New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians

2019 NJAFP Poster Contest and People's Choice Award

Tough cases take top honors at the NJAFP 2019 Poster Contest

Tayyab Malik, MD, M.B.A., with the 2019 People's Choice Award-winning poster.

The 27 final entries in this year’s NJAFP Poster Contest showcased the breadth of issues tackled by family physicians. Actinomyces to hyponatremia to necrotizing fasciitis to vaccination to women’s health. The People’s Choice and first place Resident awardees both showcased tough cases, catching the attention of online voters and the judges on site at the NJAFP 2019 FamMed Forum, NJAFP’s largest annual meeting. While visiting with authors, AAFP President-Elect Gary LeRoy, MD, (Ohio), commented on the uniqueness of those two projects long before the votes were in. The way these authors studied and presented their data set them apart.

Praise for Poster Authors

Dr. LeRoy added that overall, “the posters were an exceptional demonstration of the depth of knowledge and creativity of the talented young people selecting the specialty of Family Medicine. Bravo!”

Other judges echoed Dr. LeRoy’s praise, adding that it was a challenge because all the posters were excellent. Long-time judge Jeff Zlotnik, MD, said, “I had the same ‘problem.’ Most of my scores were very close because the posters were so good!!’

What Qualities Got the Judges’ Attention?

The overall high quality of entries showed in the final scores with one or two points separating the first and second place winners from the rest of the submissions. Winning posters scored higher in creativity and organization. Quality and clarity were the greatness weakness of the low-scoring posters.

What will you do in 2020 to create a winning poster??

Check list for 2020:

To the many, many PY3s who authored posters, good luck to you! If you stay in NJ, NJAFP hopes to see a poster from you in 2020 under the physician category!

2019 Poster Contest Winners

People's Choice Award

“Chronic COPD with acute exacerbation and incidental hyponatremia”

CATEGORY: Clinical Inquiry
AUTHOR(S): Tayyab Malik, MD, MBA; Iyad Baker, MD; Husam Ali, MD
INSTITUTION: Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Physician: 1st Place

“A Randomized Controlled Trial of Enhanced Care Coordination with Colon Cancer Screening using iFOBT Compared to Usual Care in an Uninsured and Medicaid Population”

CATEGORY: Research
AUTHOR(S): Bennett Shenker, MD, MS, MSPH, FAAFP: Zeeshan Khan, MD; Thomas Wall, MD; Shirlyn Chu, MD; Parneet Grewal, MD; Arthur Kwok, MD; Sean Sussman, DO; Sherry Kumar, MD
INSTITUTION: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Family Medicine Residency at CentraState

Physician: 2nd Place

“Improving Medical Student & Resident Training in Women’s Health Utilizing Free Cervical Cancer Screenings

CATEGORY: Community Project
AUTHOR(S): Anna Sliwowska, MD; Cresandra Corbin, MD; Carolina Braga, MD; Karen Piwowar, MD; Marcella Perez, MD; Jennifer Amico, MD, MPH; Jeffrey Levine, MD, MPH; Karen Lin, MD
INSTITUTION: Rutgers RWJMS Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Resident: 1st Place

“Actinomyces Masquerading as Appendicitis”

CATEGORY: Clinical Inquiry
AUTHOR(S): Sooraj Poonawala, D.O.; Adam Atoot, MD; David Dahill D.O.
INSTITUTION: Hackensack Meridian Health- Palisades Medical Center

Resident: 2nd Place

“Assessment of low bone mineral density and fracture burden at the primary health care office”

CATEGORY: QI
AUTHOR(S): Gilchris Burton, MD; Imren Ozturk, MD; Sneha Sreekumar, MD; Daniel Cruz, PhD;  George Miller, MD
INSTITUTION: Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center

Resident: 2nd Place

Trends in Colon Cancer Screening

CATEGORY: Research
AUTHOR(S): Dora Da Silva, MD
INSTITUTION: Virtua Family Medicine Residency