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. 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 2016-2017 includes:

Case Vignettes Poster Presentations

American College of Physicians (ACP) National Conference, San Diego, CA:

“Recurrent Gastric Adenocarcinoma  Presented with Acquired Factor VIII Deficiency” – H. Sadrzadeh MD
“Reverse Takotsubo Associated with Suicide Attempt by Drug Overdose” – R. Alavi MD
“Not every Orthopnea Means Heart Failure” – N. Mazhar MBBS
“Pain: An Overlooked Presentation of Multiple Sclerosis” – M. Siddiqui MD
"How to prevent the life threatening outcome of Heparin induced thrombocytopenia in critically ill patients" – S. Aliyeva MD
*These residents were honored as ACP Young Achievers.

New Jersey chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Regional Scientific Meeting:

“When is Imaging the Right Answer for Syncope?” – L Jafar MD, B Nagra MD, S Aliyeva MD, M Siddiqui MD, S Chaudhry MD. 
“Clinical Picture of Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome (PRES)” – S Chaudhry MD, L Jafar MD.
*Leanne Jafar MD PGY2 was awarded 2nd place in the poster competition.

Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting:

“Pitfalls of Immune Therapy – A Case Report of Mycobacterium Kansasii in a Patient on Azathioprine for Glomerulonephritis” – S. Yelamanchili MD
*Selected from Among 1147 submissions for poster presentation.

Oral Presentation

National Society of General Internal Medicine Conference 2017:

“Decreasing Inappropriate Fresh Frozen Plasma Transfusions by Incorporating Evidence-Based Transfusion Indications in the Electronic Ordering System" – S. Vasani MD

National Health Initiative

O. Tarasova MD PGY3 participated in the National ACP Adult Immunization initiative “I Raise the Rate”. This initiative, begun in 2016 by ACP, involves primary care clinics from across the country in a collaborative data-driven campaign to raise adult immunization rates and decrease vaccine preventable diseases. Dr. Tarasova presented data at the National ACP Conference.

Publication

Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science, vol. 47, no. 4, 2017:

"False Positive HIV Result and Low CD4 in Babesiosis" – N. Mesiha MD

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. Projects are presented at Annual Research Day in their PGY3 ear  A panel of judges evaluates the projects and the top three projects are awarded prizes at graduation.

The top three senior projects in 2017 included:

“Single-Center Experience with Hypertriglyceridemia-Induced Pancreatitis” – O. Adams MD and N. Mesiha MD
“Prognostic Analysis of Patients with Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer” – H. Sadrzadeh MD and B. Kazemi Nia MD
“How Can I keep My Patients Healthy – Expanding Adult Immunization” – O. Tarasova 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.

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