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Our Resident Research Program

Program Overview

Excellence in patient care is paramount. We believe that a well-trained internist should be able to translate research to evidence based practice therefore improving patient care.

Program Highlights

Our program is focused on guiding and mentoring residents that are motivated and enthusiastic in finding a niche in research. A unique academic plan will be developed for each resident based on prior research experience, career goals and duration of training at SJMH.  Supportive faculty and accessible research department create an environment conducive for excellence in scholarly activity.

  • On site statistician
  • On site print shop and poster design
  • Opportunity for in house non-pharmaceutical funding
  • Assistance in review, critiquing and editing of abstracts and protocols
  • Residency research committee to evaluate projects for funding and provide constructive critique
  • Resident participation in the residency research committee

These aspects of research are fostered through a structured curriculum:
Resident Scholarly Activity Schedule

Research Orientation
Choose a research mentor 
Monthly Journal Club
Protocol development and implementation
Annual Multidisciplinary Research Forum

Monthly Journal Club 
Data collection/Synthesis & Presentation
Participation in local and national conferences
Systems Based Learning Elective

Monthly Journal Club 
Data collection/Synthesis & Presentation
Participation in local and national conferences
Manuscript preparation & Publication
Research Elective

Our Success:
With our structured research model we have been able to steadily increase our productivity in our scholarly pursuits. We have had multiple abstract submissions with national and local recognition. In addition there has also been an increase in national presentations and publications and awards.

Most recently:
-1st place for oral poster presentation at the SEMCME 2014

-1st place for oral research presentation at the SEMCME 2014

Recent intramural publications:

  1. Malani AN, Singal B, Wheat LJ, Al Sous O, Summons TA, Durkin MM, Pettit AC. (1,3)-β-d-Glucan in Cerebrospinal Fluid for Diagnosis of Fungal Meningitis Associated with Contaminated Methylprednisolone Injections. J Clin Microbiol. 2015 Mar;53(3):799-803. doi: 10.1128/JCM.02952-14. Epub 2014 Dec 24. PMID: 25540391
  2. Koritala T, Zolotarevsky E, Bartley AN, Ellis CD, Krolikowski JA, Burton J, Gunaratnam NT. Efficacy and safety of the band and slough technique for endoscopic therapy of nonampullary duodenal adenomas: a case series. Gastrointest Endosc. 2014 Nov 22. pii: S0016-5107(14)02263-9. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2014.09.043. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25440288.
  3. Moon WJ, Scheller EL, Suneja A, Livermore JA, Malani AN, Moudgal V, Kerr LE, Ferguson E, Vandenberg DM. Plasma Fluoride level as a predictor of voriconazole induced periostitis in patients with skeletal pain. Clinical Infectious disease. 2014 July 3. PMID: 24992954 
  4. Abusamaan M, Giannobile WV, Jhawar P, Gunaratnam NT. Swallowed and aspirated dental prostheses and instruments in clinical dental practice: a report of five cases and a proposed management algorithm. Journal of American Dental Association. 2014 May, 145(5):459-63. PMID 24789239.
  5. Akce M, Suneja A, Genord C, Singal B, Hopper J. A multifactorial intervention for hospital opioid management. Journal of opioid management. Accepted for publication 29 May, 2014.

Recent collaborative extramural publications:

  1. Mahmod M, Piechnik SK, Levelt E, Ferreira VM, Francis JM, Lewis A, Pal N, Dass S, Ashrafian H, Neubauer S, Karamitsos TD. Adenosine stress native T1 mapping in severe aortic stenosis: evidence for a role of the intravascular compartment on myocardial T1 values. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2014 Nov 20;16:92. doi: 10.1186/s12968-014-0092-y. PMID: 25410203
  2. Hannon TS, Kirkman MS, Patel YR, Considine RV, Mather KJ. Profound defects in ß-cell function in screen-detected type 2 diabetes are not improved with glucose-lowering treatment in the early diabetes prevention program (EDIP). Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2014 May; doi: 10.1002/dmrr.25. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 24819707.
  3. Mahmod M, Francis JM, Pal N, Lewis A, Dass S, De Silva R, Petrou M, Sayeed R, Westaby S, Robson MD, Ashrafian H, Neubauer S, Karamitsos TD. Myocardial perfusion and oxygenation are impaired during stress in severe aortic stenosis and correlate with impaired energetics and subclinical left ventricular dysfunction. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2014 Apr 29;16:29.
  4. Andrew JM Lewis MRes, Sarah Finlayson, Masliza Mahmod MBChB, Theodoros D Karamitsos MD, Sairia Dass DPhil, Houman Ashrafian DPhil, Jane M Francis DCRR, Hugh Watkins FMedSci, David Beeson, Jacqueline Palace and Stefan Neubauer MD1. Characterization of a novel cardiac phenotype in patients with GFPT1 or DPAGT1 mutations. Exp Clin Cardiology Vol. 20 Issue 1/2014.
  5. Patel YR, Kirkman MS, Considine RV, Hannon TS, Mather KJ. Effect of acarbose to delay progression of carotid intima-media thickness in early diabetes. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2013 Oct; 29(7): 582-91. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23908125.
  6. Mahmod M, Bull S, Suttie JJ, Pal N, Holloway C, Dass S, Myerson SG, Schneider JE, De Silva R, Petrou M, Sayeed R, Westaby S, Clelland C, Francis JM, Ashrafian H, Karamitsos TD, Neubauer S. Myocardial Steatosis and Left Ventricular Contractile Dysfunction in Patients with Severe Aortic Stenosis. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2013 Sep;6(5):808-16.
  7. Stein PD, Matta F, Akkad MW, Hoppe CL, Patel YR, Sivakumar S. Effect of Graduated Compression Stockings on Venous Blood Velocity in Supine Resting Hospitalized Patients. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2013 Feb; Epub ahead of print. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 23447128. 

Recent Quality Improvement projects: 

  1. Brown noise at night and decreasing room clutter to increase patient satisfaction
    • Resident lead: Meera Ronfeldt, Swathi Sista and Michael LaFata
  2. Improving immunization, CRC screening, and aspirin chemoprophylaxis at AIM clinic
    • Resident lead: Joseph Mansour, Swathi Sista and Zeeshan Noor
  3. Decreasing "routine" lab utilization in the ICU setting (RIDDLE-ICU)
    • Resident lead: Greeshma Sheri
  4. Hypoglycemia in those with hyperkalemia
    • Resident lead: Maria Sturla
  5. PRISM as a predictor
    • Resident lead: Ankit Patel, Yash Patel and David Blumenthal 

Faculty Section:

  1. Entezami P, Hopper JA. Isolated shoulder weakness as a result of a crotical infarction in the precentral gyrus. J Community Hosp Intern Med Perspect. 2015 Apr 1;5(2):26220. doi: 10.3402/jchimp.v5.26220. eCollection 2015.
  2. Michael F Weaver, John A Hopper, Erik W Gunderson. Designer drugs 2015: assessment and management. Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2015, 10:8. doi: 10.1186/s13722-015-0024-7. Published: 25 March 2015.
  3. Tassava T, Warkentin TE. Non-injection site necrotic skin lesions complicating
    postoperative heparin thromboprophylaxis. Am J Hematol. 2015 Mar 24. doi:
    10.1002/ajh.24018. PubMed PMID: 25808584
  4. Malani AN, Kerr L, Kauffman CA.  Voriconazole: How to use this antifungal agent and what to expect.  Semin Respir Crit Care Med 2015;36(5)
  5. Hartley S, Valley S, Kuhn L, Washer L, Gandhi T, Meddings J, Chenoweth C,  Malani AN, Saint S, Srinivasan A, Flanders S.  Ovetreatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria: identifying targets for improvement.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36(4):470-473.
  6. Malani AN, Singal B, Wheat J, Al Suis O, Summons T, Durkin M, Pettit A.  Cerebrospinal Fluid 1,3 Beta-D-Glucan for the diagnosis of fungal meningitis associated with contaminated methylprednisolone injections.  J Clin Microbiol 2015;53(3):799-803. 
  7.  Pettit A, Malani AN.  Outbreak of fungal infections associated with contaminated methylprednisolone acetate:  an update.  Curr Infect Dis Rep 2015;17(1):441.   
  8. Moudgal V, Singal B…Malani AN (5/21)…Halasyamani L.  Spinal and paraspinal fungal infections associated with contaminated methylprednisolone acetate injections.  Open Forum Inf Dis 2014; doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofu022.
  9. Malani AN, Kerr L, Obear J, Singal B, Kauffman C.  Alopecia and nail findings associated with voriconazole therapy.  Clin Infect Dis 2014;59(3):e61-65
  10. Brennan B, Coyle J, Marchaim D, Pogue J, Boehme M, Finks J, Malani AN, V erLee K, Buckley B, Mollon N, Sundin D, Washer L, Kaye K.  Statewide surveillance of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Michigan.  Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014; 35(4):342-49
  11. Marchaim D, Pogue J…Malani AN (18/21)...Kaye K. Minimal inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of tigecycline to Acinetobacter baumannii:  major variations as a function of testing method.  J Clin Microbiol 2014;52(5):1617-21.

Director of Clinical Research

Dr. Anupam Suneja completed his medical education at Delhi University in India.  He completed his residency and chief residency at Flushing Hospital Medical Center in New York.  After completing his Masters in Public Health with a major in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Geriatric fellowship at Boston University, he served as faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine.  He moved to St. Joseph Mercy (Ann Arbor) after being an Associate Program Director for many years at Wayne State University.  His main interest is to develop research structure to facilitate resident research.
  Dr. Suneja
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