Internal Medicine Residency Program Original Research
Working through the research process — formulation of a hypothesis/ preparing a research plan/ making final revisions to a manuscript — gives one a true feel for the complexity of clinical investigation and an appreciation for the work done by others. Personal engagement in the research endeavor provides a stronger basis for critical assessment of the literature, and residents who demonstrate proficiency and productivity in scholarly activities will stand apart from the crowd when applying for fellowships.
Our residency is unique in that it has resources available at few other programs. With the support of our hospital and residency administration, we have Michael Carson, M.D., Director of Research/Outcomes, whose priorities are to work with the residents and department members in order to develop original research projects. Dr. Carson offers experience and knowledge to guide residents through the processes of developing and focusing a research question, design of the protocol and data collection tool, and completion of the application to the Institutional Review Board (the committee that oversees all research at our institution). Additionally, Dr. Carson is able to assist in preliminary data analysis. Dr. Carson is a complement to numerous other faculty members, proven mentors, who actively engage residents in original research that is often accepted for presentation at national meetings.
In addition, YenHong Kuo PhD is a full-time Biostatistician on staff at Jersey Shore University Medical Center available for consultation regarding the specifics of study design and data analysis. This level of research staffing is something available only at University programs dedicated to facilitating resident research and academic projects.
Dr. Carson runs the Evidence-Based Medicine curriculum for the 3rd year medical students, and he and Dr. Kuo also supervise the department’s journal club utilizing an internationally accepted evidence-based medicine format.
We have also started to collaborate with New York University School of Medicine Center for Healthful Behavioral Change.
The NYU CHBC research elective is available to provide selected second and third year residents concentrated mentored exposure to Translational Research from faculty and fellows at the NYU Center for Healthful Behavioral Change, part of the NYU Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Residents who qualify for this rotation will commit to continue their project with their mentors at NYU after completion of the elective with expectation of submission of a scientific abstract for presentation at a national meeting or a manuscript publication in a peer-reviewed journal.