Research & Scholarly Activity Poster Contest



The Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine (CAOM) provides support to reward osteopathic medical students, interns, residents, and fellows for meeting a higher standard in developing scholarly activities and research.  These academic achievements will be recognized for each level of training and offer recognition for multiple categories to complete a research project and promote scholarly activity. 

We provide student, intern, resident, and fellow members the opportunity to present scholarly activity in order to develop professionally and contribute to the osteopathic profession.  The CAOM Research Award Committee will identify selected contest winners who be invited to present their poster at CAOM's 59th Annual Winter Conference and are expected to present their research during the conference (see Events page for details). The applicants mentor or attending physician is strongly recommended to attend. Winners will be announced in December.

Who: Osteopathic Medical Students, Interns, Residents, or Fellows
Region: In medical school or training programs located within Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, or Lorain counties
Poster Submission Deadline: November 10, 2023

Who May Apply:

Osteopathic medical students, interns, residents and fellows who are in programs located in the Cleveland District (District 7) of the Ohio Osteopathic Association which covers Cuyahoga, Geauga, Ashtabula, Lorain and Lake counties.

General Instructions:

A poster submission is required.  For guidance on acceptable poster creation please visit this page

Level of Training Categories: 

  • Student: 1st/2nd/3rd & honorable mention
  • Intern/Resident: 1st/2nd/3rd & honorable mention
  • Fellow:1st/2nd/3rd & honorable mention

The number of contributors awarded honorable mention will be at the discretion of the CAOM Research Award Committee.

Topic Categories:

Acceptable poster categories may include but are not limited to   

  1. Case Report
  2. Original Research
  3. Educational Research
  4. Literature Review
  5. Osteopathic focused scholarly activity

Executive Committee Reserves the right to adjust categories based on the number of submissions.

Award per level of training:

  • 1st = $150 & Certificate
  • 2nd = $100 & Certificate
  • 3rd = $50 & Certificate
  • Honorable mention: Certificate

The primary author will receive the monetary award.

All submitted posters are reviewed by the CAOM Research Award Committee and other designated CAOM members to determine the best poster. 

Evaluation of Your Poster:

To review how your poster will be evaluated, Research Poster Rubic for a sample of the form used by our committee. 

Poster Requirement

  • Poster must be a single slide CLICK HERE for poster template.
  • More than one author may participate with each poster entry, but each author must verify that they did have significant participation in the development of the poster. Only the primary author will receive the monetary award and certificate.
  • The CAOM Research Award Committee will identify the winners who will present their research at the CAOM Winter Conference.

All submitted abstracts are reviewed by the CAOM Executive Committee and designated CAOM members to determine the best abstracts. There are several acceptable formats that may be used when submitting your research abstract. 

General inquiries may be directed to

If unsure how to structure your poster presentation, please CLICK HERE to be directed to the Scholar 12 resource or CLICK HERE here for additional information regarding research publications. 

Student Advocate Award



Since 2004, the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine (CAOM) has provided an annual Student Advocate Scholarship Award to honor an exemplary medical student who exhibits passion for osteopathic medicine and the osteopathic profession in northeast Ohio.   
The award recipient will be invited to serve as the student representative to the Executive Committee of CAOM, will be formally recognized at the CAOM Annual Winter Conference, and will receive a stipend to attend the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA) House of Delegates Annual Meeting held during the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium.  The stipend will be for the student’s mileage, lodging, and meals while attending the House of Delegates.  
CAOM member hospitals are eligible to nominate student recipients.  The Directors of Medical Education (DME’s), Associate Dean to the Graduate Medical Education or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or administrative staff and fellow students will submit candidates' names and contact information to the CAOM Executive Committee on or before November 11 via our website.
To be eligible for this award, the candidate must be a third or fourth-year osteopathic medical student on clinical rotation at one of the CAOM member hospitals and exemplify passion and advocacy for osteopathic medicine and the osteopathic profession.
Nominees will be asked to submit a short paragraph about themselves and why they are interested in the award.  The winners will be notified before December 19.

Who May Win: Third or fourth year osteopathic medical students on clinical rotation at one of the CAOM member hospitals

Deadline: November 2024


Past Award Winner Recipients


Student Advocate Award Winners: 

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

Abstract Research & Scholarly Activity 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

Medical Students: 

First Place:

Olivia Humpel, OMS-II | LECOM |  Case Report | Novel Mutation in Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase in Patient with X-linked Agammaglobulinemia and Confirmed Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Olivia Humpel, OMS-II | LECOM | Case Report | Undefined autoinflammatory condition following COVID-19 infection

Kevin Houk, OMS-III | LECOM | Literature Review | Effectiveness of OMT in Reducing Pain Medication Consumption

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

Peter Spencer, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Original Research |  Accuracy of Pre-Operative Planning Helical Blade Length During Treatment of Intertrochanteric Hip Fractures with Trochanteric Fixation Nail System 

Colleen Spolar, OMS-III | LECOM | Osteopathic Focused Activity | OMT in Reducing Lower Back Pain


Second Place:

Peter Spencer, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Case Report |  Sacral Ala Fracture Fixated via Midfoot Mesh Plate as Cannulated Screw Washer: A Case Report

Mohammed Razi, OMS-IV | LECOM | Literature Review | The Utility of Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment in the Management of Depression

Swetha Kareti, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Prevalence of Anemia in Rural and Urban Communities in Loja, Ecuador

Riya Shanavas, OMS-IV | LECOM | Osteopathic Focused Activity | Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment and its Impact on Time to Bowel Movement in Patients with Postoperative Ileus 


Third Place:

Caroline Kruithoff, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Case Report | Nevus Lipomatosus Cutaneous Superficialis: A Case Report in Egypt

Zachary Mackey, OMS-III | LECOM | Literature Review | Effects of OMT Treatment on Chronic Headaches and Migraines

Ayoub Harb, OMS-III | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Metformin use in Type II Diabetics and Delirium after Non-Cardiac Surgery: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis

Elizabeth Rohde, OMS-IV | OU-HCOM | Osteopathic Focused Activity | Somatic Function: The Missing Puzzle Piece of Osteopathy 


Honorable Mention:

Hannah Hardin, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Literature Review | An Updated Review of Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders associated with Streptococcus; What the Allergist Should Know



Student Advocate Award Winners: 

Julia C. Gaspare-Pruchnicki, OMS-III
Kathleen D. Tuggle, OMS-III
Mitchell C. Boshkos, OMS-III

Abstract Research & Scholarly Activity Winners: 


First Place - Ashwin K. Shankar, DO, University Hospitals, Allergy & Immunology Program | Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Mimicking Idiopathic Anaphylaxis


First Place - Brandon J. Ritchie, DO, University Hospitals Osteopathic Consortium, Transitional Year Residency | Chronic Ankle Instability: A Division-I Athlete’s Challenging Recovery from Lateral Ligament Repair and the Benefit of Lymphatic Drainage
Second Place - Mohan B. Muvvala, DO, University Hospitals Osteopathic Consortium, Family Medicine Program | Mechanistic actions of psychedelics on neurogenesis: Rebuilding the tapestry of consciousness
Third Place - Henry M. Blunk, DO, University Hospitals, St. John Medical Center, Internal Medicine Program | Acute Pulmonary Embolism in a Patient with STAT3 Mutation After Recent SARS-CoV2 Infection
Honorable Mention - Irfan Ali, DO, University Hospitals, St. John Medical Center, Internal Medicine Program | Lenvatinib Induced Pancreatitis in a Patient with Metastatic Neuroendocrine Tumor

Medical Student:

First Place:

Rachel A. Branning, OMS-IV | OU-HCOM | Case Report | A case of Medical Management of Spondylodiscitis with neurological deficits
Phuong Daniels, OMS-IV | LECOM | Educational Research | Procedural Training Series Impact on Allergy/Immunology Trainees’ Fellowship Experience
Emily Shuffstall, OMS-IV | LECOM | Literature Review | Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Hospital Length of Stay in Post-Operative Patients: A Meta-Analysis
Claire Stuart, OMS-III | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Improving Health Literacy: Creating an Effective Nutritional Pamphlet
Phuong Daniels, OMS-IV | LECOM | Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity | Development of a home-based osteopathic manipulative module

Second Place:

Nicholas P. Panico, OMS-III | LECOM | Case Report | Familial Eosinophilic Esophagitis with an X-Linked Inheritance Pattern
Hannah M. Parson, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Educational Research | Examining the Role of Medical Education in Refugee Care Readiness and Cultural Competency
Mitchell Boshkos, OMS-III | LECOM | Literature Review | Can autologous PRP injections be used as an alternative treatment method for disc herniations? A review
Ayoub R. Harb, OMS-II | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Prognostic Value with Combined Sonographic Optic Nerve Sheath Diameter and Near Infrared Spectroscopy Measurements for Predicting Neurological Outcome after Cardiac Arrest
Jeffrey Sommer, OMS-III | LECOM | Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity | Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Techniques on Reducing Headache Days

Third Place:

Phuong Daniels, OMS-IV | LECOM | Case Report | Negative Penicillin Skin testing induced anaphylaxis
Mitchell Boshkos, OMS-III | LECOM | Literature Review | Gait Improvements in Parkinson’s Disease as a Result of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment & Gait Training
Rebecca L. Schmehl, OMS-III | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Abandoning the Cut: A Maasai Community Transitions from FGM/C
Syed Ali Quadri, OMS-III | LECOM | Case Study > Literature Review | Manipulative Treatment on the OA Joint to Treat Tension Type Headaches

Honorable Mention:

Tyler M. Birkholz, OMS-IV | OU-HCOM | Case Report | Non-Operative Management of Sarcina ventriculi Associated Severe Emphysematous Gastritis: A Case Report
Phuong Daniels, OMS-IV | LECOM | Case Report | A patient with a corticosteroid-resistant pruritic rash: A clinicopathological challenge
Nathan Fletcher, OMS-III | OU-HCOM | Original Research | MRI-Determined Tidal Volumes, Minute Ventilation, and Cardiac Output in Neonatal Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Adam Taha, OMS-I | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Developmental Pesticide Exposure Causes an Autism-Related Phenotype in Mouse and Prairie Vole
Kailee M. Pollock, OMS-I | OU-HCOM | Original Research | Outcomes related to cardiac surgery enhanced recovery after surgery (C-ERAS) protocol



Student Advocate Award: 

Elizabeth Rohde, OMS-III, OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus
Haleigh Minor, OMS-III, OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus
Tyler M. Birkholz, OMS-III, OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus

Abstract Research & Scholarly Activity Winners: 


First Place - Madiha E. Huq, D.O. | Posner Schlossman Syndrome in Common Variable Immunodeficiency


First Place - Hani Yousef, D.O. | Challenging Case of Severe Rhabdomyolysis in COVID-1 Patient

Medical Student:

First Place:
Marc Trommer, OMS-IV | Case Report  |  The Effect of Osteopathic Manipulation on the Overall Outcome in Patients with Migraine Headaches
Marc Edwards, OMS-III | Original Research | Evaluation of pre-hospital marijuana exposure and hospital opioid utilization in  a trauma population
Phuong Daniels, OMS-III | Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity | The effectiveness of osteopathic manual manipulation on pain management in patients with fibromyalgia: A meta-analysis

Second Place:
Phuong Daniels, OMS-III | Case Report | Tracheobronchomalacia associated with Common Variable Immunodeficiency
Phuong Daniels,OMS-III| Original Research | Efficacy of epinephrine rinse in allergen immunotherapy with aeroallergen and venom
Zachary Hostoffer, OMS-III | Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity | Exploratory Analysis of the Effects of OMT on Chronic Neck Pain

Third Place:
Marija Rowane, OMS-IV | Case Report | Osteopathic approach to hereditary angioedema attacks
Marija Rowane, OMS-IV | Original Research | Anaphylaxis order set quality improvement failure warrants additional intervention
Ryan Doyle, OMS-III | Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity | Does the use of OMT reduce HIT-6 survey scores in the treatment of migraine headaches?

Honorable Mention:
Sydney Pence, OMS-III | Case Report | Clostridium sordellii: A cause of toxic shock syndrome after a breach in GI tract
Emily Shuffstall, OMS-III | Original Research | Effects of Combining Essential Oils on Growth Inhibition of Staphylococcus aureus
Marija Rowane, OMS-IV | Original Research | Predictors of intravenous immunoglobulin influence on the fractional exhaled nitric oxide levels in  common variable immunodeficiency patient
Ezra Klein, OMS-IV | Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity | Still in the Hospital: How OMT Can Be Used to Decrease Postoperative Length of Stay



Student Advocate Award: 

Nathan Katz, OMS-IV, OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus
Austin Sellers, OMS-III, LECOM, UH/UHOC East
Rajshri Joshi, OMS-IV, OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus

Abstract Research & Scholarly Activity Contest Winners: 


First Place: Reimus Valencia, D.O. | A heterozygous novel variant of SMARCAL1 gene causing Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia
Second Place: Ryan Shilian, D.O. | Development of Osteopathic Rhinitis Module in an Allergy/Immunology Fellowship
Third Place: Craig Sewell, D.O. | Emerging Lethal Electronic Cigarette Drug Trends: ARDS and Death from a "Zombie Apocalypse"


First Place: Hani Yousef, D.O. | Pseudo-complication of transvenous pacemaker implantation
Second Place: Madiha Huq, D.O. | Posner Schlossman Syndrome in Common Variable immune deficiency

Medical Student:

First Place:
Lauren Henn, OMS-III | Case Report | An Unlikely Source of Group B Streptococcal Vertebral Osteomyelitis: A Case Report
Austin Sellers, OMS-II | Educational Research | Minority Representation in Osteopathic Medical Education: Are We Doing Enough?
Cylie Alflen, OMS-III | Literature Review | Evaluation of OMT in Pain Reduction in Pregnant Women During Third Trimester and Postpartum
Joshua Valerio, OMS-III | Original Research | Effects of Hippotherapy on Balance in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis: A Meta-Analysis
George Matta, OMS-II | Osteopathic Focused Research | Meta-analysis of Randomized-Controlled Trials Evaluating the Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as an Adjunct Treatment Modality for Pain

Second Place:
Ami Shah, OMS-IV | Case Report | Ileus and Ischemic Ulcers in the Setting of Legionella Pneumophilia
Avalon Regalbuto, OMS-IV | Educational Research | DERM Digital Toolkit for Pediatric Residencies: an intervention and critique
Syed Ahmed, OMS-III | Literature Review | The Impact of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Postoperative Hospital Length of Stay
Prajin Srivastav, OMS-III | Original Research | The efficacy of Epley Maneuver compared to Brandt-Daroff and Semont Exercise in reducing short-term recurrence in Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Mercedes Kent, OMS-III | Osteopathic Focused Research (tied) | Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy in the Treatment of Respiratory Disorders
Shannon Myers, OMS-III | Osteopathic Focused Research (tied) | Can OMT Improve Athletic Performance?

Third Place:
Rajshri Joshi, OMS-IV | Case Report |  Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis in the Setting of Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome
Rahim Faizan, OMS-III | Literature Review | Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis in the Setting of Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome
Abigale Cannone, OMS-III | Original Research | Structure and culture of US Healthcare as barriers to prenatal care adherence for African-American mothers at high risk for infant mortality in Cleveland Ohio.
Marija Rowane, OMS-III | Osteopathic Focused Research | Osteopathic Structural Clinical Exam Case Study: Primary Immunodeficiency Associated with Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase regulatory subunit 1 (PIK3R1) Gene Mutation

*No award was given in Educational Research for third place

Honorable Mention:

Peris Kibera, OMS-III | Case Report | Severe Eczema with Erythroderma in an African American Male Patient
Marija Rowane, OMS-III | Case Report | Chronic morbidities of COVID-19: A Young Female with an Acute Thrombotic Cerebrovascular Accident


Student Advocate Award: 

Noor Ramhai, OMS-III | OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus
Aishwarya (Sunny) Sharma, OMS-IV | OU-HCOM, Cleveland Campus

Abstract Research Contest Award Winners: 

First Place: Sandeep Bhatti, OMS III | Minor Respiratory Compromise and Emergency Department Predictors of Mortality in Acute Pancreatitis 

Second Place: Elsie U. Ikpot, OMS II | Perceived Lack of Safety and Social Cohesion in Neighborhood as Contributors to Chronic Stress in Pregnant and Postpartum African American Mothers at High Risk for Infant Mortality in Cleveland, OH


Student Advocate Award: 

Not held in 2019

Abstract Research Contest Award Winners: 

Rayna Doll, DO | Predicting Patient Response to Pneumococcal 23-vaccine
Simone Majetich, DO | Patient Education of OMM as a Gateway to Treatment: A Pilot Study


Abstract Research Contest Award Winners: 

Perry Hooper, DO | Effectiveness of Various Vitamin D Protocols on Raising and Maintaining Blood Serum 25(O) D3 levels over a 3 month period
Ryan Shilian, DO | Daily Care Conferences Decrease COPD Hospitalization Length of Stay in Community Based Hospitals


Abstract Research Contest Award Winners:

Monica Sandu, DO
Grace Brantingham, DO


Student Advocate Award: 

Christina Loyke, OMS, OU-COM
Jeremy Fitzig, OMS, LECOM

Abstract Research Contest Award Winners: 

Perry Hooper, DO | A Radiographic Analysis of Hip Morphologic Differences between Genders in Adolescents with FAI
J. Freeland Ackley, DO | The Routine use of Tranexamic Acid Decreases Transusion Rates & Financial Costs in Total Knee & Hip Arthroplasty
Yoon Mi Kim, DO |  Oxcarbazepine Inducing Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia & Systemic Symptoms Masquerading as Anaphylaxis
John A. Frith, DO | Thromboembolic Stroke from Hymenoptera Sting-Induced Anaphylaxis


Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert A. Evans, DO
Albert Evans, DO

Abstract Research Contest Award Winners: 

Precious L Barnes, DO, MS,  | Considerations into the Benefits, Durations, and Recommended Treatment Intervals for Muscle Energy and High Velocity Low Amplitude Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment 
Sonam Rama, OMS
Jessica Carney, DO


Abstract Research Winners:

Precious L. Barnes, DO
Pezhman Shoureshi, DO
Jennifer Valentic, OMS
Steven Summers, OMS


Student Advocate Award: 

Melissa Parks, OMS-3
George Assad, OMS-3


Abstract Research Winners:

Rahim Fazel, DO
Lindsy Boggs, OMS


Abstract Research Winners:

Peater Saitta, DO
Nathaniel Brady, DO
Katherine Kline, OMS

Student Advocate Award: 

Kristen Conrad (South Pointe Hospital)
Katherine Ritchey (St. John West Shore Hospital)


2007- 2008

Abstract Research Winners:

Amy Resetar, DO - Research Grant
Mary Solomon, DO - Research Grant
Sarah MacLeish, DO - Research Grant 
Payal Patel, DO - Resident/Intern Winner
Saima Kairm, OMS - Student Winner

Student Advocate Award: 

Mathew Rose (South Pointe Hospital)
Maria Mazzone (St. John West Shore Hospital)


Abstract Research Winners:

Mary Carneval, DO
Michelle Caldwell, OMS

Student Advocate Award: 

Draion Birch (South Pointe Hospital)
Amy Resetar (St. John West Shore Hospital)



Student Advocate Award:

Stephanie Seig, MS (St. John West Shore Hospital)


Check back for additional historical records on past award winners.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine Lifetime Achievement Award, which began in 2015, is granted to deserving individual(s) that have had a lifetime of contributions to the osteopathic profession with a positive impact on the communities in NE Ohio.

To nominate a physician who is deserving of this award, please CLICK HERE to complete the nomination form.  

Nominations can be made at any time but will be reviewed annually in December.  The award is presented at our annual Winter (January) Conference. 


Past Award Recipients:

2024 | George Thomas, DO
2023 | Lawrence K. Lief, DO
2015 | Robert A. Evans, DO
2015 | Albert Evans, DO 


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Susan Ratay, DO, Kelly Raj, DO, George Thomas, DO and Robert Juhaz, DO

Evans Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award 2015