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.  Due to COVID-19 the 2021 Scholarly Activity Day was held virtually.

Internal Medicine Resident Research Competition Medicine Grand Rounds Presentations

2021 Award Winners

Manik Aggarwal, MD - Machine learning model correctly identifies patients with advanced liver fibrosis which are indeterminate by FIB-4 index in Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and prevents liver biopsy (Mentor: Arthur McCullough, MD - Gastroenterology) 

Mohammad Sohail, MD - Patterns and Risk of CNS Recurrence after R-EPOCH Treatment for Double/Triple Hit Lymphoma (Mentor: Brian Hill, MD – Hematology/ Oncology) 

Agam Bansal, MD - Delirium Predicts Worse Outcomes in Both Transcatheter and Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement (Mentor: Samir Kapadia, MD - Cardiovascular Medicine) 

QI Project Winner 

Abel Joseph, MD - Increase the appropriate use of aspirin for primary prophylaxis– A primary care quality improvement project (Mentor: Jessica Donato, MD – Hospital Medicine)

Honorable Mentions

Natalie Farha, MD
- Clinically Actionable Findings on Surveillance EGD in Asymptomatic Patients with Lynch Syndrome (Mentor: Carol Burke, MD - Gastroenterology) 

Medhat Farwati, MD - Short-Term Outcomes Following Urgent Transcatheter Edge-to- Edge Repair with MitraClip in Cardiogenic Shock: A Population-based Analysis (Mentor: Samir Kapadia, MD- Cardiovascular Medicine) 

Kunal Desai, MD - Retrospective Analysis of Immune-Related Adverse Events (irAE) in Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (mRCC) Patients Treated with First-Line Ipilimumab and Nivolumab (I+N) (Mentor: Moshe Ornstein, MD – Hematology/Oncology) 

Joyce Loh, MD - Positive Autoantibodies in Living Liver Donors. Is a Liver Biopsy Needed? (Mentor: Jamak Esfeh Modaresi, MD - Gastroenterology) 

Jacob Shreve, MD
“A Personalized Prediction Model to Risk Stratify Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) using Artificial Intelligence” (Mentor: Aziz Nazha, MD - Hematology/Oncology)


Rubabin Tooba, MD
“Completion of Advance Directives in Diverse Populations”
(Mentor: Silvia Perez-Protto, MD - General Anesthesiology)

Nicholas Kassis, MD
“Impact of hospital procedural volume on transcatheter aortic valve replacement of bicuspid valves”
(Mentor: Samir Kapadia, MD - Cardiovascular 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