University of Hawaiʻi health science students and faculty presented their scholarly work on research, evidence-based practice, quality improvement and health services program development at the 2021 Interdisciplinary Poster Festival. The annual in-person event, organized by UH Mānoa’s School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene (SONDH), was held via Zoom this year.
“Our research committee hosts the annual UH Health Science Interdisciplinary Poster Festival to celebrate the research and contributions of our faculty, students and local healthcare community members,” said Deborah Mattheus, UH Mānoa Nursing associate professor. “This year, we are proud to virtually highlight the works from 32 outstanding health professionals and students from UH Mānoa and UH Hilo, as well as leading local health agencies.”
The poster presentations featured various topics from nursing, dental hygiene, medicine, social work, public health and pharmacy. The event enabled participants to share their work, converse with other poster presenters and learn about other health sciences research. Service and academic sector clinicians and colleagues from The Queen’s Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center and the University of Maryland also presented their work.
Kal Peterman is a SONDH student graduating this August with her doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. She presented her poster on “Development of a Flowchart-Based Algorithm for Insulin Initiation in Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.”
“I was interested in participating in this event because I thought it was a great opportunity to disseminate the results from my DNP project and to engage with many other health professionals and students in various disciplines,” she said. “It provided an opportunity for me to develop my presentation skills and fostered my confidence as I transition to become a new graduate clinician. I was also curious to learn about topics that other individuals are studying and researching.”
This event is an example of UH Mānoa’s goal of Enhancing Student Success (PDF), one of four goals identified in the 2015–25 Strategic Plan (PDF), updated in December 2020.