2015 Research Poster Winners

The AAO Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC) and the National Undergraduate Fellows Association (NUFA) conducted their annual research poster competition on March 13 during the AAO’s Convocation in Louisville, Kentucky.

Open to osteopathic medical students, interns, residents, postdoctoral fellows, researchers and practicing physicians, the competition drew 35 posters this year on topics ranging from cranial oscillation to nontraditional teaching of osteopathic manipulative medicine.

The LBORC and NUFA bestowed awards on students from seven osteopathic medical colleges and residents from three hospitals for posters in the following categories: clinical research, case study, and education and public health. New York state dominated the competition this year, with students at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury taking home three of the student awards and with residents at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx collecting all three awards for resident case studies.

The table below lists the winning authors in the 2015 competition and the titles of their 14 posters. All OMS designations in the table are based on the students’ standing in the 2014-15 academic year, during which the competition took place.





Student—clinical research

First place

Vanessa Dawn Leonhard, OMS II; Riley Ann Landreth, OMS IV; Gregory Michael Caldwell, OMS IV; Heather Smith, PhD; and Richard Joseph Geshel, DO

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and the Diagnostic Implications of Anatomical Variation in the Brachial Plexus

Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale

Second place

Michael Joseph Bova, OMS I; Kerin M. Claeson, PhD; and Lauren E. Noto Bell, DO

Measuring Principles of Palpation Using 2D Geometric Morphometrics 

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Third place

Jillian Lynn Smith, OMS I; Cyrus Haselby, OMS III; Robert Murphy, MS; Kurt P. Heinking, DO, FAAO; and Kyle K. Henderson, PhD

Assessment of Cranial Oscillations With Interferometry

Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois

Student—case study

First place

Blaze Donnelly Emerson, MS, OMS II; Rebecca L. Drucker, OMS III; Mark Eric Sandhouse, DO, MS; and Melissa Tabor, DO

Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Temporomandibular Disorder in a Patient With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Novel Approach (View abstract)

Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Second place

Mohammad Shujauddin Hussain, OMS III; Sheldon C. Yao, DO; and Reem Abu-Sbaih, DO

The Use of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) in a High-Risk Obstetric Patient With Upper Extremity Edema and Gestational Hypertension (HTN) (View abstract)

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYITCOM) in Old Westbury

Third place

David Taylor Guernsey, OMS III; Muhammad Durrani, OMS IV; Adena Leder, DO; and Sheldon C. Yao, DO

Use of OMT to Treat Post-concussive Symptoms of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Report (View abstract)


Student—education and public health

First place

Molly M. McCormick, OMS IV; Lee Graff Kenyon, OMS III; Nicolette K. Rosendahl, OMS IV; Kraig Kenneth Wasik, OMS IV; and Brian S. Gould, OMS IV

The “Flipped” Classroom: A Non-traditional Approach to Teaching Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (View abstract)

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California

Second place

Tina Musa, OMS III; Mohammed Ali Anwar OMS IV; and John Tumeh, MD

Conflict of Interest Policies at Osteopathic Medical Institutions

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania

Third place

Lisa Nicole Roloson, OMS III; Danielle Defoe, OMS III; Min-Kyung Jung, PhD; To Shan Li, DO; and Sheldon C. Yao, DO

See One, Do One, Treat One: The Effects of OMT Clinical Exposure on Confidence Levels of Medical Students (View abstract)


Resident—clinical research

First place

Jessica B. Smith, DO; Andres Cardenas, MPH, PhD; and Cynthia Sharples, DO

Lack of Knowledge About Osteopathic Medicine in Hospitals Leading to Dismal Performance of OMM: Research Survey

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis, Oregon

Second place

Roselle Estanislao Liganor, DO; Jacob W. Watters, DO; Noah P. Jouett, OMS IV; Michael L. Smith, PhD; and Kendi Lee Hensel, DO, PhD

The Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on GI Motility

UNT Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth

Resident —case study

First place

Courtenay E. Deane, DO, and Hugh M. Ettlinger, DO, FAAO

An Osteopathic Approach to the Treatment of Plagiocephaly

St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, New York

Second place

Stasia Blyskal, DO, and Hugh M. Ettlinger, DO, FAAO

Fractures, Fascial Strains and Fluid Flow: Osteopathic Manipulation in the Setting of Acute Trauma: A Case Report

St. Barnabas Hospital

Third place

Christopher R. Brown, DO, and Hugh M. Ettlinger, DO, FAAO

Osteopathic Treatment in Acute Traumatic Brain Injury With Intracranial Bleed (View abstract)

St. Barnabas Hospital


Additional abstracts submitted for consideration included:


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