Department of Medicine Achievements 2015-2016

Significant Research Ahievements:
  • Awarded funds to the departmental faculty, including the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, exceeded $67 million.
  • Fifty percent of all research awards involved collaborators from other departments or other institutions.
  • Research awards favored competitive and prestigious national venues with nearly 71 percent coming from federal sources.
  • Research activities of department trainees grew significantly, reflected by the growing success of the Harrington Physician Scientist Program and the record number of residents presenting original research findings at national meetings.
  • Presented Annual Research Day to build on the legacy of scientific breakthroughs and showcase the trainees’ work in basic science, clinical and translational research as well as quality initiatives. The program included 119 poster presentations from Department of Medicine trainees (79 residents, 19 fellows and 21 graduate/post-doc students) and plenary presentations by three faculty scientists.
  • Received record number of applicants to the annual Team Science Challenge, which strengthens the long-standing legacy of collaboration and helps build bridges between divisions and departments to develop dynamic partnerships and create ambitious translational research projects.


Significant Development Achievements:

  • Appointed first Vice Chair for Diversity and Faculty Development.
  • Instituted the Young Faculty Mentorship program to guide junior faculty to maximize their professional experiences, fast-tracking them to career success and expedited growth within the department.
  • Initiated weekly Development & Diversity newsletter promoting opportunities for professional faculty, trainees and staff growth by leveraging the resources of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and surrounding community.
  • Published monthly Department of Medicine newsletter celebrates internal accomplishments and breakthroughs, improving regional and national reputation of the department’s talented clinicians and researchers
  • “Lasting Impressions” humanities journal provides a creative outlet for faculty, staff and trainees to share artwork and writing, supporting self-expression and enhancing relationships across the medical community.


Significant Education Achievements

  • The Internal Medicine Residency program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the 2015 American Board of Internal Medicine certifying exam.
  • The Internal Medicine Residency program initiated a new Coaching program for interns complimenting existing mentorship and academic advising program, focusing on professional identity formation and work/life balance.


Department of Medicine 2015-16 Faculty Teaching Awards

Master Clinician Educator: Joseph Krall, MD; Lavinia Negrea, MD; Thomas Knauss, MD
Faculty Teacher of the Year (Inpatient): Christina Hirsch, MD
Faculty Teacher of the Year (Outpatient): David Blumenthal, MD
Faculty Clerkship Teaching Award: Aaron Kistemaker, MD
Agre Award: Gregory Cooper, MD