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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 partial 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. Incorporated into the research rotation is a two-week (including weekends) data management and analysis internship at the Epidemiologic and Statistics unit of the Center for Research and Evaluation of the Chiles Center at USF, where residents gain hands-on experience on data management, analysis, and interpretation that supports their individual thesis or dissertation projects. 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 Publications

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

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

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

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

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


Recent Residents Presentations

2012

Dr. Aiysha Ansari: Oral presentation of her Thesis “Comparison of Visual vs. Microscopic Methods to Detect Blood Splatter from an Intravascular Catheter with Engineered Sharps Injury Protection (ESIP)” at the 2012 ACOEM Conference, which earned Dr. Ansari a 2012 ACOEM Residents Research Presentation Award.
Poster of the same title also presented at 2012 NORA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Oclla Michele Fletcher: Poster presentation of her Thesis “Critical Heat Stress Evaluation of TAP, TAP Alternative Clothing Ensembles, and Respirator Effects” at the 2012 ACOEM Conference, which earned Dr. Fletcher a 2012 ACOEM Residents Research Presentation Award.
Poster of the same title also presented at 2012 NORA Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Maria Mainolfi: Poster presentation of her Thesis “Low Level Exposure to Air Pollution and Risk of Adverse Birth Outcomes, Hillsborough County, Fl” at the 2012 ACOEM Conference.
Dr. Mainolfi’s Thesis is pending publication in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.