Nearly 300 abstracts were submitted to participate in the 52nd Annual Academic Competition (Academic Day) sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs at Northwell Health. Held at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine on May 24, 2017, the half-century old scholarly contest is designed to encourage the development and presentation of professional papers and posters.
Participants included residents, fellows, students, and post-docs from Hofstra Northwell, Elmezzi Graduate School of Molecular Medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, as well as nurses and allied health professionals in student programs.
“The academic competition helps to foster a trainee’s research, writing, and presentation skills under the guidance of a senior mentor,” said Academic Day chair, Stephen Barone, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Hofstra Northwell and vice chair of graduate medical education at Cohen Children’s Medical Center. “Some trainees have had the opportunity to present at a national meeting, while others have not—this competition allows all participants to highlight their work.”
“What started over 50 years ago as a program for students and residents to write papers has evolved to embrace the entire health system and medical school,” added contest co-chair Debra Rand, MS, associate dean for library services and professor of science education at Hofstra Northwell. “The event includes contributions from a comprehensive range of disciplines in science and medicine.”
In addition to scientific work on display, this year’s Academic Day welcomed world-renowned medical educator Dr. Th.J. (Olle) ten Cate, PhD, director of the Center for Research and Development of Education at University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands who has published extensively in the areas of curriculum development, peer teaching, competency-based medical education, and many other topics.
For contest entry, submissions are divided into five categories: basic science research, case reports, clinical science research, education outcomes research, and literature reviews. Nursing, allied health, and School of Medicine students each have a separate category under poster and paper presentations. Abstracts submitted for papers or posters are reviewed by at least three judges who are instructed to use a uniform system of grading. The papers and posters are assessed according to excellence of the introduction, methods (or description for case reports), results, and conclusion.
Authors of paper abstracts chosen in the first round of judging are asked to prepare full-length papers which are submitted to a second round of judging. First and second place papers are awarded in each category. In contrast, authors of poster abstracts enter one round of judging followed by a full poster exhibit to be shown to the public in the academic competition. The posters chosen for display are reviewed by a panel of judges who determine first and second place awards in each of the categories.
“Each year we see truly groundbreaking work by young investigators that is translated into better medical care and patient outcomes,” said Andrew Yacht, MD, associate dean for graduate medical education and associate professor of medicine at Hofstra Northwell. “Events like Academic Day not only highlight the importance of scientific discovery and ingenuity, it generates awareness and momentum in research that benefits all of us.”