Events and Awards

The Department of Medicine offers financial awards to residents to recognize their research achievements. View 2023-2024 Funding Opportunities:


Purpose: To provide funding for Internal Medicine Residents to develop their skills in clinical or laboratory-based research, to carry out research projects, to present their research findings at scientific meetings and to publish their work. This program is designed to provide residents with an opportunity to cover expenses for their research or quality improvement projects. These expenses may include (but are not limited to) IRB costs; laboratory reagents; statistical support; data collection and analysis; travel funds to present research at meetings; publication costs; and poster preparation costs. Applications start end of October 2023.

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 Day

Each spring, the Department of Medicine holds a Resident Research Day 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 2023 Residency Research Day Presentations

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 Divisional Chiefs during the poster session.

2022-2023 Califf Awards

Recipient Mentor Project Title

Nicole Dussault, MD, MS

Jessica Ma, MD

Internal Medicine Resident Barriers to Advances Care Planning in the Primary Care Clinic

Sriya Muralidharan, MD Darin Dufault, MD, Jessica Seidelman, MD, Becky Smith, MD Pathogenic flora continue to contaminate duodenoscopes despite novel disposable tips
Allison Taylor, MD, MS Thomas W. LeBlanc, MD, MS Facilitators and Barriers to Care Encountered During Treatment in Non-Hispanic Black Patients with Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia

2022-2023 Poster Winners

Recipient Mentor Project Title

Caroline Ahlers, MD

Vinay Choksi, MD

Extensive Palpable Purpura Preceding Renal Dysfunction in Immunoglobulin A Vasculitis due to Coronavirus-19 Infection

Joanna Cavalier, MD Stephen Telloni, MD Multidisciplinary Rounds for Dispersed Patients Reduced LOS, but Neither Scalable nor Sustainable
Katelyn Seale, MD Jeremy Force, DO Evaluation of the new inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) scoring system by testing outcomes in patients with IBC
Alison Smith, MD, MSc Sonali Advani, MBBS, MPH Assessing the Impact of Rach, Ethnicity, and Social Determinants of Health on Inpatient Quality Metrics

2021-2022 Califf Awards

Recipient Mentor Project Title
Sukrit Jain, MD Ziad Gellad, MD

Digital Health Intervention Decreases No-Shows for Endoscopic Procedure

Aaditya Khatri, MD, PhD Scott Palmer, MD, MHS Mechanisms of Airway Injury in Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction
Audrey Zhang, MD Susan Nicole Hastings, MD Demographic Characteristics of Participants in Clinical Trials of Drugs for Alzheimer Disease Treatment