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Research

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is committed to helping residents develop their career through development of academic skills.

We believe that learning research methods during the program makes residents better consumers of medical literature, helps with career decision making, and generates new knowledge.

During their residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, residents are required to complete an academic project or scholarly activity undertaken to ask and attempt to answer a specific question. The project may take the form of a critical literature review with or without a case report, an original basic science project, a quality improvement or epidemiologic project, or an independent or collaborative clinical trial.

During the intern year, each resident is assigned two weeks to complete the Research Training Module, a self-directed curriculum with specific reading and problems sets about clinical research design. During this research block, your only assigned clinical duties are your continuity clinic. The other nine half-days are dedicated to:

  • Reviewing our research curriculum regarding research methods, study design, starting a project, available mentors, research ethics, funding, and writing up results. This is available through online resources and a supplied textbook.
  • Completing IRB training
  • Meeting with our Residency Research Director, Dr. Duc Do, to begin to identify potential projects and mentors. Subsequently, the Research Director is available to review a project's progress and help to identify forums for communicating project results.
  • Meeting with possible mentors to discuss projects

Work on the research project can be spread across the three years of residency training. Non-clinical elective time (up to three months over three years) can be devoted to your research project with prior approval from the Program Director and Research Director. Statistical and logistical support are available to help residents.

In the spring of the senior resident year, each resident is asked to submit a written summary of their project in the form of a poster presentation. Residents are also encouraged to submit their work for presentation at other regional or national meetings, and funding is awarded to projects accepted for presentation to defray travel costs. On Residency Research Day in May each year, several outstanding presentations are selected for oral presentation at Medical Grand Rounds.

Examples of recent research projects

Project Year Mentor section
Outcomes after endoscopic suturing for GERD (comparison with other treatment modalities) SAR GI
Risk factors for death, nursing home residence in elderly pts1 yr after ICU stay SAR Pulmonary/Critical Care
The validity of "disease-specific mortality" as an endpoint for cancer screening SAR CECS
Morbidity, mortality and economic costs in the 12 months following S. aureus infection JAR ID
Impact on gas exchange of the addition of an end-inspiratory pause during mechanical ventilation of patients with severe COPD SAR Pulmonary/Critical Care
Use of skin test to explore the potential association between Crohn's disease and MAC infection SAR GI and ID
Intravascular ultrasound study of atherosclerotic plaques JAR Cardiology
Factors associated with a decision to discontinue dialysis in patients with End Stage Renal Disease JAR Nephrology
Study of the prevalence of celiac sprue in pregnant women using the anti-gliaden antibody test Intern GI
Effects of nicotine on glucose metabolism JAR GIM
Cost-benefit analysis of different treatment strategies for atrial fibrillation JAR Cardiology
Use of heart rate variability to predict Post Traumatic Stress Disorder JAR Psychiatry
Use of back-scatter Echo CMR Cardiology
Effect of availability of a standardized tool for recording prevention activities in primary care on frequency of performance SAR GIM
Effect of using a standardized flow sheet in the outpatient management of diabetes in an offsite clinic JAR Community Physician
Review of diseases caused by M. marinum SAR ID
Assessment of impact of Evidence Based Medicine Journal Club database on resident knowledge JAR GIM
Assessment of adverse outcomes associated with different Sotolol induction schedules Intern Cardiology
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