Rachel Gallen, DO, Sang Dao, DO, and Nonna Ilyabayeva, MD Gwinnett Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program
Twenty-four winners have been selected for the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students annual poster presentation competition.
The AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students provides one of the largest forums for medical students and family medicine residents to display research initiatives and special projects. Twenty-four winners have been selected for National Conference annual poster presentation competition. A list of the authors and poster titles is available(11 page PDF). Poster presentations will be displayed in the Expo Hall during National Conference, July 27-29 in Kansas City, MO.
Congratulations to Drs. Gallen, Dao and Ilyabayeva.
Improving Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination Rates in Immunocompetent Adults
ACIP pneumococcal vaccination guidelines changed in November 2014 with a new recommendation to give 1 dose of the polysaccharide vaccine for patients ages 19 to 64 with COPD, asthma, smoking history, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, alcoholism, cirrhosis and type 2 diabetes. A baseline assessment of our PPSV23 adherence was determined by chart review and was found to be 3% in our patient population. In order to improve vaccine compliance, we implemented three sequential strategies; a didactic presentation which reinforced the new guidelines, dispersal of vaccine reference pocket cards among physicians and utilization of a reference poster placed on the bulletin board in the residents chart room. Following the implementation, a 3 month chart review was performed for data collection using our clinic electronic health record (EHR) charting system. The statistical analysis showed improvement in our vaccine compliance rates from 3% pre-intervention to 38% postintervention. This shows that the reinforcement of new guidelines and provision of visual reference guides is of great benefit in patient care. This intervention could be extended to other types of vaccinations such as pediatric immunizations. CP-4 Rural Healthcare Delivery in Haiti: Retrospective