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Fourth regional poster competition participation increases

(ATHENS, Ohio) The yearly poster exhibition and competition at the annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center on Saturday, April 26, grew 14 percent from 2013.

Sponsored by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Heritage College), the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), and the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), for the fourth year in a row the poster competition included participants from outside Ohio, including Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia.

Competition was open to osteopathic residents, interns and medical students. Research posters were judged in two categories: case reports and biomedical/clinical. The first and second place posters in each category received $1,000 and $500 respectively. Faculty, osteopathic physicians and other medical educators exhibited research posters, but were ineligible to compete.

In the 2014 category for Biomedical/Clinical research, first place was won by Ravi Raithatha, a second year student from the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, KY for his poster “Colorectal Cancer Cell Liver Metastasis is Promoted by c-Met Activation and Upregulation of CD44 Expression”. A resident and student tied for second place: Krista Lemley, D.O., a third year resident from Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo won for her poster “Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in an Urban Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Clinic – Identifying Challenges” and Chris Haydanek, a first year student from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Erie, Pennsylvania for his poster “The Synergistic Effect of Essential Plant Oils and β-Lactam Antibiotics against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)”.

In the 2014 category for Case Reports, Carrie Watson, D.O., a third year resident at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, won first place for her poster “Abdominal Wall Metastatic Adenocarcinoma from Primary Colon Cancer”. Freddie Persinger, D.O. from OhioHealth Doctors Hospital and Nationwide Childrens Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, won second place for his poster “Posterior Pilon Ankle Fracture in the Pediatric Patient”.

“I am delighted with the continued growth we have experienced in our Poster Competition and Exhibition,” said Grace Brannan, Ph.D., CORE research executive director. “We are proud to feature resident and student research and reward them for outstanding research efforts in osteopathic medicine. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Ohio Osteopathic Association as our competition grows.”

In all, 104 abstracts were submitted for this year's event. Of the poster abstracts accepted for the competition, 28 posters presented case reports and 63 posters presented the findings of biomedical/clinical research. Thirteen additional posters were exhibited, but were not eligible competition.

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