Research Excellence & Discovery Day

31th Annual Residents’ Research Day in Medicine

The Department of Medicine Research Excellence and Discovery Day is an opportunity to highlight Internal Medicine Resident and Specialty Fellow outstanding research accomplishments with the support of faculty. In this time of uncertainty, residents and faculty continue to move ahead with innovation and perseverance in the pursuit of new knowledge through research. We sincerely look forward to the opportunity to celebrate your research accomplishments and to take pride in your achievements.

May 25: Poster Presentations  -  Resident Research Day 2020 Booklet
May 27: Keynote address, Oral Presentations, Awards Ceremony - Calendar Invite


To join the virtual sessions, check your email for Zoom links or log in to:
Faculty: Sharepoint
Residents: Medportal
Director Resident Research
Dr. Christine Ribic

Monday, May 25th

Resident presenting poster

Judges: Dr. Hertzel Gerstein, Dr. Maggie Larché, Dr. Jeff Weitz
Timekeeper: Dr. Kim Legault






Wendy Ye

Implementation of Visual Aids to Enhance Understanding, Awareness, and Successful Completion of Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) in Internal Medicine  Residency: A Quality Improvement Project in Medical EducationDr. L. Martin


Conor Bell

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis: Safety of Vedolizumab During Pregnancy in Female Patients with Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseDr. N. Narula


Matthew Jessome

Inter-Rater Reliability of the Bhavsar-Khalidi Clinical Scoring System for Risk Stratification of Giant Cell  ArteritisDr. N. Khalidi


Katherine Steckham

The Use of Transthoracic Echocardiograms in Hospitalized Adult Patients with Acute Pulmonary EmbolismDr. D. Siegal


Conor Bell

Cost of Our Orders: Resident Estimates of Costs
Associated with Choosing Wisely Canada’s Internal  Medicine Recommendations
Dr. A. Patel


Deborah Koh

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Screening Practices in Scleroderma Patients Amongst Canadian RheumatologistsDr. M. Larché


Arden Azim

Code Blue: An Interprofessional Simulation-Based Workshop for Junior LearnersDr. M. Sibbald


Candice Griffin

Cardiac Sarcoidosis: A Single Centre Experience and Review of the LiteratureDr. N. Hambly


Heather Bannerman

Systematic Review of Effectiveness Outcomes in Rheumatology Transition LiteratureDr. M. Matsos


Anna Whalen-Browne

Did the Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment (TAILORx) Change our Practices?Dr. S. Dhesy-Thind


Olivia Cook

Baseline Audit of Inpatient Palliative Care Service
Access and Outcomes
Dr. B. Tam


Carly Barron

Persistent Autoimmune Toxicities After Treatment with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors: A Case SeriesDr. E. McWhirter


Brittany Dennis

The Impact of Chronic Liver Disease in Patients
Receiving Active Pharmacological Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder: One-Year Findings from a Prospective Cohort Study
Dr. Z. Samaan


Kristeen Eshak

Evaluating a Bedside Sign to Promote Non-Pharmacological Delirium Prevention StrategiesDr. C. Patterson


Carly Barron

Association of Inflammation, Thrombogenicity and
Myocardial Injury in Patients Undergoing Surgery for Cancer: A Nested Case-Control Study
Dr. D. Leong


Hernan Franco

Effect of Insulin Order Sets in a Surgical Ward on the Glycemic Management of Post-Operative Patients with Uncontrolled DiabetesDr. W. Harper


Simon Overduin

Creation of Concept Maps to Promote Medical Curriculum Learning and TeachingDr. L. Grierson


Waleed Aljohani

Role of N-Acetylcysteine in the Treatment of Acute Non-Acetaminophen, Non-Alcoholic, and Non-Viral Hepatitis: A Meta-AnalysisDr. M. Yaghoobi


Anthony Sandre

TeleTreat: Exploring the Implementation of  Telemedicine into Ulcerative Colitis Care, a Retrospective Cohort Study

Dr. T. Xenodemetropoulos


Curtis Sobchak

Care Gap Identified in PAH Screening in Patients with Scleroderma: Data from the Canadian Scleroderma  Research Group RegistryDr. M. Larché


Teresa Semalulu

Transition from Pediatric to Adult Rheumatology: The Clinician as a Fundamental Ally?Drs. M. Matsos, M. Batthish & K. Beattie





Monday, May 25th

Resident presenting poster

Clinical Judges: Dr. Zara Khalid, Dr. Mohamed Panju, Dr. Marianne Talman    
Timekeeper: Dr. Amna Ahmed
Time Presenter Title Supervisor
1:15 Tammy Ryan A Case of Polymicrobial Chest Wall Necrotizing Fasciitis in an Otherwise Healthy Young Patient Dr. J. Rudkowski
1:22 Hosay Said I Smell a Rat! A Case of Haverhill Fever Dr. T. Liu
1:29 Coralea Kappel Young at Heart: Cardiogenic Shock in the Context of Newly Diagnosed ARCAPA Dr. F. Amin
1:36 Jasmine Liu Acute Flare of Adult-Onset Autoimmune Enteropathy Associated with  Cyclophosphamide: A Case Report Dr. S. Albashir

Victoria Chuen

Jaymee Shell

Diagnosis of COVID-19 by Bronchoalveolar Lavage after Two Negative Nasopharyngeal Swabs: A Case Report Dr. W. Ciccotelli
1:50 Coralea Kappel Fournier’s Gangrene Associated with Proning in COVID-19 ARDS Dr. B. Rochwerg
1:57 Tauben Averbuch Marburg’s Variant Multiple Sclerosis: A Case Report Dr. A. Chakroborty
2:04 Michael Rheaume Refractory Hypoxia Due to Intrapulmonary Shunting in the ICU Dr. F. Amin
2:11 Brandon Budhram Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML) Mimicking Pneumonia in the Medically Complex Patient: A Case Report Dr. R. Hanmiah
2:30 Alisa Lagrotteria Intractable Hiccups as a Sentinel Presentation of
Pulmonary Embolism: A Case Report
Dr. C. Cox
2:37 Nischal Ranganath / Rand Al Ohaly Cryptococcal Neoformans: An Under Recognized
Etiology of Meningitis in End-Stage Liver Cirrhosis
Dr. A. Shroff
2:44 Anna Whalen-Browne Hypereosinophilic Syndrome - A Rare Neurologic Sequela Dr. M. Panju
2:51 Aoife Cox More Than Meets the Eye Dr. N. Khalidi
2:58 Zahra Merali A Single Dose- Serotonin Syndrome Occurring After First Time Ingestion of Escitalopram Dr. C. Ainsworth
3:05 Oksana Motalo A Case of Mysterious Headache Dr. A. Chakroborty
3:12 Anthony Sandre Is it Only Takotsubo syndrome? Cardiac MRI and a Case of Delayed ST-Elevation Dr. L. Martin
3:19 Curtis Sobchak Acute Disseminated Histoplasmosis in an Ankylosing Spondylitis Patient on Infliximab Dr. P. El-Helou
3:26 Waseem Hijazi When Less is More; Refractory Hypertension in an Elderly Woman and an Elegant Resolution Dr. N. Mohammed



Monday, May 25th

Resident presenting poster

Medicine Specialty Judges: Dr. Mark Inman, Dr. Bram Rochwerg, Dr. Madeleine Verhovsek   

Timekeeper: Dr. Karen Beattie

Time Presenter Title Supervisor
1:30 Meagan Guay Utility of Echocardiogram in the Workup of Ischemic Stroke Patients (UTMOST) Dr. K. Perera
1:38 Michael Wang Perioperative Atrial Fibrillation and Risk of Stroke After Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Dr. D. Conen

Alyson Osborne

Samuel Thrall

Improving Family Meetings for Older Adults: A Quality Improvement Project Dr. J. St. Onge
1:54 Sandeep Dhillon Care Gap in Scleroderma Patients with CXR findings Suggestive of Fibrosis in Scleroderma Patients Dr. M. Larché
2:02 Michael Wang Morbidity and Mortality in Pulmonary Hypertension After Non-Cardiac Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Dr. PJ Devereaux
2:10 Jasmine Bahrami Quality gaps in Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Among Pregnant Women with Type 1 Diabetes: a Multi-Site Study Dr. J. Booth
2:18 Lindsey Russell Younger Age and Chronic Abdominal Pain Predict the Presence of Menstrual Pain in Female Patients Referred to the Gastroenterologist Dr. M. I. Pinto-Sanchez
2:26 Jessica Salituri Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients with Vasculitis: Distinguishing Manifestations Between Them Dr. N. Khalidi
2:34 Mona Alshahrani Outcomes of Transplantation Using Kidneys from Expanded Criteria Donors: Retrospective Cohort Study Dr. C. Ribic
2:42 Tala Abu-Hijleh Perioperative Use of Insulin Pumps in T1DM; Experience at St Joseph’s Hospital Dr. M. Tiboni
2:50 Manijeh Mohammadi Evaluating the Risk of Malignancy (ROM) in Thyroid Nodules with Bethesda Category III and IV at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton Compared to the Malignancy Rates Reported in the Bethesda System Dr. M. Braga
2:58 BREAK
3:10 Jason An An Unsteady Case: GAD Associated Cerebellar Ataxia Dr. D. Haaland
3:17 Majed Alosaimi Pyoderma Gangrenosum After Insertion of a Hemodialysis Catheter: Koebner Phenomenon, Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and a Delay In Diagnosis: An Educational Case Report Dr. C. Clase
3:24 Xena Li Salmonella Typhimurium Carotid Artery Mycotic Aneurysm Dr. N. Singhal
3:31 Jason An Tick Tock: AV Block Dr. A. Shroff
3:38 Vicky Cheng A Rare Complication of a Routine Procedure Dr. R. Yang
3:45 Jason An Rituximab in the Treatment of Opsoclonus Myoclonus Ataxia Syndrome Dr. D. Haaland
3:52 Kenji Onizuka Sacroiliitis and Spondyloarthritis in Patients with Giant Cell Arteritis - More than a Chance Occurrence Dr. N. Khalidi


Keynote & Oral Presentations

Chair of Medicine Welcome
Mark Crowther
Dr. Mark Crowther
John Eikelboom
Keynote speaker
Dr. John Eikelboom
Why (Some) Training in Clinical Research is Essential for All Clinicians

1:00       Announcement of 2020 Resident Research Grant awards
1:20 - Appropriateness of Clinical Indications for Ordering Thyroid Stimulating Hormone in Non-Critically Ill Adult Inpatients – A Delphi Study - Presenter: Anasuiya Surendran
1:32 - Iron Deficiency Following Bariatric Surgery: A Retrospective Chart Review - Presenter: Zachary Gowanlock
1:44 - Single Oral Dose Antiarrhythmic Drugs for Cardioversion of Acute Atrial Fibrillation Episodes – a Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis - Presenter: Omar Ibrahim
1:56 - Beta Blockers in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Trials in the Reperfusion Era - Presenter: Nima Zamiri
2:15 - ACE Inhibitor but not ARB Treatment Associated with Reduced Disease Progression in IPF; A Sub-Study Of CARE-PF - Presenter: Ilia Ostrovski
2:27 - Elevation of CXCL4 in Systemic Sclerosis - Presenter: Jason An
2:39 - A Call for Consensus in Defining Efficacy in Clinical Trials for Opioid Addiction: Combined Results from a Systematic Review and Qualitative Study in Patients Receiving Pharmacological Assisted Therapy for Opioid Use Disorder - Presenter: B. Dennis
2:51 - Contextualizing Functional Status with Comorbidities in Prognosticating Post-Hospital Discharge Outcomes: A Retrospective Cohort Study - Presenter: Mats Junek

May 27th, 2020

Resident awards
Awards Ceremony 3:45 - 4:45
Research Day Awards - Dr. Christine Ribic
Resident Awards - Dr. Lori Whitehead
Faculty and Rotation Awards - Dr. Anthony Sandre, Dr. Katherine Steckham, Dr. Brittany Dennis
Resident Recognition - Dr. Lori Whitehead, Dr. Azim Gangji