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OB/GYN Residents, Fellows participate in first ever virtual research day

Date: May 15th, 2020 in JABSOM News, Research, UH Manoa    Print or PDF

Pictured: OB/GYN residents and fellows practice social distancing after participating in the first-ever virtual Research Day. Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Health photo. 

Written by Vina Cristobal, University Health Partners of Hawaii

Since 1995, the JABSOM Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health (OB/GYN) Research Day has been a milestone moment for residents — and later on fellows — to present their research during their first few years as physicians.

2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the OB/GYN Research Day. Despite current circumstances caused by COVID-19, the department still found a way to celebrate its residents and fellows. They were able to present their research via Zoom, while maintaining social distance guidelines. 

The research day was specifically dedicated to obstetricians and gynecologists who are currently serving on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, “providing essential health care in our hospitals, offices and community clinics.”

For two and a half hours, residents and fellows took turns to share their hypothesis driven research with faculty attendees and colleagues on a variety of topics, such as racial and ethnic disparities, abortion, diet quality, home births and contraceptive methods.

We appreciate that even in the midst of this global pandemic, we can come together as a community to discover, learn, and inspire each other in our common goal of advancing women’s health in Hawaii and beyond, said associate professor Dr. Reni Soon; assistant professor Dr. Shandhini Raidoo and professor and department chair Dr. Ivica Zalud.

Research Day Awards


Most Outstanding Resident Research Award
Sharareh Firouzbakht, MD
Abortion Knowledge Affecting Abortion Provision after Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency

Audience Choice Award
Christina Buchanan, MD
Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and Planned Home Birth

Santosh Sharma Audience Choice Award
Chief residents who already submitted their research for publication:

 Nikki Kumura, MD
“Pharmacy Access to Ulipristal Acetate in Small Cities Throughout the United States”

 Jennifer Wong, MD
“An Investigation on the Completeness of Salpingectomy Intended for Ovarian Cancer Risk Reduction”

 Jennifer Chin, MD
“Buffered Lidocaine for Paracervical Blocks in First Trimester Outpatient Surgical Abortions”

 Caroline Lau, MD
“Duration of Foley catheter cervical ripening as a predictor of total length of labor”


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