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Cayuga Medical Center Holds First Upstate Poster Competition


Last Friday, December 2nd, the Cayuga Medical Center Internal Medicine Program, with co-sponsorships from the NY Chapter of American College of Physicians and Rural Health Equity Training Collaborative, hosted the first ever Upstate NY Poster Competition.

During the competition, participants and judges came from across Upstate NY including Rochester General, Rochester Regional, UHS Binghamton, Unity, Arnot, SUNY Upstate and the University of Buffalo.

The keynote speaker of the event was Dr. Jamila Michener, co-director of the Cornell Center for Health Equity. Dr Michener highlighted the importance of centering voices of people with experience gained in actual events in order to improve policies and help transform how healthcare can be practiced for the better.

“She encouraged the audience to challenge assumptions, listen, and build power among marginalized populations to truly achieve health equity,” stated Julia Ressler, Manager Community Health & Engagement, Cayuga Health.

The poster competition included participants showcasing their research and work in the newest advances in healthcare with the theme of health equality. The conference aimed to make a platform for physicians to be able to present real-time work and share views related to the theme of the conference.

“Our goal for this poster competition was to provide a local venue for residents of the Southern Tier and Upstate NY region to network among medical peers, to share innovative scholarly activities, to showcase unique community projects, and ultimately to stimulate collaborative and creative thinking,” stated Dr. Janette Lee, Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at CMC. “I think, looking around the room, we accomplished our goal.”

A panel of judges from Cayuga Health including Dr. Timothy Bael, Dr. Lisa Cotton, Dr Reilly Coch, Dr. Andreia DeLima, Dr. Caitlyn Foor-Pessin, Dr. Judy Griffin, Dr. Mohomamad Samih, Dr. Fnu Seemant, Dr. Anthony Sidari , as well as Dr. Daniel Chin from UHS Binghamton. Other participating panelists from Cayuga Health included Dr. Melissa Dhundale, Herb Alexander, Samara Touchton, Julia Ressler, Lara Parilla, who served as judges for the category of health equity.

Awards were given in five separate categories. Those categories were:

Case Report/Clinical Vignette:
1st place: Vidisha Master – Rochester General
2nd place: Binay Kshetree – Cayuga Medical Center

Quality Improvement:
1st place: Munu Napit – Cayuga Medical Center
2nd place: Hyonju Kim – Cayuga Medical Center

Clinical Research:
1st place: Rachael Proumen – SUNY Upstate
2nd place: Angela Khidhir – University at Buffalo

Medical Education:
1st place: Anurage Aryal – Cayuga Medical Center
2nd place: Murad Ali – University at Buffalo

SDOH (Social Determinants of Health):
Award of Distinction – Hyonju Kim – Cayuga Medical Center

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