For Immediate Release:
AtlantiCare Residents' Research Day showcases original research, clinical studies
For Immediate Release:May 15, 2014
Internal medicine, pharmacy and psychiatry residents at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center presented twenty-seven research posters during ARMC's second annual Residents' Research Day April 30. Presentation topics ranged from unusual case presentations and original to research on quality improvement topics and showcased residents' academic achievements to AtlantiCare physicians and staff.
"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 and to see the talent of our residents," said Dominick Zampino, DO, program director, Internal Medicine Residency Program, ARMC. "For the residents, this is an opportunity to develop original research, to expand their medical knowledge and their professionalism and to hone their practice-based learning."
Residents represented AtlantiCare with eleven research posters at various national professional organizations in 2014, presenting their work at meetings hosted by the American College of Physicians, the National Kidney foundation, and the American Psychiatric Association, among others.
Presentations were judged in two categories: clinical vignette and original research. Anthony Macciavelli, MD, director, ARMC Hospitalist Program, served as one of three judges for the event. "The quality of the research presented here, and the quality of your insights are phenomenal," he said. "The work you're sharing has, in some cases, changed my thinking. I can't pay a higher compliment."
Clinical Vignette winners:
First place: Kennara Sok, PharmD, pharmacy resident
Title: Clostridium innocuum bacteremia in a 104 year old patient.
There have only been 12 documented cases of Clostridium innocuum bacteremia, a blood stream infection caused by the invasion of this bacterium from another infection site into the blood stream, and no treatment recommendations exist to-date. This case study describes the success of an antibiotic, ertapenem, in the treatment of this rare blood stream infection.
Second place: Vadzim Chyzhyk, MD, medical resident
Title: A Rare Disorder of Phytosterol Metabolism.
An examination of an unusual underlying metabolic condition that caused this patient to have chest pain.
Third place: Simit Doshi, MD, co- chief medical resident
Title: Allergic Interstitial Nephritis Induced by Tobramycin impregnated cement knee spacer.
Deductively examined the cause for renal failure in a patient with knee arthroplasty, determining that knee replacement prompted kidney failure. Finding have implications for changing the process by which these spacers are placed.
Original Research winners:
First place: Kennara Sok, PharmD, pharmacy resident
Title: Utilization of Safetyadvisor alerts by critical care pharmacists to enhance antimicrobial stewardship in the intensive care unit.
This research project describes utilizing alerts to immediately notify pharmacists of culture results that identify bacteria causing a patient's infection. Use of an alert system allowed clinical pharmacists to deliver correct antibiotics twice as fast as without an alert system.
Second place: Raymond Vuong, PharmD, pharmacy resident
Title: Impact of extended-infusion cefepime on prescribing patterns and pharmacy costs
Administering the antibiotic cefepime via extended-infusion helps optimize its activity by prolonging the patient's blood concentration of the drug above the threshold needed to kill the bacteria. This study revealed that implementation of extended-infusion cefepime helped promote higher daily doses and improved patient outcomes while minimally increasing drug procurement costs.
Third place (tie): Amit Ray, MD, medical resident
Title: Evaluation of Usage Patterns of Dabigatran in the Prevention of Strokes in Patients with Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation.
Due to marketing practices, many patients have been initiated on the new oral anticoagulant, Dabigatran despite not having the "appropriate" FDA indication. This study found nearly one-third of patients were on the medication inappropriately based on dose, valvular status, CHADS2 score, and indication.
Jessica Roeske, DO, co- chief medical resident
Title: Are Diabetic Educators Worth Their Weight in Sugar?
Managing type 2 diabetes is a daily challenge for physicians. This study evaluated multiple variables that can effect blood glucose control. Patients that met with diabetic educators were found to have improved blood sugars compared to those that did not, showing that a team approach to diabetes can be helpful especially in an underserved population.
Judges awarded special recognition to Jennifer Bleznek, second year medical student, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, who conducted a summer research project at ARMC. Her presentation, "Assessment of Factors Influencing Hospital Readmissions using BOOST Criteria," examined the transition from inpatient to outpatient care at ARMC.
AtlantiCare 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 5,221 employees and more than 700 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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