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Beginning in year two, PM&R Residents are asked to identify a quality improvement study question or identify a research question. During year three, they develop a research plan and complete the proposed research project working under a Research Mentor. In year four the project is finalized and presented; eligible research may be presented at a conference or submitted to a peer reviewed journal. 

Learning Goals

  1. To become experience in conducting scholarly investigations and research in PM&R
  2. To learn how to develop a quality, research implementation plan leading to the completion of a research study within a two-year period
  3. To learn how to gather research data associated with a chosen research study
  4. To understand and experience the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and human subjects' approval process and experience the human subject/HIPAA certification process
  5. To become confident in giving oral and poster presentations on the research study and its results to peers
  6. To become confident in preparing and submitting a peer-reviewed quality manuscript on the research conducted and its findings/ one which may lead to a published article.

Resident Research Projects

Here are some of the past research projects completed by our Residents:


  • Ann Hulme, MD: Hormonal Contraceptive Use in Collegiate Athletes

    Tulsi Singh, MD: An Analysis of Healthcare Utilization After Fluoroscopy Guided Sacroiliac Joint Injection in Patients with Sacroiliac Joint Pain

    Kenton Hagan, MD, MBA, MSF: Predictive Ability of Acute Care Functional and Medical Stability Measures on Liklihood of Home Discharge and Length of Stay from Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

    Supriya Shah, MD, MPH: Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Findings in Veterans with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Cognitive Impairments

    Patrick Sims, MD: Opioid Prescribing Trends in Inpatient Rehabilitation Setting

    Janessa Chang, MD: Aspirin versus Coumadin as Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Patients After Total Knee Arthroplasty Admitted to Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation


Christian Acharte, MD, MPH: Improved Pain scores and associated physical functional change:an Observational study

Jaclyn Barcikowski, DO: Predicting Rehabilitation Outcomes using Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AMPAC)

Gabrielle Daniel, MD: Effectiveness of Drug Monitoring Program on Improving Patient Opioid Compliance

Kenton Hagan, MD: Tendon Structure Quantified using Ultrasound Imaging Differs Based on Location and Training Type (PMID: 30260751 | doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00723.2018)

Kenton Hagan, MD: Predictive Ability of AMPAC Scores on IRF Discharge Outcomes

Milind Patel, MD, MBA: The Prevalence of Sleep Apnea in Patients with Chronic Pain: A Retrospective Chart Review

Greg Robbins, MD: Firing rates and variability differences between motor units and spontaneous activity in needle EMG


Yahira Acevedo-Santiago, MD: Transition of Pediatric to Adult Healthcare in Patients with Cerebral Palsy (PDF)

Jessalyn Adam, MD: Pre-Injury Exercise Level May Correlate with Improved Concussion Outcomes (PDF)

Carlos Perez-Gonzales, MD: Use of a topical compound medication for the treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (PDF)

Tejas Ozarkar, MD: Changing Case Mix Index through Physician Documentation Optimization in Inpatient Rehabilitation (PDF)

Jason Pan, MD: Comparing aspirin to warfarin for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in the acute inpatient rehabilitation setting (PDF)

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