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Research Conference

This bimonthly conference involves the GI faculty, research staff , GI fellows, as well as rotating resident house staff and students.  In addition to a comprehensive review of ongoing clinical and bench research activities within the division, basic science and fundamental research techniques are reviewed, including biostatistics.  By invitation of the Division Chief, researchers in related or overlapping fields from other divisions and departments may be incorporated periodically.  Our goals are to enhance the relevance of research to the clinically oriented fellows, by incorporating the elements of translational research into their conferences, held in conjunction with our research faculty.

Research Conference Competencies

Patient Care

Principal Educational Goals

  • To gain an understanding of the mechanisms, strengths and limitations of medical research techniques and methods that will allow meaningful interpretations and transitions in a “bench to bedside” approach to patient care. 
  • To learn how to bring patient care motivated questions to the research lab in order to generate answers that will benefit patients broadly.

Medical Knowledge

Principal Educational Goals

  • To review the basic sciences relevant to investigational techniques in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
  • To learn the methodology applied in research.
  • To learn to critically evaluate medical knowledge based upon the methods, techniques and scientific strength of the investigation used to draw the conclusions.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Principal Educational Goals

  • To acquire the scientific sophistication to question and investigate product and pharmaceutical claims before utilizing those products in clinical practice. 

Interpersonal Skills and Communication

Principal Educational Goals

  • To interact with colleagues in a respectful and appropriate environment that nonetheless fosters analytical and critical review and modification of the existing base of medical knowledge.
  • To foster interpersonal relationships which build team effort and participation.


Principal Educational Goals

  • Be cognizant of standards of academic and scientific integrity.
  • Be able to recognize and separate high quality research methodology from deficient practices and techniques.

Systems-Based Practice

Principal Educational Goals

To learn to analyze the strength of recommendations for prevention, diagnosis and disease management based upon the integrity and quality of the research methodology underlying those recommendations.