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Announcing Abstract Poster and Student Advocate Award Winners 2023-2024

The Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine's (CAOM) proudly announces the

2024 Student Advocate Award and Abstract Research Poster Award Winners

Student Advocate Award Winners

Imani Sellers, OMS-III, OU-HCOM
Ayoub Harb, OMS-III, OU-HCOM

Abstract Poster Contest Winners


Fellow Winners

  • First Place -  Nicholas Salupo, DO | Cleveland Clinic Nephrology and Hypertension Fellowship | Bioethical Considerations of Unplanned Dialysis Initiation
  • Second Place - Ashwin Shankar, DO | University Hospitals Allergy/Immunology Fellowship | Late-Onset Gamma Interferon Receptor-1 Deficiency with Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infection
  • Third Place - Henry Blunk, DO | University Hospitals Allergy/Immunology Fellowship | Development of Pityriasis Rubra Piliaris in a Patient with Atopic Dermatitis Treated With Dupilumab
  • Honorable Mention - Christine Kurien, DO | University Hospitals Allergy/Immunology Fellowship | Tolerance of Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin in a patient with Prolidase Deficiency

Resident Winners

  • First Place - Emily Gempler, DO | University Hospitals Osteopathic Consortium, Family Medicine Program | Training Allopathic Family Medicine Residents in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in a Small Community Residency
  • Honorable Mention - Ciara Catalano, DO | University Hospitals, St. John Medical Center, Family Medicine Program | Filling out Paperwork: Resident Confidence in Completing BWC Forms

Student Winners


Category: Case Report

  • First Place (tied) - Olivia Humpel, OMS-II | LECOM |  Novel Mutation in Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase in Patient with X-linked Agammaglobulinemia and Confirmed Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
  • First Place (tied) - Olivia Humpel, OMS-II | LECOM | Undefined autoinflammatory condition following COVID-19 infection
  • Second Place - Peter Spencer, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Sacral Ala Fracture Fixated via Midfoot Mesh Plate as Cannulated Screw Washer: A Case Report
  • Third Place - Caroline Kruithoff, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Nevus Lipomatosus Cutaneous Superficialis: A Case Report in Egypt

Category: Educational Research

  • First Place - Nandini J. Patel, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Elastic Stable Intramedullary Nail (ESIN) Treatment of Pediatric Femoral Shaft Fractures: Predictors of Malunion and Major Complications

Category: Literature Review

  • First Place -  Kevin Houk, OMS-III | LECOM | Effectiveness of OMT in Reducing Pain Medication Consumption
  • Second Place - Mohammed Razi, OMS-IV | LECOM | The Utility of Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment in the Management of Depression
  • Third Place - Zachary Mackey, OMS-III | LECOM | Effects of OMT Treatment on Chronic Headaches and Migraines
  • Honorable Mention - Hannah Hardin, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | An Updated Review of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcus; What the Allergist Should Know

Category:  Original Research

  • First Place - Peter Spencer, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Accuracy of Pre-Operative Planning Helical Blade Length During Treatment of Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures with Trochanteric Fixation Nail System 
  • Second Place -  Swetha Kareti, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Prevalence of Anemia in Rural and Urban Communities in Loja, Ecuador
  • Third Place - Ayoub Harb, OMS-III | OU-HCOM | Metformin use in Type II Diabetics and Delirium after Non-Cardiac Surgery: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis

Category: Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity

  • First Place - Colleen Spolar, OMS-III | LECOM | OMT in Reducing Lower Back Pain
  • Second Place -  Riya Shanavas, OMS-IV | LECOM | Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and its Impact on Time to Bowel Movement in Patients with Postoperative Ileus 
  • Third Place - Elizabeth Rohde, OMS-IV | OU-HCOM | Somatic Function: The Missing Puzzle Piece of Osteopathy 

Hear the first place winners present their research on Sunday, January 28 at the 59th Annual Winter Conference CLICK HERE for details for 24 hours of AOA Category 1-A CME credit. 

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