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Resident Scholarship


From the bench to the bedside, research is a critical cornerstone of the Department of Internal Medicine's mission. Our residents participate in a range of research, QI projects, narrative medicine, and other scholarly work, and present and publish regularly. Our elective schedule allows for up to 10 weeks of research and scholarship time.

We have developed a collaborative research culture and program including:

Areas of Expertise


Our residents have ample access to a broad array of basic biomedical science research opportunities. In particular, the Huntsman Cancer Institute is a leading world-class research and cancer treatment center.

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, the Salt Lake City VA, 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 to contribute 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.

Quality Improvement

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 an invaluable experience as it offers residents QI and research experience early on in their training.

During PGY2 year, residents will spend a week focusing solely on patient safety and quality improvement topics. During this week, they will either complete the IHI Basic Certificate training, or spend the week performing a patient safety event analysis and prepare/present their findings at a regular M&M conference at one of our three training locations. Residents also have opportunity to continue QI work through their second and third year, or to take on independent projects with QI mentors at both the University and VA sites.


Conferences and 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.

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-Mentor Pairs 2022

Medical Education – Elena Gibson, PGY3 and The Curbsiders

Dr. Elena Gibson's Headshot. Woman with dark brown curly hair wearing a white shirt and black blazer
screenshot of Dr. Gibson's podcast


Dr. Alex Zheutlin
Adam Bress

Analysis of Therapeutic Inertia and Race and Ethnicity in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial 

PMID: 35006243
DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.43001 

Heart Failure – Jacqueline Dickey and Thomas Hanff

Dr. Thomas Hanff
Jacqueline Dickey

Heart Failure – Iosif Taleb (PGY3) and Stavros Drakos

Dr. Stavros Drakos
Iosif Taleb

Title: Outcomes of Asian-Americans Implanted With Left Ventricular Assist Devices: An Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) Analysis 

PMID: 32085955 

DOI: 10.1016/j.hlc.2019.11.017 

Cardiology – Scott Rizzi, PGY3 and T. Jared Bunch

Dr. Scott Rizzi
headshot of Dr. Bunch

Depression as a Driving Force for Low Time in Therapeutic Range and Dementia in Patients With and Without Atrial Fibrillation

Rizzi S, Knight S, May H, Woller SC, Stevens SM, Steinberg BA, Bair TL, Anderson JL, Muhlestein JB, Knowlton KU, Bunch TJ

PMID: 34176597
DOI: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2021.05.021