Scholarly activity is one of the most important part of the Cleveland Clinic’s mission and an integral part of each internal medicine resident’s clinical training. 

We believe that physicians must be able to:

  • Access, critique and synthesize medical data from the literature and apply it to patient care.
  • Ask appropriate questions and generate and test hypotheses based on their own experiences.

We also believe it is imperative to effectively share information with patients and other professionals both orally and in writing. 

Thus, we have developed an exciting program to assist residents in completing their scholarly activity requirements.

Minimum Requirement

The Cleveland Clinic requirements for all categorical internal medicine residents include:

  • Completion of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) course.
  • Completion of the Citi course on human subjects research.
  • Completion of a one-on-one teaching session with a reference librarian.
  • Completion of a 30-60 minute oral presentation.
  • Completion of a written project suitable for publication or presentation at a national meeting.
  • Completion and presentation of a poster during the Annual Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Resident Scholarly Activity Day and Reception for Poster Presentations.

Residents can use a variety of study designs for their written projects and poster presentations, including, but not limited to, retrospective chart review, prospective study, meta-analysis, or clinical trial. A medical education, medical history, quality improvement, or cost-effectiveness study may also be an appropriate project.

Classes are available to residents in the medical center to help them acquire the skills necessary to complete their scholarly activity requirements and to prepare them for a lifetime of self-directed learning and enhanced competitiveness in the academic or job market arenas.

Support of Resident Research

Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Residents are not only mentored in their research but are also strongly encouraged to present their data at regional and national meetings and publish abstracts, articles, and book chapters. Our 115+ medicine faculty include many nationally and internationally known clinician researchers and educators who are available to serve as research mentors. The program has funds to facilitate 2nd and 3rd year resident presentations at national research meetings.

In the past 3 years, our IM residents have authored...

More than 75 journal articles
Over 150 abstracts
And over two dozen book chapters……

Our residents were funded to attend and present their work at the following Conferences….
American Heart Association, Digestive Disease Week, American College of Cardiology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Physicians, National Institutes of Health, Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Gastroenterology, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Society of Nephrology, American College of Chest Physicians, American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, European Society of Endocrinology, Society of Nuclear Medicine, Endocrine Society, American Epilepsy Society, American Academy of Dermatology, American Academy of Allergy, American College of Allergy and Immunology, American Thoracic Society.

Our residents published their work in the following Journals….

Nature, PLOS One, BMJ, JACC, JAMA, NEJM, Chest, Gastroenterology, Lancet, Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Journal of Immunology, Obesity Reviews, Thrombosis Research, JGME, Journal of Cellular Physiology, Pulmonology, BMC, American Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dermatology, American Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Research International, Journal of Cancer, Neurocritical Care, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Clinical Endocrinology, Transplantation, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 

Activity Day

Activity Day

Annual Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Resident Scholarly Activity Day and Reception for Poster Presentations

Held in the late Spring, the Internal Medicine Residency Program sponsors a poster session and reception showcasing resident research. The reception is attended by staff, research mentors, and residents. Projects run the gamut of medical specialties and general medicine including basic science, quality improvement, medical education, and clinical research.

Past Annual Scholarly Activity Days featured posters, a food and wine reception, a visiting professor, and music.

Internal Medicine Resident Research Competition Medicine Grand Rounds Presentations

2023 Award Winners

Jason Nasser, MD
“Binge Drinking Leads to Alcohol-Related liver Disease at Lower Thresholds of Daily Alcohol Intake as Assessed by Transient Elastography” (Mentor: Robert O’Shea, MD – Gastroenterology)

Lorenzo Braghieri, MD
“Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation in Patient with Heart Failure with Preserved or Mildly Reduced Ejection Fraction” (Mentor: Ayman Hussein, MD – Cardiovascular Medicine)

Arsal Tharwani, MD
“Contralateral Hilar lymph node sampling during EBUS with negative contralateral Hilar PRT/CT in non-small cell lung cancer: A tertiary care experience” (Mentor: Franciso Almeida, MD – Pulmonology Medicine)

QI Project Winners

Jenna Carson, MD
“Emphasizing individualized anticipatory guidance and self-management in discharge instructions” (Mentor: Jessica Donato, MD – Hospital Medicine)

Honorable Mentions

Michael Delicce, MD
“Development of a Clinical Nutrition Elective for an Internal Medicine Residency Program” (Mentor: Donald Kirby, MD - Gastroenterology)

Arjun Chatterjee, MD
“10 Year Outcomes of Smoking Cessation Attempts in Reducing Low Bone Density Disease in Chronic Pancreatitis” (Mentor: Prabhleen Chahal, MD- Gastroenterology)

Gabriel Francisco Pereira Aleixo, MD
 “Sarcopenia detected with bioelectrical impedance versus CT scan and chemotherapy tolerance in patients with early breast cancer” (Mentor: Halle Moore, MD – Hematology/Oncology)

Lauren Granat, DO
“Renal Cell Carcinoma and Multiple Myeloma: A Poorly Understood Relationship” (Mentor: Chris Wee, MD - Hematology/Oncology)

2022 Award Winners

Mohammad Sohail, MD
“Suppressed Renin Activity in CKD: Are We Missing Primary Hyperaldosteronism” (Mentor: Ali Mehdi, MD - Nephrology)

Michael Delicce, MD
“Cardiac Risk Factors Limiting Survival to Liver Transplantation in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” (Mentor: Jamile Wakim-Fleming, MD– Gastroenterology)

Arsal Tharwani, MD
“In patients with highly probable pulmonary sarcoidosis, the detection of granulomas in the first lymph node station is sufficient to secure the diagnosis” (Mentor: Manuel Lessa Ribeiro Neto, MD - Pulmonary)

QI Project Winners

Mehnaj Kaur Grewal, MD
“Paving the Way to Guideline-based Ordering Practices in Polyarthritis”
(Mentor: Jessica Donato, MD – Hospital Medicine)

Nayan Agarwal, MD
“To call or not to call for breast cancer screening with mammograms, that is the question” (Mentor: Andrei Brateanu, MD – General Internal Medicine)

Hardik Patel, DO and Ian Persits, DO
“Improving Colorectal Cancer Screening in Resident Primary Care Panels Through Novel Community Outreach Methods” (Mentor: Jessica Donato, MD – Hospital Medicine)

Honorable Mentions

Travis Goettemoeller, MD
“Lack of Bone Mineral Density Testing in Men with Hypogonadism: A Clinical Conundrum” (Mentor: Kevin Pantalone, MD - Endocrinology)

Essa Hariri, MD
“Impact of Oral Anticoagulation on Progression and Long-Term Outcomes of Mild or Moderate Aortic Stenosis” (Mentor: Samir Kapadia, MD- Cardiovascular Medicine)

Jessica El Halabi, MD
“Appropriateness of Screening Colonoscopies and Associated Adverse Events in Patients over 65 Years of Age” (Mentor: Michael Rothberg, MD – General Internal Medicine)

Priya Sasankan, MD and Mattie White, MD
“Women Leadership Development within the Internal Medicine Residency Program: A Needs Assessment” (Mentor: Catherine Fleisher, MD - General Internal Medicine)

Scholarly Lecture Series

Scholarly Lecture Series

Lecture series is available to all Internal Medicine Residents. 

  1. Introduction to the Scholarly Activity Program
  2. Introduction to Library Resources and Services
  3. Medical writing – Part 1 – Authorship
  4. Medical Writing – Part 2 – Plagiarism
  5. Medical Writing – Part 3 – Creating a Poster
  6. Introduction to QI Research
  7. Introduction to IRB
  8. The Numerical Language of Clinical Epidemiology
  9. Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Sources of Non-causal Statistical Relationships
  10. Introduction to Statistical Comparison of Groups
  11. Introduction to Redcap Database