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Medical Education Academic Day 2020

Welcome to Gundersen Health System Academic Day 2020

This is our 5th annual event, recognizing and celebrating the academic work that our trainees have completed. We have two categories for submissions: oral presentation and poster presentation. This year, the oral presentations will be live-streamed and the posters will be viewed and judged virtually. Please join us in congratulating our researchers, mentors and research teams on excellent projects. Winners will be announced at Graduation.

Oral Presentations

This year's oral presentation will be live streamed on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 to 8 a.m. and 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. All presentations will be recorded and available via a link under each name and presentation title below.

Morning presentations – Tuesday, May 19, from 7 to 8 a.m.

Watch Live

  • 7 to 7:15 a.m., Meagan Koepnick, PharmD
  • 7:15 to 7:30 a.m., Richard Cutts, MD
  • 7:30 to 7:45 a.m., Katelyn Mellion, MD
  • 7:45 to 8 a.m., Angeline David, MD

Afternoon presentations

Watch Live

  • 12:10 to 12:25 p.m., Leighton Becher, PharmD
  • 12:25 to 12:40 p.m., Peter Polewski, MD*Yacki Hayashi-Tanner, DO, and Mamatha Gaddam, MD
    *primary author and presenter
  • 12:40 to 12:55 p.m., Colby Seegmiller


  • Meagan Koepnick, PharmD - Pharmacy
    Presentation: Evaluation and Implementation of an Intravenous Immune Globulin Stewardship Program
  • Richard Cutts, MD – General Surgery
    Presentation: Multispecialty Outcomes and the Role for Surgeons in Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma Patients at an Independent Academic Medical Center
  • Katelyn Mellion, MD - Advanced GI Minimally Invasive/ Bariatric Surgery Fellowship
    Presentation: Pre-Screening for Bariatric Surgery Patients: Comparative Effectiveness of Transnasal Endoscopy versus Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Angeline David, MD – General Surgery
    Presentation: Impact of Preoperative Anticoagulation on Postoperative Bleeding Complications: An Analysis of (MBSAQIP) Data
  • Leighton Becher, PharmD - Pharmacy
    Presentation: Optimization of QT prolongation medication alerts
  • Peter Polewski, MD - Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship (primary author and presenter)
    Yacki Hayashi-Tanner, DO - Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship
    Mamatha Gaddam, MD - Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship

    Presentation: Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Toxicity and Associated Outcomes in a Geriatric Population
  • Colby Seegmiller, DO – General Surgery
    Presentation: Is Chief Resident Autonomy Safe for Patients? An Analysis of Quality In Training Initiative (QITI) Data to Assess Chief Resident Performance

Poster Presentations

Each poster can be viewed via a link under each name and presentation title below.

  1. Ahsen Ahmed, MD – Transitional (primary author)
    Beau Billadeau, MD – Transitional
    Faaraz Zafar, MD – Transitional

    Presentation: A case of valproic acid-induced hyperammonemic encephalopathy
    View poster
  2. Ryan Casper, DDS – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
    Presentation: An Ulcerative Mass of the Tongue
    View poster
  3. Nikhitha Chandrashekar, MD – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: The eyes cannot see what the mind does not know-Endocrinological Side Effects of Ibrutinib
    View poster
  4. Andrea Cifaldi, DPM – Podiatry
    Presentation: A Rare Case of Aggressive Digital Papillary Adenocarcinoma of the Dorsal Foot
    View poster
  5. Andrea Cifaldi, DPM – Podiatry (primary author)
    Mitchell Thompson, DPM – Podiatry

    Presentation: A Novel Technique Utilizing a Fibular Strut Allograft for Reconstructive Midfoot Fusion
    View poster
  6. Stephanie Dalsing, PharmD – Pharmacy
    Presentation: Evaluation of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions from the emergency department in elderly patients with impaired renal function: A retrospective review
    View poster
  7. Daniel Dunbar, DO – Internal Medicine (primary author)
    Yacki Hayashi-Tanner, DO – Internal Medicine

    Presentation: A Rare Case of Dyspnea
    View poster
  8. Michael Fantl, PharmD – Pharmacy
    Presentation: Clinical Outcomes of Oral Cefuroxime and Cefpodoxime with Concomitant Acid Suppressive Therapy
    View poster
  9. Brianne Herlitzke, OD – Optometry
    Presentation: Atypical Demyelinating Disease
    View poster
  10. Lauren Hoppa, PT, DPT – Sports Medicine (primary author)
    Sam Wenzlaff, PT, DPT, SCS – Sports Medicine

    Presentation: The Effect of a Jump Landing Training Protocol on Landing Mechanics in High School and Collegiate Female Basketball Players
    View poster
  11. Kara Kamps-Schmitt, MD – Family Medicine
    Presentation: Evaluation of the maternal and neonatal risks and benefits associated with immersion in water during the second stage of labor and delivery ("water birth")
    View poster
  12. Shivani Kapur, MD – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: Survival in Streptococcal Septic Shock Presenting with Extreme Acidosis - Case Report
    View poster
  13. Shivani Kapur, MD – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: Myomatous Erythrocytosis Syndrome with clinicopathological correlation
    View poster
  14. Thu Nguyen, DO – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: A Case of Delayed Diagnosis of Aortoenteric Fistula Presenting as Sepsis
    View poster
  15. Thu Nguyen, DO – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: Early-onset colorectal carcinoma (EO-CRC) with a hidden threat: 2-cm adenomatous polyp with minimal, intramucosal only invasive carcinoma leading to liver metastasis
    View poster
  16. Corey Paz, PharmD – Pharmacy
    Presentation: Asthma Pharmacotherapy Management based on a Collaborative Practice Agreement within a Free Clinic
    View poster
  17. Peter Polewski, MD – Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship
    Presentation: Lung Cancer Screening: Provider Perspectives
    View poster
  18. Peter Polewski, MD – Hematology & Medical Oncology Fellowship
    Presentation: Lung Cancer Screening: Community Perspectives
    View poster
  19. Julia Shariff, MD – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: A Case of Immunotherapy-induced Hypopituitarism In Patient with Malignant Melanoma
    View poster
  20. Julia Shariff, MD – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: A Double-Edged Sword: The Development of Endocrinopathies in Patients on Nivolumab
    View poster
  21. Matthew Sieloff, DPM – Podiatry (primary author)
    Andrea Cifaldi, DPM – Podiatry

    Presentation: A Rare Case of Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans in the Lower Extremity
    View poster
  22. Brian Sowka, DO – Internal Medicine
    Presentation: DRESS Syndrome with Neurologic Changes Induced by Vancomycin
    View poster
  23. Jackson Unteriner, MD – Transitional
    Presentation: Predictive Value of Triple Phase Bone Scan in Aseptic Loosening of Hip Prosthesis
    View poster
  24. Aimee Violette, OD – Optometry
    Presentation: Acute Internuclear Ophthalmoplegia
    View poster
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