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Resident Research/Scholarly 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. 

Recent Research Topics:

Changes in Communication with Patients
Proton Pump Inhibitors in the Primary Care Setting
Streamlining Procedure Workflows in Primary Care
Optimizing Hemoglobin A1c Goals in the Outpatient Setting
Changing Naloxone prescription practices through Provider Education for HFHC Patients Being Prescribed Opiates

Increasing Student Enrollment at the Worcester Public School Based Health Centers: An approach to Bridging Gaps in Child and Adolescent Health

Patient Satisfaction: Improving Online Ratings and Reviews for the Health Center

Assessing Compliance with Chronic Opioid Use by Establishing a Screening Protocol 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 is used around the world, translated into several languages, and is integrated into a number of electronic health records. Residents may write on a wide variety of topics as first author with a faculty member as senior author.

Family Medicine 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.