Events and Awards

The Department of Medicine offers financial awards to residents to recognize their research achievements.

Califf Medicine Research Awards

The Califf Medicine Resident Research Awards are annual research prizes dedicated to promoting resident research. The Califf Award competition is announced in March of each academic year and abstracts are due in May. A faculty committee reviews each abstract entry and determines the winners.

Resident Research Showcase

Each spring, the Department of Medicine holds a Resident Research Showcase to highlight residents’ research projects; all residents should attend and present their research findings, case studies and quality improvement projects. After poster sessions and oral presentations, selected residents receive Califf Medicine Resident Research Awards.

View the 2019 Resident Research Showcase program

Califf Medicine Research Award Winners
Recipients of the Califf Medicine Research Awards are awarded $500 each, and an additional $250 is awarded to each of the three poster presentation winners, selected by the Chief Residents during the poster session.

2019 Califf Awards    
Recipient Mentor Project Title
Jordan M. Gales, MD Richard A. Krasuski, MD Emergency room evaluation of chest pain in adult congenital heart disease patients: Etiology, resource utilization, and outcomes compared with matched controls
Michael J. Grant, MD Mitchell Horwitz, MD Treatment with foscarnet after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant is associated with long-term loss of renal function
Benjamin L. Ranard, MD, MSHP Kevin P. Shah, MD, MBA You get what you pay for: an analysis of pay-for-performance in multi-site, academic primary care practice 
2019 Poster Winners    
Recipient Mentor Project Title
Anmol Singh Amit Patel The Relationship between emotional distress and understanding of prognosis in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
James Deardorff   The power of a strong handshake: Association of hand grip strength and cognitive function in older adults
Shannon Niedermeyer Joel Boggan Bariatric metric improvement: Evaluating inpatient care of morbidly obese patients at Duke University Hospital
2018    
Recipient Mentor Project Title
Jared Lowe, MD, and Azalea Kim, MD Lynn Bowlby, MD, and Lawrence Greenblatt, MD A population health approach to advance care planning through primary care
Rebecca Lumsden, MD Gerald Bloomfield, MD Defining the burden of cardiac disease in pregnancy in western Kenya: A retrospective review of all cases from 2011-2016
Claire E. P. Smith, MD Michael Kelley, MD Trends in end of life care for veterans with advanced cancer
2017    

Recipient

Mentor

Project Title

First-Place Winner    
Julia Xu, MD Marilyn J. Telen, MD

Factors Related to Progressive Renal Function Decline in Sickle Cell Disease

Second-Place Winner    
Kahli Zietlow, MD  Mitchell Heflin, MD

Comparative Outcomes of Patients with and without Cognitive Impairment, within a Comprehensive Perioperative Assessment Program

Third-Place Winner    
Landon Brown, MD Julia Scialla, MD, MHS

Predictors of Net Acid Excretion in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort Study

2016

Recipient 

Mentor

Project Title

     
Pascale Khairallah, MD    Acid-base and phosphorus homeostasis in chronic kidney disease: results from the chronic renal insufficiency cohort (CRIC) study
     
Benjamin Peterson, MD    Majority of out of hospital cardiac arrests are preceded by recent physician encounter
     
Nicholas Turner, MD   

Implications of reported penicillin allergies in treatment of MSSA bacteremia

     
Michael Goldstein, MD, PhD   

Targeting nucleolin with an RNA aptamer as a novel cancer therapeutic

2015

Recipient 

Mentor

Project Title

 

Adam Z. Banks, MD

 

Response to exercise training and outcomes in patients with heart failure and diabetes mellitus: Insights from HF-ACTION 

 

Laura W. Musselwhite, MD, MPH

 

Diabetes independently predicts interval advanced colorectal neoplasia after screening colonoscopy in a prospective, multi-center study

 

Andrea P. Sitlinger, MD

 

Venous thromboembolism incidence and mortality among African-Americans compared to non-African Americans

 

Samuel M. Lindner, MD, Jenny M. Van Kirk, MD and Andrea P. Sitlinger, MD

 

The effectiveness of an awareness intervention in decreasing unnecessary lab orders 

2014

Recipient

Mentor

Project Title

First-Place Winner

Laura Musselwhite, MD

Nathan Thielman Vitamin D, D-Dimer, IFNy and sCD14 Levels are Independent Predictors of IRIS in a Prospective International Study.
Second-Place Winner

Mandar A. Aras, MD

Svati H. Shah Peripheral Metabolite Profiles Predict Cardiomyopathy in a Cohort of Cardiac Catheterization Patients
Third-Place Winner

Alexander Fanaroff, MD

Ryan Schulteis, MD, MS A Simple Predictive Instrument to Rule Out Acute Coronary Syndrome
Best Research Poster

Nina Beri, MD

J. Brice Weinberg Molecular and Clinical Associations Between Vitamin D and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Best Quality Improvement Poster

Tim Mercer, MD

Jonathan Bae, MD The Highest Utilizers of Care: Individualized Care Plans to Coordinate Care, Improve Healthcare Service Utilization, and Reduce Costs at an Academic Tertiary-Care Center
2013

Recipient

Mentor

Project Title

First Place Winner

Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, MD, PhD

Eric Peterson Effect of a Peer Assessment and Feedback Intervention on Blood Pressure Control in the Ambulatory Setting
Second-Place Winner

Jason Rose, MD

Geoffrey Ginsburg Blood Gene Expression Profiling Reveals An Association Between Viral Infection, Platelet Function, and Acute Myocardial Infarction
Third-Place Winner

Wei (Denise) Duan-Porter, MD

J. Brice Weinberg Autoimmune Disorders in Patients with B-Cell Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
2012

Recipient

Mentor

Project Title

First-Place Winner

Stephen Sumner, MD 

Nathan Theilman, MD, MPH Association between Earthquake Events and Cholera Outbreaks: A Cross-Country 15-year Longitudinal Analysis
Second-Place Winner

Joel Boggan, MD, MPH (Medicine Pediatrics)

Ravi Jhaveri, MD Pediatric-specific Antimicrobial Susceptibility Data Improve Empiric Antibiotic Selection
Third-Place Winner

John Roberts, MD, MS 

Uptal Patel, MD, MHS Comparative Efficacy of Revascularization Procedures for Severe CAD in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
2011

Recipient

Mentor

Project Title

First-Place Winners

Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, MD, PhD (Medicine-Pediatrics)

Eric Peterson, MD, MHS Evaluating Outpatient Hypertension Control Among Patients of Duke Cardiology

C. Callie Coombs, MD, MS

Mark Lanasa, MD, PhD Race as a Determinant of Disease Biology and Outcomes in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Third-Place Winner

Seth Martin, MD 

Tracy Wang, MD, MHS Modifiable Patient and Provider Factors Associated with Lipid Goal Nonattainment after Acute Myocardial Infarction: Insights from the Translational Research Investigating Underlying Disparities in Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients’ Health Status (TRIUMPH)