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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 2019-2020 includes:

Case Vignettes Poster Presentations

American College of Physicians (ACP) New Jersey Chapter Meeting 2020

  • “Community Outreach Project: Diabetes Mellitus”  – S. Ahmed, MD & F. Farshidi, MD, PGY3s
  • “Influenza Vaccination Rates”  – R. Nazir, MD, PGY3
  • “A Case of Wernickes Encephalopathy Related to Non-Alcoholic Etiology”  – S. Kesiraju, MD, PGY2
  • “A Way to Improve Physician’s Engagement in Vaccination” – M. Mahdi, MD, PGY2
  • “Rare Adverse Effects of the Common Chemotherapeutics: 5-Fluorouracil-Induced Stroke Mimic” – M. Ozer, MD, PGY1

 

ACP National 2020

  • “‘Herald Bleeding’ Secondary to Aortoenteric Fistula in a 56-Year-Old Man” – M. Ansari, MD, PGY3
  • “Ethylene Glycol Toxicity Presented as Multiple Sclerosis – Is it Antifreeze or MS Disease?” – N. Mostafa, MD, PGY3
  • “Is it Occam’s Razor or Fixation Bias?” – R. Nazir, MD, PGY3
  • “Rare Reported Case of Dexmedetomidine-Associated Drug-Induced Liver Injury” – K. Abbas, MD, PGY2
  • “Diagnostic Dilemma in a Presumably Immunocompetent Host; A Case of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis” – V. Bezawada, MD, PGY2

 

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) 2020

  • “‘Herald Bleeding’ Secondary to Aortoenteric Fistula in a 56-Year-Old Man” – M. Ansari, MD, PGY3
  • “Moyamoya Disease: A Rare Cause of Stroke in the Unexpected” – K. Merchant, MD, PGY3
  • “Is It Occam’s Razor or Fixation Bias?” – R. Nazir, MD, PGY3
  • “Tacrolimus-Induced Near-Fatal Interstitial Pneumonitis and ARDS in a Case of Liver Transplantation” & “A Challenging Diagnosis of Brain Tuberculoma” – F. Abbasi, MD, PGY2
  • “Rare Adverse Effects of the Common Chemotherapeutics: 5-Fluorouracil-Induced Stroke Mimic” – M. Ozer, MD, PGY1

 

2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting

  • “National Estimates of Pain Medication Use in Patients with Osteoarthritis” & “Association of Gout with Vitamin D: A Population-Based Study” – R. Najjar, MD, PGY3

 

American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2020

  • “Invasion of the Mold, A Diagnostic Dilemma” – V. Bezawada, MD, PGY2

 

American College of Cardiology (ACC) 69th Annual Scientific Session

  • “Transient Right Bundle Branch Block and Elevated Troponin in Lithium Toxicity” – M. Mahdi, MD, PGY2

 

AAMC 2020 Integrating Quality Conference

  • “A Way to Improve Physician’s Engagement in Vaccination” – M. Mahdi, MD, PGY2

 

AI for Social Good – NeurIPS Track

  • “Using News Articles to Model Hepatitis A Outbreaks: A Case Study in California and Kentucky” – M. Mironova MD, PGY1, Accepted Workshop Presentation

 

AMIA Informatics Summit 2020

  • “Modeling the Hepatitis A Outbreak in the United States” – M. Mironova, MD, PGY1

 

Hindawi

  • “Lactobacillus Acidophilus-Induced Endocarditis and Associated Splenic Abscess” – M. Ozer, MD, PGY1, Accepted Publication

 

Medicine – Wolters Kluwer

  • “Prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome-like symptoms using Rome IV criteria in patients with inactive inflammatory bowel disease and relation with quality of life” – M. Ozer, MD, PGY1 Accepted Publications

 

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Week 2020

  • “Prescribing Exercise” – S. Chaudhry, MD, Core Faculty

 

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) 2020

  • “Developing a Performance Profile” – M. Haydu, Program Coordinator
Senior Projects

Each resident designs and implements a research project, with the support of the associate program director, faculty mentors and the Clinical Research Department of Capital Health. PGY3 residents present their projects at Annual Research Day. A panel of judges evaluates the projects and the top three projects are awarded prizes at graduation.

The top three senior projects in 2020 included:

  • “Evaluation of Safety and Impact of Cephalosporin Graded Challenge Program”  – presented by Neveen Mostafa, MD and Rabeea Nazir, MD
  • “Identifying Barriers among Primary Care Physicians for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Referral for Clostridium Difficile” – presented by Sumiya Ahmed, MD & Farnoosh Farshidi, MD
  • “Equity in Hemodialysis: A General Overview”  – presented by Albana Harizaj, MD & Oscar Perez, MD

Most projects are the original ideas of the residents, allowing them to see a project through from brainstorming a clinical question to methodological design, to data collection and analysis, to manuscript and presentation. Many of these projects are IRB reviewed protocol and may be submitted for presentation at meetings or for publications.

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

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