School of Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency


From the bench to the bedside, research is a critical cornerstone of the Department of Internal Medicine's mission. Our residents participate in research, or other scholarly work, based on personal interests and career goals during training. Residents are paired with research mentors as outlined in our mentorship section early in their training to allow ample time to complete projects. Our elective schedule allows for up to 3 months of research and scholarship time, the maxiumum allowed by ABIM regulations. We support travel and meeting expenses for submissions of Department of Internal Medicine research to regional and national conferences.

For those particularly interested in pursuing a career in medical research, two additional training tracks are available: the Physician Scientist Training and Utah StARR (Stimulating Access to Research in Residency) Programs, which combine our strong clinical training with our nationally recognized research enterprise.

In addition to bench-to-bedside scientific endeavors, Utah has a strong record of health systems and implementation science research – starting from the nation’s first biomedical informatics department, to the Intermountain Healthcare Leadership Institute, and more recently with our major training sites drawing national acclaim for being leaders in value-driven outcomes, high quality care and price transparency (for more information, please visit The State of Value in U.S. Healthcare).

Residents interested in quality improvement, informatics, or implementation science have ample opportunity, and a strong track record, of contributing to major projects and developing skills needed to be the next generation of healthcare leaders.

Intern Research Seminar

As part of our intern seminar series, we outline specific resources available for clinical research at University of Utah, provide dedicated time to secure required certifications, give tips for identifying productive mentors as part of our match-making program, and introduce a timeline on how to successfully use research to support residents’ next career moves.

QI Intern Projects

Through the University of Utah IM Program, interns will have a unique opportunity to participate in a dedicated outpatient Quality Improvement Program at the VA Hospital. They will work closely with Chief Residents in Quality and Safety in addition to faculty to help evaluate the needs of their own primary care panel and work to better address those needs though a QI intervention. This is a invaluable experience as it offers residents QI and research experience early on in their training. Residents have opportunity to expand these QI projects through their second and third year, or to take on independent projects with QI mentors at both the University and VA sites.

Senior Scholarship Day

Every year the Department of Medicine hosts a "Senior Scholarship Day" where our graduating residents present their scholarship efforts during their time in residency. Click here to see picture and topics from our most recent Senior Scholarship Day. 

Resources for Current Residents

We’ve sought to streamline the research process for our trainees: starting from the basics of medical research to submitting IRBs, performing research, and presenting at conferences. Below, are a selection of some resources included in our research seminar:

Select Resident Publications 2018-2019

Chelu MG, King JB, Kholmovski EG, Ma J, Gal P, Marashly Q, Aljuaid MA, Kaur G, Silver MA, Johnson KA, Suksaranjit P, Wilson BD, Han FT, Elvan A, Marrouche NF. Atrial Fibrosis by Late Gadolinium Enhancement Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: 5-Year Follow-Up Data. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018;7(23):e006313.

Babbel D, Sutton J, Rose R, Yarbrough P, Spivak ES. Application of the DRIP Score at a Veterans Affairs Hospital. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2018;62(3)

Decato TW, Bradley SM, Wilson EL, Harlan NP, Villela MA, Weaver LK, Hegewald MJ. Effects of sprint interval training on cardiorespiratory fitness while in a hyperbaric oxygen environment. Undersea Hyperb Med. 2019;46:117-124.

Lanspa MJ, Olsen TD, Wilson EL, Leguyader ML, Hirshberg EL, Anderson JL, Brown SM, Grissom CK. A simplified definition of diastolic function in sepsis, compared against standard definitions. J Intensive Care. 2019;7:14.

Nevala-Plagemann C, Francis S, Cavalieri C, Tao R, Whisenant J, Glasgow R, Scaife C, Lloyd S, Garrido-Laguna I. Benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy based on lymph node involvement for oesophageal cancer following trimodality therapy. ESMO Open. 2018;3(5):e000386.

Powers PC, Siddiqui A, Sharaiha RZ, Yang G, Dawod E, Novikov AA, Javia A, Edirisuriya C, Noor A, Mumtaz T, Iqbal U, Loren DE, Kowalski TE, Cosgrove N, Alicea Y, Tyberg A, Andalib I, Kahaleh M, Adler DG. Discontinuation of proton pump inhibitor use reduces the number of endoscopic procedures required for resolution of walled-off pancreatic necrosis. Endosc Ultrasound. 2019;8(3):194-198.

• Taggart M, Chapman WW, Steinberg BA, Ruckel S, Pregenzer-Wenzler A, Du Y, Ferraro J, Bucher BT, Lloyd-Jones DM, Rondina MT, Shah RU. Comparison of 2 Natural Language Processing Methods for Identification of Bleeding Among Critically Ill Patients. JAMA Netw Open. 2018;1(6):e183451.

• Tawhari I, Tawhari F, Aljuaid M. Lamotrigine-induced drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) during primary Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. BMJ Case Rep. 2018;2018

• Thomas S, Silvernagel J, Angel N, Kholmovski E, Ghafoori E, Hu N, Ashton J, Dosdall DJ, MacLeod R, Ranjan R. Higher contact force during radiofrequency ablation leads to a much larger increase in edema as compared to chronic lesion size. J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol. 2018;29(8):1143-1149.

Thomas S, Siddiqui AA, Taylor LJ, Parbhu S, Cao C, Loren D, Kowalski T, Adler DG. Fully-covered esophageal stent migration rates in benign and malignant disease: a multicenter retrospective study. Endosc Int Open. 2019;7(6):E751-E756.