Student Health Conference Reaches New Heights

The Reichwald Health Sciences Centre was a flurry of activity last week as the Southern Medical Program (SMP) hosted the seventh annual UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference on March 5, 2020.

Attracting a record number of participants, this year’s event featured an engaging diversity of poster presentations from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (IKBSAS), Faculty of Health and Development (FHSD), School of Engineering (SOE), Faculty of Medicine (MED), College of Graduate Studies, and BC Cancer – Kelowna. The conference was kicked off by an inspiring lecture from keynote speaker Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, Director for the Centre of Chronic Disease Prevention and Management.

“The conference provides an opportunity for students – many for the first time – to submit abstracts, prepare posters, and present to an adjudication team,” says Diane Oorebeek, SMP Research Manager.  “The quality of presentations is indicative of the excellent research taking place here in the Okanagan.”

Congratulations to the 2020 winning presenters:

Mariana Gutierrez Salazar (MED)
Ascending Aortic Length, Rather than Diameter, is Associated with Type A Aortic Dissection

Population & Public Health
Patricia Massel (MED)
Healthcare Provider’s Perspectives on the Challenges of Medical Travel in Northwestern BC

Medical Technology
Andrew Nicholson (SOE), Joan Brewer (IKBSAS), Reece Walsh (IKBSAS)
X-ray Vision: Seeing Radiation from Medical Procedures

Quality Improvement / Evaluation
Kaitlin Toplak (MED)
Assurance of Timely Access to Diagnostics and Treatment by Local Breast Health Clinic

Patient Intervention
Liisa Wainman (MED)
A Breath of Fresh Air: Acute Intermittent Hypoxia Shows Promise to Improve Cardiovascular and Ventilatory Function in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Social / Educational Aspects of Health
Carley Paterson (IKBSAS)
Self-efficacy as a predictor of early semester distress in university students

Media and Health
Angela Leung (FHSD), Noman Mohammad (IKBSAS)
Smoke-free Dads: A game changer for better health