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Scholarly activity

To further complement our clinical experiences, each of our residents is required to complete a research project during his/her training. The results of these projects are presented at the research symposia for the Department of Internal Medicine. Scholarship 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. 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 Department of Internal Medicine 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 Research Fellows, or through sub-specialty fellowship training. Over the years, our graduates consistently comment on the value of this educational experience, even if they elect 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
              • 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

Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Kenneth Stark Internal Medicine House Officer Research Award


2003 Dr. Cameron Dezfulian

Subglottic Secretion Drainage for Preventing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia: A Meta-Analysis

Rates of Infection for Single Lumen Versus Multilumen Central Venous Catheters: A Meta-Analysis

2004 Dr. Emily Chou

Incidence of Adrenal Insufficiency in ICU Patients with Sepsis

2006 Dr. Rachel Caskey

Prognostic Factors for Mortality After Interhospital Transfer, United States 2003

2007 Dr. John Kim

Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt Post Liver Transplantation

2009 Dr. Terry Platchek

House Officers Can Effect Lean Quality Improvements in Patient Care Without Significant Time Offline or in Re-training

2010 Dr. Laura Howe

Administration of the Influenza Vaccine to the Egg Allergic Child Under 36 months

2012 Dr. David Stewart

Epidemiology of Copy and Pasting in the Medical Record at a Tertiary-care Academic Medical Center