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Overview

This year marks our 53rd Annual Academic Competition. This contest is a competition designed primarily to allow trainees to disseminate their scholarly work through oral platform presentations and the display of posters. An added purpose is to promote the awareness of the role of the Health Sciences Library in support of patient care, continuing professional development and research.

The contest is open to residents, fellows, post-doctoral trainees, doctoral students at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell or the Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine as well as nurses and allied health professionals in student programs. All scholarly works were based on activities performed while the trainee was a member of Northwell Health, the Zucker School of Medicine or the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies.

Abstracts submitted to the competition are reviewed by three judges and evaluated on the following criteria: introduction, methods (or description for case reports), results, and conclusion. Every abstract receives meticulous attention and review. In order to allow for a broad range of research topics, the Competition accepts abstracts into a number of categories. These include basic science research, case reports, clinical science research, education outcomes research, and evidence-based practice. Nursing, Allied Health, and Zucker School of Medicine students each have separate categories.

The top abstracts, as judged by the panel of reviewers, are reviewed by the leadership of the Academic Competition. The top seven abstracts are invited to give oral platform presentations. The authors of the top abstracts not selected for an oral presentation are invited to prepare and display a poster on the day of the Academic Competition. A panel of judges will review each of these posters and a first and second place will be awarded in each of the categories.

The Annual Academic Competition Committee extends their appreciation to all the participants for their effort, work and writings.

Eligibility and submission instructions

Eligibility

The competition is open to residents, fellows, nurses, post-doctorial trainees and allied health professionals in student programs, and affiliated students of the clinical campuses of Northwell Health. Submissions must be based on activities at Northwell Health, the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell or the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies. Abstracts will be grouped and judged based on classifications defined below. Posters may have been presented at a professional meeting during the 2016-2017 academic year. The first author of each abstract must be a member of one of the categories of eligible participants.

Initial Submissions

All initial submissions must be submitted on the official Competition Abstract Form (located on the Northwell intranet under the Education & Research tab, Office of Academic Affairs section). Participants are limited to submitting 2 abstracts. Finalists will be notified via email during the third week of April. Posters are due on June 5th – the Northwell Academic Day. All poster first authors must be in attendance that day to present their posters to the judges.

Committee members

The Academic Competition is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs,
Andrew C. Yacht, MD 
Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer, Northwell Health; Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and Associate Professor of Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Chairman

Stephen Barone, MD – Vice-Chairman for Education; Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Co-chairpersons

Michael Esposito, MD – Poster Competition, Program Director, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Northwell Health NS/LIJ; Associate Professor of Pathology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Daniel Grande, PhD – Platform Presentations, Director, Orthopaedic Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Northwell Health; Director, Research Services, Feinstein Institute; Associate Professor of Molecular Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Debra Rand, MS, AHIP – Corporate Director of Libraries, Northwell Health; Associate Dean for Library Services, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Planning committee

Parswa Ansari, MD – Program Director, Department of Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital

Alison Caruana, MD – Neurology Resident, Social Chair, Resident Fellow Forum

Alice Fornari, EdD, RD – Assistant Vice President of Faculty Development, Northwell Health; Associate Dean of Medical Education Skills Development and Professor of Science Education, Occupational Medicine and Family Medicine, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Martin Morales, PA, MHA – Corporate Director, Physician Assistant Services, Northwell Health

Diane Murphy, MA – Residency Coordinator, Staten Island University Hospital

Noah Rosen, MD – Program Director, Department of Neurology, Northwell Health NS/LIJ

Barbara Sacks, MS – Specialist, Medical Education, Office of Academic Affairs, Northwell Health

Lily Thomas, PhD, RN – Vice President, System Nursing Research, Northwell Health

Venice VanHuse, MPA – Assistant Vice President, Graduate Medical Education, Northwell Health

2018 platform presentations

Basic science research

Naomi-Liza Denning, MD 
Resident, Center for Immunology and Inflammation, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
TREM-1 Is Involved In CIRP-Mediated Inflammatory Responses In Murine Sepsis

Ryan Nixon, MD 
Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NS/LIJ
Evaluation of TRB-N0224, a Chemically Modified Curcumin for Treatment of Osteoarthritis

Clinical science research

Martin Miguel Amor, MD 
Fellow, Department of Cardiology, NS/LIJ
Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio: A Novel Hematologic Predictor of Outcomes and Valvular Dysfunction in Patients Undergoing Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

Reya Mokiao, MD 
Resident, Department of Pediatrics, Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Food Insecurity and Cardio-Renal Metabolic Health in Adolescents: a NHANES Study

Allied health

Samantha Schneider, BA 
Allied Health Professional, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention (OMEP), Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Effectiveness of a Linkage to Mental Health Care Program after Hurricane Sandy

Medical students

Aubrey Rogers, BS 
Medical Student, Center for Biomedical Sciences, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research & the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation Suppresses Cortical Spreading Depolarization 

Samantha Sohnen, BA 
Medical Student, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 
Microalbumin-to-Creatinine Ratio - A Direct Marker of Renal Function in Patients with Surgically Induced Azotemia

2018 poster award winners

Basic science research

1st - Caroline Maloney, MD and Michele Kallis, MD
Elmezzi Scholars, Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Gefitinib Blocks Macrophage-Promoted Invasion of Osteosarcoma Via Inhibition of Receptor-Interacting Protein Kinase 2 (RIP2k) and Prevents Progression of Pulmonary Metastases

2nd - Spencer Stein, MD
Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NS/LIJ
Matrix Metalloproteases Inhibition and Its Effects on Cartilage Repair

Case reports

1st - Nicholas Fuca, MD
Resident, Department of Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
SIADH as the Initial Presentation of Guillain-Barre Syndrome

1st - Yihe Yang, MD
Resident, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, NS/LIJ
Mesenteric Arteriovenous Vasculopathy Mimicking Crohn Disease

2nd - Zubair Hasan, MD
Fellow, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Department of Medicine, NS/LIJ
Legionella Pneumonia Complicated by Secondary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

2nd - Nishita Parikh, MD
Fellow, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, NS/LIJ
Azithromycin-induced Severe Acute Interstitial Nephritis: Role of Corticosteroids

Clinical science research

1st - Emily Garfinkel, DDS
Resident, Department of Dental Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
The Impact of Dental Fears on Oral Health-Related Quality of Life

1st - Timothy Mulry, DO
Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Plainview Hospital
Comparison of ACL Reconstruction Techniques Between Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained and Non-Sports Medicine Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons

1st - Tristan Tham, MD
Fellow, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital
Evaluation of the Prognostic Utility of the Hemoglobin-to-Red Cell Distribution Width Ratio (Hb:RDW) in Head and Neck Cancer: A Multi-Center Cohort Study

2nd - Marinos Charalambous, MD
Fellow, Department of Cardiology, NS/LIJ
Exercise Nuclear Stress Test: Discrepancy Between Electrocardiographic Changes And Imaging

2nd - Christina Melchionne Miseo, MD
Fellow, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Cohen Children’s Medical Center
The Usefulness of Widened Pulse Pressure in Pediatric Patients with Suspected Bacterial Infection

2nd - Amarinder Sidhu, MD
Resident, Department of Anesthesiology, NS/LIJ
Ultrasound-Guided Quadratus Lumborum Blocks (QLB) for Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repairs: An Opioid-free Alternative

Educational Outcomes Research

1st - Porscha Campbell, MD
Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Zucker Hillside Hospital
Development of a Perinatal Curriculum within the General Psychiatry Residency Training at Zucker Hillside Hospital

2nd - Nathan Money, DO
Resident, Department of Pediatrics, Staten Island University Hospital
Who’s Counting? Assessing The Effects of a Simulation-Based Training Intervention on Neonatal Heart Rate Auscultation Accuracy

Nursing

1st - Benzy Thomas, NP
Nurse Practioner, Department of Cardiology, LIJ Valley Stream
The Impact of Telemetry Rounding by Nurse Practitioners in Telemetry Overutilization

Allied Health

1st - Jayme Kunze, MS, PA-C and Courtney Cines, MS, PA-C
Physician Assistant Student, Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing & Physician Assistant Studies
An Examination of Community, Hospital, and Patient Characteristics on Risk of Sepsis-Related Mortality Using SPARCS Data

2nd - Samantha Schneider, BA
Allied Health Professional, Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention (OMEP), Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Lack of Access to Medical Care during Hurricane Sandy and Mental Health Symptoms

Medical Students

1st - Timothy Reed, BS
Medical Student, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Development of an In Vitro Model of Tendinopathy and Testing of a Novel Method of Tendinopathic Tissue Debridement

1st - William Crockatt, BA
Medical Student, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Opioid Requirements Following Ambulatory Arthroscopic Repair

2nd - Anya Laibangyang, BS
Medical Student, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Pedicled Nasoseptal Flap Reconstruction for Subarachnoid Tumors of the Anterior Skull Base in Pediatric Patients

2nd - Peter Nauka, BS
Medical Student, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
SIRS is a Prognostic Indicator for Pediatric Severe Acute Pancreatitis: A Retrospective Analysis