This year’s University of Hawaiʻi Health Sciences Interdisciplinary Poster Festival was held on Monday, May 3, with four student pharmacists from the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy presenting the results of their individual research projects.
Hosted by the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH), the annual event features poster presentations on research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, health services program development and other scholarly work. Practicing clinicians in the service sector, academic sector (health science faculty, residents and students), and colleagues from other units whose work is relevant to the field of health present their work. Participants included students and residents from SONDH, John A. Burns School of Medicine and Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health, as well as colleagues from Tripler Army Medical Center and The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.
Each participant gave a five-minute oral presentation, while sharing their poster on Zoom, followed by a two-minute question-and-answer period. Four DKICP student pharmacists from the Class of 2023 participated, including:
May Ann Vicente, whose poster was titled “Relationship between residential settings and in-hospital death rates for heart failure in the Pacific Northwest.”
Cierralyn Cabral, whose poster was titled “Regional differences in hospitalizations for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) patients with acute lower respiratory infections.”
Rosalie White, whose poster was titled “Regional differences in bacterial pneumonia hospitalizations caused by methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus in 2016 and 2017.”
Daijiro Oshitari, whose poster was titled “Relationship between patient characteristics and hospitalization length of stay for diabetes-related skin infections in Hawaii compared to other states.”
Cabral says the experience was personally beneficial. “I was able to learn what is takes to gather information and research results, and assemble it in a concise poster format. It was also the first time I made a formal professional presentation and I learned a lot.”
All four students were advised by DKICP Professor Deborah Taira, ScD.