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.

2014

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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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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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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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The Emergency Department Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, & Injuries Study, Kaley 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)

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Mock-Oral Exams: A vital and effective tool in training tomorrow’s physicians, Joseph Patruno MD, Mary Fullington, Hubert K. Huang, Kristin Friel MD, and Amanda B. Flicker MD (Poster)

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Improving Care for Postpartum Depression, Gretchen Perhamus (Poster)

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Reducing/Preventing Hypoglycemic Risk Through Evidence-Based Practice, Jay Pescatore and Joyce Najarian MSN, RN, CDE (Poster)

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Improving Patient Outcomes by Using TeleID Consultation Services, Kimberly Pianucci, Jessica Hartnet, and Sharon Kromer (Poster)

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Disseminating Lean Philosophy to the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lauren Ranzino (Poster)

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Factors Influencing Participation in Clinical Research, Gordon Ridgeway (Poster)

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An EPIC Space Race, Jonathan Rossi and Matthew Kastner (Poster)

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Behavioral Health Sensory Room, Marisa Saeger (Poster)

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The Implementation of a PictureRx Pill Card to Improve Medication Comprehension in a Refugee Population, Lauren Skudalski; Timothy M. Daly DO; Nicole Defenbaugh PhD; Katarzyna Jabbour PharmD, BCPS; and Brian Stello MD (Poster)

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Improved Outcomes Using Robotic-Assisted Pulmonary Segmentectomy for Isolated Lung Tumors, Michael Szwerc MD, Victor Reis MD, and Alec Talsania (Poster)

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Utilizing the Master Training Schedule Tool – Benefits and Limitations, Julie Wanamaker, Cheryl Brunovsky, and Dawn Fabian (Poster)

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Observed Behavioral Effects of Medical Treatment for Type B Aortic Dissections, Jordan Williams and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Diversity Project: Factors Influencing Participation in Clinical Research, Alex Winter (Poster)

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Understanding Ventilation Strategies for ECMO Patients at a Community Hospital, Neophytos Zambas (Poster)

2013

Early Adoption of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) at an Academic Community Hospital, Brittany Blass and Raymond L. Singer MD (Poster)

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Amenia In Pregnancy, Taylor Brown (Poster)

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Evaluation of Beer Criteria Medication Use in Elderly Patients Hospitalized Secondary to Falls Following Implementation of Geriatric Trauma Team, Damian Brusko, Robert D. Barraco MD, Jason Laskosky BCPS, and Boris Gankin Pharm. D (Poster)

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A Qualitative Approach to Understanding Pregnancy Among Adolescent Females in Allentown, Alexis Burgess; Valerie J. Lewis M.D.; Jessica Adams-Skinner Ed.D, MPH; Michelle D. Flores; John Dumnich; and Nancy Taylor (Poster)

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The Incidence , Management, and Outcome of Leukopenia in Renal Transplant Recipients, Janelle Cyprich, Lynsey S. Biondi MD, and Michael J. Moritz MD (Poster)

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A Review of Dual-Enrollment Programs, The Importance of Career & Academics, Paige DeRemer (Poster)

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An S.B.A.R. of the "XYZ" Extended Market Zone, Business Network Development, John Byron Durishin (Poster)

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Robot Assisted Radical Prostatectomy Database, Tyler Edmond (Poster)

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Periodontitis and Heart Disease, Rama Eskander (Poster)

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Trauma Falls Survey: Patient Perception of Traumatic Fall Risk, Lindsay Faust and Anita Kurt PhD, RN (Poster)

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Reducing the Over Utilization of the Emergency Department by the Pediatric Patient Population, Olivia Fitzmaurice-Shean and Lindsey Seigle (Poster)

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Effectiveness of Protocol Renal Allograft Biopsies: A 30 Month Retrospective Single Center Study, Vicki Fluck, Michael J. Moritz MD, and Lynsey S. Biondi MD (Poster)

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Employee Engagement, Kyle Garon (Poster)

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Developing a Network Initiative: Grants Team at LVHN, Caitlyn Gary (Poster)

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Septal Myectomy in Obstructive HCM High Risk Patients, Heather Geist and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Engagement of Patients in Self-Care, Teressa Hamsher (Poster)

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Constructing Hospice & Palliative Medicine Standardized Patient Cases for Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Family Medicine Residents, Gavin Jones; William Bond MD, MS; and Daniel Ray MD (Poster)

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Continuing Education Electronic Forms: Before & After, Evan Kriner (Poster)

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Effective Use of the PleuX (R) Catheter in Pericardial Space, Steven Kurban and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Optimizing Web Based Searching Results in Favor of LVHN, Ryan Luke (Poster)

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Capturing the Progress of Lehigh Valley Hospital from Past to Present, Sarah Martin (Poster)

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Evaluating Palliative Medicine Competency Training in Emergency Medicine Residency Programs, Matthew Meyers and Anita Kurt PhD, RN (Poster)

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Evaluating The Effectiveness of Risk Assessments, Nishant Modi (Poster)

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Causes of Post Cardiac Surgical Readmissions, Janissa Nair and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Geriatric Hip Fracture, Andrei Nistor (Poster)

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Cost Analysis in Supply Management, Kelsey Pecka (Poster)

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Factors That Influence Poor Health, Gregory Picone (Poster)

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Screening Lehigh Valley Area Ticks for Infectious Disease Agents, Sarah Richardson and Luther V. Rhodes III MD, FACP (Poster)

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The Effects Of Therapeutic Music On Anxiety, Nausea And Depression In Cancer Patients, Jacob Rust (Poster)

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Virual Worlds, Allison Seidel (Poster)

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A Head Start On Healthy Smiles, Devon Taylor (Poster)

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Virtual World Programming to Enhance the Education of our Health Professionals, Ana Maria Torres (Poster)

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About OBGYN Residency: 4 years of Residency, each year is 10 Rotation Block includes, Taylor N. Weilnau; Joseph E. Patruno MD; Amy B. Smith PhD; Craig Koller M.Ed; Hope Kincaid MPH, CPH; and Amanda B. Flicker MD (Poster)

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Impact of Robotic Surgery on Hysterectomies Performed for Nonmaligant Conditions at Lehigh Valley Health Network from Fiscal Year 2008-2013, Taylor Wejkszner and Martin A. Martino MD (Poster)

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From Idea to Virtual Reality, Andrew Wells (Poster)

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A Comparsion of Robotic- Assisted Thoracic Lung Surgery with Open Lung Surgery and Video-Assisted Thorascopic Lung Surgery, Alexander Werner, Michael F. Szwerc MD, and Kyle M. Langston PA-C (Poster)

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Dental Care of Patients on Anticoagulation Medicines, Katelyn Wray (Poster)

2012

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Making the Connections, Alisse Bailey (Poster)

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Assessment and Improvement of the Emergency Department, Tara Barr and Lenny Nguyen (Poster)

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Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes with Bariatric Surgery, Kirk Benack (Poster)

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Developing a Standard of Care for Breast Cancer Related Lymphedema, Jaryth Bollinger (Poster)

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The Escalated Risk of Periodontal Disease in Diabetics, Morgan Boni (Poster)

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Patient Outcome: Interface between Satisfaction, Symptom Management, and Clinical Pathways, Sarah Buonanno (Poster)

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Involved Collaboration, Jared Cortright (Poster)

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Warfarin Use and 30-day Hemorrhage in Bariatric Surgery, Amanda M. Curry (Poster)

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Frailty and the Ever Growing Geriatric Population, Kailin Dent (Poster)

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Aortic Dissection: Causes of death in surgically treated patients with type a aortic dissection - a ten year review, Elizabeth DePaolo BS (Poster)

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In Search of Culture, Anna Eisenstein (Poster)

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Same-Day Discharge after Hysterectomy: A surgical quality metrics study, Gabrielle Gosciniak BA (Poster)

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A Comparative Study of Quality Metrics of Sacrocolpopexy: Robotic Surgery vs. Laparotomy, Kelsey Groves (Poster)

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A Comparative Study of the Cost of Total Hip Replacements, Samantha Hower (Poster)

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Reliability in Assessment of Competency Based Education, Benjamin F. Karabasz (Poster)

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The Clinical Trial Process, Sara Kaskowitz (Poster)

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Comparison of Readmission Risk Assessment, Jessica Kemmerer (Poster)

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Simulation Enhanced by The National Patient Safety Goals, Jamie Lawson (Poster)

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Employment Engagement: The Recipe for Success, Peter McCullough (Poster)

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Severe Pulmonary Hypertension in Mitral Valve Surgery: Seeking the effects of elevated pulmonary artery pressure on postoperative mitral valve surgery outcome, Kelsey McLeod and Elizabeth Sander (Poster)

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Assessment of LVHN's Research Scholar Program's Evaluative Surveys and Awareness of Competitive Programs, Andrea Moshier (Poster)

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Optimizing the Efficiency of Regionalization for Patients Enrolled in the OACIS Home-Based Service, Ryan Mulligan (Poster)

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De-branching of the Aortic Arch during Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair, Caitlin O'Connor BS (Poster)

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Public Reporting of Cardiac Surgery Outcomes in Pennsylvania, Thomas Pham (Poster)

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Improving Quality of Care Through Connections, Kari Raffensberger (Poster)

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Diet and Child Obesity, Yochai Re'em (Poster)

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Care Optimization, Lucia Romano (Poster)

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Rights Checking for LVHN Scholarly Works: Piecing Together the Repository, Katie Sheinberg (Poster)

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Determining Co-Infection Rates of Tick-Borne Diseases in Lehigh County, Cara Sheridan (Poster)