All residents participate in scholarly activity, including poster presentations, quality improvement projects and lunch conference presentations. Residents also receive training and are involved in longitudinal quality improvement and patient safety projects. Interested residents are encouraged to pursue research and supported by local clinician researchers, our GME Research Program Manager, protected time for research, and an educational stipend to attend conferences.
Our Research Program Manager, Aida Shirazi, PhD, is available to assist our residents at each phase of a research project, ranging from the development of a research proposal to study design to statistical techniques to the preparation of manuscripts. She also serves as a liaison with the Kaiser Division of Research, including its researchers, scholars, and the Biostatistical Consulting Unit. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, she was Co-Principal Investigator at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health and the California Breast Cancer Research Program, where she conducted clinical research in health disparities among immigrant populations and was program director for NIH grants. She has experience with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and has extensive experience working with diverse linguistic and cultural communities to develop effective interventions to reduce health disparities. Her interests include community-based research and global health.