To further complement our clinical experiences, each of our residents is required to complete a research project during his/her training. The research may be based in either the clinical or basic sciences, and the subject of study is determined by the individual resident's interest. We have found that this has provided a wonderful opportunity for residents to get first-hand experience with the process of developing a research question, collecting and evaluating data, and presenting data to their colleagues. Over the years, our graduates consistently comment on the value of this educational experience, even if they choose not to pursue a research-based career.
Recent projects by our residents have included:
- Role of liver dysfunction in the prediction of adverse outcomes in acute coronary syndrome
- Assessment of prognostic factors for mortality after inter-hospital transfer
- Description and assessment of the health status of Latinos in Washtenaw County and
- Evaluation of the influence of patient gender on the diagnostic reasoning of medical students in a simulated patient chest pain scenario
- The Utility of Urinary BK Viral Loads in Predicting Late-Onset Hemorrhagic Cystitis in Allogenic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients
Many of the research projects completed by our residents have been awarded research grants; presented at state, regional, or national meetings; and published in peer-reviewed medical journals. Based on the quality and innovative nature of our residents’ research, our residents consistently receive awards from our Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in recognition of outstanding research. In addition, following graduation we have had a number of residents pursue further research training as Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars, General Medicine or General Pediatric Research Fellows, or through sub-specialty fellowship training.