34th Annual Regional Scholarship Day

The 34th annual Northeast Ohio Medical University Regional Scholarship Day was held May 17 in the NEW Center. Attended by over 250 participants, the event was sponsored by the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Pediatrics, the Northeastern Ohio Network®, NEOMED Strategic Initiative Funding and our NEOMED hospital partners.

Research, quality improvement, curricular innovation projects and case reports were showcased. Over 30 judges from NEOMED and our affiliated community judged 30 oral and 104 poster presentations in primary care and specialty care tracks. First, second and third place awards were given in each track for both oral and poster presentations. Additionally, clinical faculty presented scholarly work during afternoon roundtable discussions. Michael Forbes, M.D., chief academic officer, Akron Children's Hospital, and the Rebecca D. Considine Endowed Chair of Pediatric Research, Akron Children’s Hospital and NEOMED professor of pediatrics, delivered an inspiring keynote address.

This annual event provides an opportunity for sharing scholarly work and experiences, connecting with colleagues, and developing new ideas that shape future scholarship and ultimately improve patient care.

Congratulations to the following residents for their scholarly presentations:


1st Place - $300          

Kayla Trautman Buckley, D.O., Internal Medicine, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Evaluating the Impact of Narrative Medicine Workshops on Reflective Learning, Empathy and Burnout: A Prospective Observational Cohort Study

2nd Place - $200         

Foyinsola Amoye, M.D., Family Medicine, Aultman Hospital

Capturing Food Insecurity Among the Geriatric Population of a Residency Outpatient Office

3rd Place - $150         

Bharti Gupta, M.D., and Katharine Greenland, D.O., Family Medicine, Aultman Hospital.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy to Increase Vaccination Rates in Children 2 Years Old or Younger


1st Place - $300        

Matthew Hammer, M.D., Internal Medicine, Summa Health, Akron City.

Parvimonas micra Prosthetic Joint Infection:  A Rare and Unexpected Knee Ache

2nd Place - $200       

MacKenzie Dreher, D.O., M.P.H., Pediatrics, Akron Children’s Hospital

The Effects of Low Dose Morphine Protocol on Post-Operative Congenital Heart Patients

3rd Place - $150        

Elmer DeCamps Martinez, M.D., Internal Medicine, Western Reserve Health Education.

Reversible Autoimmune Cardiomyopathy Secondary to a Vaccine-Induced Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome


1st Place - $150        

Alberto Maximino Llaneza Santacruz, M.D., Family Medicine, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Percentage of Orthopedic Surgery Referrals That Result in Surgery within the First Two Encounters: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Referrals

2nd Place - $100

Michelle Goodwin, M.D., Internal Medicine, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital

Pembrolizumab-Induced Neuromuscular Toxicity

3rd Place- $50         

Elaine Koberlein, M.D., Transitional, Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Youngstown

TIPIC Syndrome: A Case Report on a COVID-19 Sequela


1st Place - $150       

Kayla Schlosser, D.O., Pediatrics, Akron Children’s Hospital

Does Initiation of a Small Baby Unit Impact Primary Outcomes at 30 Weeks Gestation?

2nd Place - $100      

Hazel Choi, M.D., Psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital

Clinically and Radiologically Interesting Toxic Leukoencephalopathy: A Case Report

3rd Place - $50         

Mary Robinson, Psy.D., Pediatrics, Akron Children’s Hospital

Cognitive Phenotypes in Pediatric Congenital Heart Defects







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