Valley Hospital resident physicians using research to advance medicine
Valley Hospital resident physicians using research to advance medicine

In late March, resident physicians with Valley Hospital’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) program hosted a Research Symposium as part of the hospital’s Doctor’s Day celebration.

“Providing an environment of critical inquiry is very important to developing a career of lifelong learning,” said C. Dean Milne, DO, FACOI, FACP, Director of Medical Education for Valley Hospital. “Research conducted during residency training develops critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, and can ultimately be incorporated into clinical practice. It’s a building block to help resident physicians investigate medical issues, share that knowledge, and identify ways it can benefit others.”

A sample of current research conducted by the resident physicians covers specific instances involving pulmonary embolisms; non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis in a patient with small cell lung cancer; meningitis; malaria, tumor lysis in breast cancer; multisystem organ failure from suspected recreational human growth hormone injections; deep vein thrombosis; coronary embolism due to untreated atrial fibrillation; and acute tubular necrosis.

“The depth and detail of the research is extensive,” said Claude Wise, CEO/Managing Director of Valley Hospital. “They are identifying unique medical situations surrounding diagnosis, treatment plan and outcomes. Today’s research can provide better outcomes for other people.”

In addition to the Symposium, Valley Hospital residents have been invited to present their research at various Research Days and specialty college meetings throughout the United States.

The Graduate Medical Education program at Valley Hospital began in 2006. It offers residency programs in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology and orthopedic surgery, along with fellowships in gastroenterology and pulmonary/critical care. Physicians who complete their residency programs join private practice, work as hospitalists, continue their medical training with the military, or enter fellowships for further specialized training. Many have returned to Las Vegas to establish their own practice and serve as faculty members for Valley Hospital’s program.

Photo: Group from GME’s Research Symposium. Courtesy of Valley Hospital

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