Resident Research Testimonials

I had an interest in clinical research, but not much experience before residency. I am grateful for the opportunities UVA offered me to do research during my residency.

Manu Mysore, MD

Manu Mysore, MD, PGY-3, Class of 2019

During the fall of my intern year, I developed an interest in pulmonary hypertension after working in Dr. Mazimba’s and Dr. Mihalek’s joint pulmonary hypertension clinic. Later I met with Dr. Mazimba and together we came up with a clinical question of interest to me. By that time the chiefs had organized a research course, exposing us to the basics of clinical questions, literature searches, the IRB application, and biostatistics, which was very useful for my project. Dr. Mazimba gave me access to his pulmonary hypertension database and together we looked at various echocardiographic and hemodynamic parameters that affected mortality in patients with pulmonary hypertension. I was able to present this project and many others at various national conferences including ACC, HFSA, and ACP, and I learned how to navigate the manuscript publication process from beginning to end with help from my mentors, including those above. I’ll be forever grateful for the opportunities offered to me here at UVA.

As someone who never had a significant interest in research in medical school, I was a bit nervous about the research project requirement at UVA.

LeAnn Denlinger, MD

LeAnn Denlinger, MD, Class of 2018

But this was quickly overcome. During the spring of my intern year, the chiefs organized a research course, exposing us to the basics of clinical questions, literature searches, the IRB application, and biostatistics. In addition, they generated a large database of current and potential projects as well as willing research mentors at UVA. Towards the end of my intern year, I contacted a well-known mentor, Dr. Ellen Keeley, regarding a potential project in Cardiology. I immediately  connected with her energy and enthusiasm. Dr. Keeley helped guide me through the research process by obtaining IRB approval and granting me access to a large, multi-year database. Together, we are looking at delays in care regarding the treatment of NSTEMIs and developing an algorithmic approach to ensure patients get the care they need as quickly as possible. Hopefully, with faster and more guideline-based care, we will be able to improve the morbidity and mortality rates in patients presenting to UVA with NSTEMIs. Overall, it was easy to get involved in a structured and substantive research project. Thankfully, my project is more than just “crunching numbers” but is focused on making a real difference in patient care.

It was really amazing to take a study from idea to protocol to enrollment by the end of my intern year.

Daniel Stein, MD

Daniel Stein, MD, Class of 2017

There are lots of opportunities to get meaningfully involved in research at UVA. Everywhere I looked, senior attendings were happy to go out of there way to get residents involved. Most people start looking for projects by the end of the first year as the research methods course gets started. I was lucky enough to get started early in my first year with the GI department, and had more opportunities than time to pursue after that. My research has primarily focused on the “luminal” side of GI.

I completed a project early in intern year looking at outcomes with Remicade in ulcerative colitis from a database at UVA. This was an opportunity to see the department’s commitment to providing the opportunity to present my work. I had time off to travel to a national conference (during a busy inpatient rotation) and funding for transportation and lodging from my PI.

I was then lucky enough to take advantage of one of the residency program’s departmental grants to start a pilot trial of linaclotide (Linzess) in use for preparation for capsule endoscopy. This funding allowed me to pay for the medication and pharmacy costs and made the work possible. It was really amazing to take a study from idea to protocol to enrollment (still underway) by the end of my intern year. I loved the opportunity, and everyone in the department was really supportive along the way, from volunteering to help enroll subjects to interpreting the tests. In some spare time, I worked on two chapters for the 2016 version of the 5-minute clinical consult.

Overall, it is typical for residents to have at least one first author manuscript or publication, and this is my goal. Scholar’s Day provides a great opportunity to see this in action — I’m amazed by all the great work people have done. Even for those with no previous research experience, the great mentorship combined with the research course mean that you will have ample help here at UVA. Overall, opportunities are everywhere you look!