Resident Research and Projects
Community and practice-based projects are part of a longitudinal curriculum to develop skill in evaluation and pursuit of scholarly work. Residents are partnered with faculty mentors to work on community-based projects that they choose in a variety of outreach settings within local service agencies, schools and with community groups.
Through a variety of departmental resources they are shepherded through a research process. Practice-based quality improvement projects focus on implementing changes in the way we practice to optimize care. They provide residents with valuable experience in critical appraisal, problem solving and leadership skills.
Click below to read a sample of abstracts from our 2012 senior resident projects. (Also, you can check out our 2011 projects.)
Katrina Austria, MD: "Health Care Proxy and Advance Directive Discussions and Documentation"
Larissa Calka, DO: "Walk with a Doc- Patient Walking Group"
Kylee Eagles, DO: "Improving Education of Sports Medicine Topics and Physical Exam Skills to WFMR Residents"
Dahlia Favreau-Herz, MD: "Provider Continuity for Early Well Child Visits"
Mary Flynn, MD: "Improving Patient Education Materials for Prenatal Care"
Dishani Gunawardena, MD: "Patient Education: A Joint Injection Handout"
Alphonsus Kung, MD: "Improving Adherence to Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines at Barre Family Health Center"
Kristin Mallett, MD: "Implementing a Pre-visit Checklist to Improve Compliance with Guideline Based Care"
Jason Numbers, MD: "Identifying High Utilizers of the Emergency Department to Initiate Care Management"
Gerldine Schick, MD: "Improving Lipid Control in Patients with Hypercholesterolemia in the Green Pod at Barre Family Health Center"
Virginia VanDuyne, MD: "Integrating Interconception Care (ICC) into the Family Health Center of Worcester’s Early Well Child Visits"
Kathryn Maier, MD: "Improving Blood Pressure Control in Hypertensive Patients in the Purple Pod at Barre Family Health Center"
The 5-Minute Clinical Consult
Jeremy Golding, MD, a Hahnemann faculty member, is one of three associate editors of this evidence-based medicine publication. Residents at Hahnemann (and at the other health centers) are offered the opportunity to author chapters for the 5 Minute Clinical Consult. This internationally known textbook and website is used around the world, translated into several languages, and is integrated into a number of E.H.R.’s. Residents may write on a wide variety of topics as first author with a faculty member as senior author.
Hahnemann faculty have especially strong representation in chapters pertaining to womens' health and reproductive medicine, oral health, and cardiovascular disease. Writing for a peer-reviewed publication serves the residency educational mission by improving the resident's ability to evaluate evidence and knowledge of the medical literature on a given topic, and by helping the resident understand the responsibility inherent in writing diagnostic and treatment recommendations that will be used by a vast audience. Frank Domino, MD, professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, serves as Editor-in-Chief.