Research Program

The Department of Family Medicine has a mission to engage faculty, medical students and residents in systematic investigation and reporting to create new knowledge and solutions to patient and community health problems.

The program has strong ties with health services researchers throughout the University of Vermont Health Network and College of Medicine. It is well connected with innovative work underway in the State of Vermont to restructure health care delivery systems and utilize health information systems for quality improvement and research.

Departmental resources include consultation on research design and methods, human subjects review issues, and data analysis and reporting.

Faculty Research and Scholarly Activities

Faculty supported research in the Department is focused on quality and process improvement, health system reorganization, and team based education. Research is stimulated by multiple factors in a rapidly changing health care and population health environment, including:

  • expansion of the Family Medicine clinical system.
  • statewide innovation in primary care delivery based on the Patient-Centered Medical Home model and expanding Accountable Care Organization population coverage.
  • a new emphasis on health services and community health research in the College.
  • new health data systems in Vermont that integrate clinical, insurance, administrative, and public health data .

Current funded faculty research and scholarly activity topics include:

  • Team Oriented Patient Centered Medical Education
  • Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment Inter-professional education
  • Support of Breast feeding in primary care
  • Transitions of Care
  • Residency Pediatric curriculum enhancement and evaluation
  • Community linkages with primary care
  • Motivational interviewing in family medicine
  • Health system and electronic health record  measurement and performance
  • Childhood obesity

Recently completed projects include:

  • SAFtiNet Database - National project comprised of 36 practice sites in 6 different organizations that develops an infrastructure utilizing EMR and claims data for comparative effectiveness research
  • Rural AIDS Epidemiology and Health Care Delivery Models
  • Domestic Violence as a Public Health Issue
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues of Genetics
  • Physical Activity Among 3-5 Year Olds in Childcare Centers
  • Optimizing the Value of Breast Cancer Screening
  • Informed Decision-Making about Lifestyle Change for Pre-Diabetic Patients
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Resident Research and Scholarly Activities

We are dedicated to the practice of patient-centered, evidence-based medicine. All residents complete one scholarly activity project and a quality improvement project during the course of their training. Scholarly activities have included grand rounds presentations, FPIN publications, and regional or national presentations. Residents will have protected time on their outpatient Family Medicine clinic month to work on scholarly projects, and will have a dedication health systems management block rotation in the third year. Our didactic curriculum includes mentored journal club, clinical question, practice management, and information mastery sessions. Residents are also able to serve on our departmental research committee and institutional quality improvement committees, among others. Below is list of some recent resident scholarly activity.

  • Gordon Powers, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Caring for the Deaf, deaf, and hard of hearing patient 5/9/16
  • Michelle Dorwart, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Social Determinants of Health: Examples from the U.S. and Zimbabwe 4/11/16
  • Kuang-Ning Huang, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Palliative Care in Resource Limiting Settings 2/8/16
  • Catherine Kelley, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Preeclampsia: A Primary Care Perspective 1/11/16
  • Megan Malgeri, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Congestive Heart Failure - Case Based Review 5/11/15
  • Lincoln Heath, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Immunizations: Is There More We Can Do In The Office To Improve Vaccination Rates? 4/27/15
  • Aaron Glenney, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, EMS Case Review: Cardiac Arrest 3/30/15
  • Megan Malgeri, MD - Grand Rounds Presentation, Getting the Lead Out 3/16/15
  • Michelle Cangiano, MD - Fletcher Allen Blog: Breastfeeding Basics: How-To, Support, and Local Resources 8/1/2014
  • Michelle Cangiano, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, HIV in Pregnancy: Cases from Cameroon, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 5/20/2013
  • Jesse Coenen, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Diabetes in Sports, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 6/24/2013
  • John Chisholm, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Abdominal Pain in Pregnant Women, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 4/14/2014
  • Kristine Cruz, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Opiate Management in Primary Care: Anecdotes from the Indian Health Service. Fletcher Allen Health Care, 6/3/2013
  • Brady Didion, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Lung Cancer: Review and Update, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 1/14/2013
  • Michelle Dorwart, MD, MPH – Farm to Patient: Use of Farm Shares to Promote Healthy Eating, Poster Presentation FMEC Conference 10/25/2014
  • Julia Hunter, MD, MPH – Grand Rounds Presentation, Medical Marijuana, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 5/19/2014
  • Stanley Hunter, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Female Athlete Triad, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 6/9/2014
  • Catherine Kelley, MD - Peer Reviewed Article - Gastric inhibitory peptide, serotonin, and glucagon are unexpected chloride secretagogues in the rectal gland of the skate (Leucoraja erinacea). 5/1/14
  • Jessica Kim, MD – Peer Reviewed Article – New Zolpidem Guidelines 1/18/2013
  • Jessica Kim, MD - Improving Communication with Limited English Proficient Patients – Poster Presentation Conference on Practice Improvement 2013
  • Megan Malgeri, MD – Farm to Patient: Use of Farm Shares to Promote Healthy Eating, Poster Presentation FMEC Conference 10/25/2014
  • Amy McGettrick, MD – Peer-Reviewed Article, How do you diagnose lactose intolerance
  • Amy McGettrick, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Acupuncture in Primary Care, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 6/17/2013
  • Anne Morris, MD - James M. Jeffords Institute for Quality and Operational Effectiveness, PROJECT TITLE: No Bones About It: Osteoporosis Screening in a Primary Care Residency Clinic, 4/17/2014
  • Anne Morris, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Endocarditis- A Case-Based Review, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 3/24/2014
  • Timothy Partridge, MD – Grand Rounds Presentation, Overuse Injuries/ Burnout in Youth Sports, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 06/23/2014
  • Joseph Valdez, MD, MPH – Grand Rounds Presentation, Addiction Medicine Therapy, Fletcher Allen Health Care, 2/24/2014
  • Joseph Valdez, MD, MPH - (2014) Drug Use Screening. Evidence Based Practice

Medical Student Research

Medical students have several opportunities to participate in and initiate research projects throughout their medical education.

  • Year 2 students collaborate in leadership groups to design and complete a community health research project.
  • Year 3 students design and complete a community project as part of their Family Medicine clerkship experience.
  • Senior students can pursue a research interest or do collaborative research with a FM resident as their scholarly project option
  • Individual research projects can be supported with Departmental resources for students with an interest in primary care research.

Bob Gramling

Director of Research

Robert Gramling, M.D., D.Sc.
Phone: (802) 656 4330
Office: 235 Rowell Hall