Department of Medicine announces 2022 Research Day award winners

The Department of Medicine is pleased to announce the awardees from 2022 Research Day.

Research Day brings together faculty, fellows and residents to highlight and learn about the research and quality improvements projects completed over the past year. The day is comprised of several sessions that focus on different aspects of research.

This year’s Research Day began with Dr. Robin Pollini’s grand rounds presentation titled “Implementing Evidence-Based Practice in Medicine and Public Health,” followed by small group sessions that covered a range of topics addressing all aspects of research processes at WVU. Topics included “Generating Ideas for Research,” “Manuscript Writing,” “Grant Writing,” “Survey Design,” “Use of Large Databases,” “Power of Collaboration,” “Scholarship in Education” and “Clinical Trials.”

Residents, fellows and students had the opportunity to sharpen their presentation skills in a poster session and two oral sessions, Research and Quality Improvement.

Stephanie Pockl, M.D., received the Robert H. Waldman Award for Academic Excellence for her article titled “Signs of imminent death and prognostication of inpatient hospice patients.”

Yousuf Hadi, M.D., received the Margaret J. Albrink Award.

Dhairya Lakhani, M.D., received first place for his Quality Improvement Oral Presentation titled “Resident managed peer-mentoring program: A novel way to engage medical students and multidisciplinary residents in collaborative research.”

Morgan Decker, M.D., received first place for her Research Oral Presentation Award titled “Intrauterine Substance Exposure and Length of Stay: Investigating Potential Relationships for NICU Patients in West Virginia.”

Josh Easterling, D.O., received first place for his poster presentation titled “Lung Cancer Screening Review.”

Danielle DeCicco, M.D., Ph.D., received second place for her poster presentation titled “iSleepFirst: Burnout, Fatigue and Sleep Deprivation among Residents Staffing the Medical Intensive Care Unit.”

This year, the Department of Medicine partnered with several clinical departments including Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine as well as the School of Pharmacy and the General Medical Education Office. Resource tables sponsored by the STEPS Center, Faculty and Leadership Development,Teaching and Learning Commons and West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute were also available. For more information and if you are interested in getting involved, please contact Dr. Rashida Khakoo or Dr. Jesse Thompson.