Residents and providers in our Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Program win FMEC poster contest

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Sophia Guida

Residents and providers in our Mid-Hudson Family Medicine Program win FMEC poster contest

October 31, 2022

A team of residents, faculty and alumnae from our Mid-Hudson Residency Program have won first place in the Family Medicine Education Consortium (FMEC) Annual Meeting poster presentation contest. The team consisted of Dr. Clarissa Ortiz, MD, MHS (Class of 2023), Dr. Rachelle Grad, MD (Class of 2022), Dr. Sadia Hussain, MD, MPH, MSW (Class of 2021) and faculty physician Dr. Aimee Smith, DO (Class of 2009). Their research focused on effective ways to prevent preeclampsia, a condition that causes high blood pressure during pregnancy.

Though it can have no symptoms, preeclampsia can cause complications during a pregnancy and is the second most common cause of maternal death worldwide. Researchers have demonstrated that many pregnancy-related health conditions disproportionately affect pregnant people of color. The poster documented efforts to build an alert into the electronic medical record to identify patients with risk factors for preeclampsia and provide them with preventative care, early recognition and treatment. It was part of a larger project with the IMPLICIT Network that focuses on risk assessment during pregnancy and continued care after patients give birth.

The Mid-Hudson Family Residency Program faculty and residents joined nearly 600 family practice faculty and residents, as well as 300 medical students at the FMEC 2022 Annual Meeting in Arlington, VA on September 16-18, 2022. At the meeting, 94 teams presented posters that focused on research and quality improvement initiatives in the field of family medicine. A panel of family physicians judged the winning posters based on visual impact, clarity of message, readability and relevance to the field. They announced the winners on October 10, 2022.

To learn more about past research and quality improvement initiatives at the Institute, please visit our blog. You can also read more about our residency programs.