Annual Poster Presentations


Women’s Health & Well-Being - Connected, Compassionate & Courageous   

September 15th - 17th, 2017 - Ottawa, ON


The FMWC National Conference is attended by women physicians in all fields of medicine. The presentations include seminars on leadership, networking, work-life balance, and career transitions. It is also an opportunity for FMWC Student and Resident Members to showcase their work and network with specialists from across the country.


Title: Influences Behind Gender Disparity in Academic Rank and Leadership in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in the United States and Canada

Authors: Hsin Yun Yang, Jessica Bui, Gaeun Rhee, Lisa Xuan

Gender disparities in academic medicine have a long and persistent history. In the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), there have been several reports highlighting gender disparities in the academic physician workforce. A significantly greater number of men make up PM&R faculties across all academic ranks and leadership positions in North America compared to women. Gender disparity is most prominent among professors and faculty members holding first-in-command leadership positions, where men hold a significant majority of positions. Men were also found to have higher academic productivity, with a greater number of citations and publications as well as a higher h-index compared to their female counterparts across all academic ranks. However, h-index is not significantly different between men and women physiatrists overall, suggesting that more complex and multifactorial issues are likely influencing the existing gender disparity. View the abstract HERE.

Title: Email follow-up after first trimester medical abortion: adherence and staff effort

Authors: Tika Okuda, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine: Island Medical Program, Dr. Kirsten Duckitt, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of British Columbia

I am a University of British Columbia (UBC) faculty of medicine student in the class of 2018. In 2015 I traveled to Uganda for five weeks with the UBC Global Health Initiative. Our group collaborated with an NGO; African Community Centre for Social Sustainability and presented a poster at Yale University. Okuda T, Fung V, Geddes A, Hemmons P, Kalyesubula R, Sewanyana J, Kapoor V. (2016). Insight: hand hygiene knowledge, practices, and barriers of community health workers and community members in rural Uganda. Global Health & Innovation Conference; Unite for Sight. During my undergraduate degree at McGill University I worked in a Neurophysiology laboratory. My research contributed to a journal article. Gangnon A, Walsh M, Okuda T, Choe KY, Zaelzer C, Bourque CW (2014). Modulation of spike clustering by NMDA receptors and neurotensin in rat supraoptic nucleus neurons. Journal Physiology. 592(19): 4177-86. View the poster HERE.

Title: Females are Not Moving up Academic Ranks Amongst Public Health Physician Faculty in North America

Authors: Donna Lee, MD; Sabeena Jalal, MD, PhD; Faisal Khosa, MD, MBA, FFRRCSI, FRCPC, DABR. School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia Vancouver General Hospital, University of British Columbia

Studies continue to show that women are under-represented in academic research and higher-level ranks and leadership positions. The issue of gender disparity is particularly important in the domain of Public Health where the tone of its leadership is important in bringing about meaningful and impactful change to research, policies, and the wellbeing of our various populations. Our aim was to gain insight into the gender status of author metrics and academic rankings of Canadian and American Public Health physician faculty. Our cross-sectional study illustrated that males generally were higher in all academic measures across all appointments. Comparable to other specialties, gender disparity continues to exist within the Public Health and Preventive Medicine discipline. Factors that require further exploration include: whether specific programs and policies exist to recruit, promote and retain women in Public Health; whether such policies are enforced; the presence of flexibility in work arrangements; and the presence or availability of female mentors. View the abstract HERE.

Title: The Maternal Microbiome: What We Know We Don’t Know

Author: Anna Whalen-Browne, BSc, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

The human microbiome consists of the trillions of microbial communities found within and around the human body. It has recently been suggested that the peri-pregnancy period represents an important time of microbiotal rearrangement, and that such adaptations influence health and disease. However, the evidence to support these hypotheses remains largely unclear. Systematic review of multiple databases was performed to identify current literature on the topic. The extracted body of literature was then qualitatively analyzed for methodological discrepancies or content gaps, specifically as pertaining to their epidemiology, microbiology, and clinical applicability. Results failed to reveal sufficient epidemiologic (small studies, little Canadian data), microbiologic (conflicting reports of the microbiotal composition and fluidity), or clinical (few suggestions of clinical applications) data to conclusively shape clinical decision-making in this field moving forward. Further research is required in order to shape clinical practice in this field. View the abstract HERE.

Title: Introducing a “Same Day Referral” Program for Post-Coital IUD Insertion in Ontario: A Mixed-Methods Study with Pharmacists

Anthor: Andréanne Chaumont, MSc; Angel M. Foster, DPhil, MD, AM

Andréanne has been a dedicated researcher on reproductive and sexual health and advocate. She specifically focuses on improving access to timely and effective emergency contraception, contraception and abortion. Her current research work focuses on the safety of Caesarean section. She has more than three years of experience leading research using multi-methods (quantitative and qualitative). She also has a great interest in pharmaceutical, gynaecology, obstetrics and infertility along with international health development.

At the moment, she is a second-year Medical student at the University of Ottawa. She has extensive experience in project management, event planning and fundraising. She is very productive. Andréanne has great ability for multitasking, remarkable communication skills and is very autonomous. The causes she deeply cares about are: Children, Reproductive health, International Health. She has an active lifestyle and is well implicated in her community. View the abstract HERE.