Poster Session Future Physician 4 Change 2024 Winners

July 08, 2024

Thank you to everyone who submitted to this year’s poster session. We had over 300 posters submitted to our poster session and over 150 final participants. We are excited to announce that we are listing the first, second and third place winners this year. All of this information will also be available in the 2024 Poster Session Booklet that will be published in late July 2024. Without further ado, the winners are:

Community Development and Service

  • First place: “Relationship between positive screenings for anxiety and depression in adults in the community of El Llano, Baní municipality, Peravia province, Dominican Republic, in the period of November – December 2023.” by Rosybel Marie González Pérez
  • Second Place: “Social Determinants of Health Impacting Access to Primary Care Centers for HIV Testing in Batey Cinco Casas, Monte Plata, Dominican Republic” by Rafael Valdez
  • Third Place: “The Heart of Medicine: A medical student-led pathways program for high school students navigating challenging Circumstances” by Olivia Goodman

Advocacy, Grassroots, and Policy

  • First place: “Trends in Inpatient Utilization and Out-of-Pocket Costs Among Medicare Beneficiaries (2011-2021): An Analysis using MCBS Data” by Zoha Khan
  • Second Place: Advocating for Change: The Impact of MA Law Section 51A on Pregnant People Taking Medications for Opioid Use Disorder by Sriya Podila
  • Third Place: Structural Racism and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Associations Between Historical Redlining and COVID-19 Across Four US Cities by Barune Thapa

AMSA Academy Scholars Programs and Institutes

  • First place: “The Impact of Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities on the Burden of COVID-19” by Siddharth Suresh
  • Second Place: “The PharmFree Campaign at AMSA: Evaluating the Conflict of Interest Policies at the Top 30 Medical Schools in the United States” by Alissa Kainrath
  • Third Place: “Pharmaceutical advertising for transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM): Does the prevalence justify the spend (and hype)?” by Elaine Liaw

Basic and Translational Science

  • First place: “Analyzing Mechanisms for Enhanced Recovery Following Optogenetic Stimulation of Spinal Cord Injuries” by Russell Myers
  • Second Place: “Assessing Risk Factors for Respiratory Failure following Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Using a Global Federated Database: A Propensity Score-Matched Analysis of 12,788 Cases” by Sejal Sinha
  • Third Place: “Cardiac Ion Channel Organization Disrupted in Heart Failure” by Megha Schmalzle

Chapter Activities


Curriculum Development and Education

  • First place: “Exploring Bias in Healthcare: Using Art to Facilitate a Narrative Medicine Approach Among Third-Year Medical Students” by Erij Elkamel
  • Second Place: “Examining Gaps in Fertility Awareness Among Medical Students” by Sanjana Mandilwar
  • Third Place:  ““FLI-ing” High: Intentional Programming for First-Generation and Low-Income Medical Students” by Trevor Lyford

International Impact

  • First place: “ReAlign: A Novel Approach for the Early Detection and Management of Amblyopia” by Ashish Chettimada 
  • Second Place: “Gimbernat Surgical Society: 14 years fostering surgical vocation.” by Pelayo Aguilera
  • Third Place: “Revolutionizing Thyroid Function Assessment: The Potential of Mobile Motion Analysis Software” by Lauren Richardson

Patient-oriented and Epidemiology

  • First place: “2022 National IV Computed Tomography Contrast Media Shortage and its Effect on Emergency Department Diagnosis of Abdominal and Pelvic Pathology” by Atieh Dehghani Ashkezari
  • Second Place: “Joint application of tools for cost-effective screening of obstructive sleep apnea in adults from the community of Quija Quieta, Peravia, Dominican Republic” by Melanie Trimpin
  • Third Place: “Funding Migraine Surgery: A Headache for Patients” by Timothy Stoner

Global Autoimmune  

  • First place: “Effect of Primary Sjögren’s Disease on Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” by Elizabeth Cole
  • Second Place: “Impact of Western vs Mediterranean Diet on Prevalence of Autoimmune Diseases” by Thanushri Srikantha
  • Third Place: “The Psychological Toll of Autoimmunity: Understanding Contributors to Poor Mental Health in Medical Students with Autoimmune Disease” by Navya Kalia

Reproductive Justice and Abortion-Related Projects

  • First place: “Medical Student Perceptions of Abortion Education and Training in Undergraduate Medical Education” by Carlee Mitchell
  • First Place: “How To: Build An Abortion Fund; Or, How to Advocate for Reproductive Justice by Supporting Abortion Funds Nationwide” by Maureen Scott

People’s Choice for Best Overall

  • First Place Pre-Med: “Quantitative Research Project to Compare and Evaluate the Preparedness of Hillsborough Community College’s Premedical Students for Medical School.” By Ava Badiei
  • First Place Med – tie: “FABMs for Family Planning & Women’s Health: An Effective Online Elective” by Sean McCann
  • First Place Med – tie: “Impact and Effectiveness of Participating in a Pre-Clinical In-House Simulation Competition.” by Zalak Navadia

Finally, we would like to thank the team of student leaders and the judges who were able to help out with the event this year. None of this would have been possible without you.



Oak Sonfist 

AMSA Education and Advocacy Fellow, 2022 – 2024

Poster Session Curator