Research/Scholarly Activity

All Capital Health Internal Medicine residents are required to carry out scholarly activities, mentored by their faculty advisors. Opportunities include case studies, teaching conferences, quality improvement and safety projects and senior projects.

Each resident designs and implements a project, which is presented at the Annual Research Day in their PGY3 year. A panel of physicians from Capital Health Medical Staff judge the projects and the top three are awarded prizes at graduation.

In 2016, the following presentations were done by the graduating class at our Annual Research Day:

  • “One Size Doesn’t Fit All – Improving Diabetes Mellitus Outcomes in a Multidisciplinary, Team-Based QI Project” by Djamshed Samiev, MD and Supriya Sekhar, MD
  • “Evaluation of POC Lactate for the Development of a Pre-Hospital Sepsis Alert” by Lindita Shehu, MD and Andrei Yankovich, MD
  • “Impact of a Bundle on Prevention and Control of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)” by Uzma Imran, MD and Phaniram Sumanam, MD
  • “Retrospective Demographic Evaluation of Sessile Serrated Adenoma/Polyps and Association with Extra-Colonic Solid Tumors” by Mohamed Hassanein, MD and Mohammed Al-Jumayli, MD
  • “The Significance of Symptomatology in Guiding the Treatment of New Brain Metastases in the Era of Stereotactic Radio Surgery (SRS) and Whole Brain Radiation Therapy” by Md Ali Usman, MD
  • “Retrospective Observational Study of the Availability of POLST and Advance Directive Documents upon Arrival to the Emergency Department” by Anteneh Birru, MD and Arian Majko, MD

Below is a sample of the presentations at international, national meetings in the 2015-2016 academic year:

  • “Recurrent Hypoglycemia Needs to be Evaluated for Insulinoma”, presented at the 2016 Society for General Internal Medicine National Conference by Md Usman Ali, MD
  • “Plasmapheresis as an Effective Modality for Treatment of Hypertriglyceridemia Induced Pancreatitis”, presented at the 2016 American College of Physicians National Meeting by Mohamed Hassanein, MD
  • “One Size Doesn’t Fit All! – Using a Multidisciplinary QI Project to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in Our Community”, presented at the 2016 AAMC Integrated Quality Meeting 2016 by Djamshed Samiev, MD and Supriya Sekhar, MD
  • “Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Associate with Acute Chest Syndrome – A Case of Successful Treatment with Exchange Transfusion and Aerosolized Epoprostenol”, presented at the 2016 American Thoracic Society International Meeting by Lindita Shehu, MD
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