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Our department’s 16th annual Research Day was held on Friday, June 29th in UNC’s Old Clinic Auditorium. The department’s graduating PM&R Resident and graduating PIM T-32 Fellows presented their formal research to the department. Presentation titles are listed below:

  • Diana Marchese, MD: “Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation: Improving the Day of Admission Process”
  • Kristin Jerger, MD, LMBT: “Neural Mechanisms of Qigong Sensory Training Massage for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • Aaron Piepmeier, PhD: “Feasibility of an 8-week Tai Chi Chuan Intervention for Breast Cancer Survivor”


Also, next year’s graduates presented their research ideas in advance of the 2019 Research Day, and their research proposals were entitled:

  • Daniel Areson, DO, MS: “Can we Trust the Scratch Collapse Tests to Diagnose Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”
  • Simonne Francis, MD: “Investigating Trends in Opioid Prescribing in Multi-Trauma Patients Admitted to Inpatient Rehabilitation”
  • Brittany Lambertus, MD: “Integration of Practice Questions for SAE Preparation as a Component of Rotation”
  • William Law, MD: “Tracking Outcomes in Pain Patients Using Fitness Devices: A Pilot Study”
  • Carrie Brintz, PhD: “Feasibility of a 4-week Mindfulness Training Program for Adults with Chronic Pain”
  • Jacob Hill, ND, MS: Concomitant Conventional Treatment and Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (TCAM) Use for Cancer Care in Malawi”


The department awarded 4 awards this year. Congratulations to the award recipients!

  • Resident of the Year:  Dr. Diana Marchese
  • Resident Team Player Award:  Dr. Gregory Franklin
  • Didactic Module of the Year: Dr. Raj Telhan (“Pain/Interventional Spine”) and Dr. William Filer (“Bone Joint and Connective Tissue”)
  • Teaching Excellence Award: Dr. Raj Telhan


Research Day was followed by a small reception that evening to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates. We wish them all the best in their future careers!


PIM Fellow Graduates Drs. Kristin Jerger and Aaron Piepmeier (Center) pose with Dr. Susan Gaylord (Left – Director of the PIM) and Dr. Kim Faurot (Right – Assistant Director of the PIM)

A group of PM&R Faculty and Residents pose together in celebration of the day’s events.