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 Night

Each spring, the Department of Medicine holds a Resident Research Night to showcase 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.

Califf Medicine Research Award Winners
Recipients of the Califf Medicine Research Awards receive $1,000, $500, and $250 for first, second, and third place respectively, and an additional $250 is awarded to the night’s best poster, selected by the Chief Residents during the poster session.

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)