Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) Resident Poster Competition

Each year, WOEMA invites resident physicians to the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) to present posters on occupational and environmental medicine research or projects that have been conducted.  A review panel awards a first, second, and third prize to the presenters. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the "posters" were presented virtually, which continued in 2021 where residents created a short PowerPoint presentation or YouTube video in addition to a printed poster. Please see below to view the submissions.

The 2021 winners presented live at WOHC in Phoenix, AZ. Congratulations!


2021 Resident Poster Presentations

First place ribbon image1st Place: The Differences in COVID-19 Mortality to State Business Lockdown Measures, Trevor Pugh, DO, University of Utah
https://vimeo.com/591759114/1695c05b6e

Second place ribbon image2nd Place: Return to Work, Demographic Predictors, and Symptomatic Analysis Among Healthcare Workers Presenting for COVID-19 Testing: A Retrospective Cohort from a U.S. Academic Occupational Medicine Clinic, Zaira Chaudhry, MD, MPH, Loma Linda University Medical Center
https://vimeo.com/591762116/b3c84f2434

3rd Place: Diving Into The Unknown: A Hazard Analysis for the Denver Fire Department Dive Team, Kelsey Smithart, DO, MPH, University of Colorado
https://vimeo.com/592805242/8e0ef57223

3rd Place: Engineering Controls for Reducing Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Among Patients and Health Care Workers During Indoor COVID-19 Testing Procedures, Alex Rytting, MD, University of Utah
https://vimeo.com/593018866/4498894c14


Additional Submissions:

Infection with COVID-19 from Workplace Environmental Exposure in a Healthcare Setting, Christopher Granda, MD, University of San Diego
https://vimeo.com/591746327/4e16c19e6a

The Association of PFOA and PFOS in Drinking Water with Asthma ED Visits, Thomas Overton, MD, University of California Irvine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T19hSGKMlk

Coccidioidomycosis Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Worker: A Case Report, Rashmi Bhuyan, MD, University of California Irvine
https://vimeo.com/591756535/ba6b843b1a

The Man in the Irritant Mask: A Case Report, Robert West, MD, Loma Linda University Medical Center
https://vimeo.com/591772288/90c785e77f

South Korea's Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic, Ji Young Nam, MD, University of California San Francisco
https://vimeo.com/591790791/a8d346dfd5

Case Presentation: Small Bone, Big Cost, Samantha Ayoub, MD, University of California Irvine
https://vimeo.com/591798413/aa8353d291 

Patient with Right Ankle Sprain After Running; Progression to Acute Septic Arthropathy and Osteomyelitis of the Fibula, Stephen Craft, MD, University of California Irvine
https://vimeo.com/591815373/f205d837bc

Do Reminder Emails Improve Student Health’s Onboarding Efforts for Incoming Dental Students, Tamera Means, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine Meharry Medical College
https://vimeo.com/593027798/45d7b8a357


2020 Resident Poster Presentations

How does a virtual poster session work?

Residents created 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos in lieu of a poster and the submissions can be viewed below. The 2020 winner, Dr. Oluseyi Awodelegave a short live presentation and Q&A at the Virtual WOHC in September. WOEMA also interviewed the winner for a podcast where he talks about his research (podcast available November 10).

The runner-up is Dr. Dane Dicaro. Congratulations to both! 


First place ribbon image

Space Radiation Effects: Comparison of Ovarian Toxicity of Low Dose Gamma Radiation vs High LET Charged Particle Radiation

Presented by Oluseyi Awodele, MDUniversity of California Irvine

Second place ribbon imagePolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

Presented by Dane Dicaro, DOUniversity of California Irvine

Occupational Risk Factors for Diabetes Among Theravada Buddhist Monks in Myanmar (Burma)

Presented by Ai (Chloe) Chien, MD, MBA, MPH, UCSF Occupational Environmental Medicine

A Risk Assessment of a Large California Medical Center's TB Surveillance and Annual Testing Policy

Presented by Christopher Granda, DO, MS, University of California San Diego

An Unusual Condition Presenting with Low Back Pain

Presented by Thomas Overton, MD, University of California Irvine

Work in the Occupational Health Clinic During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by Alexander Nguyen, DO, University of Texas Health Science at Tyler

One-Year Descriptive Analysis of Patients Presenting with Work-Related Low Back Pain

Presented by Nasrin Kazemi, MD, MPH, Ph.D., Loma Linda University Occupational Residency Program

The Implementation and Impact of COVID-19 Prevention on the Health of Unionized Grocery Workers

Presented by Anthony Pacini, MD, MPH, University of California San Francisco OEM Residency

Hand Exertion Force and Shoulder Disorders Among Manual Laborers

Presented by Matthew Kiok, MD, MPH, University of California Berkeley


We sincerely thank Medlock Consulting for sponsoring the 2020 and 2021 Poster Presentations! 

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