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Research for Residents & Fellows (R4RF)

This 10-week series, 2-credit graduate-level course, is an introduction to research for medical residents and fellows. Mini didactics are followed by vigorous interactive small group sessions. Interdepartmental teams, established on day one, remain together throughout the series. Team work activity focuses on concept application, giving participants a "hands on" experience with various topics: formulating a research question, choosing a study design, experimenting with sampls size calculators, designing a survey, and writing an IRB proposal. The course culminates with a required brief "Capstone" project for which each participant expands on a research hypothesis of interest, appropriate study design, biostatistical analysis, human subjects research considerations and IRB issues. 

Pre-registration is open through March 30th. Contact Olivia Patterson for details!

Resident & Fellow Research Day 

Held on the first Thursday of each June, this symposium is intended to recognize residents and clinical fellows in all departments making significant contributions to the institution in terms of research. Additionally, it acts as a forum whereby both residents and faculty can learn more about research activities in other departments. The day is co-sponsored by the Department of Otolaryngology and the Office of Graduate Medical Education. 

2017 Resident & Fellow Research Day


Oral Presentations - Basic Science: 1st Place - Lisa Feldman, MD, Neurosurgery

                                                   2nd Place - Randy Vince, MD, Urology 

Oral Presentations - Clinical Science: 1st Place - Christopher Chipko, MD, Radiation Oncology

                                                      2nd Place - Nicole Vissichelli, MD, Internal Medicine

Poster Presentations: 1st Place - Sherry Zhao, MD, Radiation Oncology

                               2nd Place - Sam Powell, MD, Internal Medicine 

                               3rd Place - Morgan Vargo, MD, Internal Medicine 

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The day began with poster presentations judged by our panel of Faculty.

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Just one of many posters that caught the eyes of attendees...

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Oral presentations took place in the afternoon in the Kontos Auditorium. Lisa Feldman, MD, Neurosurgery, took first place in this category.