Division of

General Internal Medicine

Research

While there are many faculty members engaged in research in addition to their clinical practice, the Division also has talented faculty whose efforts are dedicated entirely to research endeavors. Faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine conduct research that is intended to improve the health of both individual patients and the population at large. This is accomplished through a wide range of research interests within the Division, whether that involves disease-specific clinical research to advance the knowledge base in a specific entity, educational research to improve the training of future physicians, or health information research to improve the application of technology to the care of patients.

Division faculty have received research funding from a wide range of sponsors, including several arms of the NIH (the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities), the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Virginia Department of Health, as well as various foundations and industry sponsors.

As previously stated the Division’s research efforts are wide and cross many disciplines and types of research. Current research conducted by Division faculty includes the following:

  • Clinical decision-making in cancer care
  • Cancer screening in underserved populations
  • Undergraduate medical education
  • Graduate medical education
  • Database development for clinical trials
  • Substance abuse
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Patient-physician communication
  • Interprofessional communication and education

The continued growth in research activities, research funding, and dissemination of research is a key priority for the Division moving forward. With the wide array of research interests, the Division is well-placed to accommodate the diverse scholarly interests of academic general internists.