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.

2019

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Cardiogenic shock patients on VA-­ECMO with/without unloading from Impella, Samrah Ansari, Caitlin Hoeing, Sophie Pickering, Alexandra Reph, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Identifying Cultural Practices in Childbirth & Integrating Traditional Beliefs with Western Biomedicine, Kate Appel and Amanda B. Flicker MD (Poster)

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A Qualitative Study to Understand Resident and Student Perceptions of Factors Leading to a Meaningful Third-Year Clerkship Experience, Annalise Armstrong and Daniel Relles MD (Poster)

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Retroactive Analysis of Advanced Spine Center Patient Care and Outcomes in Correlation with the 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire Scores, Gabrielle Barraco, Bridgit O'Brien, Kara Spanswick MHA, and Joann Gilmore RN (Poster)

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Baseline Characteristics for Consideration of Prophylactic Feeding Tube Placement in Persons Undergoing Chemoradiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer: A Retrospective Chart Review, Amy Beltz; Janine Gilboy RD, LDN; Erin Levine RD, CSO, LDN; Brian J. Patson MD; and Jennifer Brennan RD, CSO (Poster)

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Opioid-free Appendectomy: Reducing Length of Stay While Controlling Pain in the Pediatric Patient, Lydia Bothwell, Travis Hoover, Daniel Relles MD, Sarah A. Jones Sapienza MD, and Marybeth Browne MD (Poster)

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Developing a Standard Diet Questionnaire for Pediatric Headache Medicine to Detect Dietary Triggers in Children with Chronic Migraine, Gabriela Campusano and Zuhal Ergonul MD, PhD (Poster)

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Geographic Exploration of Lehigh Valley Health - Diabetes, Allison Davis; Kyle Shaak BS; Michael Topmiller PhD; Autumn Kieber-Emmons MD, MPH; Melanie B. Johnson MPA; Beth Careyva M.D.; Elaine Banerjee MD, MPH; and Nicole M. Burgess BS (Poster)

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Building a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery Through a Referral Provider Network (RPN), Sarah Douress; Taylor Wejkszner; Hope L. Johnson MSN, RN, CNOR; James Miller CRNA; and Martin A. Martino MD (Poster)

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Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: Focus on the First Two Years, Lyndsay Gallagher; Kimberly C. Brown MD; Clare Lenhart PhD, MPH; and Colleen Dempsey-Rex RD, LDN (Poster)

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Children's Cancer Center as a Clinical Microsystem: Patient Flow, Toni A. Hahn; Josephine P. Steidinger; Courtney E. Herr; and J. Nathan Hagstrom MD, MHCM (Poster)

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Children’s Cancer Center as a Clinical Microsystem: Engagement, Courtney Herr; Toni A. Hahn; Josephine Steidinger; and J. Nathan Hagstrom MD, MHCM (Poster)

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1st Place: Long-Term Survival Rate of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Caitlin Hoeing ()

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An Analysis of the Benefits and Barriers to the Full Implementation of a HIPAA Compliant Secure Messaging System Within Lehigh Valley Health Network, Matthew Johnson; Annamarie Deroberts MSHA, RN,; and George Mathew PMP (Poster)

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Developing and Implementing Hospital Events: Evaluation of the George Washington Medical Exhibit, Ryan Johnson and Linda M. Schwartz MDE, AHIP, CM (Poster)

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Valuing the Vulnerable: Prioritizing the Patient Perspective, Hannah Kaplan and Sweety Jain MD (Poster)

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Global Health: Should it be an integral part of Medical Education?, Erin Kelly and Sweety Jain MD (Poster)

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Physician Well Being and Patient Satisfaction: Analyzing the Relationship, Theresa A. Koch and Joseph E. Patruno MD (Poster)

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Cardiogenic Shock: A Single-Center, Three-Year Exploratory Study, Sarina N. Krantzler and James A. Burke MD, PhD (Poster)

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2nd Place: Assessment of the Characteristics of Multidrug Resistant Organisms at Lehigh Valley Health Network: Where Do They Come From and Where Do They Go?, Courtney Landis ()

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Serving Our Community with Pride, Amanda Mchale and Judith Sabino MPH, CDP (Poster)

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Investigation of Relationship Between Employee Engagement and Burnout Among Physicians at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Spencer Moros and Joseph E. Patruno MD (Poster)

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3rd Place: Assessment of the Real-world Use of Procalcitonin at a Large Academic Institution, Olivia Morren ()

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Best Practices for Parent Engagement in Youth Programs, Samantha Mullin and Margaret A. Hadinger Ed.D. (Poster)

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Development of an E-learning Module on Evaluation Best Practices, Dinky Patel and Cheryl Arndt PhD (Poster)

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Developing a Primary Care Practice Dashboard for Tracking Clinical Process Metrics, Millan Patel, Johnny J. Stoeckle MD, and Kyle Shaak BS (Poster)

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Endocarditis of the Cardiac Valves in the Era of Opioid Crisis, Sophie Pickering, Alexandra Reph, Caitlin Hoeing, Samrah Ansari, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Does Fractional BlistergraftingImprove 2ndDegree Burn Wound Healing and Scar Outcome without a Significant Donor Site?, Cassandra Pinataro and Sigrid A. Blome-Eberwein MD (Poster)

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A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Barriers To Mammography Completion, Hadar Re'em; Melanie B. Johnson MPA; Kyle Shaak BS; and Grant M. Greenberg M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. (Poster)

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Outcomes of Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)/Pacing Lead Extraction Over 8 Years, Alexandra Reph, Sophie Pickering, Caitlin Hoeing, Samrah Ansari, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Recommendation of Effective Practices for Improving LVHN HCAHPS Scores: A Focus on Care Transition at LVH-S, Liam Romond; Annamarie Deroberts MSHA, RN,; and Paul J. Kelly LSSBB (Poster)

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The Impact of Community Health Worker Home Visits on Geriatric Patients’ Nonmedical Needs in Primary Care, Marguerite Runyan, Brenda Frutos MPH, Nyann Biery MS, and Lynn M. Wilson DO (Poster)

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Tuberculosis: A Retrospective Review of Cases Treated in Allentown from 2014-July 2019, Carly A. Shaffer and Marcelo Gareca MD (Poster)

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Unused Opioids After Joint Replacement Surgeries: 72,146 Untaken Pills at Large in our Community, Tanner Shane; Joshua Rosentel BSn, RN; Sarah Schopf RN, MSN, MBA, CMSRN, CPHQ; and Matthew McCambridge MD, MS, FACP, FCCP (Poster)

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The Impact of the Clinical Ladder on Nurse Retention Rates at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Kathryn Sparango and Gerald Mcglinn M.A., ACC (Poster)

Minimally Invasive Burn Reconstruction with Subcutaneous Scar Contracture Release, Sophia Starner and Sigrid A. Blome-Eberwein MD (Poster)

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Children’s Cancer Center as a Clinical Microsystem: Assessment, Josephine Steidinger; Courtney Herr; Toni A. Hahn; and J. Nathan Hagstrom MD, MHCM (Poster)

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Evaluation of the Implementation of Rapid Cerebral Spinal Fluid Diagnostic Test for Meningitis and Encephalitis at a Large Academic Institution, Max Stempel and Amy Slenker MD (Poster)

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Use of Thrombolytic Therapy for Complicated Pleural Effusions, Lauren E. Sterner; Kelly M. Wanamaker MD; Katherine M. Penetar DNP, CRNP; and Sanjay M. Mehta MD (Poster)

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A Retrospective Study of Outcomes Associated with Treatment Modalities Utilized in the Management of Stage II and Stage III Bladder Cancer at LVHN from 2014-2018, Olivia Toner, Dennis M. Sopka MD, and Savitri P. Skandan MD (Poster)

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Determinants of Treatment For Obesity, Elton Veseli; Elaine Banerjee MD, MPH; and Kyle Shaak MPH (Poster)

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Preparing for the Future of Medicine: Building for our Community, Olivia Waldron, Taylor Wejkszner, and Martin A. Martino MD (Poster)

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Delineating Rehabilitation Barriers for Patients with COPD, Brooke Wehr; Robert Kruklitis MD; Lorraine Valeriano BSN, RN, CNRN; and Mindy Brosious BSN, RN (Poster)

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Annual Wellness Visits and Dementia, Joanna Weyrich, Nyann Biery MS, and Lynn M. Wilson DO (Poster)

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Curriculum Development in LVHN with School District Partnerships, Emily Zobian and Brian Leader MS, MBA (Poster)

2018

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Prevention of Pediatric Obesity: A Focus on the First Two Years, Kate Arner, Kimberly C. Brown MD, Clare Lenhart PhD, and Colleen Dempsey-Rex RD (Poster)

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The Future of Forensic Pathology at Health Network Laboratories, Maura Benner, Barbara Bollinger MD, Michael Johnson MD, Samuel Land MD, and Rameen Starling-Roney MD (Poster)

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The LVHN Summer Work Experience: A Program for High School Youth, Paige Bernecker (Poster)

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Behavioral Health and Family Medicine Integration, Laura Bernstein, Nyann Biery MS, and Brenda Frutos (Poster)

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2nd Place: Integrated Care Coordination-Case Management Facilitated Multidisciplinary Rounding to Improve Discharge Process, Josh Blatt and Kay Werhun DNP, MBA, RN, NE- BC (Poster)

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Comparison of Survival Indicators Between Myocardial Infarction Patients and Septic Patients Who Received Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Niharika Boinpally, Kennedy Gallagher, Allison Eisenhauer PA-C, Michael Healy, Kristina Postko PA-C, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Comparison of Survival Indicators Between Myocardial Infarction Patients and Septic Patients Who Received Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Treatment, Niharika Boinpally, Kennedy Gallagher, Michael Healy, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Retrospective Review of Ambulance Transport Data from Lehigh Valley Sites, Rachael E. Broder, Ryan M. Hay, and Daryl George (Poster)

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Analysis of Bundled Payment Post-Acute Pathway for Lower Extremity Total Joint Replacement Surgery, Nick Brotzman (Poster)

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Connections Clinic: A Formative Assessment of Mental Health Through ACE Scores and Prenatal Care, Kalina Buckenmyer (Poster)

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Prediabetes: A Shared Prescription for Health for Primary Care Patients, Allison Davis; Beth Careyva M.D.; Melanie B. Johnson MPA; Kyle Shaak BS; Elaine Banerjee MD, MPH; and Nicole Burgess (Poster)

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Impact of a Documented Penicillin Allergy on Pre-Operative Antibiotic Prophylaxis Selection at Lehigh Valley Health Network, Eryn Fitch and Amy Slenker MD (Poster)

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Lactate Trends in Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients Presenting with Sepsis, Kennedy Gallagher, Niharika Boinpally, Allison Eisenhauer, Michael Healy, Kristina Postko PA-C, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Lactate Trends in Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients Presenting with Sepsis, Kennedy Gallagher, Michael Healy, Niharika Boinpally, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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1st Place: Development of a Feasibility Study of Tele-Education for Ensuring Correct Bronchodilator Use, Katie Gibbs and Robert Kruklitis MD (Poster)

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Integrated Training for Improved Nursing Outcomes, Kori Hadinger (Poster)

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A Retrospective Review of Outcomes in Patients with Limited Brain Metastases Treated with Gamma Knife Radiotherapy , John Hanna and Savitri Skandan MD (Poster)

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Does Pre-Procedural pH Affect Outcomes in Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Patients with Myocardial Infarction?, Michael Healy, Niharika Boinpally, Kennedy Gallagher, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Optimizing the Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) New Hire Onboarding Experience through Education, Hannah Hedstrom; Anum Durrani; and Michele Hartzell PA-C, MBA (Poster)

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Retrospective Study on Clinical Outcomes FollowingTranscatheter Aortic Valve Replacement, Boris Kobilja, Ria Patel, Lohit Garg MD, Nainesh C. Patel MD, and Pranav Kansara MD (Poster)

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Early Cardiac Catheterization Improves Survival with Good Neurologic Outcomes in Therapeutic Hypothermia Patients Post-Cardiac Arrest, Sarina N. Krantzler, Abigail J. Hendry, and Nainesh C. Patel MD (Poster)

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Creating Efficiencies in Content Management Through Content Rationalization System Implementation, Jennifer Leader (Poster)

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Driving the Driven: Increasing Personal Development Through Content Curation, Madison Lysek (Poster)

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Extending Care Beyond Our Doors with a Novel Ridesharing Platform, Elizaveta Makarova, Taylor Wejkszner, Richard Kerr R.Ph, Kristin M. Ingraham DO, and Martin A. Martino MD (Poster)

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Does the Effectiveness of Thymoglobulin as Measured by T-Cell Depletion Correlate with the Incidence of Acute Rejection Post Kidney Transplant?, Makenzie O'Brien, Tara Stansbury, and Michael J. Moritz MD (Poster)

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The Association of End-Stage Renal Disease and Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm in the National Inpatient Sample, Christianna Pepingco and Cheri Silverstein Fadlon MD (Poster)

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Evaluating Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents Surgical Skill Using Baseline Endoscopic Simulation, David A. Peters and Adriana Facchiano (Poster)

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Lehigh Valley Health Network 2018 Workforce Plan: Current Supply and Demand Trends & Projections of the Registered Nursing Industry, Allison Petula (Poster)

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The Information Seeking Behaviors of Providers at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), Brittany Quinn; Angela Davis; Robert Postlethwaite; Rahul Mhaskar MD; Bryan G. Kane MD; and Robert D. Barraco MD, MPH (Poster)

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Annual Review: A Retrospective Chart Analysis of Pediatric Tonsillectomies, Carla Ramos and Sri Kiran Chennupati MD (Poster)

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A Mixed- Methods Exploration of Hidden Access in Primary Care, Hadar Re'em; Kyle Shaak MPH; Akash Sheth; Melanie B. Johnson MPA; and Grant M. Greenberg M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A. (Poster)

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Evaluation of the Microbiology of Intraabdominal Abscesses in Children and Implications for Treatment and Outcomes, Mahlon Schaffer; Tibisay Villalobos MD; and Kristin M. Held PharmD, BCOP (Poster)

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Long Term Pain Medication Dependency in Burn Survivors, Rachael Snyder and Sigrid A. Blome-Eberwein MD (Poster)

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Incidence of Aortic Arch Anomalies in Patients with Thoracic Aortic Disease, Baadal A. Vachhani, Kelly M. Wanamaker MD, Kunal D. Patel MD, Matthew W. Martinez MD, and Ellina C. Feiner MD (Poster)

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Exploring Barriers to and Best Practices in Implementing a Lung Cancer Screening Program at LVHN, Tyra Wiggins, Kyle Shaak MPH, and Melanie B. Johnson MPA (Poster)

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Outpatient Laser Treatment for Burn Scars is Safe and Effective, Christopher Zhang and Sigrid A. Blome-Eberwein MD (Poster)

2017

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Using a Web-Based Database Solution to Streamline Workflow in the Department of Education, Montalla Ahmed (Poster)

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Prediabetes: A Shared Prescription for Health for Hispanic Primary Care Patients., Jesus Alvarado, Kyle Shaak BS, Susan E. Hansen MA, Melanie B. Johnson MPA, and Beth Careyva M.D. (Poster)

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Recent Epidemiology of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome., Rachel Basiura and Elaine A. Donoghue MD (Poster)

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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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Obesity Prevention: Focus on the First Two Years, Lauren Brannan, Kimberly C. Brown MD, Clare M. Lenhart PhD MPH, and Amanda Walker RN LDN (Poster)

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Experience LVHN: Demonstrating Our Pathways to Excellence The White Coat Leadership Program, Robert Cassimore; Martin A. Martino MD; and Debbie Salas-Lopez MD, MPH (Poster)

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

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Examining Wellness and Burnout in Clinicians at LVHN., John Crumpler, Demetri Tsirukis, Sarah Schopf RN, Marjorie Hamm RN, and Matthew McCambridge MD (Poster)

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Application and Utilization of Executive Dashboards in Quality Assurance: LVH-M Family Health Pavilion., Lauren DiNapoli (Poster)

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Fractional Blister Grafting for Non-Healing Burn Wounds., Andrew Ferdock and Hamed Amani MD (Poster)

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Retrospective Study on the Effects of Septal Myectomy Surgery on the Mitral-aortic Valve Angle., Jacob Fink, Theodore Tucker, Kennedy Gallagher, James K. Wu MD, and Matthew W. Martinez MD (Poster)

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Evaluating the Correlation of Monitored ETCO2 and PaCO2 via ABG., Sarah Galantini; Kenneth Miller MEd, RRT-NPS; and Anne Rabert MHSA, RN, CCRN, NE-BC (Poster)

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Retrospective Study on Outcomes of Veno-Venous and Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Kennedy Gallagher, Rachel Wills, Tim S. Misselbeck MD, and James K. Wu MD (Poster)

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Optimization of the Surgical Residents’ Educational Experience., Victoria Hendershot; Cathyann Feher RN,MSN; and Stacey Unterberg (Poster)

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Developing Strategies to Reduce Radiation Exposure in Appendicitis Patients Using NSQIP-Pediatrics., Travis Hoover, Daniel Weaver, Taylor Iobst, Sarah Azari, Debra M. Trexler RN, and Marybeth Browne MD (Poster)

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Managing Variances In the Revenue Cycle to Lower Accounts Receivable, Kirsten Hubler and Kirsten Mears (Poster)

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Comparison of Gallbladder Procedure Cost by Surgeon., Nosovitch James and Cathyann Feher RN,MSN (Poster)

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The Information-Seeking Behavior of Providers at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN): A Cross Sectional Study., Maria Karagias; Robert Postlethwaite; Angela Davis; Bryan G. Kane MD; Rahul Mhaskar MD, PhD; and Robert D. Barraco MD, MPH (Poster)

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LGBTQ Care and Inclusion: Benchmarking and Opportunities at LVHN., Sarah Kim; Laura Gutierrez; and Judith Sabino MPH, CDP (Poster)