Research Opportunities

There are many opportunities for residents to engage in clinical, systems improvement and basic science research at Virginia Mason. Our faculty supports residents throughout all stages of the research process, from obtaining Institutional Review Board (IRB) consultation to polishing oral case presentations.

The Center for Health Services Research
The Center for Health Services Research is a center developed to perform and publish health services investigations of Virginia Mason quality, safety and improvement initiatives. Residents are encouraged to participate in systems-improvement research, and can receive publication support through the experts at the Center. The ongoing systems-improvement work at Virginia Mason offers endless opportunities for systems-based improvement research.

The Benaroya Research Institute
Virginia Mason is home to Benaroya Research Institute (BRI), which is an international leader in immune system and autoimmune disease research translating discoveries to real life applications. BRI is one of the few research institutes in the world dedicated to finding causes and cures to eliminate autoimmune diseases including: type 1 diabetes, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma and many others. There are many opportunities for residents to get involved in BRI projects.

Below is a selective list of recent resident publications and presentations by Virginia Mason internal medicine residents.

Publications

  • Gulvin J, Rosales J. Using a QOPI-based template to monitor appropriate evaluation of constipation. J Clin Onc 34, 2016 (suppl 7S; abstr 94).
  • Gulvin J, Aboulafia DM. Squamous Cell Cancer of Unknown Primary and Primary Breast Cancer in an HIV-Infected Woman: The Importance of Cancer Screening in People Living with HIV/AIDS. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2016 May;15(3):194-200.
  • Johnson C. Teaching improvement: quality improvement curriculum for residents. VM Bulletin 2015; 69(2)21-24.
  • Schweitzer S. et al. Patient satisfaction with information delivery in the hospital: a quality improvement pilot study. VM Bulletin 2015; 69(2);25-29.
  • Ericson S, Shah N, Liberman J, Aboulafia DM. Fatal bleeding due to acquired factor IX and X deficiency: a rare complication of primary amyloidosis; case report and review of the literature. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2014;14(3):e81-6. 
  • Maldonado L, Brait M, Loyo M, Sullenberger L, Wang K, Peskoe SB, Rosenbaum E, Howard R, Toubaji A, Albadine R, Netto GJ, Hoque MO, Platz EA, Sidransky D, GSTP1® promoter methylation is associated with recurrence in early stage prostate cancer. The Journal of Urology. 2014:192(5):1542-8.
  • Meier DT, Morcos M, Samarasekera T, Zraika S, Hull RL, Kahn SE. Islet amyloid formation is an important determinant for inducing islet inflammation in high-fat-fed human IAPP transgenic mice. Diabetologia. 2014: 57:1884-8.
  • O’Neill, DF. PrEP Yourself: Making Better Sense of the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Debate. The Huffington Post: Gay Voices Section. Published online: 25 April 2014.
  • Maxwell KL, Kowdley KV. Metals and the liver. Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2012 May; 28(3):217-22.
  • Snyder SM et al. Hyperbaric oxygen and reduction mammaplasty in the previously irradiated breast. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010;125(6):255e-7e.
  • Story B, Thirlby R, Schembre D. Diagnosis of ileal dysplasia in a patient with Crohn's disease by using retrograde enteroscopy with an overtube;a case report. Gastrointest Endosc. 2011;73:178-9.
  • Ochenrider MG et al. Hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma in a young man with Crohn's disease: Case report and literature review. Clini Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk 2010;10:1440-48.
  • Dever JB et al. Outcomes of interventional ERCP in hereditary pancreatisis. J Clin Gastroenterol 2010;44:46-51.

Poster Presentations

  • Barlow JL, Gerbino AJ, Holm JR. Severe immersion pulmonary edema in a diver requiring endotracheal intubation. Poster presentation. Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society Annual Scientific Meeting. June 2016. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Barlow JL, Mehta AM, Fagley RE.  Clinical course and treatment of systemic capillary leak. Poster presentation. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 2016. San Francisco, CA.
  • Booras D. Utility of emergency department CT Scans in patients with ulcerative colitis. Poster presentation. Digestive Disease Week; San Diego, CA and at United European Gastroenterology week. 2016. Vienna, AUT.
  • Parsons T. Delayed paracentesis and spontaneous bacterial peritonitis – no increase in mortality. Poster presentation. Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) Annual Meeting. March 2016. San Diego, CA.
  • Wells M, Coates E, Calderon A, Blackmore C, Williams B. Designing hospitalist shifts around admission demand reduces patient wait times, cost, and resident duty hour violations. Poster presentation. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Conference. Mar 2016. San Diego, CA. 1st place winner of Innovations Trainee Award.
  • Kane Z. Hoffman’s syndrome: a polymyositis like illness. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2015. Seattle, WA.
  • Parsons T. The automated 2Ts Score: A decision support system for the diagnosis of
    heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2015. Seattle, WA. Poster presentation winner.
  • Thomson A. Gastrointestinal amyloidosis in an IV drug user. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual  Meeting. Nov 2015. Seattle, WA.
  • Triska I. E. coli bacteremia in the setting of Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection syndrome. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2015. Seattle, WA.
  • Blayney M. Management of pancreaticopleural fistula: the Virginia Mason experience. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2014. Seattle, WA.
  • Fang A. A Rarely Confirmed Diagnosis with a Classic Presentation: Primary Systemic Amyloidosis (AL) with Tissue-Proven Cardiac Involvement. Poster presentation. Society of General Internal Medicine. February 2013. Portland, OR and ACP Annual Meeting April 2013. San Francisco, CA.
  • Ghosh, T. The 40 year old IUD: actinomyces mimicing a gyncecologic malignancy. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2013. Seattle, WA.
  • Jensen A. Amyloid cardiomyopathy causing heart failure. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2013. Seattle, WA.
  • Shih W H. Calcific uremic arteriolopathy (calciphylaxis) in a woman with end stage renal disease after initiating peritoneal dialysis. Poster presentation. Society of General Internal Medicine. February 2013. Portland, OR.
  • Ward, DJ and DF O'Neill. Nucleoside-Sparing Antiretroviral Regimens in Clinical Practice. Poster presentation. Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. September 2013. Denver, CO.
  • Parker J. Nitrofurantoin induced respiratory failure. Poster presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting Nov 2012. Seattle, WA.
  • Maxwell K. Abdominal mass in a young patient with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Poster presentation Washington State ACP conference Nov 2011. Seattle WA.

Oral Presentations

  • Barlow J. Reducing unnecessary lab draws with an AM lab holiday order. Oral presentation. Washington State ACP Spring meeting. 2016. Seattle, WA. Oral presentation winner.
  • Cunningham E. Chronic care management during residency implementing a diabetes metric tracking system. Oral presentation. Grand Rounds presentation. April 2016. Virginia Mason Medical Center. Seattle, WA.
  • Popko L. Case of thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein misdiagnosed as meningitis. Oral presentation. Grand Rounds presentation. April 2016. Virginia Mason Medical Center. Seattle, WA.
  • Sullenberger L, Shenoy A. Silent disparity-health literacy enhancing provider awareness. Oral presentation. Grand Rounds presentation. May 2015. Virginia Mason Medical Center. Seattle, WA.
  • Parsons, F. New Technologies: Apps for Patients. Oral presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. November 2014. Seattle, WA.
  • Morcos, M et al. Dietary sucrose does not exacerbate the effect of dietary fat to promote islet amyloid deposition and beta-cell loss in human islet amyloid polypeptide transgenic mice. Oral Presentation. ENDO 2013 annual meeting. San Francisco, CA
  • Parker J, TB or Not TB: Testing clinician knowledge regarding PPD and IGRA’s with an educational intervention. Oral Presentation. Washington State ACP Annual Meeting. Nov 2012. Seattle, WA. Oral presentation winner.
  • D'Souza A. Caroli disease presenting as epididimytis. Oral presentation. Washington State ACP conference Nov 2011. Seattle WA
  • Lee T. Case of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in a young woman with worsening cognitive function and psyhcomotor retardation. Oral presentation. Washington State ACP conference. Nov 2011. Seattle, WA.