May 29, 2024

University of Michigan researchers make a strong showing at recent Michigan Family Medicine Research Day

Participants included medical residents, faculty, and numerous department staff members who served as presenters, judges, and mentors.

Members of the Department of Family Medicine, including faculty and medical residents, as well as students from the University of Michigan Medical School, showed strong presentation at the 46th Annual Michigan Family Medicine Research Day, held this year at Wayne State University.

Michigan Family Medicine Research Day is an annual event for researchers, practitioners and trainees in family medicine, allied health professions, and the behavioral sciences to come together in a collegial atmosphere where they can learn and exchange ideas that may improve patterns of practice and the health of patients.

The U-M Department of Family Medicine presenters discussed a wide variety of health subjects relevant to the practice. Faculty members also contributed substantially to the judges pool – providing 14 of the 25 judges, which speaks to the dedication of the department’s scholarly mission.

A list of our presentations and presenters from this year include:

Inclusive and Accessible Vehicular Transportation: Priorities and Expectations of People with Disabilities regarding Autonomous Vehicles - Sriram Swaminathan, Family Medicine research associate, on behalf of Jodi Kreschmer, MSW, Research Area Associate Specialist with U-M’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Racial Disparities in Newborn Drug Testing after Implementation of Question - Based Screening for Prenatal Substance Use - Resident Adam Darwiche, MD; Faculty Mentors: Christopher Frank, MD, PhD; Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH


Dr. Bhavneet Singh
Family Medicine Resident Bhavneet Singh, M.D.

Concussion Knowledge Barriers within Michigan Medicine Family Medicine Department - Resident Bhavneet Singh, MD; Faculty Mentor: Benjamin Beduhn, MD

Attitudes and knowledge of implicit bias and CPS referrals - Resident Aisha Jamal, MD; Faculty Mentors: Emad Abou-Arab, MD, Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH

Reducing Hospital Admission using Remote Patient Monitoring - Assistant Professor Ghazwan Toma, MD

Family Medicine Physician Knowledge and Attitudes Towards Psychedelics and Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy - Resident Mustafa F. Polat, MD; Faculty Mentor: James Aikens, PhD


An Educational Innovation to Improve the Quality of Feedback Towards Medical Students - Resident Jessica E. Barnes, MD; Faculty Mentors: Joel Heidelbaugh, MD; Rudy Wenner, MD

Assessing non-HIV STI Testing Practices for Transgender and Gender Diverse Persons Among Family Medicine Physicians - Resident Seema Mehta, DO, MSc; Faculty Mentors: Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, PhD, MSW; Julie Blaszczak, MD, MEHP; Shanna Kattari, PhD


Research Associates Hasan Khan, Liv Terry and Mornikeji Ojubanire posing in front of a large research poster
Family Medicine Research Associates Hasan Khan, Liv Terry & Morenikeji Ojubanire presenting a poster on youth perspectives on healthcare accessibility and availability.

Youth Perspectives on Healthcare Accessibility and Availability: Results from a Youth-Led Nationwide Study - University of Michigan Medical School student Annika Agni

Penicillin allergy testing with direct oral challenge embedded into the primary care clinic - Resident Julio Garcia-Castro, MD; Faculty Mentors: Mikel Llanes, MD; Anna McEvoy, MD

Qualitative Perspectives on Food Delivery and Low Carbohydrate Education for People with Food Insecurity and Type 2 Diabetes - Resident Laurel Gutierrez, MD; Faculty Mentor: Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH

Integration of Medication Abortion into Clinic: Understanding Staff Attitudes Surrounding Abortion - Resident Hannah Verrilli, MD; Faculty Mentors: Liza Brecher, MD; Julie Prussack, MD; Justine Wu, MD, MPH

Exploring the Values of Black Women Seeking Prenatal Care at a Free, Faith-Based Clinic - Resident Jasmine Tzeggai, MD; Faculty Mentor: Katherine Gold, MD, MSW, MS

Multi-modality dietary intervention for colorectal cancer prevention: The MyBestGI trial - Professor Zora Djuric, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Marie Claire O’Dwyer, MB, BCh, BAO, MPH, director of resident scholarly research for the department, characterized the presenters as an incredible group of medical residents whose presentations encompassed a tremendous amount of hard work. That work, she noted, was guided by many departmental mentors.

“Seeing how many different individuals were listed between all the residents reminded me of the extent of mentorship and collaboration within our department,” she said “Thank you to all the faculty mentors, administrators and program staff that help our residents succeed in such meaningful work. Well done to our soon-to-be class of 2024!”

Suzanna M. Zick, ND, MPH, interim associate chair for Research for Family Medicine, also attended the event to watch the family medicine clinician-researchers of the future.

“I had the pleasure of hearing many of our residents and faculty present and was impressed by the quality of the science and poise with their presentation skills,” Zick said “While we may not have won any awards this year, seeing the impact of this scholarly work is the best prize of all!”

The Michigan Family Medicine Research Day 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 Michigan Academy of Family Physicians.

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