CI2019 Pediatric Student Poster Competition
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ACI Alliance held a student poster competition during CI2019 Pediatric, which was open to undergraduate and graduate students, and residents. Twenty-three posters were entered into the competition. Posters were judged on content, organization, originality, merit, and student presentation.


Gabrielle Watson

Phillip Mittman

Jessica MacLean






This year, we had three winners: Gabrielle Watson; Oregon Health & Science University, won for her poster “Barriers to Care for Latino Pediatric Cochlear Implant Recipients.” 

Phillip Mittman; Unfallkrenkenhaus Berlin, won for his poster "Intracochlear pressure changes during cochlear implant electrode insertion with the 'pullback' technique." 

Jessica MacLean; Frost School of Music, University of Miami, won for her poster "The impact of a drumming-to-speech intervention on prosody perception in children with cochlear implants: An exploratory study."


Honorable mentions for posters were awarded to Katelyn Berg; Vanderbilt University for "A longitudinal comparison of performance on a quick measure of spectral modulation detection (QSMD) between electrode types”, Gina Lauer; Unfallkrankenhaus Berlin for "Intracochlear pressure changes during CI electrode insertion - modifications for minimizing intracochlear pressure", and Elaine Smolen; Teachers College, Columbia University for "Language Input and Vocabulary Development for Children with Hearing Loss: 1-Year Follow-Up.


We are grateful to the students and residents who participated in our second competition and to the judges for volunteering their time to engage with the students. The judges included Michael Hoa, MD (Georgetown University Medical Center); Sarah Mowry, MD (University Hospitals); Adrien Eshraghi, MD (University of Miami); Meredith Ouellette, MS (The River School); Melissa Sweeney, MS (UT Southwestern Medical Center); Naama Tsach, PhD (ACI Alliance Blog); Denise Thomas, AuD (Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago); Debora Hatch, AuD (Eastern Virginia Medical School); Lisa Park, AuD (University of North Carolina Ear and Hearing Center); and Christine Dinh, MD (University of Miami).  Some of our students participants. 


The mission of the American Cochlear Implant (ACI) Alliance is to advance access to the gift of hearing provided by cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness.