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Third regional poster competition participation increases

(ATHENS, Ohio) The yearly poster exhibition and competition at the annual Ohio Osteopathic Symposium held at the Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center on Saturday, May 18, 2013 grew 13 percent from 2012.

Sponsored by the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM), the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE), and the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), for the third year in a row, the poster competition included participants from outside Ohio, including Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia.

The 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 not entered into competition.

In the category for biomedical/clinical research, a resident and student tied for first place. Molly McGraw, D.O. (’11), a second year resident from Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, won first place for her poster "Biomechanical Evaluation of the Docking Plus Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Technique compared to the Docking Technique". Erich Heine, OMS II, OU-HCOM, tied for first place for his poster "Increased Macrophage Infiltration and NFκB Activity in Diabetic SKO Mouse Kidneys". Two residents tied for second place in the Biomedical/Clinical research category. John Idoine, D.O. (’08), a fifth year resident from OhioHealth/Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Proximal Biceps Tenodesis: A Cadaveric Study of Open and Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques” and Chance Spalding, DO (’10), a third year resident from OhioHealth/Doctors Hospital/Grant Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio presented his poster titled “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Decision Making in the Trauma Bay”.

In the category for case reports, Christopher Kieliszak, D.O., a traditional Rotating Intern at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, won first place for his poster “In-Office Balloon Dilation of Frontal Recess via Trephination”. Ross Brubaker, OMS III from the West Virginia School of Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, won second place for his poster "Treating OSSN with Topical Methotrexate: A Novel Approach”.

“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, 92 abstracts were submitted for this year's event. Of the poster abstracts accepted for the competition, 38 posters presented case reports and 43 posters presented the findings of biomedical/clinical research. Eleven additional posters were exhibited, but were not part of the competition.


Ross Brubaker, OMS III; Chris Kieliszak, DO, TRI; Erich Heine, OMS II (’15); Molly McGraw, DO (’11), PGY 2; John Idoine, DO (’08), PGY 5; (Chance Spalding, DO (’10), PGY 3, was unavailable for photo.)

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