Research & Scholarly Work


In accordance with ACGME common program requirements, as well as the spirit of academic medicine, The Wright Center provides a robust research curriculum brought to life through the research opportunities that we provide to our residents and the scholarly work that they produce.

A core belief of The Wright Center is that it takes far more than medical knowledge to create the next generation of physician leaders. Our research curriculum has application in all ACGME and AOA areas of competence.

Our residents acquire the skills needed to contribute to respected literature and thereby come to appreciate its intrinsic value in practice and quality of care. In teaching our residents the skills necessary for evidence-based research, The Wright Center shapes curiosity into an appreciation for lifelong learning. By graduation, each resident has learned to fuse quality improvement evidence with practice-based learning – the driving force for which all research is initiated and investigated.

Fellow physician Dr. Fouzia Oza received the Presidential Poster Award and Outstanding Poster Presenter recognition at The American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October 2022.

Scholarly Activity leadership roles have been created for residents and fellows to fill who are experienced in research, presentation/ publication and other forms of scholarship. These leaders act as liaisons between the resident/ fellow body, program faculty and GME administration to support the development and sharing of scholarly activity at The Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education. The committee currently consists of one Chief Resident of Scholarly Activity and three Scholarly Activity Leaders, those leaders include one fellow and two residents.

Dr. Gary Oh ’23, and co-presenter Dat Le, a medical student at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, placed second in the Research Poster Category at the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, in April 2023.

The Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) research project requirement allows residents to build skills in problem identification, problem-solving, and need-based intervention on the community level. Residents work with interdisciplinary teams within their community health center setting to identify the needs of relevant stakeholders, plan and develop an intervention, and implement their intervention. This is an opportunity for residents to contribute to the increased well-being of the communities they serve, particularly the underserved populations treated within their community health center setting.

Beyond their daily complex medical needs, community health center patients typically face social and societal challenges that can be addressed in partnership with community stakeholders. In the COPC model, practitioners are able to leverage community partnerships to enhance patient care leading to increased quality.

View Institutional Review Board to learn more about the Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education IRB (WCGME-IRB).

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Program Outline

Year One: Case Reports and COPC Start-up

All residents will learn to recognize unique and unusual patient presentations and to develop these interesting scenarios into detailed case reports. Many will go on to present their findings at local and national forums.

Residents form small groups, assess community needs, perform a preliminary literature search, identify needs to be addressed, develop a hypothesis, develop specific aims, propose intervention strategies, research questions, and research an implementation plan. Core faculty are engaged in the project, and the group identifies partners within their community health center (CHC). A preliminary research proposal is drafted by the group and reviewed by faculty.”

Year Two: COPC Project: IRB Submission and Project Implementation

During their second year, residents will learn to critically evaluate clinical operations processes to identify inefficiencies, safety concerns, unidentified needs, and other opportunities for improvement. Each resident will analyze the issue detected and develop a quality improvement plan that will be tested and implemented to remedy the initial problem.

Residents must apply to both WCGME and other applicable IRBs for approval. The local health center, and any other partnering organizations for your project, may also require submission to their IRB, or a research committee. Local research committees may require multiple levels of engagement and will be engaged by COPC teams (including faculty). This experience educates residents on best practices for conducting research and provides a basic understanding of the guiding federal regulations.

Year Three: COPC: Analysis and Presentation

Resident scholarly activity includes engagement in research activities, analysis of disease processes, systems-based processes, and presentation of outcomes via publication or presentation in a scientific forum (ACGME, 2012). Research activities may be completed through the development of an abstract for submission to a scientific medical journal or conference, local grand rounds presentation, or presentation of a research study to local or national medical communities.

Residents compile and discuss results, evaluate outcomes, draw conclusions, and recommendations. A poster is prepared and submitted for presentation/publication.

Recent Publications and Presentations

The Bugs That Bug Me: A Longitudinal Perspective Case Study of Delusional Parasitosis in a Geriatric Psychiatry Unit

Cureus Journal 
Published May 24, 2023
Dr. Anisa Suparmanian; Nathan Cardona; Dr. Sanjay Chandragiri (Acknowledgment); Dr. Khaled Said (Acknowledgment)

Cognitive Impairment in NPH; Could it be Alzheimer’s?

Eastern Pennsylvania Geriatrics Society
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | June 8, 2023
Dr.Wail Alsafi; Dr. Mohana Partheeban; Dr. Khalid Ahmed; Dr. Atif Nasrullah; Dr. Elmkdad Mohammed

A Case of Richter Transformation Causing Pericardial Effusion in CLL

The American College of Chest Physicians Annual Meeting
Honolulu, Hawaii | October 8-11, 2023
Dr. Samurna Sabir; Dr. Ali Shah; Dr. Ronakkumar Patel; Dr. Peter Iskander; Dr. Andrew Sukhu

Brain and Adrenal Metastasis Resulting from Unexpected Recurrence After Endoscopic Resection of Low-Risk T1 Colon Cancer: A Case Report

American College of Gastroenterology Conference
Vancouver, BC, Canada | October 20-25, 2023
Dr. Sandeep Mandal