Research

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Scholarly activity is central to Christiana Care’s Internal Medicine residency. During your residency, you will deepen your ability to critically review the medical literature and have the opportunity to sharpen your skills as a researcher.

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. Click here for a complete listing of resident publications and presentations.

The Value Institute

The Value Institute is the “research hub” of Christiana Care. Staffed with over 30 clinician investigators, information technology data analysts, biostatisticians, administrators, and support staff, the Value Institute conducts independent research, health system analyses, and provides research support to the Christiana Care Community as a whole. From evaluating the impact of health innovations on the State level, to providing residents with methodological and statistical support, the Value Institute is a rich resource, unique to Christiana Care. Click here, to learn more about the Value Institute.

Multidisciplinary Resident Research Training Program

Since 2011, the Department of Medicine has included a research track for residents with a high level of interest in research, coordinated by Marci Drees, MD, MPH, and Jennifer Goldstein, MD, MSc.

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. Residents can apply in the PGY-2 year.

Core Research Faculty & Support

LeRoi S. Hicks, MD MPH, Hugh R, Sharp, Jr. Chair of the Department of Medicine is the recipient of numerous clinical and research awards and is nationally known for his research on health care disparities. His research has been related to three areas: (1) The effects of patients’ racial and cultural background on the treatment and clinical outcomes of chronic disease; (2) the development and assessment of interventions aimed at improving quality of medical care and the reduction of disparities in care; and (3) community-based participatory research to identify and address healthcare disparities.

Jennifer N. Goldstein, MD, MSc. is the Director of Resident Research for the Department of Medicine, the Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program, and the Co-Director of the Resident Research Training Program. She completed a Fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Master’s in Health Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania and has published and presented nationally on the impact of health policy on patient outcomes.

Gretchen D. Rickards, MD MPH is the Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Program Director of the Transitional Year Residency Program. She completed a fellowship in general internal medicine and faculty development at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as well as a Master’s of Public Health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She has published and presented nationally on research related to medical education.

Justin M. Glasgow, MD, PhD is a physician researcher with the Department of Medicine and the Value Institute at Christiana Care. Dr. Glasgow was integral in the development of the Christiana Care Early Warning System (CEWS), a real-time predictor of clinical acuity. He is interested in research related to health care quality and patient safety.

Michael Guarino, MD is the Director of Clinical Pharmaceutic Studies at the Helen F. Graham CCRI, a member of the NCI supported Alliance and NRG research groups, and Principal Investigator on numerous cancer clinical trials and physician initiated trials. Dr. Guarino is a clinical investigator on the National Cancer Institute-sponsored Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB); the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), a clinical trials cooperative group supported since its inception by NCI; and the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a not-for-profit organization that promotes excellence in the quality and integrity of clinical and basic scientific research in the field of gynecologic malignancies

Michael T. Vest, DO is a pulmonary/critical care physician and member of the Clinical Research Committee in the Department of Medicine.  His research focuses on intensive care unit outcomes. Dr. Vest has published and presented a variety of studies on nutrition in the intensive care unit and studies concerning quality of life outcomes among survivors of critical illness. As pulmonary/critical care fellow at Yale University, he work with Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)-Medicare linked data which resulted in publication of two studies which help shed light on differences in our approach to management of non-small cell lung cancer. He has worked extensively with residents as a research mentor on both intensive care unit related projects and projects related to outcomes of simulation based education.

Alfred Bacon III, MD is the Medical Director of Clinical Trials for the Department of Medicine an infectious disease specialist. He has extensive experience as a collaborator in clinical trials, most recently the MODIFY trial which examined the efficacy of Bezlotoxumab for treatment of recurrent C. Difficile infection, published in the New England Journal of Medicine. He leads the fecal microbiota transplant program at Christiana Care and has worked extensively with medical residents to examine outcomes related to this program.

Kirk Garratt, MD, MSc., the John H. Ammon Chief of Cardiology at Christiana Care, is an interventional cardiologist and a highly regarded leader in quality, patient safety and performance improvement. He has participated in clinical research for more than 30 years, authored more than 300 publications, and is a reviewer and editor for multiple medical journals. He has earned recognition, awards and grants for academic achievement, research, teaching and mentorship.

Patty McGraw, RN, MSN, is the Department of Medicine research nurse. She, and her staff of 5 additional research nurses, assist with IRB applications, obtaining funding, chart abstraction, subject enrollment and other research support 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.