By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Anastasia Puscian, Naval Medical Center Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO - Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) held its 26th annual Academic Research Competition (ARC) March 24 and 25.
More than 100 submissions from staff, doctors, nurses, residents and interns from various NMCSD medical departments and its outlying clinics, and also from hospitals across Navy Medicine West, presented posters and medical research cases and findings for judging before a panel of Navy medical experts.
ARC stimulates interest in research conducted in support of the Navy’s Graduate Medical Education programs and improves patient care through the advancement of Navy medicine.
“This year the Academic Research Competition broke a whole new set of records,” said Capt. Peter Linz, Department Head of Clinical Investigation department. “We had a record number of submissions from across Navy Medicine West. We combined the ARC with the Continuous Process Improvement fair and this is also the first year we have simulcast this entire affair [ARC] to four other commands, Naval Hospitals Bremerton, Camp Pendleton, Oak Harbor and Twentynine Palms.”
Research and case reports are divided into three categories and presented in either a podium or poster forum.
Lt. Cmdr. Jason McGuire of Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton’s Anesthesiology department was the top winner in the Approved Clinical Investigation Program (CIP) Research Resident-Level category for his research on Emergence Delirium in U. S. Military Combat Veterans. Lt. James Prahl of NMCSD’s Pulmonary department, was first place winner in the CIP Research Staff-Level catergory, for his research on Lung Inflammation and Altered Pulmonary Functions in Animals following Lung Blast Exposure.
McGuire and Prahl will represent NMCSD at the Navy-wide competition scheduled for May 12 at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
In the Research Other Than NMCSD CIP Projects category, first place winner went to Lt. Michael Krzyaniak of NMCSD’s General Surgery department for his research on Burn-Induced Acute Lung injury Requires A Functional Toll-Like Receptor 4.
Lt. Kathyrn Hunt of Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Family Medicine resident was the first place winner in the case reports category on her research in DKA with Thyroid Storm After Miscarriage. The Case report poster winner went to Lt. Justin Stocks of NMCSD’s Internal Medicine Department for his submission of Post-Infectious Vasculitis; ‘Complex’ Complications of a Diabetic Groin Abscess.
“The program has grown over the years in the number of researchers submitting their abstracts to compete and the quality of the presentations offered each year,” said Waine Macallister, Technical Publications Editor for the Clinical Investigation Department. “In 1998, approximately 40 research studies were presented; last year, with the incorporation of poster presentations, 90 presenters competed; this year, the number of presentations exceeded 100.”
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