2021 Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) Resident Poster Competition

Each year, WOEMA invites resident physicians to the Western Occupational Health Conference (WOHC) to present posters on occupational and environmental medicine research or projects that have been conducted.  A review panel awards a first, second, and third prize to the presenters. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the "posters" were presented virtually, which continued in 2021 where residents created a short PowerPoint presentation or YouTube video in addition to a printed poster. Please see below to view the submissions.

The 2021 winners presented live at WOHC in Phoenix, AZ. Congratulations!

2021 Resident Poster Presentations

First place ribbon image1st Place: The Differences in COVID-19 Mortality to State Business Lockdown Measures, Trevor Pugh, DO, University of Utah

Second place ribbon image2nd Place: Return to Work, Demographic Predictors, and Symptomatic Analysis Among Healthcare Workers Presenting for COVID-19 Testing: A Retrospective Cohort from a U.S. Academic Occupational Medicine Clinic, Zaira Chaudhry, MD, MPH, Loma Linda University Medical Center

3rd Place: Diving Into The Unknown: A Hazard Analysis for the Denver Fire Department Dive Team, Kelsey Smithart, DO, MPH, University of Colorado

3rd Place: Engineering Controls for Reducing Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 Among Patients and Health Care Workers During Indoor COVID-19 Testing Procedures, Alex Rytting, MD, University of Utah

Additional Submissions:

Infection with COVID-19 from Workplace Environmental Exposure in a Healthcare Setting, Christopher Granda, MD, University of San Diego

The Association of PFOA and PFOS in Drinking Water with Asthma ED Visits, Thomas Overton, MD, University of California Irvine

Coccidioidomycosis Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Worker: A Case Report, Rashmi Bhuyan, MD, University of California Irvine

The Man in the Irritant Mask: A Case Report, Robert West, MD, Loma Linda University Medical Center

South Korea's Public Health Responses to COVID-19 Pandemic, Ji Young Nam, MD, University of California San Francisco

Case Presentation: Small Bone, Big Cost, Samantha Ayoub, MD, University of California Irvine

Patient with Right Ankle Sprain After Running; Progression to Acute Septic Arthropathy and Osteomyelitis of the Fibula, Stephen Craft, MD, University of California Irvine

Do Reminder Emails Improve Student Health's Onboarding Efforts for Incoming Dental Students, Tamera Means, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine Meharry Medical College

2020 Resident Poster Presentations

How does a virtual poster session work?

Residents created 5-10 minute PowerPoint presentations or YouTube videos in lieu of a poster and the submissions can be viewed below. The 2020 winner, Dr. Oluseyi Awodele, gave a short live presentation and Q&A at the Virtual WOHC in September. WOEMA also interviewed the winner for a podcast where he talks about his research (podcast available November 10).

The runner-up is Dr. Dane Dicaro. Congratulations to both!

First place ribbon imageSpace Radiation Effects: Comparison of Ovarian Toxicity of Low Dose Gamma Radiation vs High LET Charged Particle Radiation

Presented by Oluseyi Awodele, MDUniversity of California Irvine




Second place ribbon imagePolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons




Presented by Dane Dicaro, DOUniversity of California Irvine

Occupational Risk Factors for Diabetes Among Theravada Buddhist Monks in Myanmar (Burma)

Presented by Ai (Chloe) Chien, MD, MBA, MPHUCSF Occupational Environmental Medicine




A Risk Assessment of a Large California Medical Center's TB Surveillance and Annual Testing Policy




Presented by Christopher Granda, DO, MS, University of California San Diego




An Unusual Condition Presenting with Low Back Pain




Presented by Thomas Overton, MDUniversity of California Irvine




Work in the Occupational Health Clinic During the COVID-19 Pandemic




Presented by Alexander Nguyen, DOUniversity of Texas Health Science at Tyler




One-Year Descriptive Analysis of Patients Presenting with Work-Related Low Back Pain




Presented by Nasrin Kazemi, MD, MPH, Ph.D., Loma Linda University Occupational Residency Program




The Implementation and Impact of COVID-19 Prevention on the Health of Unionized Grocery Workers




Presented by Anthony Pacini, MDMPH, University of California San Francisco OEM Residency




Hand Exertion Force and Shoulder Disorders Among Manual Laborers




Presented by Matthew Kiok, MD, MPH, University of California Berkeley

We sincerely thank Medlock Consulting for sponsoring the 2020 and 2021 Poster Presentations!

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