Graduating Physician Assistant Studies Students’ Culminating Capstone Presentations

Physician Assistant Studies (PA) students will showcase their capstone presentations from Monday, September 24 through Friday, September 28. The presentations cover a variety of healthcare issues, ranging from current evidence of long-term side effects in chronic PPI therapy, comparison of treatment options in scoliosis, long-term efficacy of metabolic surgery compared to medical therapy for Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with BMI<35kg/m²,  insulin alternating agents having a positive affect on cognition in those with Alzheimer's disease, and much more.

The presentations are open to Salus University students, faculty and staff, as well as the local community at large.
Monday, September 24, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Salus University
8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027
  • Chardei Eshleman: Comparing treatment outcomes with ledipasvir-sofobuvir vs. pegylated interferon in patients with hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection
  • Taylor Jones: What is the current evidence of long-term side effects in chronic PPI therapy?
  • Jared Luke: A comparison of outcomes when using sutures, tissue, adhesive, and staples in surgical wound closure
  • Ankita Patel: In patients with acute coronary syndrome, does ticagrelor provide better outcomes than clopidogrel in preventing myocardial infarction?
  • Rachel Stein: What is the efficacy of topical calcineurin inhibitors in the management of vitiligo as compared to NB-UVB phototherapy and topical corticosteroids in healthy individuals?
  • Philip Black: In patients with chronic pain syndrome, could medical marijuana be an option as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy for symptom relief in comparison to typical treatment modalities?
  • Christopher Hillery: Robotic laparoscopic vs. traditional laparoscopic colorectal surgery: A comparative analysis of cost and outcomes
  • Sarah Martin: Can treating femoroacetabular impingement arthroscopically prevent the progression to hip osteoarthritis? 
  • Callie Radford: Comparison of treatment options in scoliosis
  • David Trcka: Does reconstruction with autograft, allograft, or bridge-enhanced ACL repair (BEAR) provide a better clinical outcome in terms of stability, subjective outcomes, and failure rate in patients with anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture?
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 l 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Salus University
8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

  • Alexandra Adolph-Gothier: How can primary care providers utilize electronic medical records to improve management and outcomes of adult patients with diabetes mellitus Type 2?
  • Caitlyn Hopkins: When is it appropriate to begin introducing highly allergenic food to infants? Does the introduction of highly allergenic foods during pregnancy or breast feeding affect the development of atopic disease in children?
  • Kimberly Kalovcak: M&M may have a new meaning in medicine: Migraines & myocardial infarctions
  • Sarah Levitski: What treatment methods are effective in treating fatigue in patients with Crohn’s disease in order to improve quality of life?
  • Jessica Walchonski: Is the use of CAR-T cell therapy appropriate in the treatment of refractory ALL and CLL?
  • Erik Baish: Nephrotoxicity and intravenous contrast: Does intravenous radiographic contrast pose a danger to patients?
  • Michael Guerriere: Rapid vs. gradual weight loss: How does the rate of weight loss impact our patients’ outcomes?
  • Daria Okhrimtchouk: Is dysbiosis a contributing factor in the development of metabolic syndrome in the adult population?
  • Lopa Patel: Is Rivaroxaban superior to Enoxaparin in preventing post- operative venous thromboembolism following total knee or hip arthroplasty?
  • Kalley Veit: Does phototherapy increase the risk of skin cancer when used in the treatment of psoriatic patients?
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 I 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Salus University
8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

  • Kristen Knorr: How do misconceptions about vaccinations lead to non-compliance, and a decline in herd immunity?
  • Tio Livingston: Is myeloperoxidase (MPO) a superior indicator of adverse cardiovascular events compared to other pro-inflammatory markers in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease?
  • Patrick McDevitt: Is CAR-T therapy the most effective treatment for relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia?
  • Nisha Patel: Do TNF inhibitors, compared to 5-ASA, provide better outcomes in patients with inflammatory bowel disease in remission?
  • Peter Brookes: In patients with opioid use disorder, how does buprenorphine compared to methadone affect abstinence from illicit opioid use?
  • Carmen Cheng: Is Ketamine a viable treatment option for patients with refractory depression?
  • Regina Costroff: What is the efficacy of fluid resuscitation compared to N-Acetyl Cysteine and sodium bicarbonate in reducing contrast induced nephropathy?
  • Amanda Kochasic: Do insulin alternating agents have a positive effect on cognition in those with Alzheimer's disease?
  • Merit Azab: Is bioidentical hormone therapy an effective safer choice than synthetic hormone therapy in treating patients with postmenopausal symptoms?
  • Melissa Chantelau: In the pediatric athletic population with prolonged concussion, does active rehabilitation decrease recovery time as compared with complete brain rest?
  • Shad Crapo: Should Liraglutide be first line therapy for Type 2 diabetics considering its new FDA approval to reduce non-fatal heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death in patients with Type 2 diabetes?
  • Martha Maldonado: Long-term Efficacy of Metabolic Surgery Compared to Medical Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients with BMI < 35 kg/m2
Thursday, September 27, 2018 I 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Salus University
8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

  • Tzippy Alter: Is hormone replacement therapy an effective and safe treatment option for the symptoms of menopause?
  • Jennifer Hayes: In patients with polycystic ovarian syndrome and experiencing infertility, is Clomiphene citrate a superior treatment in achieving live births when compared to Letrozole?
  • Sarang Patel: What is the efficacy of Evolocumab to control LDL cholesterol when compared to individual lipid lowering therapy in hypercholesterolemia patients?
  • Natalie Perez: In adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), do probiotics improve symptoms of anxiety and depression?
Friday, September 28, 2018 I 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Salus University
8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

  • Kurt Ball: Does sleeve gastrectomy produce overall better results than Roux En Y bariatric surgery?
  • Gina Lamm: Can aspirin decrease the incidence of preeclampsia in high risk women compared to placebo?
  • Jason Mower: Can telehealth services improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs among rural long-term care facility residents?
  • Rebekah Youse: How does Metformin compare to insulin in the management of gestational diabetes mellitus?
  • John Elkhoury: Buprenorphine vs. Methadone: Which is more efficacious, safe, and practical for patients suffering from opioid dependence
  • Sophia Fernandes: Anagrelide vs. Hydroxyurea vs. aspirin: What is the most effective treatment in high risk patients with essential thrombocythemia?
  • Bridget Gallaher: Should providers in primary care screen all adolescents for suicidal risk in order to identify suicidal patients and ultimately decrease suicide attempts?
  • Brandon Papeika: In patients with deep vein thromboembolisms, are Xa inhibitors superior to low molecular weight heparin and Vitamin K antagonist in reducing reoccurrence rates, decreasing hospital stays, and decreasing hospital costs
  • William Stern: Does earlier return to mild physical activity limit the occurrence of post concussive symptoms and negative outcomes better than strict physical rest in pediatric patients diagnosed with concussion?
  • Kimberly Yulick: Is the risk of atrial fibrillation a reason to treat subclinical hyperthyroidism?