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Research Training and Experience

The University of South Florida’s Occupational Medicine Residency research training program places an emphasis on the acquisition of fundamental research knowledge and skills to develop a sound research protocol, conduct analyses on collected data, and draft a publishable thesis, which is a requirement for graduation with the MSPH degree. Research opportunities are diverse and available through interdisciplinary collaboration among OM residents and other Sunshine ERC departments including Safety or Industrial Hygiene, participating institutions and the community.

The experience includes resident participation in a weekly research seminar, which lasts about one hour during which the status of each ongoing research project is reviewed, obstacles and aberrant results are discussed, and basic research topics are reviewed. By the end of their training, residents will have gained sufficient critical thinking skills, acquired through research training, to utilize scholarly approaches to offer solutions to complex clinical and workplace challenges.

Recent Resident Research

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  • 2015
    Dr. Pratiksha Vaghela: A Socio-ecological Model of Affordable Care Act Acceptance

    Dr. Khin Chit: The Association between the symptom severity of musculoskeletal disorders and types of treatment taken by the works at the auto plants
  • 2014
    Dr. Theodore Aquino: Influenza Outbreak in Vaccinated Population – USS Ardent, February 2014

    Dr. Pratiksha Vaghela: Stop Poking Me – Aim to Reduce Needlestick Injuries among the Employees at James A. Haley VA Hospital by 10% by the end of fiscal year 2015-2016

    Dr. Seth Parrish: Evaluation of the Interest in Development and Availability of the Resting Metabolic Rate Test as a Routine Healthcare Standard

    Dr. Vikas Jindal: Hospitalizations and Costs associated with Firearm-Related Violence and Injuries (FREVI) in the United States

    Dr. Delphine Fontcha: Trends and Costs of Industry-related Injuries in the United States [1998-2009]
  • 2013
    Dr. Humberto Olivero: Quantifying the Ergonomic Impact on Healthcare Workers Using A needle-less Jet Injector

    Dr. Ediberto Garcia: Evaluation of asbestos exposure associated with research laboratories
  • 2012
    Dr. Aiysha Ansari: Comparison of Visual vs. Microscopic Methods to Detect Blood Splatter from an Intravascular Catheter with Engineered Sharps Injury Protection (ESIP)

    Dr. Oclla Michele Fletcher: Critical Heat Stress Evaluation of TAP, TAP Alternative Clothing Ensembles, and Respirator Effects

    Dr. Maria Mainolfi: Low Level Exposure to Air Pollution and Risk of Adverse Birth Outcomes, Hillsborough County, FL
  • 2011
    Dr. Margaret Asomaning: Impact of a Wellness Clinic Visit on Cardiovascular Risk Biomarkers in Employees of a VA Medical Center

    Dr. Arden Andersen: Validation of the USF Safe Exposure Time Equation for Heat Stress

    Dr. Rachel Williams: Sharps Injuries in Medical Training: Higher Risk for Residents than for Medical Students
  • 2010
    Dr. Patrick Whitney: Patient Reported Efficacy of the Use of Botulinum Toxin A in the Treatment of Chronic Migraine Headaches

    Dr. Keith Proctor: Answer Distortion on the Epworth Sleepiness Scale during the Commercial Driver Medical Examination
  • 2009
    Dr. Melville Bradley: 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) Air Concentrations, Hemoglobin Changes, and Anemia Cases in Respirator Protected TNT Munitions Demilitarization Workers

    Dr. Carmen Perez: Prevalence and Influence on Quality of Life of Symptoms Caused by Inhaled Odors, Chemicals and Irritants: A Comparison between Hispanics and Americans
  • 2008
    Dr. Sheila Mohammed: Cost-Effectiveness of Epidural Steroid Injections to Treat Lumbosacral Radiculopathy in Chronic Pain Patients Managed Under Workers' Compensation

    Dr. Gregory Krivonyak: Assessing the Predictive Validity of the UAW-Ford Ergonomic Surveillance Tool