The Research Scholar Program provides structured educational research opportunities for undergraduate students. Within each session, students apply for positions offered by health network departments. Each position involves a combination of research, as well as professional and clinical observations. The program offers educational experience for students and additionally provides valuable assistance to health network departments.

Go to Lehigh Valley Health Network's website for more information about the Research Scholar program.

2017

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Cardiac Sarcoidosis Mimicking Arrhythmogenic Right Venticular Dysplasia., Ross Biggs DO, Brijesh Patel MD, Matthew W. Martinez MD, Matthew McCambridge MD, Susan Kim MD, and Norman Marcus MD (Poster)

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A Case of Pregnancy-associated Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis., Misbat Chaudry MD and Samuel Adediran MD (Poster)

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Endoscopic Gastrojejunostomy: A Novel Approach to Roux Limb Obstructions Following Roux-en-Y Hepaticojejunostomy., Travis Magdaleno MD, Eric Nellis MD, Hiral N. Shah MD, and Shashin Shah MD (Poster)

2016

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Developing Clinical Case Scenarios for the LVHN Virtual Simulation Center, Arianne Aguirre (Poster)

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Optimizing Diabetes Management in Long Term Care, Keelia Benner (Poster)

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Alumni Perception of the Emerging Health Professionals Dual-Enrollment Program and its Effects on Post-Secondary Education and Career Trajectory , Stephanie Bernal; Margaret A. Hadinger Ed.D, MS; and Kerri Green MS, MEd. (Poster)

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The Use of Video Capture Technology to Assess Surgical Skills of General Surgery Residents, Taylor Blondell; David Deisher DO; Charles Scagliotti MD,FFACS; and Robert Ruhf (Poster)

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Implementing Electronic Patient Engagement and Navigation in TJR Pathway, Ryan Bone (Poster)

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The Information Seeking Behaviors of Providers Regarding Benefits/Harms of Treatments at Lehigh Valley Health Network-A Pilot Study, Nathan Clevenger; Robert D. Barraco MD, MPH; Bryan G. Kane MD; and Rahul Mhaskar MD, PhD (Poster)

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A Comparative Analysis Using Endoscopic Simulation to Assess Surgical Skill of OB/GYN Residents , Taylor Corsi, Shannon Bonner, Joseph E. Patruno MD, Timothy M. Pellini MD, Martin A. Martino MD, and Jhonathan Duarte MD (Poster)

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Prevalence of Ticks Infected with Human Pathogens in the Lehigh Valley: Molecular Surveillance, Emily Davidson (Poster)

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Pilot Study on Interval Colon Cancer: Missed Colon Cancer or Fast Growth from a Serrated Polyp?, Alexa Deemer; Shereen M F Gheith M.D., PhD.; Jillian Grau MD; Elizabeth Dale MS; Nancy Holihan MB; Jeff Wisotzkey PhD; and David S. Bub MD (Poster)

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Development of a Clinical Pathway for the Whipple Procedure, Lilianna DeFalcis; Cathyann Feher RN, MSN; Jeffrey Brodsky MD; Candace Neiman RN; Christine D Joyce BSN, RN, CMSRN; Kimberly Fritts DPT; and Thomas A. McLoughlin (Poster)

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Telemedicine Technology – Specialty, Financial, and Psychological Implications and Its Impact on Modern Medicine, Shivani Desai (Poster)

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Creation of a Gynecology Surgical Simulation Curriculum for LVHN Ob/Gyn Residents, Erin Farmer, Carlie Skellington, Joseph E. Patruno MD, Timothy M. Pellini MD, and Martin A. Martino MD (Poster)

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A Restrospective Analysis of the Association of Obesity with Anthracycline and Trastuzumab Induced Cardiotoxicity in the Treatment of Cancer, Vienna Figliolini, Ranju Gupta MD, and Deborah W Sundlof DO (Poster)

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10-year outcome of the Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) Procedure (Poster), Jacob Fink, Youssef Zaki, Tim S. Misselbeck MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Review of Cases of Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Elderly Treated at Lehigh Valley Health Network from 2010-2014, Melanie Goetz and Savitri Skandan MD (Poster)

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Implementation and Formalization of the LVPG Triad Development Process, Michelle Goodwin, Stephanie May MA, and Judith Colombo MS (Poster)

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Prevalence of Homelessness or At-Risk for Homelessness in the ED Setting, Marna R. Greenberg DO, MPH, FACEP; Brett Feldman PA-C; Osman Z. Abbasi DO; Joshua Enyart DO; Yasir Abunamous BA; Timothy Batchelor; Emily L. Bennett BS; Cristina G. Calogero BS; Kareem S. Elsayed; Rachel F. Ledyard BS; Mikdat Ulas BS; Alexis M. Begliomini BA; Zachary J. Ezrow BS; and Timothy J. Friel MD (Poster)

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Impact of Stool Testing at Lehigh Valley Health Network with the Implementation of a New Comprehensive Stool PCR Test , Amanda Guth and Amy Slenker MD (Poster)

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PA Shadowing Experience at LVHN and Potential Effects on Future Career Choices, Logan Handwerk (Poster)

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Assessing High Reliability in Inpatient Pediatric Units, Rachael Hart; Brittany O'Brien; and J. Nathan Hagstrom MD, MHCM (Poster)

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Exploring Health Beliefs Among Hispanic Adults with Prediabetes (Poster), Jordan Hayes and Beth Careyva M.D. (Poster)

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Improving the Quality of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Through Effective Preliminary Training, Megan Hoffman and Andrew Katz (Poster)

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The Use of SimCapture Videotaping to Improve Performance of Residents in Surgery in, Maryann Ho, Nathan Feiertag, Joseph Patruno MD, Timothy Pellini MD, Martin Martino MD, Andrew Katz MA, and Michael Fink (Poster)

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Applications of Bluetooth Radio Technology and Indoor Positioning in the Hospital , Christian Howell and Andrew Katz (Poster)

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Rethinking Open Repairs of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: New Stent Can Improve Patient Care and Cost Efficiency, Steven J. Imburgio and James L. Guzzo MD (Poster)

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Do Better: Using NSQIP-Pediatrics to target quality improvement initiatives for appendicitis, Taylor Iobst, Catherine Zimel, Heather Geist, Keith A. Thatch MD, and Marybeth Browne MD (Poster)

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Improving Process Flows In Credentialing Services, Matthew Jesiolowski (Poster)

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Piloting a Social Needs Screener in a Pediatric Clinic, Madeleine Kapushy, Kimberly C. Brown MD, Samantha A. Goodrich, and Preethi Rajan (Poster)

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Availability of Accessibility Resources in LVPG Practices, Jaime Kraky; Sweety Jain MD; and Judith Sabino MPH, CDP (Poster)

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Burnout, Balint Group, and New Beginnings: Unearthing the Next Step to Optimizing Triple Aim, Bethann Kulp and Jeffrey L. Sternlieb PhD (Poster)

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Evaluation of Patient Transport and Patient Flow, Emily Lenhart, Ryan M. Hay, and Daryl R. George (Poster)

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Hepatic Mesenchymal Harmartoma: an Unusual Presentation in an Adult, Alexandria Lerner, Michael Scarlato, and Rohit Sharma MD (Poster)

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Emergency Healthcare Provider Wait Time before Patient Discharge after Opioid Administration: A Gender Analysis, Angeline Lonardi; Kenneth D. Katz MD; and Anita Kurt PhD, RN (Poster)

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The Utilization of a Mechanical Ventilation Weaning Protocol in the NICU To Reduce Ventilator Duration, Anthony Lynch; Kenneth Miller MEd, MSRT, RRT-ACCS, NPS, AE-C, FAARC; and Chris Fenstermaker MSHSA, RRT-NPS (Poster)

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Voice of the Patient: Capturing the Needs and Concerns of Patients Regarding MyLVHN Patient Portal , Merly Mathews and Judith Colombo MD (Poster)

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Outcomes of Convergent Ablation Procedure using a Cryo-balloon Catheter for Treatment of Persistent Atrial Fibrillation (Poster), Rosalie Mattiola, Avery Cox, Bryan Auvil, Jennifer E. Macfarlan MPH, Gregory Altemose MD, Babak Bozorgnia MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Network Closet Documentation and Interconnected Automation, Thomas A. Miele and Paul W. Deiter (Poster)

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Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Practices, Shannon Moran; Lauren Dennelly MSW, LCSW; Gail Stern MSN; and Nyann Biery MS (Poster)

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The Value of Library Services, Jessica Mulligan and Kristine A. Petre MLS, CM, AHIP (Poster)

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A Pilot Study Investigating the Effects of Music Therapy on Sedation and Analgesic Requirements in Mechanically Vented Patients, Abby Pasquale and John J. Hong MD (Poster)

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Incidental Findings on CT Scans in Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Patients, Sydney Pickering, Alexandra Maryashina, Erik Sylvin MD, Raymond L. Singer MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Symptom Burden Prevalence Among Cancer Patients: Survey Creation and Validation, Ashley Saake, Daniel Ray MD, and Michael Chyu MD (Poster)

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Incidence of Deep Vein Thrombosis in Patients Undergoing Right Internal Jugular Vein cannulation for Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation , Taryn Samet, Nicole Stansbury, Tim S. Misselbeck MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Preliminary Data Entry: Bettering Weight Loss Surgery, Rebekah Samuels (Poster)

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Exploring Health Beliefs Among Hispanic Adults with Prediabetes, Kyle Shaak BS, Beth Careyva M.D., Susan E. Hansen MA, Melanie B. Johnson MPA, Samantha A. Goodrich, Alicia Rivera, Liselly Diaz, Jessecae Marsh PHD, Clare Lenhart PHD, and Brian Stello MD (Poster)

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Drug-Related Deaths: A Slow-Motion Mass Disaster in Pennsylvania, Gabriella Smith; Samuel Land MD; Barbara K. Bollinger MD; R Starling-Roney; and Michael W. Johnson MD., PhD (Poster)

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Comparison of In-Line versus Conventional Independent Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy in Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients , Nicole Stansbury, Taryn Samet, Tim S. Misselbeck MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Emergency Department Admissions Throughput A Systems Issue, Aaron Walker and Richard S. MacKenzie MD (Poster)

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10-year outcome of the Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) Procedure, James K. Wu MD, Tim S. Misselbeck MD, Jacob Fink, and Youssef Zaki (Poster)

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Prevalence of Ticks Infected with Human Pathogens in the Lehigh Valley: Collection and Assessment of Tick Abundance, Thomas Yanushefski (Poster)

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Improving Inpatient Patient Satisfaction Through Innovation and Technology, Keziah Zacharia (Poster)

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Stop the Radiation! Decreasing CT Scan Utilization in Pediatric Trauma Patients, Catherine Zimel, Taylor Iobst, Carly Crowder, Heather Geist, Keith A. Thatch MD, and Marybeth Browne MD (Poster)

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Bariatric Pathway Development and Implementation, Tucker Zulli (Poster)

2015

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Review of In-Hospital and Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests at a Tertiary Community Hospital for Potential ECPR Rescue, Amanda Broderick, Jordan Williams, Alexandra Maryashina, Biren Juthani DO, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Antibiotic Delivery Systems for Oral Infections, Caitlin Bryan (Poster)

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Participation in Clinical Research: A Thorough Explanation in Their Own Language Helps Family Medicine Patients Decide., Anita Kurt PhD, RN; Charity Curtis MPH; Melanie B. Johnson MPA; Henry Liu MD; Beth Careyva MD; Jerry Chang; Alex Winter; Claudia P. Santiago BA; Wendy H. York BS, MA; Kathleen Staubinger RN, BSN; and Brian Stello MD (Presentation)

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Gender Differences in Study Enrollment for a Mechanical Fall Prevention Study, Kaley J. Miller BS, PA-S; Bryan G. Kane MD; Jeanne L. Jacoby MD; Robert D. Barraco MD, MPH; Vartika Bhardwaj MS; Michael Goodwin MS; Cameron Paterson MS; Kara Mia V. Villaneuva MSII; Phillip Zegelbone MS; B G. Porter BS; Marna R. Greenberg DO, MPH, FACEP; and Samantha L. Myles BS (Poster)

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Developing a Workflow for the Integration of Patient Education Materials into EPIC, Muhammad-Sharif Moustafa (Poster)

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The Eucational Value of the Use of a Simcapture-Feedback Process in the Training of Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents, Joseph E. Patruno MD, Timothy M. Pellini MD, Martin A. Martino MD, and Grace Bova (Poster)

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Robotic Sublobar Resection for the Surgical Management of Isolated Pulmonary Nodules, Victor S. Reis MD, Kyle M. Langston PA-C, Alec Talsania, Alexander Werner, Michael F. Szwerc MD, Tim S. Misselbeck MD, and Mark E. Perry MD (Presentation)

2014

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Evaluation of Flow-Station Implementation within a Primary Care Facility, McKenna Bast and Nyann Biery (Poster)

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Efficacy of IVIG for Treatment of De-Novo Donor Specific Antibodies in Renal Transplant Recipients, Lynsey S. Biondi MD, Michael J. Moritz MD, and Matthew DeFulvio (Poster)

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Eliminating Unnecessary Practice Variation in Laparoscopic Appendectomy and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Lauren Boulay and Sally Trout (Poster)

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Author Rights and Scholarly Works: Navigating the Realm of Copyright for Medical Professionals, Keegan Boyle (Poster)

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Potential Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Use for Increased Survival of In-Hospital Cardiac Arrests, Amanda Broderick, James K. Wu MD, and Heather Geist (Poster)

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The Impact of New Commercial Tests Evaluating Cell-free Fetal DNA in Maternal Circulation for Aneuploidy Detection in High-risk Patients, Camille Campion and Meredith Rochon MD (Poster)

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Review of the Melanoma Cases Treated at Lehigh Valley Health Network in 2013, Kelly Cann and Savitri Skandan MD (Poster)

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Population-Level Parenting Programs: A Survey of Parents in the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Rosalie Cawley (Poster)

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The Influence of Education and Religion on the Perceived Benefit of Two Resources for Enrollment in Clinical Trials, Jerry Chang and Anita Kurt PhD, RN (Poster)

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UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program: Measuring UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Outcomes, Justin Colletti (Poster)

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Helping Understand Sleep Heals-ICU Alarm Counts and Richard-Campbell Sleep Questionnaire, Gabriela DePaulo; Marion Daku; and Denise Davis-Maludy RN, CCRN (Poster)

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Improving Orthopedic Surgeries Healthgrades Rating by Reducing Complications, McCrossin Devon; Brian Leader; and Cathyann Feher RN,MSN (Poster)

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Evaluating Engagement in the Populytics Chronic Condition Management Health Coaching Program, Kristen Dziedzic and Deborah Cook-Altonji RN, MSN (Poster)

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Ensuring and Enhancing Respect for Patients with Disabilities: The Making of an Educational Video, Elizabeth Fasanello (Poster)

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Reoperative Cardiac Surgeries: The Inception of an Institutional Database, Brandon Follick and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), Katherine Fradeneck (Poster)

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The Influence of Positive Feedback on Provider Views and the Correlation Between Positive Feedback and HCAHPS., Nicholas Fritz (Poster)

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Septal Myectomy in Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy High Risk Patients, Heather Geist, Matthew W. Martinez MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Surgical Treatment of Multiple Vein Graft Aneurysms in 72 Year Old Man, Heather Geist, James K. Wu MD, and Raymond Singer MD (Poster)

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Researching the Impact of Medication Reconciliation Technicians (MRTs) in the ED, Jon Carlos Gonzalez and Leroy Kromis (Poster)

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The Geriatric Trauma Triage Project, Kaylee Grapsy (Poster)

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Children’s Hospital Awareness Initiative: Improving Employee Communication with Pediatrics, Sarah Hines (Poster)

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Creating Effective Patient Education Brochures to Encourage Early Diagnostic Testing for Oral Cancer, Lydia Hunt (Poster)

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Communication Whiteboards: Enhancing Patient, Family, and Care Team Communication, Elizabeth Johnston and Jacqueline D. Fenicle RN, MSN (Poster)

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Process Improvement Initiatives in Patient Access Services, Sarah Kalavoda and Joseph Hwang (Poster)

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The Effect of Denial of Childhood Trauma on the Self-Report of Suicidality on Psychiatric Inpatients, Laurence Karper MD, Dayna Kline, and Akua Afriyie (Poster)

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Statistical Analysis of the Workload on the LVHN Observation Unit, Mohamed Kashkoush (Poster)

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Lehigh Valley Physician Group Patient Satisfaction Surveying: Quality Control of Primary Care and Specialty Practices, Jacob T. Kemmerer (Poster)

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Evaluation of the RESP Score and Demographic Information in order to Predict Survival of ECMO Patients at a Community Hospital, Jenna Kocsis (Poster)

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Survey of Postoperative Satisfaction and Pain Following Femoral Nerve Block and On-Q Pain Pump Catheter in Total Knee Replacement, Megan Kozar (Poster)

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Palliative Medicine Competency Education in Emergency Medicine Residency Training: A Preliminary Report, Chadd K. Kraus DO, MPH; Matthew Meyers; Bryan G. Kane MD; and Marna R. Greenberg DO, MPH, FACEP (Poster)

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Length of the Second Stage of Labor and the Risk of Preterm Delivery in a Subsequent Pregnancy, Tara Lockstein; Daniel Gomez MD; Joanne Quiñones MD, MSCE; and William E. Scorza MD (Poster)

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Assessing the Prevalence of Human Pathogens in Lehigh Valley’s Deer Ticks, Amulya Makkapati (Poster)

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Access to Dental Care in the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Carissa Miller (Poster)

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Factors Influencing Participation in Clinical Research: Do Minority and Lower Socioeconomic Status Patients Experience Greater Barriers in Participation?, Nishant Pandya (Poster)

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The Diversity Study: Factors Influencing Clinical Research, Adrian Paskey and Anita Kurt PhD, RN (Poster)

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The Correlation Between USMLE and COMLEX Testing Scores, Jay Patel and Kathleen Kane MD (Poster)