Outstanding Medical Education Research Poster Award

The AACOM President’s Osteopathic Tenets Research Award recognizes the research efforts made to promote one or more of the four tenets of osteopathic medicine. AACOM’s President and CEO, Dr. Robert A. Cain, reviews posters that meet the documented criteria. If a winner is determined, the poster's authors will be recognized during Educating Leaders.

The AACOM Outstanding Medical Education Research Poster and Presentation Award is presented to the individual(s) whose poster and presentation at the AACOM Annual Conference is found to achieve the highest standards of professional, scientific and educational rigor.


2023 President's Award

Bringing OMT to the Streets: Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Cleveland’s Homeless

  • Rebecca Bracken, OMS III, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM)
  • Olga Grech, DO PGY-2, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, MD, MEd, OU-HCOM

2023 Faculty Posters

First Place

Survey of Physician Stress Due to COVID-19 Vaccine Disparity: Potential of OMT

  • Jennifer Fischer, PhD, Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sherry Jimenez, EdD, Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM)
  • Debasis Mondal, PhD, LMU-DCOM
  • David Tolentino, DO, Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sarah Zahl, PhD, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Second Place

Using Interactive Learning Activities to Predict Learning Outcomes in Medical Education

  • Sumathilatha Sakthi Velavan, MBBS, DGO, MS, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MUCOM)
  • David Strom, PhD, MUCOM
  • Guang Xu, PhD, MUCOM

Third Place

An Evaluation of Program Support for the Implementation of Osteopathic Recognition into Residency Programs

  • Russell Maier, MD, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM)
  • Michelle Chadek, MS, PNWU-COM
  • Yvette Gross, DO, Multicare Tacoma Family Medicine

2023 Student/Fellow Posters

First Place

Evidence-Based Practice: Implications of a Guided Activity for the Skull Base

  • Brittney Link, MA, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
  • Mark Terrell, EdD, LECOM
  • Sarah McCarthy, PhD, LECOM
  • Leah Labranche, PhD, LECOM
  • Stephany Esper, DO, LECOM
  • Randy J. Kulesza, PhD, LECOM

Second Place

Correlations of Tolerance for Ambiguity to PBL Curriculum, Reduced Mental Health and Stage of Training

  • Brandon Goodwin, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine (Rowan-Virtua SOM)
  • Arielle Hall, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Kevin Johnsen, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Alexander Kaunzinger, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Shiyuan Wang, PhD, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Jennifer Fischer, PhD, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Melvin Paulose, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua SOM

Third Place

The Positive Impacts of Mentoring in Undergraduate Medical Education

  • Savannah Whitfield, OMS IV, Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM)
  • Caryn Hazard, OMS III, ICOM
  • Todd Coffey, PhD, ICOM
  • Launa Lynch, PhD, ICOM
  • Sarah Davis, DO, ICOM
  • Britnee Hayes, DO, ICOM


2022 Faculty Posters

First Place

Education in Equitable, Inclusive Care for Diverse Patients: An Updated, Competency-Based Approach

  • Julia R. Van Liew, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Lisa Streyffeler, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Lauren Young, BS, OMS II, DMU-COM

Second Place

Relevance of Research Experiences for Practice and Placement of DMU-COM Students

  • Martin Schmidt, PhD, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Third Place

Improving Interprofessional Practice & Cultural Competence with Interprofessional Education

  • Emily Madrak PhD, LAT, ATC, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) Department of Athletic Training
  • Jennifer L. Volberding PhD, LAT, ATC, OSU-CHS Department of Athletic Training Department of Physician
  • Amy Harrison MHS, PA-Cb, OSU-CHS Department of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Natasha Bray, DO, MSEdc, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSU-COM)
  • Nicole Farrar, Doc, OSU-COM
  • Kelly Murray, PharmDc, OSU-COM
  • Matthew O’Brien, PhD, LAT, ATC, OSU-CHS Department of Athletic Training Department of Physician
  • Randy Wymore, PhD, OSU-COM
  • Brenda Davidson, MSc, OSU-COM
  • Sally Drinnon, DPh, Southwestern State University College of Pharmacy

2022 Student/Fellow Posters

First Place

The Impact of the Physician Letter of Recommendation on Medical School Admissions Demographics

  • Justin Fox, OMS III, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus (VCOM-Carolinas)
  • John Burgess, OMS III, VCOM-Carolinas
  • Alexis Stoner PhD, MPH, VCOM-Carolinas
  • Harold Garner, PhD, VCOM-Carolinas
  • Heather Bendyk, MBA, CPHQ, VCOM-Carolinas

Second Place

Symptoms Of Major Depressive Disorder in Medical Students Before and After Examinations

  • Taxiarhia J. Arabatzis MS, DO, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM), Geisinger Medical Center Med-Peds Residency Program
  • Justin Doroshenko DO, MEd, UNE COM
  • Muhammad Ashraf, MS, DO, UNE COM, Hartford Hospital Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program
  • Ryan Smith DO, MSEd, UNE COM

Third Place

Assessing Mental Health Differences in Medical Students

  • Shelly Sharma, OMS IV, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Rowan-Virtua SOM)
  • Deval Jhaveri, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Maxim Jestin, OMS III, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Kathryn C. Lambert, DO, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Brittany Mitchell, MS, Rowan-Virtua SOM
  • Dean Micciche, MPA, Rowan-Virtua SOM


2021 Presidents Award

Impact of Philosophy-Based Teaching on Professional Identity Formation in First-Year Osteopathic Medical Students

  • Sharon Gustowski, DO, MPH, SHSU-COM
  • Maria Botero, PhD, SHSU-COM
  • Michele Haight, PhD, SHSU-COM

2021 Faculty Posters

First Place

Contact-based NAMI Program Has Sustained Impact on Students’ Perspectives on Psychiatric Illness

  • Julia R. Van Liew, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Chunfa Jie, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Sonia Kumar, OMS-II, DMU-COM
  • Maximillian Striepe, OMS-II, DMU-COM

Second Place

Change In Opinions of Residents Before and After a Domestic/intimate Partner Violence Training

  • Veronica Takov, DO, McLaren Macomb
  • Grace Brannan, PhD, GDB Research and Statistical Consulting LLC
  • Mariah Burnell, DO, McLaren Macomb
  • Shannon McMann, DO, McLaren Macomb
  • Kegan Michael Rummel, DO, MSU-COM-Shannon

Third Place

Quiz-Enhanced Podcasts for Cutting Redundancy and Excessive Detail

  • Martin Schmidt, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Jonathan Pederson, MS, DMU-COM
  • Wayne A. Wilson, PhD, DMU-COM

2021 Student/Fellow Posters

First Place

The Effect of Drawing Microbiology Concepts on Short-Term Retention Before and After Interrupted Learning

  • Robert Waters, MS, LECOM
  • Delbert Abi Abdallah, PhD, LECOM
  • Mark A.W. Andrews, PhD, LECOM
  • Nancy Carty, PhD, LECOM
  • Christopher C. Keller, PhD, LECOM

Second Place

Assessing The Relationship Between Infection Citations and Covid-19 Infections in Nursing Homes

  • Nur Mirza, BS, TUNCOM
  • Meghan Mahalawat, BS, TUNCOM
  • Cheryl Vanier, PhD, TUNCOM

Third Place

The Impact of The Single-accreditation System on Residency Application and Match Trends

  • Joseph David Marinelli, OMS-III, NYITCOM


2020 Faculty Posters

First Place

Measuring Grit, Self-Efficacy, and Intolerance of Uncertainty in Osteopathic Medical Students

  • Elizabeth A. Beverly, PhD, OU-HCOM
  • Sebastian R. Diaz, PhD, JD, OU-HCOM
  • Rashmi Singh, DO, Central Appalachian Consortium of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine

Second Place

Gratitude in Medical Students and Other Markers of Well-Being

  • Vivian M. Stevens, PhD, OSUCOM
  • Alicia Ford, PhD, OSUCOM
  • Ashley Keener, MS, OSUCOM
  • Sarah Hall, DO, OSUCOM

Third Place

Exploring Association Between School Clinical Skill Performance and COMLEX Level 2-PE Performance 

  • Shiyan Wang, PhD, Rowan-Virtua SOM

2020 Student/Fellow Posters

First Place

Choosing DOs: Characteristics of ACGME Residency Programs That Select DO Graduates

  • Jamie J. Beckman, VCOM-CC
  • Mark R. Speicher, PhD, AACOM

Second Place

ACGME Residency: Improving Research Experiences for Medical Students

  • Clarissa Dass, DO, McLaren Macomb Hospital
  • Melissa Ianitelli, DO, McLaren Macomb Hospital
  • Grace Brannan, PhD, GDB Research and Statistical Consulting

Third Place

Trends in Utilizing Psychiatric Services in Medical School

  • Nida Fatima, OMS-II, NYITCOM
  • Amanda Milburn, OMS-II, NYITCOM
  • Rutul Patel, MBS, OMS-II, NYITCOM
  • Nikesh Shah, OMS-II, NYITCOM
  • Liat Jarkon, DO, NYITCOM




Faculty Posters

First Place

A Pilot Study of the NAMI Provider Education Program at a College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Jeritt Tucker, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Lisa Streyffeler, PhD, DMU-COM
  • Alexis Hanson, OMS-II, DMU-COM
  • Sydney Westfield, OMS-II, DMU-COM
  • Teri Brister, PhD, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Second Place

Does Clinical Training Affect Medical Students' Tolerance for Ambiguity?

  • Mary Wurm-Schaar, PhD, OU-HCOM
  • Wayne Carlsen, DO, OU-HCOM
  • Yang Lai, MA, OU-HCOM

Third Place

Curriculum Mapping Using an Artificial Intelligence Approach

  • Randall K. Harris, PhD, WCUCOM
  • Dolph Ellefson, PhD, Sarcix, Inc.
  • Timothy K. Gallaher, PhD, Sarcix, Inc.
  • Brian T. Sutch, PhD, Sarcix, Inc.
  • Ian S. Haworth, PhD, University of Southern California
  • Elizabeth K. McClain, PhD, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

2019 Student Posters

First Place

Prevalence, Attitudes, and Effects of Sexual Assault and Harassment in Osteopathic Medical Schools, A Pilot Study

  • Jordan A. Johnstone, OMS-II, WesternU/COMP-NW
  • Kali Chiriboga, OMS-II, WesternU/COMP-NW
  • Cameron Hadley, OMS-II, WesternU/COMP-NW
  • Matthew LaPlante, OMS-II, WesternU/COMP-NW
  • Chaya Prasad, MD, WesternU/COMP-NW
  • Matthew A. Zeller, OMS-II, WesternU/COMP-NW

Second Place

What Works? A Big Data Analysis of the Effectiveness of COMLEX Level 1 Study Tools

  • Ryan Dyches, DO, AZCOM/MWU
  • Mitchell Gleed, DO, AZCOM/MWU
  • Colt Kennington, DO, AZCOM/MWU
  • Mark R. Speicher, PhD, AACOM

Third Place

HPV: Understanding Perceived Barriers to Vaccination by Healthcare Providers

  • Nikki A. Medina, OMS-II, ARCOM
  • Taylor M. Bates, OMS-II, WCUCOM
  • Elizabeth K. McClain, PhD, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education

2019 Trainee Posters

First Place

Is Ultrasound First the Correct Approach for Pediatric Appendicitis in a Community Hospital?

  • Roland Haj, DO, Flushing Hospital Medical Center
  • Kyle Leneweaver, DO, Flushing Hospital Medical Center
  • E. Kessler, MD, Flushing Hospital Medical Center

Second Place

Smallpox Vaccination in the Setting of Autoimmune Disease: A Case Report on Accelerating Autoimmune Processes

  • James Wilson, DO, Franciscan Health Olympia Fields, Internal Medicine
  • Adam Ladzinski, OMS-IVO, CCOM/MWU
  • Hardick Rand, OMS-II, CCOM/MWU
  • Madyson Riddell, OMS-IV, CCOM/MWU
  • Chris Snitchler, DO, United States Naval Hospital Okinawa