In addition to our clinical and educational missions, the Division of General Internal Medicine supports a robust research program. The research interests demonstrate the wide-ranging intellectual curiosity of our faculty members. The Division measures its success in scholarship not only by the number of publications and the funding earned by our faculty members but also by the potential impact of the research on our patients.
The Research Section of the Division of General Internal Medicine is dedicated to providing a multidisciplinary environment for health services and clinical research to optimize physical and behavioral health. Led by Director Dr. Susan Ramsey, our investigators collaborate closely with investigators across the Brown community, including the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies and the Immunology Center at the Miriam Hospital, and across the country.
Dr. Ramsey and her team provide support to GIM faculty and residents in the form of methodological design and conceptualization consultation, assistance in performing literature reviews, IRB application support, production of data collection tools, data entry, EMR data extraction, quantitative data analysis, and coding and analysis of qualitative data.
Clinical faculty in GIM also pursue research in medical education, quality improvement, and less traditional areas of scholarship, often mentoring residents and medical students. Our faculty are developing and evaluating curricula, writing book chapters on clinical and educational areas of expertise, performing original research, contributing to case reports, writing perspective pieces and editorials, crafting tweetorials and podcasts, and performing scoping and narrative reviews. Our interests range widely and include women’s health, reproductive healthcare, care of underserved populations, advocacy, mentorship in academic medicine, medical education, health information technology, and quality improvement in both the hospital and ambulatory settings. With the appointment of Director of Scholarship Dr. Rebekah Gardner, we are building our infrastructure to support the diverse ways that GIM faculty collaborate to investigate teaching, care delivery, and the practice of medicine.