The XII Annual Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) Research Symposium, sponsored by The Geneva Foundation, was held on May 2 at Fort Bragg. It is the signature research event for the Cape Fear Research Consortium that is comprised of local Cape Fear region academic, healthcare, and military organizations.

The XII Annual Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) Research Symposium, sponsored by The Geneva Foundation, was held on May 2 at Fort Bragg. It is the signature research event for the Cape Fear Research Consortium that is comprised of local Cape Fear region academic, healthcare, and military organizations.

It was the most successful to date featuring 18 podium and 76 poster presentations. Symposium director was Dr. Cris Berry-Caban, Senior Scientist, Department of Research, WAMC and the Master of Ceremony was LTC Stephen DeLellis, Deputy Surgeon, U.S. Army Special Operations Command. COL John Melton, Commander of WAMC greeted the over 100 presenters and guests from the Cape Fear region thanking them for their work in research which ultimately supports the Warfighter.

Winners are as follows:

Student category podium presentation:

1st: Rebecca S. Hilleary, MSCR, Campbell University; “Assessment of real-world data for evidence for gender disparities in the provision of education amongst patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease.”

2nd: CPT Megan K. Hardesty, PsyD, WAMC-Department of Behavioral Health; “The enemy within: A study of suicide risk factors in the military.”

3rd: CPT Joshua W. Monson, DO, WAMC-Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology; “Knowledge assessment of United States Army Medics in the management of postpartum hemorrhage.”

Faculty/staff category podium presentation:

1st: Otto Schwake, PhD, Methodist University; “Influence of climate on Legionella contamination in automobile windshield washer fluid.”

2nd: Miranda van Tilburg, PhD, Campbell University; “Distinct subtypes of irritable bowel syndrome defined by psychological symptoms, visceral pain sensitivity, stool consistency, and motility.”

3rd: Angelica P. Ahrens, MBA, WAMC-Department of Brain Injury Medicine; “A deep dive into the relationship between computerized neurocognitive assessment tools and symptoms of mild traumatic brain injury.”

Original Research category poster presentation:

1st: John S. Klaric, PhD, WAMC-Department of Research; “E-cigarettes: Epidemiology and relationships with acrolein urinary biomarkers in a nationally representative sample: NHANES (Ages 18 - 25).”

2nd: MAJ Christopher Stucky, PhD, WAMC-Department of Nursing; “A Network analysis of perioperative communication patterns in a military medical setting.”

3rd: John S. Klaric, PhD, WAMC-Department of Research; “ALT/AST ratio as a possible predictor of abnormal insulin sensitivity and potential type 2 diabetes in a nationally representative sample, aged 18 – 25.”

Case Reports category poster presentation:

1st: Urvika Choksey, MD, Southern Regional Area Health Education Center; “TB or not TB? A case of M. Tuberculosis causing genito-urinary infection.”

2nd: Brianna Schumaker, medical student, Campbell University; “Tubo-Ovarian tuberculosis: A case of mistaken malignancy.”

3rd: MAJ Bryce K. Meyers, DO, WAMC-Department of Family Medicine; “Giant Baker cyst of the knee.”

Other scholarly activity category poster presentation:

1st: Benjamin Tan, medical student, Campbell University; “Global perspectives and contemporary issues of clinical research instruction and learning in medical schools: A critical literature review.”

2nd: Benjamin T. Paul, LCSW, 82nd Airborne Division; “The behavioral health combat pill pack: A case series and literature review.”

3rd: Kalyani Avva, BS, Campbell University; “A systematic review of motility based interventions for constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome.”

The Cape Fear region is blessed with outstanding institutions and I applaud the tremendous effort put forth for these scholarly projects. Many of these presentations will result in publications. We all look forward to a bright future.

Y. Sammy Choi, MD

Chief, Department of Research

Womack Army Medical Center Fort Bragg, NC 28310.

Research Office: 907.6522

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Email: young.s.choi.civ@mail.mil.