Womack Army Medical Center hosted the 2017 Research Symposium at the Pope Family Readiness Group Center, May 3.

The annual event provides an opportunity for researchers to share presentations on current research projects designed to help advance Army medicine. This year’s symposium saw presenters from Womack and several other regional institutions to include Campbell University, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and the Southern Regional Area Health Education Center.

Presentations included 20-minute podium presentations from 16 presenters and more than 40 poster displays.

The leadership at Womack emphasizes the importance of research for not only those in residency programs at the hospital, but among the faculty, as well.

“We practice evidence-based medicine and without the research you do, we wouldn’t be able to do that,” said Col. Kenneth Shaw, deputy commander for quality and safety, WAMC.

Dr. Cristobal Berry-Caban, an epidemiologist with WAMC’s Department of Clinical Investigation, spearheaded the event, which is in its eighth year. He said the symposium has grown substantially during his tenure and that he was pleased other medical units on Fort Bragg participated this year.

“The Research Symposium is a great opportunity for everyone to get an overview of what projects other researchers are working on,” said Berry-Caban. “It’s a way for us to come together and find ways to partner in our efforts.”

The presentations ran the gamut, from exploring a utilization review of intraoperative intravenous acetaminophen, which could potentially save military hospitals thousands of dollars a month, to better opportunities for bone screenings.

The winning podium presentation in the faculty and staff category was Lt. Col. Jasmine Han, chief, Gynecologic Oncology, WAMC, who presented about the prevalence of genital HPV infection and HPV vaccination rates in United States males. In the training program category, Capt. Shawn Bookwalter, a pharmacy resident at WAMC, placed first with his presentation about trends between post-traumatic stress disorder and the use of prescription stimulants in military service members with attention deficit disorders.

The top poster presentation in the faculty and staff category was Maj. Melissa Scorza, WAMC, with her poster about seronegative systemic sclerosis. The top student poster was by Sabrina Tavella about modifiable risk factors of memory and cognitive impairments: the relationship between stroke and dementia.