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

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.

Clinical Scholar Track

The Clinical Scholar Program (CLINSCHOP) is a specialized, four month experience that offers selected residents interested in a career in academic medicine extra dedicated time for scholarly experiences.

Our goal is to provide insight about a career in academic medicine to residents who have a genuine interest but limited experience in clinical research. CLINSCHOP residents participate in a four-month block of research* and course work in their second year. This includes clinical research course work, a small group journal club, and seminars in clinical teaching and medical writing.

Intern applications for this 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. Participants will have reduced clinical elective time. Applications are reviewed by a committee and selected in April.

*All residents in the residency program may receive up to four weeks in their second year of training for research. Additional time—up to four weeks—may be provided based on the resident’s productivity achieved during their initial four weeks of research.

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.

20th Annual Cleveland Clinic Internal Medicine Resident Scholarly Activity Day and Reception for Poster Presentations

May 13, 2015

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 20th Annual Scholarly Activity Day 2015 featured 86 posters, a food and wine reception and music

Visiting Professor: Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, is Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart & Vascular Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. ~ Presentation Title: “Advances in Antiplatelet Therapy in Cardiovascular Disease”

2015 I.M. Resident Research Competition
Division of Medicine 
Grand Rounds Presentations
Thursday, June 4, 2015

Award Winners

Umair Malik, MD
“A Single Centre Review Of Different Peri-Procedural Management Strategies In Patients on Dual Anti Platelet Therapy At The Time Of Invasive Procedures”
(Mentor: Mehdi Shishehbor, DO - Cardiovascular Medicine)

Krishna Patel, MD
“Outcomes in Patients presenting with Hypertensive Urgency in the Ambulatory Setting”
(Mentor: Michael Rothberg, MD – Internal Medicine)

Saqer Alkharabsheh, MD
“Outcomes of Patients with Simultaneous versus Delayed Epicardial CIED Implantation after Extraction of Infection”
(Mentor: Khaldoun Tarakji, MD- Cardiovascular Medicine)

Honorable Mentions

Gautam Shah, MD
“Telemonitoring in a Low Income African American Population with Congestive Heart Failure: A Pilot Project”
(Mentor: Andrei Brateanu, MD – Internal Medicine)

Mohannad Dugum, MD
Achieving Equity among Patients With and Without Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Who Are Listed for Liver Transplantation (LT): A Scoring System Utilizing MELD and Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP)”
(Mentor: Ibrahim Hanouneh, MD – Gastroenterology/Hepatology)

Shylaja Mani, MD
“The Day 1 Postoperative Platelet Count Predicts splenectomy Response in patients with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)”
(Mentor: Keith McCrae, MD – Hematology/Oncology)

Natasha Edwin, MD
“Venous thromboembolism in patients with glioblastoma: risk factors and prognostic importance”
(Mentor: Alok Khorana, MD – Hematology/Oncology)

Poster Presentations

Hooda, Sharjeel

  • Understanding Primary Care Practices for Hepatocellular Cancer Screening with Alpha-Fetoprotein in Chronic Hepatitis C Infected Veterans
  • Reducing Overutilization of Biomarker-based Hepatocellular Carcinoma Surveillance Testing in Non-cirrhotic Veterans with Chronic Hepatitis C

Dugum, Mohannad

  • Achieving Equity among Patients With and Without Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Who Are Listed for Liver Transplantation (LT): A Scoring System Utilizing MELD and Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP)
  • Hepatitis C Treatment Does Not Affect Waiting Time for Liver Transplantation in Hepatitis C Positive Patients
  • Inpatient-Onset Primary Esophageal Variceal Hemorrhage: Risk Factors and Mortality
  • Nonselective β-Blockers Negatively Impact Survival in Patients with Decompensated Cirrhosis
  • Sonic Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Its Association with Tumor Recurrence Following Liver Transplantation: A Pilot Study
  • Sonic Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Its Association with Tumor Recurrence Following Liver Transplantation: A Pilot Study

Cuervo, Lyda

  • Popular on YouTube: A Critical Appraisal of the Educational Quality of Information Regarding Asthma
  • Apps for Food allergy: a critical assessment
  • Use of Omalizumab for the Treatment of Antihistamine and Steroid Resistant Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria During Pregnancy
  • YouTube and CVID: A Critical Appraisal of the Educational Quality of Information

Nagpal, Sajan

  • Portal hypertension complications are frequently the first presentation of NAFLD in patients undergoing liver transplantation evaluation
  • Serum Cytokeratin-18 Fragment Levels Predict Development of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Adult Patients With Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Portal Hypertensive Gastric Polyps Presenting as Iron Deficiency Anemia in a Cirrhotic Patient
  • YouTube videos as a source of medical information during the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever epidemic
  • Evaluation of Portal Hypertension and Cirrhosis in Patients with Hepatic Sarcoidosis: A Prospective Single Center Study
  • Polyp recurrence in patients less than 40 years of age: An area for concern

Qintar, Mohammed

  • Neurocognitive Function and Silent Cerebral Thromboemboli Following Atrial Fibrillation Catheter Ablation

Raeisi-Giglou, Pejman

  • Incidence and Causes of 30-day Readmission and Mortality in Patients with Critical Limb Ischemia Treated with Endovascular Therapy

Arora, Zubin

  • Etiopathogenesis of nephrolithiasis in ulcerative colitis patients with the ileal pouch anal anastomosis
  • Hypercontractile (Jackhammer) esophagus after lung transplantation
  • Risk factors for Campylobacter jejuni infection and impact on the disease course in patients with underlying ulcerative colitis
  • The hypercontractile (Jackhammer) esophagus. Do the numbers matter?

Antoury, Clara

  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and the Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Patients With End-Stage Liver Disease

Thebo, Umera

  • Safety and hemodynamic profile of propofol and dexmedetomidine for sedation during intra-arterial acute stroke therapy
  • Intra-arterial therapy for acute ischemic stroke under general anesthesia versus monitored anesthesia care

Patel, Krishna

  • Predictors of exercise capacity in asymptomatic patients with significant primary mitral regurgitation undergoing stress echocardiography
  • Impact of Pre-operative Dobutamine Stress Echocardiography on Outcomes in Patients Undergoing Orthotopic Liver Transplantation
  • Treatment of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Adult Patients Undergoing Liver Transplantation
  • Yield of lipid screening for primary prevention in a young cohort of non-diabetic patients using the 2013 ACC/AHA ASCVD risk calculator
  • Outcomes in Patients presenting with Hypertensive Urgency in the Ambulatory Setting
  • Probability of Developing Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis and/or Pulmonary Embolism within One Year After an Isolated Episode of Distal Deep Vein Thrombosis of the Lower Extremities

Aman, Wahaj

  • Safety of the 56-hole open irrigation ablation catheter in pulmonary vein isolation for atrial ablation
  • Right Ventricular Dilatation Post Pericardiectomy Causes Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Incomplete Revascularization and Peri-infarct area following Viability Assessment with Delayed Enhancement MRI Predicts Differential Survival in Patients with Severe Ischemic Cardiomyopathy

Masri, Ahmad

  • Outcomes in radiation associated cardiac disease patients that present with coronary artery disease: Comparison of PCI vs. CABG

Jegadeesan, Ramprasad

  • Endoscopic Features In Predicting The Risk Of Colon Neoplasia In Ulcerative Colitis Patients On Colonoscopic Surveillanse
  • Association between 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D and Risk of Cancer in Patients with Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Matar, Ralph

  • Utility of Hand-held Devices in Diagnosis and Triage of Acute Chest Syndromes

Shah, Gautam

  • Telemonitoring in a Low Income African American Population with Congestive Heart Failure: A Pilot Project

Bumma, Naresh

  • Comparison of Burkitt Lymphoma (BL) and B-cell Lymphoma, Unclassifiable with Features Intermediate Between Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma and Burkitt Lymphoma (BCL-U) Patient Outcomes:  Intensive Therapy May Not Benefit BCL-U
  • Safety and Efficacy of Once Weekly Subcutaneous Bortezomib in High Cardiac Risk AL Amyloidosis.

Kafa, Rami

  • Improvement in left ventricular global longitudinal strain is associated with improved outcomes in severe aortic stenosis following aortic valve replacement

Priyanka, Pophali

  • Bulky Disease Does Not Adversely Affect Overall Survival in Early Stage Hodgkin Lymphoma: Role of Interim PET and Possible Omission of Radiotherapy in Select Patients

Tsutsui, Rayji

  • Natural History of Mitral Stenosis in Patients with Severe Mitral Annular Calcification
  • Precision of Echocardiographic Estimates of Right Atrial Pressure in Patients with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
  • Left atrial function and its prognostic values in patients who have normal exercise stress echocardiography
  • Impact of Exercise to the Heterogeneity of Regional Left Ventricular Mechanics

Alkharabsheh, Saqer

  • Outcomes of Patients with Simultaneous versus Delayed Epicardial CIED Implantation after Extraction of Infection

Mentias, Amgad

  • Relationship of the Mitral Valve Annulus Plane and the Circumflex-right Coronary Artery Plane: Implications for Transcatheter Mitral Valve Implantation
  • Incremental prognostic utility of brain natriuretic peptide in patients with significant myxomatous mitral regurgitation and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction
  • Management of symptomatic Severe Aortic Stenosis in Patient with very Severe Chronic Obstructive pulmonary Disease
  • Impact of Baseline Pulmonary Pressures on Long-term Outcome in Myxomatous Mitral Regurgitation: Threshold or Progressive Effect?

Zarzour, Ahmad

  • Burden of Disease and Clinical Responses in Low and Intermediate-1 Risk Myelofibrosis Patients Treated with Ruxolitinib
  • Rates of Infection in Myelofibrosis Patients Treated with Ruxolitinib

Singh, Tavankit

  • Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) - p75 Neurotrophin Receptor Axis is Upregulated in  Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis
  • Markers of Macrophage Activation and Survival Correlate with the Presence of Advanced Fibrosis in Patients with Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Is bariatric surgery safe and beneficial in patients with NAFLD and advanced fibrosis?

Sundaram, Suchitra

  • Risk of Arterial and Venous Thrombosis in Patients with “Indeterminate” Lupus Anticoagulant Testing

Singh, Janet

  • Real Time Monitoring of Reasons for Inpatient Admissions among Maintenance Dialysis Patients

Hammadah, Muhammad

  • A family history of premature coronary artery disease is associated with location and severity of angiographically defined coronary artery stenosis

Edwin, Natasha

  • Venous thromboembolism in patients with glioblastoma
  • Postoperative Thrombosis Among Patients Testing Indeterminate for Lupus Anticoagulant
  • Venous thromboembolism in patients with glioblastoma : risk factors and prognostic importance

Parashar, Akhil

  • Characteristics and Predictors of Mortality in Patients Undergoing Percutaneous Intervention for Perioperative Myocardial Infarction after Non-Cardiac Surgery
  • Renin-angiotensin blockade in patients without left ventricular dysfunction after percutaneous intervention for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction

Mani, Shylaja

  • Secular trends of blood stream infections in the 72 hours prior to death in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant recipients
  • The Day 1 Postoperative Platelet Count Predicts splenectomy Response in patients with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)

Narkhede, Mayur

  • The Impact of Histologic Grade on Acute Graft versus Host Disease Response and Outcomes
  • Results of an Upfront Myeloma Carepath Pilot with Response-adapted Therapy

Tejwani, Vickram

  • New Nodule, New Etiology
  • Public Speaking Anxiety in Graduate Medical Education 
  • The Natural History of Lung Function in Severe Deficiency of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Following Orthotopic Liver Transplantation

Fialho, Andre

  • Vitamin D Deficiency in IBD Patients with Ileostomy

Barakat, Amr

  • Transvenous lead extraction at the time of device upgrade: Complexity, safety and outcomes

Fialho, Andrea

  • The Presence of PSC in Patients with Ileal Pouch Anal Anastomosis Increases the Risk for Vitamin D Deficiency

Sidana, Surbhi

  • Increased Risk of Secondary Acute Myeloid Leukemia Following Radio-Active Iodine Treatment for Well Differentiated Thyroid Cancer: A population based study
  • Effect of Early Non-Hematologic Treatment Toxicity on Complete Remission (CR) and Time to CR in Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients undergoing Remission Induction Chemotherapy

Sawalha, Yazeed

  • Is rituximab suboptimally dosed in indolent B cell lymphoma?

Malik, Umair

  • A Single Centre Review Of Different Peri-Procedural Management Strategies In Patients on Dual Anti Platelet Therapy At The Time Of Invasive Procedures

Alzubaidi, Mohammed

  • Greater Than Once Daily Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Increases Risk of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
  • Use of a Sleep Positioning Device Significantly Improves Nocturnal Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Symptoms in Pregnant Women
  • Alcohol consumption does not increase risk of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
  1. Introduction to the scholarly activity program – Dr Brian Mandell
  2. Introduction to library resources and services – Gretchen Hallerberg
  3. Managing Bibliography with software tool RefWorks – Lorelei Woody (yet to be given)
  4. Medical writing – Part 1 – Authorship – Dr Brian Mandell
  5. Medical Writing – Part 2 – Plagiarism – Amy Moore
  6. Medical Writing – Part 3 – Creating a poster – Amy Moore
  7. Introduction to QI research – Dr Aaron Hamilton
  8. Introduction to IRB – Dr Alan Lichtin
  9. The numerical language of clinical epidemiology – Dr. Peter Imrey
  10. Lies, damn lies, and statistics: sources of non-causal statistical relationships – Dr Peter Imrey
  11. Introduction to statistical comparison of groups – Amy S. Nowacki
  12. Introduction to Redcap data base – Amy S. Nowacki