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The University of Cincinnati is a top public research university.

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

The videos below showcase the kind of research our residents perform.

View a selection of recent publications by our residents. Check out our research support here.

As you begin your research project, our research director will develop a timeline like the one below to help you achieve your goals:

Bar Graph of Work

By the end of this experience 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 experience 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 experience you should be well qualified to conduct research during fellowship and future careers.

Below are testimonials from current residents involved in research about their experiences:


"I have worked on several projects with the Cardiology faculty here at University of Cincinnati. With Dr. Myron Gerson, I am developing a Myocardial Perfusion SPECT stress study protocol using a novel cadmium-zirconium-telluride (CZT) camera and evaluating both quantitative and qualitative variables. I am also involved in a Cardiac Screening Protocol in Kidney Transplant Donors: whether existing cardiac screening protocols can be modified to avoid additional radiotracer exposure in patients who have a low pre-test probability of CAD. With Dr. David Harris, I am working on a pilot Cardiac MRI study looking at myocardial adipose inflammation and pericardial adipose volume as markers for coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to devise a reproducible non-invasive evaluation using myocardial inflammation as a surrogate marker for coronary artery disease, which could be particularly beneficial in high risk patients. My final project with Dr. Harris is an investigation into the current literature of anticoagulation in stress-induced cardiomyopathy. This research has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolytics."


Saagar Sanghvi, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3


“I've been able to work on several projects at UCMC. I worked as a second author on a project looking at a possible link between inflammatory bowel disease and inflammatory lung disease. For this project I worked with Dr. Grewal and Dr. Gupta in the Pulmonology department and Dr. Yacyshyn from Gastroenterology. The project was presented at ATS this past year. I also worked with Dr. Yacyshyn doing a case series of patients receiving Bezlotoxumab for recurrent Clostridium difficile infections which I will be presenting at this year’s ACG conference. I am pursuing a career in Gastroenterology and found if you let your interests be known you will find plenty of people willing to help you find the research here.”

Brendan Collins, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3

“I am involved in two different projects at University of Cincinnati. Both of them were based on previous work or ideas from my PI, so not only was I interested in the topic, but the opportunity was readily available. My first project is working with Dr. Rosen in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital on evaluation of the effect of immunomodulation on anti-drug antibody levels and disease activity in patients with IMD treated with infliximab or adalimumab. I hope to submit our research to Crohn’s and Colitis Congress or DDW. My second project is evaluating the potential zoonotic vectors of Hepatitis E with Dr. Sherman. He is a great mentor who provides not only this research opportunity, but also good career advice!”

Andrea Portocarrero-Castillo, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3


“I work on prognostic markers of Pembrolizumab response in locally advanced head and neck cancer with Dr. Wise-Draper using gene expression analysis. I contacted her during intern year and started working on the project after I started Long Block in my second year. I requested three months of research elective during that time, so that I could really dedicate myself to the task. I did a poster presentation at the ASCO annual meeting in June 2018 and I am currently applying for hem/onc fellowship now.”

Eejung Kim, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3

“I am currently working on a project with Dr. Olugbenga Olowokure and Dr. Mahender Yellu. The project is focused on evaluating the impact of Gemcitabine/Nab-Paclitaxel in pancreatic cancer with surgical resection via retrospective chart review. The goal is to see whether Gemcitabine/Nab-Paclitaxel has any effect on a variety of data points, with the ultimate goal of seeing whether it is better than the current treatment of Gem alone. We are currently in the process of working on the abstract to submit it to GI ASCO. This project highlights my desire in pursing a career in Hem-Onc, and I am also currently in the process of applying for a Hem-Onc fellowship.”

Alex Niu, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3


“At University of Cincinnati, I was able to participate in both clinical and bench research projects. I discussed my general interests with the Pulm Crit Care Division Director, Dr. McCormack and he directed me to my current PIs and mentors, Dr. Gardner and Dr. Gupta. My project in Dr. Gardner's lab focused on CMV reactivation and outcomes in patients with ESRD and anemia as well as developing a potential project to look at CMV reactivation in outcomes in ICU patient's and bronchopneumonia. For my project with Dr. Gupta, I approached him for advice and asked for his mentorship. He offered me an array of different interesting projects in which I could get involved. I wanted a project that was attainable and could be finished in the short span of residency. I picked my project regarding pregnancy and incidence of pneumothorax in patients with LAM. I have not yet presented this data at a conference, but hope to present it at ATS this upcoming year.”

Alan Hyslop, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3

“I am interested in Pulm/CC and will be applying for fellowship after my third year. I met with Dr. Gupta midway through first year and he recommended that I get involved with basic science research alongside Dr. Borchers. Dr. Borchers was incredibly easy to work with and has partnered with many, many residents over the years. I got Research Elective time approved during long block my second year and will be presenting my research at CHEST in October.”

Jeff Miller, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3

“My research is in pneumothorax and cystic lung disease, and (as you might expect) I'm going into Pulmonary and Critical Care. I wanted to be involved in clinical research, not basic science. Largely, I am doing epidemiologic assessments using a huge hospital discharge database. I picked this project for many reasons. Knowing how to use this database is a skill I can use in future projects and I have learned about both pneumothorax and rarer cystic lung diseases. I'm currently interviewing for fellowship, and I've found people from other institutions find the topic very interesting since these diseases are so uncommon. I'll be presenting at our Rare Lung Diseases Conference in September and hopefully at ATS (American Thoracic Society) next spring.”

Ashley Cattran, University of Cincinnati Internal Medicine, PGY-3


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

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