ACOM and the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Wiregrass Chapter host Poster Day

The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Wiregrass Chapter jointly hosted the sixth annual Poster Day from November 18-23, 2021. Like last year, this event was held virtually due to COVID-19 and gave participants the opportunity to post their research posters through Twitter. Through the expansive Twitter network, poster presenters received national attention for their research, with over 500,000 views on the social media platform.

Categories included Clinical Research & Quality Improvement, Basic Science Research, Clinical Vignette, Population Health, Medical Education Research, Community Outreach, and Narrative Research. In addition to the poster presentations, the event featured a virtual talk by Cooper Brookshire, DVM, MS entitled, “People, Pets, and One Health: A Veterinarian’s Perspective.” One Health is a collaborative, transdisciplinary approach to achieve optimal health outcomes recognizing the interconnection between people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Other speakers included student research talks by Danielle M. Glinka, MS, OMS-II, entitled “Atopic Dermatitis: Could a Toxin be the Treatment?”; Leah Grcevich, OMS-IV, entitled “Diverticular Abscess Management in a Patient with Concurrent Uterine Leiomyomas Highlights Surgical Cooperativity”; Roshny Vijayakar, OMS-IV, entitled “Does Size Matter? Obesity and COVID-19 in a Community Hospital”; Adam Thomas, OMS-III, entitled “Improving Upon Osteopathic Palpatory Skills using a 3D Printed Rotational Lumbar Spine Model”; Madalyn Acker, OMS-II, entitled “Optimizing Guideline Directed Medical Therapy for Patients with Heart Failure with Reduced Ejection Fraction in South Alabama: A Quality Improvement Project”; and Elizabeth Clark Lanier, OMS-II, entitled “Identifying and Engaging Community Needs in Ashford, AL”.

We are excited to announce the following ACOM Student Poster Day winners:

Basic Sciences:

Winner: Lost in Translation: Silencing eLF4E influences Progression of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis – Authors: Deniz Bozdag, OMS-II; Gherardo Baudo; Matteo Massaro; Haoran Liu, PhD; Hyunho Lee, PhD; Elvin Blanco, PhD.

Clinical Research or Quality Improvement:

Winner: Optimizing gDMT for patients with heart failure with reduced EF in South Alabama – Authors: Madalyn Acker, MS, OMS-II; Veronica Hill, DNP, CRNP.

Clinical Vignette:

Winner: When Scabies Isn’t Scabies: an Abnormal Presentation of IgA Vasculitis – Authors: Bailee Keefe, OMS-I; Katherine Whalen, OMS-I; Ariail Schmitz, DO.


Winner: Identifying and engaging community needs in Ashford, AL – Authors: Elizabeth Lanier, OMS-II; Lisa Ennis, MA, MS, MPH.

Population Health:

Winner: Does Size Matter? Obesity and COVID-19 in a Community Hospital – Authors: Arianna Lanpher, OMS-IV; Benjamin Duong, MPH, OMS-IV; Roshny Vijayakar, OMS-IV; Raul Magadia, MD.


*Italicized entries reflect ACOM student winners.