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Resources for Residents

There are many opportunities for residents to be involved in research projects in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Below is a sample of recent residents’ research projects, presentations and publications (names of DFCM residents are bolded); and other resident research resources.

Resident Projects

  • Addressing Barriers to Breast Cancer Screening: Where to Intervene to Increase Mammogram Completion Rates (2016-2017 residency QI project)
  • A video-based educational intervention for providers regarding colorectal cancer screening (2016-2017 residency QI project)
  • Improving Resulted Hemoglobin A1c Rates: A Feasibility Study for Point-of-Care Hemoglobin A1c Testing at an Urban Family Medicine Office (2016-2017 residency QI project)
  • Office-wide depression screening with PHQ2 in an urban PCMH: implementation challenges and clinical outcomes (2015-2016 residency QI project)
  • "Who Makes the Call?" Improving Hospital Discharge Follow-Up Appointment Show Rates (2015-2016 residency QI project)
  • Community-based Evaluation of Beliefs, Values, and Behaviors Surrounding Fitness & Healthy Eating at an Urban FQHC
  • Contraception Choices of Refugee Women in Philadelphia: A Retrospective and Observational Study Examining Barriers, Beliefs, and Practices
  • Examining for mental health scores and patient satisfaction: is there an association between self-reported mental health and satisfaction at a non-operative sports medicine clinic
  • Exercise Beliefs during Pregnancy
  • How Locus of Control Predicts Health Care Utilization
  • Improving Adherence to new Statin Guidelines (2014-2015 residency QI project)
  • Improving Clinician Medication Reconciliation Post-Hospital Discharge (2014-2015 residency QI project)                           
  • Improving Pediatric Lead Screening Rates in an Urban, Outpatient Family Medicine Practice (2014-2015 and 2015-2016 residency QI project)
  • Perinatal Outcomes and Perspectives of Refugee Women in Philadelphia Refugee Health Screening in Philadelphia
  • Same Day Long-Acting Reversible Contraception
  • The Patient Centered Medical Home as an Effective Framework for Treating Refugee Patients with Hypertension

Resident Conference Presentations

Foster K, Stoeckle J, Castellan C, Soper A, Gouch A, Weinstein L. Development of a Community-Tailored, Resident-Led, Fitness and Healthy Eating Intervention at an Urban. Federally Qualified Health Center. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference,. San Diego, CA; May 2017.

McClowrey R, Talley E, Valko G, McManus RP. A Mixed Methods Analysis of Improving Post-hospitalization Follow-up Appointment Attendance on a Teaching Hospital Service. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference,. San Diego, CA; May 2017.

Soper A, Simon R, Weinstein L. Medical Street Outreach: Needs Assessment of People Experiencing Homelessness in Philadelphia. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting. Cancun, Mexico; November 2015.

Bass M, George N, Stoeckle J, Soper A, Peterson B, Garcia KP. Marschilok C, LaPorta J, McClowry R, Talley E, McManus RP. Improving Clinician Medication Reconciliation Post-Hospital Discharge. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2015.

Foster KE, Doggett P, McGrath K, Osborne-Wu JB, Castellan C, Lopez KA, Askie P, Chung DH, Parente L, Parra YJ, Altshuler A. Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Intervention Improves Blood Lead Test Ordering at an Urban Family Medicine Practice. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2015.

Garcia KP, Marschilok C, Stoeckle J, Beldowski K, Peterson B, Soin K, Soper A, Bass M, George N, Hemba KE, McManus RP. Moving Toward Universal HIV Testing: Use of Clinical Reminder Cards to Increase Ordering of HIV Tests in a Large Urban Family Medicine Practice. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Nov 2014.

Mautner D, Brawer R, Troy B, Pang H, Brenner J, Peterson B, LaNoue M. Super Utilizers Report More Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and Often Describe ACEs as Having a Positive Impact. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Nov 2014.

Mautner D, Peterson B, McCarter KR, Scott KC, Ku BS, LaNoue M. Multidimensional Health Locus of Control Predicts Utilization of Emergency and Hospital Health Care. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Nov 2014.

McGrath K, Bettner L, Payton C, Mills G, Altshuler M, Scott KC. The Patient-Centered Medical Home as a Model for Treating Adult Refugee Patients with Hypertension: A Retrospective Chart Review. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New York, NY, Nov 2014.

Noreski  MA, Kropa J, Close JD, Harwood MI, Green J, LaNoue M. Functional Movement Assessment of Professional Ballet Dancers. American Medical Society for Sports Medicine 23rd Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2014

Plumb J, Plumb E, Soin K. Bagazini E, Muhire Manzi R, Rusatira JC. Partnerships for Health - Jeff Health and the Rwanda Village Concept Project – a model of interdisciplinary health professions student global education. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, November 2013; CUGH Global Health Conference, Washington DC, May 2014.

Soin K, Beldowski K, Garcia P, Bates E, Naik S, Altschuler M. Contraception Choices of Refugee Women in Philadelphia: A Retrospective and Observational Study Examining Barriers, Beliefs, and Practices. American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2013; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, San Antonio, TX, May 2014; North American Refugee Health Conference, Rochester, NY June 2014.

Resident Publications

Mautner D, Peterson B, Cunningham A, Ku B, Scott K, LaNoue M. How Multidimensional Health Locus of Control predicts utilization of emergency and inpatient hospital services. Journal of health psychology. 2017 Mar;22(3):314-23.

McClowry RJ, Miller MN, Mills GD. What family physicians can do to combat bullying. Journal of family practice. 2017 Feb 1;66(2):82-90.

McGrath K, Foster K, Doggett P, Altshuler M, Osborne-Wu J, Castellan C, Lopez K, Askie P, Chung D, Parente L, Parra Y. EMR-Based Intervention Improves Lead Screening at an Urban Family Medicine Practice. Family medicine. 2016;48(10):801-804.

Soin K, Chambers C, Studdiford JS. Rash, diarrhea, and eosinophilia. Journal of family practice. 2015 Oct;64(10):655-8.

Miller MN, Close JD. A unique incidental finding in two young dancers: a case series. Sports health. 2015 Sep;7(5):421-3.

Shungu N, Miller MN, Mills G, Patel  N, de la Paz A, Rose V, Kropa J, Edi R, Levy E, Crenshaw M, Hwang. Reminder Cards Improve Physician Documentation of Obesity But Not Obesity Counseling. Family medicine. 2014 Dec;47(10):789-93.

Pickle, S., Altshuler, M., Scott, K.  Cervical cancer screening outcomes in a refugee population. Journal of immigrant and refugee studies. 2014;12(1):1-8.

Other Resident Research Resources