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Research/Scholarly Activity

The Capital Health Internal Medicine Residency Program offers many opportunities to develop research projects and conduct scholarly activities.

All PGY2 and PGY3 residents are expected to submit case report abstracts to one or more conferences each year under the mentoring of program faculty with the support of the Clinical Research Department. This results in a large number of acceptances at regional, national and international conferences. First authors receive a stipend to facilitate attending the meeting for the presentation. Residents are encouraged to develop their poster further into published case reports.

A selection of these activities in 2020-2021 includes:

Case Vignettes Poster Presentations

American College of Physicians (ACP) National 2021

  • “EKOS Method of CDT an Effective Treatment of Submassive PE when Thrombolysis and Systemic Anticoagulation Fails”  – Dr. Kaniz Zehra Abbas (PGY3)
  • “A Not-So-Benign Breast Lesion and Pancytopenia”  – Dr. Brian Ebo (PGY3)
  • “Pericardial Effusion as a Rare Presentation of Large-B-Cell Lymphoma”  – Dr. Khalil Fayad (PGY3)
  • “Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG Decline in Symptomatic vs. Asymptomatic Hospital Staff” – Dr. Fatemeh Abbasi (PGY3) & Dr. Ali Shahverdiani (PGY3)
  • “C3 Mediated Immune Complex Glomerulonephritis Triggered by MGRS” – Dr. Zulfiya Manning (PGY2)
  • “Insulin Pumps: Life Savers but in Appropriate Circumstances” – Dr. Asieh Takalloo (PGY2)

CHEST Annual Meeting 2020

  • “Localized Pulmonary Edema Mimicking Pneumonia” – Dr. Fatemeh Abbasi (PGY3)

American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2021 Annual Meeting

  • “Aortic Root Abscess Masquerades as a Tricuspid Valve Vegetation in a Patient with Infective Endocarditis” – Dr. Mohammed Mahdi (PGY3)

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course

  • “A Rare Case of Isolated Oropharyngeal and Esophageal Pemphigus Vulgaris" – Dr. Ali Shahverdiani (PGY3)
  • “Tuberculous Pericardial Tamponade in the Patient with Crohn’s Disease Treated with Adalimumab” – Dr. Maria Mironova (PGY2)
  • “A Case of Pemphigus Vulgaris: When Dysphagia and Odynophagia Matter” – Dr. Maria Mironova (PGY2)
  • “Preventing Post-Polypectomy Bleeding Using Prophylactic Clip Closure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” – Dr. Hafsa Anwar (PGY1)
  • “Does Bevacizumab Increase the Risk of Colonic Perforation with Placement Self-Expandable Metal Stents (SEMS) in Patients with Obstructive Colorectal Cancer? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” – Dr. Hafsa Anwar (PGY1)

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) 2021 Annual Meeting

  • “Alcohol Induced Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Tachycardia” – Dr. Sarah Elsayed (PGY2)
  • “Polymyositis as a Rare Musculoskeletal Manifestation of Chronic Graft-Versus-Host Disease” – Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2021 Annual Meeting

  • “Unsuspected Foreign Body Mimicking Lung Cancer” – Dr. Irina Gutierrez (PGY2)

Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2021

  • “Fecal Microbiota Transplantation May Reduce the Mortality of Patients with Severe and Fulminant Clostridioides Difficile Infection Compared to Standard of Care Antibiotics in a Community Hospital” – Dr. Maria Mironova (PGY2)

ACP New Jersey Chapter Meeting 2021

  • “Massive Biventricular Thrombi Complicating New-Onset Heart Failure in a Patient with Suspected COVID-19” – Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)
  • “Tuberculous Lymphadenitis in a Patient Receiving Anti-PD-1 Inhibitor for Melanoma” – Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

2020 ASCO Quality Care Symposium

  • “Effect of Hospital Volume on Outcome of Stave IV Pancreatic Cancer” – Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

International Gynecologic Cancer 2020 Meeting

  • “Impact of a Laparoscopic Triage Program for Advanced Ovarian Cancer on Surgical Outcomes, Disease-Free Survival, and Overall Survival” – Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Annual Meeting 2021

  • “Apathetic Hyperthyroidism Presenting with Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis (TPP)” – Dr. Deepika Suleria (PGY2)
  • “Teaching and Learning from Our Neighbors” – Associate Program Director Dr. Ekaterina Vypritskaya


  • “From Incidental Finding to an Emergent Treatment: A Case Report of a Hepatic Adenomatosis and Large Ruptured Hepatic Adenoma” - Dr. Maria Mironova (PGY2)
  • “Postpartum-Onset Moyamoya Disease: A Rare Cause of Stroke in Unexpected” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

DMR Research Journal

  • “Further Defining the Role of Nanoliposomal Irinotecan in Pancreatic Cancer” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)


  • “Distinct Clinical Characteristics in Young-Onset Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

American Journal of Clinical Oncology

  • “Racial Disparities in Time to Treatment Initiation and Outcomes for Early Stage Anal Squamous Cell Carcinoma” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)
  • “The Pattern of Brain Metastasis in Colorectal Cancer: Efficacy of Metastasectomy, Chemotherapy” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

Cureus Journal

  • “Acquired Gerbode Defect in a Patient with Infective Endocarditis of Bicuspid Aortic Valve” - Dr. Mohammed Mahdi (PGY3)
  • “Assessment of Prognostic Factors and Adjuvant Treatment Modalities in Adult Head and Neck Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients Treated with Upfront Surgery” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)


  • “Racial/Ethnic Disparities and Survival Characteristics in Non-Pancreatic Gastrointestinal Tract Neuroendocrine Tumors” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33076486)
  • “Protective Effects of Taxifolin on Pazopanib-Induced Liver Toxicity: An Experimental Rat Model” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33239495)
  • “The Metabolic Equivalent BMI in Patients with Familial Partial Lipodystrophy (FPLD) Compared with Those with Severe Obesity” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33491315)
  • “Characteristics and Outcomes of Cancer Patients with COVID-19 at a Safety-Net Hospital” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 34118790)
  • “5-Fluorouracil Associated Neurovascular Toxicities” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33896650)
  • “Impact of Coronaphobia on Treatment and Follow-Up Compliance of Cancer Patients” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33880932)
  • “Massive Biventricular Thrombi Complicating New-Onset Heart Failure in a Patient with Suspected COVID-19” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33754079)
  • “Assessment of Prognostic Factors and Adjuvant Treatment Modalities in Adult Health and Neck Soft Tissue Sarcoma Patients Treated with Upfront Surgery” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2) (PubMed 33738167)
  • “Upregulation of Polycistronic microRNA-143 and MicroRNA-145 in Colonocytes Suppresses Colitis and Inflammation-Associated Colon Cancer” - Dr. Nader Amini (PGY1) (PubMed 33356812)

US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

  • “Unilateral Proptosis Due to Orbital Metastasis of Paratesticular Leiomyosarcoma” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

European Journal of Medical Investigation

  • “Everolimus-Induced Oral Mucositis Can be Prevented by Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract in Rats” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

International Journal of Hematology and Oncology

  • “Factors Affecting Survival in Retroperitoneal Sarcomas Treated with Upfront Surgery” - Dr. Muhammet Ozer (PGY2)

All of these activities enhance our residents’ scholarly thinking and develop their presentation skills.