Academic Seminars

Results from 2021 JPS Research & Quality Symposium
June 11, 2021

Many thanks to all our presenters, judges, and attendees at the 2021 JPS Research & Quality Symposium! You all made it a tremendous event, and it was wonderful to see everyone’s hard work. We hope to see you all again next year.

Posters and video recordings of all the sessions are available for viewing here until August 4:
(username:, password: jpsrqs2021)



Top Original Research Gallery Poster
Apoorva Deshpande, JPS Behavioral Health – “The Complexity of Defining and Classifying Suicidal Behavior”

Top Case Study Gallery Poster
Raina Saxena, UNTHSC-TCOM – “An Uncommon Cause of Shoulder Pain and Weakness 5 days post ACDF”

Top Live Posters
1st Place: Anatoli Berezovsky, JPS Family Medicine – “How well are we as a health system caring for our patients with diabetes – moving from tracking processes to measuring meaningful outcomes”
2nd Place: Kennan Gibson, UNTHSC-TCOM – “The Use of Preoperative CRP/ESR as Predictive Markers of Prosthetic Joint Infection in Primary Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty”
3rd Place (tie): Chinyere Nkwocha, JPS Pharmacy – “Understanding the Effect of Direct Acting Antiviral Therapy on Weight in Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C”
3rd Place (tie): Haley Leverett, JPS Pharmacy – “Racial and Ethnic Differences in GLP-1 Receptor Agonist Response in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus”

Top Podium Presentations
1st Place: Neal Bhachawat, UNTHSC-TCOM – “Assessing Opioids and Benzodiazepines Usage in Elderly Cancer Patients Who Experience a Fall”
2nd Place: Apoorva Deshpande, JPS Behavioral Health – “Screening for Suicide Risk Works: JPS Suicide Outcomes Before and After Implementation of Universal Screening”
3rd Place (tie): Michael Chandra, UNTHSC – “Hospital Safety Net Burden Identifies Disparities in Non-Definitive Management and Survival in High Risk Localized Prostate Cancer”
3rd Place (tie): Joshua Blackwell, JPS Family Medicine – “63 Year Old Female with Bright Red Blood Per Rectum and Bilateral Leg Swelling”

Quality Fair

Top Gallery Posters
1st Place: Teri Savage, JPS Performance Excellence – “Patient Safety Root Cause Analysis Process Redesign”
2nd Place: Alexis Wells, JPS Health Information Management – “The Complicated Conundrum of Capturing COVID-19 Cases Correctly: How Hospitals Have to Hop Through Hoops for Reimbursement Help”
3rd Place: Veer Vithalani, MedStar Mobile Healthcare – “Evaluation of MPDS Protocol 36 in Identifying Suspected EMS Patients with COVID-19”

Top Live Posters
1st Place: Devon Armstrong, JPS Outpatient Case Management – “COVID-19 Outpatient Case Management Home Monitoring Program – Stretching COVID Management Beyond the Hospital Walls”
2nd Place: Jessica Aguilar, JPS Emergency Medicine – “Data Abstraction for Sepsis Success”
3rd Place: Kathy Watts, JPS Emergency Medicine – “Inter-rater Reliability: The Benefits of Collaboration”

Top Podium Presentations
1st Place: Harrison Scofield, JPS Orthopaedics – “Implementation of a Pre-Operative Huddle at a Level 1 Trauma Center”
2nd Place: Victoria Hwang, JPS OBGYN – “Implementation of a Post Placental Intrauterine Device Insertion Program at John Peter Smith Hospital”
3rd Place: Benjamin Galichia, JPS Family Medicine – “Creating a Greener Cafeteria at JPS”

Congratulations! We are so glad to have been able to showcase your work at the Research & Quality Symposium.