saw an increasing trend in ITE scores since the AHD was implemented.Our results contribute to further understanding the effect of the AHD format on trainees. Using a continuous evaluation and an educational quality improvement strategy, we found that the AHD curriculum was associated with a rising trend in learners' exam scores and increased learner satisfaction.

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