Scholarly activity is central to Christiana Care’s Internal Medicine residency. During your residency, you will deepen your ability to critically review published studies and have the opportunity to sharpen your skills as a researcher. All Internal Medicine residents complete a scholarly project during their residency with the goal of presenting their work on a national level.
Building the future of Internal Medicine
All Internal Medicine residents complete at least one scholarly activity during their residency. These activities include, but are not limited to, case reports, publications in the peer-reviewed literature, clinico-pathologic conferences, quality improvement/patient safety projects, and clinical research. These scholarly activities encourage residents to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and place the clinical information they’ve acquired into the context of population health and the overall health system. In addition, residents gain writing and presentation skills, work closely with one or more faculty mentors, improve their abilities to search and understand the medical literature, and potentially gain skills in performance improvement and evaluation. Residents who complete one or more scholarly activities are generally considered more competitive candidates for fellowship and other career opportunities.
Jennifer Goldstein, M.D. serves as the director of Resident Research for the Department of Medicine and helps to coordinate resident research efforts.
Patty McGraw, RN, MSN, is the research nurse supervisor assigned to the DOM to assist with resident research projects. She and her staff of 5 additional research nurses will help with IRB applications, obtaining funding if necessary, chart abstraction, subject enrollment and other research activities.
Ginger Huros is the administrative support for the residency research program and serves as a valuable resource to help residents through the process of getting their research approved and obtaining funding for scholarly activities.
Types of Resident Research Projects
Christiana Care’s patient volume and excellent medical informatics provide an extremely rich source of data for a wide variety of research questions. Residents find utilization of the robust Christiana Care database allows easy review of medical records for research purposes. These retrospective reviews have been an excellent source of residents’ original research. Additionally, some residents have successfully managed to conduct prospective studies, such as surveying health care workers before and after an intervention, or screening a specified patient population for a given condition, or even randomized controlled trials. Many residents also become involved in both informal and formal performance improvement (PI) projects, many of which result in publishable results.
Multidisciplinary Resident Research Training Program
Since 2011, the Department of Medicine has included a research track for those residents with a high level of interest in research, coordinated by Dr. Goldstein.
Beginning in September 2015, this program transitioned to a multidisciplinary Resident Research Training Program that is open to residents from all training programs at Christiana Care. This longitudinal program provides participants with an infrastructure, core content on research methodologies, as well as mentor support to complete, present, and publish an independent research project. This course provides an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches. The curriculum spans two years, starting in the PGY-2 year, and includes didactic and interactive sessions with faculty from all departments as well as colleagues at the University of Delaware.