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Research & QI


David Lee, MD, MBA; received the Presidential Poster Award for Geriatric Syndromes at the American Geriatric Society meeting during residency. He is now a Geriatrics fellow at UCLA.

Kaiser Oakland IM Residents regularly present original research at regional and national specialty and subspecialty conferences. Residents interested in research learn clinical research skills and are supported with protected time for research, on-site research physician and biostatisticians, and funding to attend and present at meetings. See below for recent award-winning presentations!

  • Oakland Kaiser is located just down the street from Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, the largest non-University-based epidemiology research group in the country.
  • Dedicated Assistant Program Director for Research Dr. Joan Lo, MD (Endocrinologist and Research Scientist) has created a 3-year research program that starts with introducing research opportunities early in training. Residents interested in research will meet with Dr. Lo, GME research managers, and research faculty to develop and design an individualized project plan. Residents have protected time in all 3 years to engage in research, scholarship, and innovation.
  • We financially support our residents presenting at regional/national conferences
  • Scholarly activity is supported by two on-site full-time GME Research Program Managers

Paul Wada, MD; presented his research at ID Week as a senior resident. His paper has been published, and he is now an Infectious Diseases fellow at Vanderbilt University.

Eric Sumner, DO; presented his research at the Northern California ACP Chapter meeting and the American Thoracic Society International Conference during residency. He is now a Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellow at Kaiser Permanente Oakland.

Kristine Gu, MD, MPH presented her research at the American Diabetes Association Meeting. She is now an Endocrinology Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Raleigh Fatoki, MD, MBA presented his research at the 2021 ASCO Meeting Resident Forum. He was a recipient of the 2021 Conquer Cancer Annual Meeting Research Award.

Olivia Kizzee, MD; presented her research as a 3rd year resident at the American Heart Association. She is a hospitalist at UCLA Medical Center.

Quality Improvement

All Kaiser Oakland residents learn QI methodologies through our 3-year program in QI led by Assistant Program Director Dr. Nicole Tran. During the second year, residents will present their QI project at the Internal Medicine Quality Improvement Patient Safety Grand Rounds. Resident QI projects have not only enhanced the care our patients receive, but they have also provided another scholarly outlet for residents. In the recent 4 years of the northern California ACP Conference QI competition, Kaiser Oakland IM residents have won 5 of the 8 possible awards!

Recent Kaiser Oakland Resident Scholarly Awards & Highlights

2021: Dr. Raleigh Fatoki received a Conquer Cancer Annual Meeting Research Award for his work presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Resident Forum.

2021: Dr. Tim Yang was a National ACP winner for his Quality Improvement Poster entitled: “Empowering Physicians to Address Caregiver Burden: A Novel Educational Module.”  He also won Second Place at the 2020 Northern California ACP for this work.

2021: Dr. Joy Liu received the Lancet Global Health – CUGH Best Student Poster Competition Award at Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

2020: Dr. Zena Salim received the Northern California ACP Resident Leadership Award.

2020: Dr. Camille Giraud received a 2020 UCSF KLIC Resident Teaching Award

2020: Dr. Nihar Patel received First Place (Research) at the Northern California ACP Meeting. His poster was entitled: Advancing health equity through EHR-based smoking cessation.

2020: Dr. Sarah Michael received an Outstanding Poster Presenter Certificate at the American College of Gastroenterology Meeting.  Her poster was entitled: PCOS is an Independent Predictor of Elevated ALT in Adolescent Girls with Obesity.

2020: Dr. Chelsea Gong received a travel award to attend the American Geriatrics Society meeting (COVID-19 cancellation). Her abstract was entitled : “Age matters! Effect of pharmacy outreach in older patients.”

2019: Dr. Stephanie Wu received a travel award to the Endocrine Society meeting for her oral presentation. Her abstract was entitled: The relationship of obesity severity, TG, and elevated ALT in adolescents.

2019: Dr. Christina Li won First Place (Resident Research) at the American Geriatrics Society meeting. Her poster was titled: Weight status and diabetes risk in older white, Chinese and Filipino adults.

2019:Dr. Shankar Mundluru won Second Place (Resident Case Studies) at the American Geriatrics Society meeting. His poster was titled: Importance of shared decision making in the selective treatment of melanoma in a geriatric patient.

2019: Dr. David Lee won Second Place (Resident Research) at the American Geriatrics Society meeting. His poster was titled: Understanding functional, behavioral, and psychosocial risks for screening and interventions in a large population of older adults.

2018: Dr. Shankar Mundluru won First Place in the Northern California ACP QI Poster Competition. His poster was titled: Skin in the Game – Improving internal medicine residents’ comfort with common skin of color dermatologic issues.

2018: Dr. Adam Luxenberg won Second Place in the Northern California ACP QI Poster Competition. His poster was titled: A case-based curriculum to teach patients email communication to internal medicine residents.

2018: Dr. David Lee won the Geriatric Presidential Poster at the American Geriatrics Society meeting. His poster was titled: Prevalence and factors associated with uptake of digital technologies for health-related purposes among frail and non-frail older adults.

2018: Dr. Stephanie Kim won the Presidential Poster Award at the Endocrine Society meeting in Chicago, IL for research completed as a senior resident. Her poster was titled: Ten-year thyroid cancer incidence within an integrated healthcare delivery system.

2018: Dr. Jose Davila won the Maurice Hitchcock Award for Outstanding Poster presented at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, CA. His poster was titled: The professional development coach: A novel resource for assisting struggling residents.

Please see the list below of our recent peer-reviewed publications, ongoing research, and national/regional conference posters by our residents.

Residency Publications, Presentations, and Research

Oakland Internal Medicine Research Publications

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