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 2017-2018 includes:

Case Vignettes Poster Presentations

American College of Physicians (ACP) National Conference:

“Unrecognized Thyrotoxic Periodic Paralysis in Hyperthyroidism”  – S. Aliyeva, MD, PGY3
“Persistent Diarrhea with Theophylline Toxicity: Looking in All the Wrong Places”  – A. Choudhry, MD, PGY2
“Hypertriglyceridemia-Induced Pancreatitis Management: A Community-Based Teaching Hospital Experience” and “Raise the Awareness, Cardiac Arrest: An Unusual Presentation of Cannabinoid Use”  – L. Jafar, MD, PGY3
“The Reverse Side of ICD” – K. Zarkua, MD, PGY2
*These residents were honored as ACP Young Achievers.

Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) National Meeting, Orlando, FL:

Cardiac Tamponade as a Late and Unusual Presentation of Adenocarcinoma of the Lung – A. Daley, MD, PGY3
Hypertriglyceridemia-Induced Pancreatitis Management, A Community-Based Teaching Hospital Experience – N. Jafar, MD, PGY3
Wasting Syndrome from Autoimmune Phenomena and Hypertensive Crisis from Hematologic Phenomena – J. Malik, MD, PGY3
A Cranial Nerve Palsy caused by Continuous Positive Airway Pressure? – B. Saleem, MD, PGY3
Salicylate Toxicity: When Intubation Becomes Necessary and Recurrent Cardiac Arrest: An Unexpected Cause – S. Yelamanchili, MD, PGY3
Hormones and Bone Marrow: The Hidden Connection – K. Zarkua, MD, PGY2

Drs. Yelamanchili, Jafar, Daley & Malik

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

“Out of Mind, Out of Sight; Keeping the Differential Diagnosis Open” – S. Chaudhry, MD, PGY3
“A Cranial Nerve Palsy Caused by Continuous Positive Airway Pressure?” – B. Saleem, MD, PGY3
“Not All Granuloma’s Are Created Equal: How Disseminated TB Can Hide under the Cloak of Sarcoidosis” – R. Ghavami, MD, PGY2
Dr. Ghavami was awarded 2nd place in the poster competition. There were more than 250 submissions (40 were selected for poster presentation).

R. Gjavami, MD

Northern NJ Chapter Society of Hospital Medicine:

“Tamponade from Autoimmune Phenomenon” – B. Saleem, MD, PGY3
“A Case of Downhill Veresis Caused by AICD Wires: First Time Reported in Literature” – L. Jafar, MD, PGY3

B. Saleem, MD

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology / World Allergy Organization:

“A Case of Shnitzler Syndrome that Responded to Tocilzumab” – A. Daley, MD, PGY3

A. Daley, MD

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine:

“A Deformed Knee in a Motorcycle Racer” – R. Alavi, MD, PGY3

National Health Initiative

Aparna Daley, MD, PGY3 and Roozbeh Ghavami, MD, PGY3 (2018-2019), accepted the "Positive Impact Award" from the Mid-Atlantic Society of Association Executives in Atlantic City today for the "I Raise the Rates" Adult Immunization project. Begun in 2016, the initiative involves primary care clinics from across the country in a collaborative data-driven campaign to raise adult immunization rates and decrease vaccine preventable diseases. Our residents "made a difference" to our patient population with this program which was nationally sponsored by the American College of Physicians.

Aparna Daley, MD & Roozbeh Ghavami, 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. 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 2018 included:

“Every Breath You Take: Improving Asthma Wellness”  – Presented by Aparna Daley, MD
“Stop and Think! An Antibiotic Stewardship Pilot Study”  – Presented by N. LeAnne Jafar, MD & Maryam Siddiqui, MD
“Vitamin C, Hydrocortisone and Thiamine for the Treatment of Septic Shock”  – Presented by Bushra Saleem, MD & Jawad Malik, 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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