UH-JABSOM MD Resident Sweeps Awards at Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting

University of Hawai`i Orthopaedic Resident Megan H. Murai Kuba, MD swept the resident research competition at the 78th Annual Western Orthopaedic Association (WOA) meeting held in July on the Big Island of Hawai`i.

She took top honors in the poster competition for her study “Pediatric Access to Care – A Look at Orthopaedic Access in the State of Hawai`i,” which demonstrated that patients’ access to care is affected (sometimes negatively) by the type of insurance they have.

Dr. Kubo wins the podium award, one of two major awards she won at the competition.

Dr. Kuba wins the podium award, one of two major awards she won at the competition.

Kuba’s Presentation to be heard again at National Meeting
In the podium presentation competition, Dr. Kuba won the Lloyd Taylor Award for her study “One Brace, One Visit: Treatment of Distal Radius Buckle Fractures in Children with a Removable Wrist Brace and No Follow-up Visit”. This study demonstrated a new treatment approach to common wrist fractures in children that results in improved outcomes with high parent satisfaction while lowering costs and increasing access to care. As a testament to the high quality of Dr. Kuba’s work, she has been asked to present her podium presentation again in March 2015 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) annual meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Megan is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and is in her third year of clinical orthopaedic residency training. Dr. Kuba and her faculty mentor, Dr. Byron Izuka, are to be commended for this excellence in scholarly activity.

A Proud Graduate of Moanalua High    

Megan is a local girl and proud graduate of Moanalua High School. “I thought I needed to explore the cold mainland and went to Boston for eight frigid years, where I studied athletic training at Boston University and then attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.” She is happily married to a proud graduate of Mililani High School and she said they compete daily on who went to the better “M” high school.

What does she do in her spare time?                                                                                      

As a busy resident, she doesn’t have any spare time! But if she did,  she said she would enjoy dancing, watching sports (especially the San Francisco 49ers!) and hanging out with loved ones. She said she is extremely grateful to be home again in Hawai`i completing her orthopaedic residency at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, where she can “thaw out and enjoy the sun through the  windows of the Queen’s Medical Center.”

Dr. Kuba is presented the Poster Award by the WOA President  WOA President Valerae O. Lewis, M.D.

Dr. Kuba is presented the Poster Award by the WOA President WOA President Valerae O. Lewis, M.D.

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The WOA was established in 1932 and consists of 14 Western states and over 1,700 members.

Our main photograph:

Seated Left to Right: Megan Kuba (PGY-3), John Dupaix (PGY-2), Edward Chan (PGY-4). Standing Left to Right: Christopher Lau (PGY-2 and JABSOM Grad), Bryan Armitage (Chief Resident), Nick Foeger (Research Fellow), Kim Driftmier (PGY-5), Aimee Perreira (June 2014 Graduate), Krister Freese (June 2014 Graduate), Nick Scarcella (PGY-4), Alex Sweet (PGY-3), and Robert Atkinson (Associate Professor and Program Director). Not pictured are our brand-new 2014 MD Residents, Maria Opanova (PGY-1) and Jae You (PGY-1).

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