Resident and Faculty Research

Below is a sampling of research projects going on among our residents and faculty. It’s important to note that this s not a comprehensive list, particularly with regard to faculty research.

Resident work

Aisha James (PGY3)

leads on a population health management project with Seth Berkowitz assessing the impact population health management interventions have on racial and language health disparities.
participates in  a multidisciplinary group Gun Violence Prevention and Research Task Force, creating educational documents for clinicians to educate themselves and their patients on gun safety.
participates in the Pediatrics Diversity & Equity group, working specifically on growing the number of URM residents in the MGHfC Pediatric Residency program.

Vimal Jhaveri (PGY3)

continues his work  from medical school on C-STAHR: Community and Students Together Against Healthcare Racism.  This project was started by 7 medical students and 6 community members to look at perceived discrimination by patients.

led an initiative promoting increased feedback in the Department of Medicine, and currently writing up the study.

is leading a study of feedback reminders in Med-Peds Clinic

Madeleine Matthiesen (PGY3)

continues to work on some research from medical school related to vision among inpatients on the south side of Chicago.

is working on a project to increase use of mental health decision aids in primary care.

is helping to lead the Pediatric Residents Interested in Medical Education (PRIME) working group

Rachel Harris Alinsky (PGY4)

Helped write and edit several chapters in the next edition of The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Adolescent Medicine Handbook (regarding transitions, bullying, and pregnancy).

Scott Nabity (PGY4)

is involved in ongoing research in the fields of:

  1. Evaluation of novel rapid diagnostic technology for leptospirosis in Brazil.
  2. Leptospirosis presenting as aseptic meningitis.
  3. Public health surveillance for and control of communicable diseases.
  4. Improving Adherence to Treatment for Latent TB Infection in Primary Care.





Faculty Work

There are over 25 med-peds trained faculty in various departments at MassGeneral, many of whom are doing research in their respective fields (subspecialty, global health, health services). The faculty projects listed below are only a sampling of those involving Med-Peds resident education.

Meredith Eicken

Conducting IRB-approved study measuring food insecurity and health literacy in overweight adult patients, as well as qualitatively assessing patients’ perception of barriers and strengths to achieving a healthy lifestyle through individual interviews to guide future clinic and community based interventions.

Susan Hata

Creating and Implementing a Faculty Development Curriculum for Medicine-Pediatrics Preceptors

There are 4 Med-Peds programs around the country collaborated on a curriculum for med-peds preceptors, aimed at enhancing their ambulatory teaching skills. Mass. General is the lead site and Susan Hata is the PI for the project, which is done collecting data and is in the writing phase. Participating programs include:   Medical College of Wisconsin, Ohio State, and Rochester.

Video-based curriculum for faculty development in direct observation skills and feedback

With Drs. Finn, Ray and Bazari in the Department of Medicine, working on a series of video clips of real world house staff and attending interactions on the medicine wards and clinics. The videos will be used in workshops to help faculty improve their skills in direct observation and feedback.

Susan Hata and Ariel Frey-Vogel

Susan and Ariel are among the key faculty for the study of the new longitudinal curriculum for pediatric residents. The curriculum is being studied for the next three years, to determine the effect of the new curriculum on the current pediatric interns when they graduate. Outcomes include scores of empathy and resilience, career preparedness, preparedness in quality improvement and child advocacy, as well as overall satisfaction with the curriculum.



Ariel Frey-Vogel

Class of 2009
Currently Associate Program Director for the MGHfC Pediatric Residency Program

Lead investigator: A Three Year Pediatric Longitudinal Simulation Project to Aid in Development and Assessment of Resident Competence, funded by MGHfC Pediatric Medical Education Grant
Faculty Mentor for AAP CATCH Grant (resident Megan Schultz): Connecting Deaf Adolescents with Medical Homes
Faculty Mentor for AAP CPTI Grant (resident Ashkon Shaahinfar): An Advocacy and Community Medicine Curriculum for Pediatric Residents



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