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Research & Scholarly Activity

2017 ACP Illinois Downstate Student and Resident's Day

ACP Resident Award - Muhammad Ajmal, MD
  • 1st Place Oral Vignette: Abeer Arain, MD
  • 3rd Place Oral Vignette: Muhammad Junaid, MD
  • 1st Place Doctors Dilemma: Team UIUC - Michael Kuhlenschmidt, MD, Vicky Kumar, MD, Saddam Yasin, MD

2017 Oral Vignette Competition

  • 1st place: Abeer Arain, MD: A Sweet Mystery
  • 2nd place: Muhammad Junaid, MD: Stiff as a Poker
  • 3rd place: Fariha Khatri, MD: It's Not Always Eclampsia

Dr. Arain and Dr. Junaid will advance to compete at ACP Illinois Downstate Regional Competition held on October 17, 2017, Peoria, IL.

ACP Downstate Meeting Winners

Resident Research/QI Poster Competition:

  • 2nd Place: Maryam Saeed: Improving Resident Confidence in Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain
  • 3rd Place: Ravi Kodali: A Quality Improvement Project Comparing the Efficiency of "Straify R" versus "Johns Hopkins" Fall Risk Assessment Tools

Resdient Clinical Vignette Poster Competition

  • 3rd Place: Sumeet Soni: Rare case of septic shock due to mycotic aneurysm caused by blunt trauma

Resident Oral Clinical Vignette Competition

  • 1st Place: Sindhura Ravindra: Answer lyse in B12
  • 3rd Place: Michael Kuhlenschmidt: An Atypical Case of Cellulitis-an Unusual Cause of a Common Hospital Problem

Doctor's Dilemma Winning Team

Ravi Kodali, Michael Kuhlenschmidt, and Rabel Misbah

We want to congratulate our 2016 Oral Vignette winners:

  • 1st place: Michael Kuhlenschmidt: An Atypical Case of Cellulitis - An Unusual Cause of a Common Hospital Problem
  • 2nd place: Sindhura Ravindra: Answer Lyse in B12
  • 3rd place: Muhammad Ajmal: Wild Type Transthyretin (TTR) Cardiac Amyloidosis as a Cause of Systolic Heart Failure and Acute Coronary Syndrome

Research Day, 2016

  • Social Science/Humanities
    Dr. Simranjit Singh, IMRP Community Health Engagement
  • Clinical Research
    Dr. Vinod Kumar, Utilization of Stool Calprotectiv at Carle Foundation Hospital
  • Oral Clinical Vignette
    First Place - Dr. Syed Anwaruddin, Persistent Fever in a Painter
    Third Place - Dr. Robin Fernandes, Argentaffinoma Syndrome


Abstract submissions - August 6 for Oral Vignette Competitions at IMRP

ACP Downstate Abstract submissions - August 22

Meeting and competition dates

IMRP Oral Vignette at PCMC, August 16
ACP Downstate in Springfield, IL, October 17

Introduction to Clinical Research and Scholarly Activities (ICRSA)

The curriculum will be presented in four sessions over the block. There will be weekly (Friday), 90-minute, face-to-face instructional sessions and assignments of several, online modules which residents will be required to complete before the end of the block. Additionally, first-year residents will collaborate on a thoughtful essay related to the clinical environment, to share with the program through an IMRP newsletter.

Longitudinal requirements over the three-year training period include the preparation and presentation of a clinical vignette and quality improvement project. All internal medicine residents participate in monthly, senior resident-led Journal Club activities, as well as Quality Review and Clinical Pathophysiology Conferences, and are strongly encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research projects currently in progress. Other scholarly activities include the Downstate American College of Physicians (ACP) Scientific Meeting, Illinois Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting and various specialty meetings and conferences.


  • Introduce selected aspects of clinical and bio-medical research including general research guidelines and protection of human subjects
  • Promote new research skills and knowledge, and an attitude of scholarly critique and inquiry through self-directed learning
  • Understand strategy for QI projects
  • Refine oral, written and poster presentations
  • Refine writing skills and collaborate on a capstone essay

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