June 6, 2023

Department researchers win big at Michigan Family Medicine Research Day

Winners received honors for best clinical research presentation, best quality improvement project and best pediatrics research presentation.

Three medical residents and a research assistant from the Department of Family Medicine (DFM) received top honors at the 45th Annual Michigan Family Medicine Research Day, hosted by Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine. The awards recognize exceptional research presented by Michigan-based family physicians. The winners were:

Kathleen Abenes, MD, and Caleb Arthur, MD

Best Clinical Research Presentation: Youths’ Perceptions and Behaviors on COVID-19 Testing

Mentors: Tammy Chang, MD, MPH, MS, Marika Waselewski, MPH, and Samantha A. Chuisano, MPH


Laura Kruger, MD

Best Quality Improvement Project Presentation: FOCAL POINT Furthering Ophthalmic Care Among Limited English Proficient Patients: Post-operative Instructions in Translation 

Mentor: Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH


Blessing Fanegan, BS  

Best Pediatrics Research Presentation: Increased researcher identity and sustained engagement during the first year of MYHealth Research Training Program for High School Students

Mentor: Melissa DeJonckheere, PhD

In addition to the awarded presentations, DFM medical resident Carol Marie Shetty, MD, gave an oral presentation titled, “Structural Racism in Newborn Drug Testing: Healthcare and Child Protective Services Professional Perspectives.” She was mentored by Justine Wu, MD, MPH, Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH, FAAFP, and P. Paul Chandanabhumma, PhD, MPH.

The annual research event provides an opportunity for Michigan-based family physicians to discuss their research and applied practice experiences with their peers. It is sponsored by the family medicine departments at the University of Michigan Medical School, Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, and the Family Medicine Foundation of Michigan.

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