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Department of

Department of Internal Medicine

Residency Programs


The University of Cincinnati is a top public research university. Our Department of Medicine is also high performing.

Our research learning pathway will introduce you to intensive research instruction and experiences over the three years of residency.

By the end of this pathway you should be able to:

  • describe basic types of study design
  • determine sample size calculations
  • identify appropriate study methodology
  • critically analyze the literature
  • develop a research analysis plan 
  • write a research protocol
  • perform basic statistical analyses
  • conduct ethical research
  • submit a project through the institutional review board
  • present your work within and outside the institution

During the pathway you will encounter experiential learning through the conduct of a specific research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. You will also meet monthly in a journal club and complete several on-line training modules.

After participating in this pathway you should be well qualified to conduct research during fellowship and future careers.

For those interesting pursuing a research career we have developed the IMSTAR (Internal Medicine Scholarly Training for Academic Research) fellowship opportunities.

Program Leadership

Learning Pathway Director:
Daniel Schauer, MD

Selection of recent publications by our residents:

Lee C, Muriithi J, Elwing J. Pulse Dose Steroids in Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Secondary to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Pulmonary circulation. 2016; pending.

Girnita D, Lee C, Chhakchhuak C. Severe Refractory Gout: What Options Are Left When Pegloticase Fails?. The Rhuematologist. 2016; pending.

Lee C, Girnita D, Sharma A, Khanna S, Elwing J. A Unique Presentation of RNA Polymerase III Systemic Sclerosis Sine Scleroderma. Journal of clinical rheumatology. 2016; pending.

Bertaux-Skeirik N, Centeno J, Gao J, Gabre J, Zavros Y. Oncogenic transformation of human-derived gastric organoids. Methods in Molecular Biology. 2016; Submitted.

Gabre J, Khan S, Smith MT. A Rare Case of a Mixed Solid-Cystic Mass Arising from the Pancreas Causing Pseudoachalasia. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2016; Submitted.

Laipply K, Wexler L, Dhanda-Patil R, Rahman M, Ejaz A. Profound Carotid Sinus Syndrome from a Large Benign Parotid Neoplasm. American Journal of Cardiology. 2016; NA.

Phillip Minar MD1*, Kimberly Jackson BA1, Yi-Ting Tsai MS1, Michael J. Rosen MD1, Northcutt MD2, Marat Khodoun PhD2, 3, Fred D. Finkelman MD3, Lee A. Denson MD1. A Low Neutrophil CD64 Index is Associated with Sustained Remission during Infliximab Maintenance therapy. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 2016; Under review.

Michael Northcutt MD, Sam Bitter, MS4, Xiang Lu MS3, Sampath Poreddy MD, Donald Schoch MD. Salmonella Chorioamnionitis in Crohn’s Disease: A Case Report. World journal of gastroenterology. 2016; Submitted.

Miller BE, Rajsheker S, López-Candales A. Right Bundle Branch Block and Electromechanical Coupling of the Right Ventricle: An Echocardiographic Study. Heart Views : The Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association. 2015;16(4):137-143. doi:10.4103/1995-705X.172197.

Sall D, Kelleher M, Hellmann M, Weesner M, Warm EJ. The Senior Prep Conference: Simultaneous Learning and Teaching. Journal of Graduate Medical Education. 2015;7(2):287-288. doi:10.4300/JGME-D-14-00668.1.

Alsidawi S, Ghose A, Qualtieri J, Radhakrishnan N. A Case of Multiple Myeloma with Metachronous Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Treated Successfully with Bortezomib, Dexamethasone, and Dasatinib. Case Reports in Oncological Medicine. 2014;2014:962526. doi:10.1155/2014/962526.

Alsidawi S, Malek E, Driscoll JJ. MicroRNAs in Brain Metastases: Potential Role as Diagnostics and Therapeutics. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2014;15(6):10508-10526. doi:10.3390/ijms150610508.

Subramani A, Alsidawi S, Jagannathan S, et al. The brain microenvironment negatively regulates miRNA-768-3p to promote K-ras expression and lung cancer metastasis. Scientific Reports. 2013;3:2392. doi:10.1038/srep02392.

Alsidawi S, Morris JC, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Starnes SL, Karim NA. Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma of the Lung: A Case Report and Literature Review.Case Reports in Oncological Medicine. 2013;2013:625243. doi:10.1155/2013/625243.

Jones JT, Nelson SL, Wootton J, Ying J, Liberio B, Greenler AJ, Wiley K, Lee J, Huggins JL, Schanberg LE, Hermine B. A134: Validation of Patient Reported Outomes Measurement Information System Modules for use in Childhood-;onset Lupus. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2014 Mar;66 Suppl 11:S176-7. doi: 10.1002/art.38555. PubMed PMID: 24677888.

López-Candales A, Lopez FR, Trivedi S, Elwing J. Right ventricular ejection efficiency: a new echocardiographic measure of mechanical performance in chronic pulmonary hypertension. Echocardiography. 2014 Apr;31(4):516-23. doi: 10.1111/echo.12419.

Anjak A, López-Candales A, Lopez FR, Harris D, Elwing J. Objective measures of right ventricular function during exercise: results of a pilot study. Echocardiography. 2014 Apr;31(4):508-15. doi: 10.1111/echo.12417.

Alsidawi S, Malek E, Driscoll JJ. MicroRNAs in brain metastases: potential role as diagnostics and therapeutics. Int J Mol Sci. 2014 Jun 11;15(6):10508-26. doi: 10.3390/ijms150610508. PubMed PMID: 24921708; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4100165.

Kannan JA, Epstein TG. Immunotherapy safety: what have we learned from surveillance surveys? Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2013 Aug;13(4):381-8. doi: 10.1007/s11882-013-0353-0. Review. PubMed PMID: 23636820.

Lynch M, O'Donnell R, Weintraub NL, López-Candales A. Assessment of mitral annular and velocity vector imaging in acute myopericarditis. Echocardiography. 2013 Sep;30(8):E227-30. doi: 10.1111/echo.12278. Epub 2013 Jul 1. PubMed PMID: 23808893; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3988577.

Mohsen A, Rahman F, Ikram S. Anomalous muscle bundles causing double-chambered right ventricle in adults. J Invasive Cardiol. 2013 Dec;25(12):E212-3. PubMed PMID: 24296393.

Bossaer JB, Gray JA, Miller SE, Enck G, Gaddipati VC, Enck RE. The use and misuse of prescription stimulants as "cognitive enhancers" by students at one academic health sciences center. Acad Med. 2013 Jul;88(7):967-71. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e318294fc7b. PubMed PMID: 23702522.

Alsidawi S, Morris JC, Wikenheiser-Brokamp KA, Starnes SL, Karim NA. Mucoepidermoid carcinoma of the lung: a case report and literature review. Case Rep Oncol Med. 2013;2013:625243. doi: 10.1155/2013/625243. Epub 2013 Nov 4. PubMed PMID: 24303221; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3834989.

Subramani A, Alsidawi S, Jagannathan S, Sumita K, Sasaki AT, Aronow B, Warnick RE, Lawler S, Driscoll JJ. The brain microenvironment negatively regulates miRNA-768-3p to promote K-ras expression and lung cancer metastasis. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2392. doi: 10.1038/srep02392. PubMed PMID: 23928793; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3738968

Xu K, Mao X, Mehta M, Cui J, Zhang C, Mao F, Xu Y. Elucidation of how cancercells avoid acidosis through comparative transcriptomic data analysis. PLoS One. 2013 Aug 14;8(8):e71177. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0071177. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 23967163; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3743895

Mulhall AM, Lach LA, Krzywkowski-Mohn SM, Welge JA, Panos RJ. Therapeutic paralysis in Veterans with COPD. Respir Med. 2013 Jul 1. doi:pii: S0954-6111(13)00206-0. 10.1016/j.rmed.2013.05.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23827725

Zafar MA, Tsuang W, Lach L, Eschenbacher W, Panos RJ. Dynamic hyperinflation  correlates with exertional oxygen desaturation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung. 2013 Apr;191(2):177-82. doi: 10.1007/s00408-012-9443-3. Epub 2013 Jan 3. PubMed PMID: 23283384

Raza A, Houk L, Yousaf W, Smiley D, Coberly L. Unusual para-neoplastic  manifestation of cholangiocarcinoma. J Gastrointest Cancer. 2013  Jun;44(2):228-30. doi: 10.1007/s12029-012-9430-1. PubMed PMID: 22903498.

Recent Resident Presentations-National/Regional

Tuberculous Meningitis in an Immunocompetent Host: A Case Report. Presented at 2016 Ohio ACP Annual Scientific Meeting; Columbus, OH. 10/17/2016.

Wexler L. Under Pressure: A benign parotid neoplasm causing neurocardiogenic syncope in a healthy adult. Presented at 2016 American College of Physicians- Ohio Chapter; Columbus, OH. 10/14/2016.

Elise Henning, Kantha Medepalli, Danielle Clark, Eric Warm. Defense of the Measures. Presented at Macy Midwest GME Conference; Ann Arbor, MI. 05/23/2016.

Elise Henning, MD, Danielle Clark, MD, Lauryn Benninger, DO, Kantha Medepalli, MD,. Defense of the Measures: Engaging Integrated Care Teams in Performance Measurement in Ambulatory Practice. Presented at MACY Midwest GME COnference; Ann Arbor, MI. 05/24/2016.

Nina Bertaux-Skeirik, Li Yang, Mark Wunderlich, Maxime Mahe, Nambirajan Sundaram, Jiang Wang, Michael Helmrath, Tayyab Diwan, James C. Mulloy, James R. Goldenring and Yana Zavros. CD44 is required for regeneration of the gastric epithelium in response to injury: A mechanism lost in the aging stomach. Presented at Digestive Disease Week; San Diego, CA. 05/22/2016.

Gabre J, Williams T, Schauer D. Haemophilus influenza Septicemia with Multiple End Organ Complications Preceding the Diagnosis of Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia. Presented at Ohio ACP; Columbus, OH. 10/13/2016.

Coberly L. Diagnosing Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in a Patient with Erosive Arthritis. Presented at ACP: Ohio Chapter Scientific Meeting; Columbus, OH. 10/16/2015.

Mahmoud M, Salisbury S, McAuliffe J, Gunter J, Patio M, Donnelly L, Fleck, R. Abstract A136: Comparison of Dexmedetomidine with Propofol for airway intervention in MRI sleep studies. Presented at Society of Pediatric Radiology Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA. 04/17/2012.

Muriithi J, Elwing J. Pulse Dose Steroids in Severe Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Secondary to Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Presented at Ohio ACP; Columbus. 04/21/2016.

Arnold, L. Development of electronic medical record templates for the assessment and management of fibromyalgia. Presented at ACR annual meeting; Washington DC. 05/11/2016.

Cody Lee, MD, Jean Elwing, MD. Presented at 2016 American College of Physicians Conference; Columbus, OH. 10/14/2016.

Kalyn Jolivette. “Partnering with Patients to Improve Chronic Non-Malignant Pain Using Integrative Group Visits.”. Presented at ACP Columbus; Columbus, Ohio. 10/22/2016.

Elwing J. Successful Rescue Therapy for Digital Ischemia with Sildenafil and Epoprostenol. Presented at PHA International PH Conference; Dallas, TX. 06/18/2016.

Pete Becker, Kevin Eisley, Ron Wilder, and Daniel Wypiszynski. Biofilm Formation and Removal of Listeria innocua on Various Cutting Surfaces. Presented at College of Biological Sciences and the Department of Food Science and Technology; The Ohio State University. 11/26/2007.

Laura Frantz, Anwari Akhtar, Cameron Ditty & Amal Amer. Clinical isolates of Burkholderia cepacia induce caspase-1 activation in murine macrophages and human macrophage cell lines. Presented at Pulmonary Research Day; The Ohio State University. 09/28/2015.

Dr. John Morris, Dr. Nida Hussain. Primary Effusion Lymphoma (PEL): An Uncommon Cause of Dyspnea in a Patient with AIDS. Columbus, OH. 10/23/2015.

Combined Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation- a Descriptive Study. Presented at Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting; Toronto, Canada. 04/24/2015.

Dr.Mark Eckman. Combined Antiplatelet and Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation- a Descriptive Study. Presented at Research Week 2015; Cincinnati, OH. 05/08/2015.

Steven Gay, Milton Smith. Lemmel's Syndrome: An Uncommon Cause of Acute Cholangitis. Presented at ACG 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 10/20/2014.

Hani Alkhatib , Michael Dietz , Joel Tsevat. Hypertensive Urgency and Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma. Presented at 2014 Society of General Internal Medicine annual meeting; San Diego , CA. 04/25/2014.

Ehsan Malek. Metabolic Tumor Volume Reduction Measured by Fixed – threshold and gradient based methods on interim PET CT is less pronounced than SUVmax reduction in Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma. Presented at Society of Hematologic Oncology 2014; Houston TX. 09/17/2014.

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