Scholarly Activity is an integral part of the residency experience and is supported and promoted in a variety of ways.
Residents participate in a program-wide QI project each year and are encouraged to join existing QI projects or develop their own. Recent QI projects include:
- Identify barriers to diabetic patients’ self-management of their disease and designing interventions to overcome these barriers
- Improve processes for safely managing appropriate opioid prescribing
- Improve resident education and use of IO line placement
- Improve residents’ use of and performance with ultrasound for various diagnostic and interventional purposes in evaluating patients in the critical care setting
- Improve residents' physical exam skills
- Improve the appropriate use of emergent CTA
- Improve evidence-based cardiovascular risk reduction for long-term patients at a local skilled nursing facility
- Improve timely administration of antibiotics to treat severe sepsis and septic shock
- Improve initial management of hyperglycemic crises including DKA and HHS to improve care and lower unnecessary ICU admissions
- Improve screening for hepatocellular carcinoma in the outpatient setting
Each resident is required to complete a publication-ready independent research project by the end of their third year. Residents are encouraged to present their research at local and national scientific conferences, and submit for publication.
Our residents regularly present their research at local and national conferences including but not limited to our very own Kenney Research Day, The American College of Physicians Rhode Island Chapter, The American College of Physicians National Meeting, and The Society of General Internal Medicine Regional Meeting.