The Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Western Reserve Hospital announced the winners of the Western Reserve Hospital Research Day held in early November. This was the first research poster competition for residents at Western Reserve in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Research day was the idea of orthopedic resident Sean Keyes, D.O. Research-related events give residents the chance to practice scientific theory and investigatory techniques, which are valuable skills that can be used to evaluate new health developments and integrate them into a plan of care for patients.
“An event like this brings the entire medical staff together in answering common clinical questions,” said Ron Russ, D.O., vice president of medical education at Western Reserve Hospital and assistant dean of the Heritage College Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE). “It promotes the hospital’s standing as a place where you don’t only come to work. It’s also a place where we practice good clinical medicine and demand that each clinician question and investigate better ways to promote the health of our patients.”
The poster competition was jointly administered by the CORE Research Office and Western Reserve Hospital. CORE is a statewide consortium of teaching hospitals in Ohio. The CORE’s Research Office provides research education, training and support for students, residents, interns and CORE faculty. The two-day event, held on Nov. 3 and Nov. 6, included three research poster winners chosen by judges who are practicing physicians at the hospital, and four “People’s Choice” winners selected by the residents and medical students at the hospital.
The overall winners are:
- First place – Lauren White, D.O., PGY 3, General Surgery, presented a case report that looked at a man with a history of abdominal pain who had an internal hernia.
- Second place – Maureen E. Cheung, D.O., PGY 1, General Surgery; Richard George, M.D.; Michelle Chapman; and Joshua Weaver, M.D., investigated whether a novel dressing for combat wounds would simultaneously stop bleeding, reduce infection, prevent contamination and provide pain control.
- Third place – Logan Mellert, D.O., PGY 1, General Surgery; Mark Pozgay, D.O.; Michelle Chapman; Harry C. Kellermier, M.D.; Jacob Pilley, M.D., conducted a pilot study comparing the effectiveness of three devices used in surgical procedures to treat hernias.
The People’s Choice winners are:
- Sean Keyes, D.O., PGY 4, Orthopedic Surgery; Kenneth Bono, M.D.; and Caleb Pinegar, D.O., PGY 4, Orthopedic Surgery, tested an alternative method to remove objects that become embedded in children’s knees following an injury.
- Ben Tishman, D.O., PGY 4, Emergency Medicine; Tony Le, D.O.; and Chinh Nguyen, D.O., conducted an anonymous survey of Summa Health System Emergency Department providers about the management of chronic and non-verifiable pain.
- Kristin Cola, D.O., PGY 2, Orthopedic Surgery, and Toomas Anton, M.D., conducted a case study of a woman diagnosed with progressive cauda equina caused by a lumbar epidural abscess
- Maureen E. Cheung, D.O., PGY 1, General Surgery; Richard George, M.D.; Michelle Chapman; and Joshua Weaver, M.D., investigated whether a novel dressing for combat wounds would simultaneously stop bleeding, reduce infection, prevent contamination and provide pain control.