Over 100 presentations showcased at annual Regional Research and Educational Symposium

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One hundred and four research projects were presented at the Second Annual Campbell University Regional Research and Educational Symposium on Friday, February 15 at the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences.   Submissions for the symposium came from Campbell Medical students and resident physicians at Cape Fear Valley Health, Harnett Health, Sampson Regional Medical Center and Southeastern Health. 

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Fourth year medical student Dallin Lindstrom presents research for his team at Cape Fear Valley Health

“The symposium provides an opportunity for fellowship and collaboration between residents from all of our clinical sites as well as through discussions with our CUSOM biomedical and clinical faculty,” said Robin King-Thiele, associate dean of graduate medical education.  “Thank you to the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) for incorporating this event into their winter meeting and thank you to the following NCOMA Board members who served as judges: Andrew Freeman, DO –Southeastern Health –Family Medicine Core Faculty, Townes Leigh, DO –Southeastern Health –Family Medicine Core Faculty,  Donald Morando, DO –Southeastern Health –Family Medicine Program Director, Charles (Chip) Smutny, DO, FAAO–CUSOM –NMM Program Director, and David Tolentino, DO, FACOI –CUSOM –Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. “

Categories of competition were devised from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quality metrics to promote evidence based learning in conjunction with the disease processes found at each Campbell University clinical site. 

“I was very much impressed by the level of professionalism and extensive research that went into fully understanding every aspect of the case studies,” said judge Amy Hinkleman, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Campbell Medicine. “I am always excited when trainees can discuss well the known mechanism or possible theories for mechanism of pathogenesis.” 

The Winners for the categories are as follows:

Awards were presented to research teams in eight categories of competition

Projects: 1st Place – Nicholas Biondi / Michael Samiratedu / Adam Rosenblum / Riley Bowers – Cape Fear Valley Health  “The Impact of Interprofessional Monitoring and Education on the Usage of Systemic”

2nd Place – Thuy Thanh Thi Le / Amy Cox / Helen Johnson-Wall / Gerard Devine – Southeastern Health “Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening at Lumberton Medical Center”

CMS QI Categories: 

Category 1: Mortality– J.    Melissa Wyche / Krista Morgan / David Schutzer – Cape Fear Valley Health “Unruptured Rudimentary Uterine Horn Pregnancy: A Case Study”

Category 2: Readmissions  – A.   Mariam Mayet / Connor Ludovissy / Devin Rollender / John Benecke / Shushma Medikayala  – Southeastern Health “Gangrenous Necrosis of the Foot in the Wake of Hurricane Florence”

Category 3: Safety of Care– C.   LK Ferrell / Shika Mukkamala / Ryan Kavilaveettil / Hiondy Polanco Morrillo / Montish Singla – Southeastern Health “Pasteurella Multocida Sepsis Following Domestic Cat Bite”

Category 4: Patient Experience– C.   Sanad Alshareef / Teshome Hailemichael – Cape Fear Valley Health “A 45-year-old Female with Hepatobiliary Candidiasis” 

Category 5: Effectiveness of Care– Z.     Mayank Singhal / Mohammed Abdel-Rahim / Brandis Moore – Cape Fear Valley Health “Facial Droop: Keeping an Ear Out for Ramsay Hunt Syndrome”  and  AG.  Matthew Shakespeare / James Wert / Mayank Singhal – Cape Fear Valley “FSGS: A Case of End Stage Renal Disease in a Young Patient”

Category 6: Timeliness of Care– G.   Mayank Singhal / Scott Stockholm / Zachary Brooks – Cape Fear Valley Health “Understanding Multiple Myeloma: A Case Report and Review of Literature”

Category 7: Efficient use of Medical Imaging – C.   Beaulah Vaz / Laura Adams / Fred Caruso – Cape Fear Valley Health “Mirizzi Syndrome: Case Report in a 14 Year Old Female Status Post Cholecystectomy”

“Developing a strong culture of quality research has been a major focus for Campbell,” said Sarah Bowman, director of alumni engagement and health policy.  “We were proud to have over 20 alumni present in this year’s symposium and to have Dr. Melissa Wyche (BA Biology 2014; DO 2018) and her team win the Mortality category!”

In addition to the regional symposium, Campbell University will host the Wiggins Memorial Library Academic Symposium March 20th and the Interprofessional Research Symposium on April 10th.