Congratulations to the 2021 Eastern Region Award Winners

Presented October 23, 2021

2021 Regional Doctors Dilemma Winner: Geisinger

Professionalism Award for Trainees  

  • Dr. Arjan Ahluwalia - Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Dr. Neil Amin - York Hospital
  • Dr. Sreekant Avula - The Wright Center for GME
  • Dr. Amlish Gondal & Dr. Sushmita Khadka - Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital
  • Dr. Marie Krielle Tasha Pantino - St. Luke's Health Network - Anderson campus
  • Dr. Nishit Patel - St. Luke's University Health Network - Easton Campus
  • Dr. Anish Paudel - Tower Health
  • Dr. Jesse T. Raposa - Geisinger Northeast, IM residency program
  • Dr. Pooja Saraiya - St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem
  • Dr. Vrunda Vitalani - Penn State
  • Dr. Mirja Wirtz - Geisinger

Top Scoring Posters

Clinical Vignette:

  • 1st "Not Lichen This Rash" - Zaina Shahid 
  • 2nd Incidentally-Discovered, Contained Ruptured Mycotic Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm Following a Mechanical Fall - Paneeni Lohana
  • 3rd Long-Term Omeprazole Use Causing Critical Electrolyte Derangements - Henry Lam


  • 1st Precirrhotic Hepatic Bridging Fibrosis with and without Elevated Hepatic Venous Pressure Gradient: Comparison of Clinical Outcomes after Transjugular Liver Biopsy Diagnosis - Tuan Vu
  • 2nd Ultrasound versus CT guided Random Native Kidney Biopsies for Hospitalized Patients: Comparison of Clinical Outcomes and Complications - Tuan Vu
  • 3rd  An Increase in the Number of Residency Applications In the First Residency Match During a Pandemic – A Survey of Single Institution Medical Students - Faisal Aziz


  • 1st Modernizing Colorectal Cancer Screening With Cologuard - Arjan Ahluwalia
  • 2nd Discharge Orders Before Noon within the Internal Medicine Residency Service - Naeveena Jeyaraj
  • 3rd Prioritizing Preventative Health in Older Adults Residing in Long-Term Care Facilities Through Vaccination - Sandra Rabat