20 physicians in training present original research at 2nd annual HOD poster presentation

December 04, 2017
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

The California Medical Association (CMA) and Network of Ethnic Physician Organizations (NEPO) jointly hosted the second annual poster session to showcase research by medical students, residents and fellows across California. This year’s poster session was a huge success, with 20 posters selected for the presentation—twice the number of last year’s competition.

The research was well received by all, and we hope that this will become a permanent fixture at future meetings and encourage more future physicians to take an active role within CMA. The amazing quality of the research is evidenced by the fact that the judges selected six winning presentations this year (see full list below)!


One of the winners in the clinical research category was a second-year medical student from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine, Michelle Epps. Epps did her research on provider knowledge of celiac disease and how physicians can improve disease diagnosis in high-risk populations. “After reviewing the existing literature, it became so evident that there is this huge deficit in provider knowledge about screening and diagnosing celiac disease,” Epps said. “Current research suggests that over 80 percent of individuals with celiac disease are either misdiagnosed or undiagnosed and, consequently, are at higher risk for clinical complications. As providers, we need to do a better job at identifying these individuals.”


Another winner, UCLA third-year medical student Anthony Bui, presented research on police violence and its racial underpinning in the United States. “Providing objective evidence to public health issues is critical to informing honest and fair health policymaking,” said Bui. “Collaborating with colleagues of mine at Harvard and Berkeley, we aimed to provide more evidence that could inform the need for policy change and resource allocation focused on reducing deaths related to police violence.”


UCR medical student Marissa Fox was also recognized for her research on how resident-centered education intervention can improve physicians’ knowledge and attitudes toward providing care to transgender patients. “The lack of adequate transgender education for medical students and residents contributes to the barriers that transgender patients face when attempting to access a provider that is knowledgeable about their care,” said Fox. “It is my hope that we can improve physician knowledge, comfort and awareness in dealing with transgender patients, with the ultimate goal of improving the health outcomes in this marginalized population.”



The full list of winners is below.


Social science/health policy research:


Clinical research:


The judges also selected two additional winners whose research demonstrated an immediate clinical relevance to pressing issues facing underserved communities:


Additional presenters and subjects included:


  • Varina Clark, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, MS-2: "Knowledge, risk perceptions and preventative practices for colorectal and liver cancer among adults in Cuernavaca, Mexico"
  • Stephanie Clavijo, UCLA Charles R. Drew University of Medicine, MS-2: "An assessment of endocrine/metabolic and cardiovascular findings in 18-29-year-old minority MSM in the mSTUDY"
  • Mayra Cruz, UCSF School of Medicine, MS-4: "A follow up on ‘Fear of discovery among Latino immigrants presenting to the emergency department’"
  • Milli Desai, MHS, UC San Diego School of Medicine, MS-2: "Weight loss and psychosocial outcomes of a one-year text message intervention for obese English and Spanish speaking adults"
  • Jay Guan, M.D., USC Keck School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, PGY-3: "Burden of melanoma at a public hospital with a large Hispanic population"
  • Isaure Hostetter, UC Irvine School of Medicine, MS-3: "Gallstone ultrasound screening in the Ngöbe population of rural Panama"
  • Evangelina Martinez, UC Irvine School of Medicine, MS-3: "Identifying barriers to prenatal health care in rural Panama"

To view photos of the poster presentations, visit www.flickr.com/californiamedicalassociation.


  • Lucia Martinez, UCLA Charles R. Drew University of Medicine, MS-4: "A novel multimodal medical Spanish curriculum: results of pilot study"
  • Briga Mullin, UC Irvine School of Medicine, MS-2: "Feasibility of facilitating doctor-patient communication for underserved Latino patients with type 2 diabetes through utilization of a list of questions"
  • Anderson Nguyen, UC Irvine School of Medicine, MS-2: "Assessing the factors that contribute to nutrition and childhood obesity issues in Watts community of South Los Angeles"
  • Angelina Nieto-Rodriguez, USC Keck School of Medicine, MS-4: "Obstacles and limitations in group diabetes management education visits among Hispanic patients"
  • Anson Snow, M.D., USC Keck School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, PGY-3: "Outcomes among Hispanic patients with melanoma receiving systemic therapy"
  • Chinh Tran, MPH, UC Irvine School of Medicine, MS-2: "Delayed cord clamping pilot results among California neonatal intensive care units"
  • Micha Y. Zheng, MPH, UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, MS-3: "Prevalence of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicine postpartum practices at a federally qualified health center"


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