Scholarly Activity Program

Scholarly activity is a cornerstone of 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, and
  • 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. We have developed an exciting program to assist residents in completing their scholarly activity requirements.

Minimum Requirement

Minimum Requirement

The two-part Cleveland Clinic requirement for all categorical internal medicine residents includes:

  • Completion of a 30-60 minute oral presentation and a one-on-one teaching session with a reference librarian, and
  • Completion of a written project suitable for publication or presentation at a national meeting

Residents can use a variety of study designs for their written projects including, but not limited to, case series, 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.

Special Research Tracks

Residents with extensive previous experience in basic science or clinical research can apply for the highly competitive ABIM Research Pathway. The personally tailored Clinical Scholar Program (Clinschop) is open to competitively selected 2nd year residents, affording them a four-month block of time dedicated to course work in research, clinical teaching and time to pursue their research. Extensive research experience is NOT required to be in this program.

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.

Resident Accomplishments

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

More than 150 journal articles
Over two dozen book chapters
And over 300 abstracts……  

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.

19th Annual Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Resident Scholarly Activity Day and Reception for Poster Presentations

May 7, 2014

Just prior to graduation each year, 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 in both basic science and clinical research.

The 19th Annual Scholarly Activity Day 2014 featured 82 posters, a food and wine reception and music.

Visiting Professor: David Katzka, MD - professor of medicine and head of the esophageal interest group at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. He went to medical school and did residency at the Mt. Sinai Medical School and Hospital in New York and fellowship in Gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. ~ Presentation Title: "The Skinny on Eosinophilic Esophagitis".

2014 I.M. Resident Research Competition

Division of Medicine
Grand Rounds Presentations
Thursday, May 29, 2014

19th Annual Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Resident Scholarly Activity Day

Award Winners

Mohammed Qintar, MD
“Mitral regurgitation and atrial fibrillation: Is it worth cardioverting?”
(Mentor: Mina Chung, MD - Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of EP & Pacing)

Ari Garber, MD
“The comparative effectiveness of upper endoscopy, angiographic embolization and surgery in achieving hemostasis for recurrent nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGIB)”
(Mentor: Sunguk Jang, MD - Digestive Disease Institute)

Shylaja Mani, MD
“Risk factors for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients”
(Mentor: Sheriff Mossad, MD - Infectious Disease)

Honorable Mentions

Mohannad Dugum, MD
“Hepatocellular Carcinoma In The Setting of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Recurrence and Survival Rates Following Orthotopic Liver Transplantation”
(Mentor: Nizar Zein, MD - Digestive Disease Institute)

Aatish Garg, MD
“Incidence of Thromboembolic Complications within 30 days of Direct Current Cardioversion performed less than 48 Hours after onset of Atrial Fibrillation”
(Mentor: Patrick Tchou, MD - Cardiovascular Medicine, Section of EP & Pacing)

Ruhail Kohli, MD
“Sorafenib but not locoregional therapy improves survival in patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma recurrence after Orthotopic Liver Transplantation”
(Mentor: Binu John, MD - Digestive Disease Institute)

Poster Presentations
May 29, 2014
»Aggarwal, Bhuvnesh
Poster Title
  • Transfer Metrics for Patients with Suspected Acute Aortic Syndrome
  • Utility of Glycated Hemoglobin for assessment of glucose metabolism in patients with ST segment elevation myocardial Infarction
  • Serial Hemodynamic Measurements in Post-Cardiac Arrest Cardiogenic Shock treated with Therapeutic Hypothermia
»Al Halabi, Shadi
Poster Title
  • Early TIPS versus Endoscopic Treatment in Cirrhotics with Variceal Bleeding: A Meta-Analysis
»Alston, Ebony
Poster Title
  • Incidence and Risk Associated With Non-ischemic Pattern of Delayed Enhancement in Patients With Normal Left Ventricular Function
»Arora, Zubin
Poster Title
  • Reflux, esophageal and gastric motility before and after lung transplant
  • High resolution manometry findings in lung transplant recipients before and after lung transplant
  • Clinical utility and diagnostic yield of wireless motility capsule studies in patients with suspected multiregional gastrointestinal dysmotility
  • Non-surgical Porto-mesenteric Vein Thrombosis Is Associated with Worse Outcomes in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
»Bilori, Bilori
Poster Title
  • Clinical and Molecular Features of Young Patients with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
»Calabrese, Cassandra
Poster Title
  • Evaluating Indeterminate QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube Results in Patients with Chronic Inflammatory Diseases on Immunosuppressive Therapy
»Chaturvedi, Shruti
Poster Title
  • Detectable or Normal ADAMTS13 Activity in Patients with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Is Associated With Poor Renal Outcomes
  • Symptomatic and Incidental Venous Thromboembolic Disease are Both Associated with Mortality in Patients with Prostate Cancer
  • Over-testing for Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia in Hospitalized Patients with Thrombocytopenia
»Dugum, Mohannad
Poster Title
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma In The Setting of Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Recurrence and Survival Rates Following Orthotopic Liver Transplantation
»Esquival, Mary Angelynne
Poster Title
  • ED's Pain: Reducing Muscloskeletal Pain-Related Non-Urgent ED Visits By A Cleveland VA Medical Home Clinic (A Quality Improvement Project)
»Faza, Nadeen
Poster Title
  • The Safety of Emergent Bedside Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in Patients with Moderate and Severe Aortic Stenosis in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Bleeding Complications of Triple Therapy Following Bare Metal Stents and Drug-Eluting Stents Placement
»Garber, Ari
Poster Title
  • The comparative effectiveness of upper endoscopy, angiographic embolization and surgery in achieving hemostasis for recurrent nonvariceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding (NVUGIB)
  • Cost effectiveness analysis comparing upper endoscopy vs. angiographic embolization in recurrent non-variceal upper GI bleeding (NVUGIB)
  • Predicting in-hospital mortality from non-variceal upper GI bleeding (NVUGIB) using a novel simple risk score
  • Predicting in-hospital recurrence of non-variceal upper GI bleeding (NVUGIB) using a novel simple risk score
»Garg, Aatish
Poster Title
  • Incidence of Thromboembolic Complications within 30 days of Direct Current Cardioversion performed less than 48 Hours after onset of Atrial Fibrillation
  • Lack of mortality benefit of Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone system inhibitors in patients without left ventricular dysfunction following primary percutaneous intervention for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction
  • Comparison of Acute Elastic Recoil between the SAPIEN-XT and SAPIEN valves in Transfemoral-Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement
  • Outcomes and Resource Utilization in ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction in the United States: Evidence for socioeconomic disparities
  • In-hospital Mortality and Stroke Following Surgical Aortic Valve Replacement: A Nationwide Perspective
»Ha, Duc
Poster Title
  • Survival in Patients with Metachronous Second Primary Lung Cancer
  • Heart Rate Recovery and Survival in Patients Undergoing Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Treatment of Early-Stage Lung Cancer
»Hammadah, Muhammad
Poster Title
  • Apolipoprotein AII association with extent and outcome of Heart Failure
  • Impaired Functional Capacity as a Determinant of Prevalent and Persistent Anemia in Chronic Heart Failure
  • Relative Hypochromia is Associated With Increased All-Cause Mortality in Non-Anemic Heart Failure Patients
  • Serum Ceruloplasmin Is an Independent Predictor of Survival in Patients with Heart Failure
  • A Cumulative Family History Score is Associated with Greater Severity and Progression of Angiographic Coronary Artery Disease
  • Neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio is associated with adverse long term outcomes in Heart Failure patients
  • Persistent anemia is associated with increased 5 year mortality in Heart Failure patients
  • Vascular markers, emerging biomarkers in Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
»Hanouneh, Mohamad
Poster Title
  • Effects of the Transjugular Intrahepatic Portosystemic Shunt on Portal Vein Thrombosis in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Porto-Systemic Shunt (TIPS) in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis and MELD >15
  • The Role of Rifaximin in the Primary Prophylaxis of Bacterial Infections Other Than Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis
  • The Impact of Obesity in Resource Utilization for Patients Undergoing Colorectal Surgery
»Jaber, Tania
Poster Title
  • How Low is Too Low? A Quality Improvement Project about the Overtreatment of Diabetes Mellitus in the Elderly
»Jain, Samta
Poster Title
  • Effects of Low Dose Estrogen Contraceptives on Blood Pressure in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Is osteoporosis under screened in high risk men?
»Jegadeesan, Ramprasad
Poster Title
  • IgG4 Levels in Bile for Distinguishing IgG4-Associated Cholangiopathy from Other Biliary Disorders: A Pilot Study
  • Factors Associated with 30-Day Readmission and Long-term Efficacy of Enteral Stent Placement for Malignancy
  • Trends in Utilization and Complications of ERCP in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis-A Tertiary Center Experience
»Khalaf, Shaden
Poster Title
  • Early Risk Stratification with Myocardial Perfusion Imaging is Not Necessary in Troponin Negative Patients with Known Coronary Artery Disease who Present with Possible Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Downstream coronary angiography and revascularization after abnormal myocardial perfusion imaging in patients with possible acute coronary syndromes presenting to the emergency department
»Kohli, Ruhail
Poster Title
  • Sorafenib but not locoregional therapy improves survival in patients with Hepatocellular Carcinoma recurrence after Orthotopic Liver Transplantation
»Koncilja, Kenneth
Poster Title
  • Effectiveness of the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) as a Screening Tool of Cognitive Impairment in the Geriatric Heart Failure Population
»Mani, Shylaja
Poster Title
  • Risk factors for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
»Masri, Ahmad
Poster Title
  • Predictors of long-term outcomes in asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic patients with significant aortic stenosis undergoing treadmill stress echocardiography
  • Appropriate and Inappropriate Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator Therapy in Patients with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Incidence and Predictors
»Mintz, Jessica
Poster Title
  • International Training Workshop on “Fundamentals in Clinical Vascular Medicine” for Physicians in Hinche, Haiti
»Najjar, Yana
Poster Title
  • MDSC subsets accumulation in the parenchyma of primary clear cell renal cell carcinoma is associated with intratumor expression of IL-1b, IL-8 and CXCL5
»Parikh, Roosha
Poster Title
  • Characteristics and Outcomes of Patients with Aortic Stenosis: A contemporary appraisal
  • Brain Natriuretic Peptide Provides Incremental Prognostic Utility in Patients with Aortic Stenosis
  • Predictors of mortality in patients with aortic stenosis undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement: A contemporary appraisal based on different subtypes and left ventricular stroke volume
  • Left Ventricular Global Longitudinal Strain Independently Predicts Mortality in Patients with Moderate to Severe Aortic Stenosis with Preserved Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction
  • A Hospital to Home Visit Model to Ensure Medical Compliance and Reduce Complications Following Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Primary Prevention: A Novel Global Concept
»Patel, Apurva
Poster Title
  • Mini-Cog Performance: A Novel Marker Of Post-Discharge Risk Among Patients Hospitalized For Heart Failure
  • Frequency and Predictors of Inappropriate Cardiac Catheterization Lab Activation For Suspected Acute Coronary Syndrome
»Perugino, Cory
Poster Title
  • Diastolic Dysfunction amongst Autoantibody Subgroups of Patients with Diffuse Scleroderma
»Qintar, Mohammed
Poster Title
  • A Prospective Study of Anxiety in Patients with ICDs with a Randomized Controlled Study of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Appropriate, but not Inappropriate, Shocks Impact Mortality in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
  • The Effect of Changing Antiseptic Skin Preparation for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Procedures on CIED Infections
  • A Novel Risk Score Model for 30-day and 1-year Mortality after ICD Implantation
  • Applicability of the NCDR Hospital Death Risk Score for Prediction of 30-Day and 1-Year Mortality after ICD Implantation
  • Type D Behavior in Patients with ICDs: Morbid but not Mortal?
  • Mitral regurgitation and atrial fibrillation: Is it worth cardioverting?
»Ruff, Allison
Poster Title
  • Intentional and Incidental Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurisms in Outpatient Primary Care Clinics
»Senapati, Alpana
Poster Title
  • Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Correlates with Functional Capacity in Patients with Constrictive Pericarditis: A New Tool in the Evaluation of Constrictive Pericarditis
»Sidana, Surbhi
Poster Title
  • Risk of Hematologic Malignancies following Radiation Treatment for Well Differentiated Thyroid Cancer in the United States over 37 years
  • Neuropathy and Efficacy Of Weekly Subcutaneous Bortezomib In Myeloma and AL Amyloidosis
  • Negative Serum Immunofixation Does Not Rule out High Involved Serum Free Kappa
»Tariq, Muhammad
Poster Title
  • Left Ventricular Thrombus: A fading indication for triple thrombotic therapy following myocardial infarction in the primary PCI era
  • Role of Serial Echocardiography in the Management of Constrictive Pericarditis with Pericardial Inflammation
»Tsutsui, Rayji
Poster Title
  • Precision of Echocardiographic Estimates of Right Atrial Pressure in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Natural History of Mitral Stenosis in Patients with Severe Mitral Annular Calcification
»Tunsupon, Pichapong
Poster Title
  • A Nomogram to Predict the Likelihood of Developing Proximal Deep Venous Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism Within One Year After an Episode of Distal Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Role of Azithromycin therapy in management of non-bacterial acute airway inflammation

Research Resources

Written/Electronic Materials
Internal Medicine Residency
Internal Medicine Residency
  • Scholarly Activity Program Director, Dr. Brian Mandell
  • Resident advisor
  • Nationally recognized research mentors
  • Reference librarians and experts in medical informatics
Interdepartmental Assistance
  • Department of Scientific Publications (which offers writing assistance to authors of biomedical articles)
  • Department of Medical Illustration and Photography (provides premium quality abstract posters and professional photography/illustrations at no charge to residents)
  • Department of Biostatistics/Epidemiology, computer facilities and relevant computer courses
Research Seminar Series
2012 – 2013 Didactic Research Conference Presentations
  • Introduction to the Scholarly Activity Program
  • Introduction to Outcomes Research Designs
  • Introduction to Health Care Research
  • The IRB and Protection of Human Subjects
  • The Numerical Language of Clinical Epidemiology
  • Medical Writing and Plagiarism
  • Architecture of Clinical Research
  • Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Sources of Non-Causal Statistical Relationships
  • Creating a Poster
  • Introduction to LIbrary Resources & Services-Part 1
  • Medline Search-Option/Getting Started-Part 2
  • RefWorks-Part 3
  • Understanding Meta-Analysis and its Advantages and Pitfalls
  • Conflict & Disclosure: a Dialogue on the Effect of Industry on Medical Education
ABIM Research Pathway

Our program selectively offers the opportunity for a few exceptional residents with demonstrated excellent clinical and research ability to participate in the ABIM Research Pathway.

This pathway provides the opportunity for residents with significant prior research experience to complete clinical training and return to their research in a shorter period of time, either with subspecialty or general internal medicine clinical training. This is available on an extremely competitive basis to residents dedicated to pursuing an academic career path in general internal medicine or a subspecialty.

Applicants interested in this pathway should notify us in advance of planned interview. Consideration may also be given to interns who decide to pursue this course of training during their PGY1 year.

Clinical Scholar Program

The Clinschop program is a specialized research track that offers selected residents a career in academic medicine more dedicated time for research and scholarly experiences.

Clinschop residents receive a 4-month block of research and coursework in their second year, special participation in our visiting professor program and small group journal club and are awarded a special certificate upon graduation.

To help strengthen academic skills, Clinschop residents participate in clinical teaching seminars, courses in clinical research or epidemiology, and a medical writing course.

Intern applications for the program are accepted in March for the following academic year. Applicants submit a personal essay, research proposal and letters of recommendation from both their research mentor and advisor. Applications are reviewed by a committee and selected in April.