Med-Peds Research


University Hospitals, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are all among the leading institutions in research nationwide, with Case Western School of Medicine consistently ranked in the top 20. Here, at UH Cleveland Medical Center, we pride ourselves in being one of the most well-funded academic institutions in the country.  Residents are strongly encouraged to pursue research projects based on their academic interests. As part of the graduation requirements, our residents are required to have at least two separate scholarly research projects, which can be done as part of pediatrics, medicine or a combined project.

Quality Improvement: Each resident is takes part in a project that is aimed at improving the quality of patient care or medical education. Residents can do their own research or can collaborate with other residents. The residents will then present their research on the annual department research days.

Research Requirement: Each resident is participates in scholarly research activity and presents poster(s) summarizing their work. Many residents use this opportunity to publish their research in peer-reviewed journals or present their work at nationwide conferences.

There are many opportunities to pursue research opportunities and quality improvement projects throughout the med/peds residency experience at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital. Mentoring resources are widely available at University Hospital, UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and at Case Western Reserve University. At a minimum, each resident pursues at least one research project during the course of their residency training. Traditionally known as "The Senior Project", this experience gives our residents an opportunity to perform focused research projects in an area of interest with a faculty mentor. A research curriculum teaches the fundamentals of research design and there is support given for study design and data analysis. The culmination of these efforts is the presentation of these projects at Rainbow’s Science Day, an all day scientific symposium that has been a UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital tradition for over 30 years. Science Day provides a showcase for the research efforts of the residents and is a highpoint of the academic year for faculty and residents alike. The Department of Medicine has recently developed an annual research day to highlight resident and fellow research projects. All residents participate in formal quality improvement activities and develop a quality improvement project with a group of their peers.

In addition, the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics have two programs for residents interested in a research-oriented career. A research-oriented senior year may include up to three months of laboratory research for those residents committed to a fellowship in the subsequent years. This is in accordance with the guidelines of the American Board of Pediatrics training qualifications.

The second program has been developed by the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at Case Western Reserve University in which research oriented MD's may qualify for an accelerated PhD in Cell Physiology. The program is an innovative and exciting one that was specifically designed for physicians interested in a career as an MD/scientist. It combines a vigorous course of study and research in cell physiology and regulation.