All Primary Care (PC) Track residents participate in a clinical research project during their residency training. With guidance from the Track Director, residents are paired with a research mentor by the PGY-2 year and either choose a project from existing opportunities or develop a unique project based on personal interests. PC Track residents also have access to the same research opportunities offered to the Categorical residents, including funding for travel to professional meetings where they are presenting their research, internal grant funding opportunities, and participation in the PGY-2 research course.
The Division of General, Geriatric, Palliative & Hospital Medicine currently offers a variety of projects and expertise. Dr. Paul Targonski serves as Research Director for the Division, and is available for additional research mentoring.
Examples of recent Primary Care Track resident projects include:
- Development of a computer-based smoking cessation aid
- Does ultrasonography improve resident performance of arthrocentesis?
- An intervention to improve resident discharge summaries
- An educational intervention in inpatient geriatric education
- An educational intervention to improve colon cancer screening rates
- Doctor-family communication after the death of a loved one (presented at national meeting)
- Long-term monitoring for nutrient deficiencies after gastric bypass surgery