Internal Medicine Research Opportunities
The Department of Internal Medicine has its own center for research known as OPERA (Office for Promotion of Excellence in Research and Academia), whose primary function is to provide residents support and guidance through the research process. Having this dedicated office for research is an outstanding resource for residents and faculty alike.
Over the course of the three-year residency, all residents design and conduct an individual, IRB-approved research project. This research is then presented at the end of residency training at the Annual Internal Medicine Research Day.
In addition to research, all residents prepare abstracts for state and national conferences. We were well represented at the ACP National meeting in April, with six residents presenting posters. Oral case presentations given by our residents at the 2012-2013 ACP Chapter meeting in Virginia were awarded first, second and third place, and a resident poster presentation was awarded first place. Multiple individual residents have presented their research at relevant national subspecialty meetings and the department is very supportive of these endeavors. One resident even presented two posters at the American College of Gastroenterology 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting.