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For Immediate Release:  April 28, 2017

AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center residents participate
in 5th Annual Residents’ Research Day

AtlantiCare’s Internal Medicine, Pharmacy, and Psychiatry residents participated in AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center’s 5th Annual Residents’ Research Day Monday, April 17 at ARMC Atlantic City Campus. Approximately 20 teams presented original research or case vignettes. Presentation topics ranged from unusual case presentations to quality improvement topics.

Pictured are AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Internal Medicine, Pharmacy and Psychiatry residents and medical students, as well as judges and AtlantiCare leaders who attended ARMC’s 5th Annual Residents’ Research Day.

Judges were Afia Ashraf, M.D., third year Internal Medicine resident, ARMC; Kristen Forster, MBA, CCRP, director, Clinical Research and Operations, Northeast Clinical Research Resources, Geisinger Health System; and Syed Jaleel, M.D., AtlantiCare Physician Group hospitalist.

“This was our best year yet in terms of diversity of projects and cases,” said Dominick Zampino, D.O. FACP, medical director, Academic Affairs; designated institutional official; and program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, ARMC; who congratulated and thanked all the residents for their work.

Original research lead author winners were:

  • First Place – Annh Vo, Pharm.D., Pharmacy resident
  • Second Place – Jesus Vargas, M.D., Internal Medicine chief resident
  • Third Place - Oluwaseyi Sijuwade, M.D., Internal Medicine resident

Case vignette lead author winners were:

  • First Place – Pavan Ganapathiraju, D.O., Internal Medicine resident
  • Second Place – Geoff Talis, medical student and Sindhura Kunaparaju, M.D., Psychiatry resident
  • Third Place – Ann Vo, Pharm.D.

“This event has grown to become one of our most significant educational events,” said Marilouise Venditti, M.D., vice president and chief medical officer. “You should all be proud of the work you have done.”

“The Residents’ Research Day gives our institution and our community a chance to share in the success of all of our Graduate Medical Education programs,” said Zampino. “It gives residents the opportunity to develop original research, to expand their medical knowledge and their professionalism and to hone their practice-based learning.” Zampino said residents sometimes share this and other research at other conferences.

AtlantiCare currently has 42 Internal Medicine, eight Psychiatry and two Pharmacy residents.

ARMC Residents27 Research Day Winners Sijuwade Talis Kunaparaju Vo Ganapathiraju Vargas 1Pictured left to right are lead authors of the winning presentations: Oluwaseyi Sijuwade, M.D., Internal Medicine resident; Geoff Talis, medical student; Sindhura Kunaparaju, M.D., Psychiatry resident; Annh Vo, Pharm.D., Pharmacy resident; Pavan Ganapathiraju, M.D., Internal Medicine resident; and Jesus Vargas, M.D., Internal Medicine, chief resident.

The hospital made teaching history in June 1949 during the annual American Medical Association meeting in Atlantic City. AMA members gathered in Atlantic City Convention Hall around 20 color television sets—to watch the first-ever televised color surgery live as a surgical team performed it in the hospital operating room. Such innovative teaching opportunities attracted many long-term physicians.

Mahendra Solanki, is director Graduate Medical Education, ARMC. Dominick Zampino, D.O., FACP, medical director, Academic Affairs and designated institutional official, is also program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, ARMC. Aileen Hocbo, M.D., FACP and Kimberly Mazur, M.D., are associate program directors for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. Brendan Kelly, D.O., FACOI, is program director for ARMC’s Osteopathic Medicine residency program. Inua Momodu, M.D., MPH, FAPA, FAACAP, chairman, Department of Psychiatry, ARMC, and medical director, AtlantiCare Behavioral Health (ABH), is site coordinator, Psychiatry Residency Training Program, ARMC. Joseph Reilly, Pharm.D., BCGP, Pharmacy clinical specialist II, is Pharmacy Residency program director.

Contacts:       
Jennifer Tornetta, (O) 609-569-7010, (C) 609-335-3446, jennifer.tornetta@atlanticare.org 
Betsy Woerner, (O) 609-748-7539, (C) 609-385-6361, betsy.woerner@atlanticare.org
Heather Cosabile, (O) 609-653-0400, ext.112, heather.costabile@atlanticare.org

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AtlantiCare, a member of Geisinger Health System, is an integrated system of services designed to help people achieve optimal health. It includes AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, AtlantiCare Health Engagement, the AtlantiCare Foundation, and AtlantiCare Health Services. Its more than 5,500 employees and more than 900 physicians serve the community in nearly 70 locations. A 2009 Malcolm Baldrige Award winner, AtlantiCare was also included in Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare in 2010. ARMC became the 105th hospital in the nation to attain status as a Magnet™ designated hospital in March of 2004 and was redesignated a Magnet™ hospital in 2008 and 2013.

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