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.

11/10/2018 – This We Believe FMEC Essay award recipient, Ryebrook, NY, Jessica Faraci, MD
9/10/2018 – Breastfeeding, Grand Rounds, Burlington, VT, Jessica Faraci, MD
9/4/2018 – Bats and Rabies, Milton Independent Article, Milton, VT, Emily Forbes-Mobus, MD
8/13/2018 – Hospital Discharge Clinic – Back to Bedside, Poster Presentation at ACGME Back to Bedside Conference, Chicago, IL, Justin Chuang, MD, Elizabeth Landell, MD, Anne Morris, MD
6/25/2018 – Update on Diabetes Care for 2018, Grand Rounds, Burlington, VT Ben Clements, MD
5/14/2018 – Ask a Doctor: Common Questions for Infant Care, Grand Rounds, Burlington, VT, Dave Swift, MD
5/7/2018 – Preoperative Evaluation, Grand Rounds, Burlington, VT, Amanda Grafstein, MD
4/4/2018 – It’s Time for Some Fun in the Sun, Skin Cancer, Milton Independent Article, Milton, VT, Robert Dyer, MD
3/24/2018 – Resident and Fellow Morale and the Impact of a Graduate Medical Education (GME) Recognition Day, Poster Presentation at Program Director’s Workshop/ Residency Program Solutions, Kansas City, KS, Jennifer Wilson, BA, C-TAGME, Laura McCray, MD, Amanda Grafstein, MD, Jamie Richter, MS-IV
3/24/2018 – Stress Management and Resiliency Training for Residents (SMART-R)* In OB/GYN and Family Medicine Residency Programs At the University of Vermont Medical Center, Poster Presentation at Program Director’s Workshop/ Residency Program Solutions, Kansas City, KS, Laura McCray, MD, Jane Nathan, PhD, Nathalie Feldman, MD, Katherine Menezes, MD, Johanna Kelley, MD, Kelly Brooks, MD
3/23/2018 – Burned Out? Tools For Promoting Wellness in Residency Education, Program Director’s Workshop, Kansas City, KS, Laura McCray, MD
2/22/2018 - Resident and Fellow Morale and the Impact of a Graduate Medical Education (GME) Recognition Day, Poster Presentation at GME Recognition Scholarly Activity Event, Burlington, VT, Jennifer Wilson, BA, C-TAGME, Laura McCray, MD, Amanda Grafstein, MD, Jamie Richter, MS-IV
2/22/2018 - Stress Management and Resiliency Training for Residents (SMART-R)* In OB/GYN and Family Medicine Residency Programs At the University of Vermont Medical Center, Poster Presentation at GME Recognition Scholarly Activity Event, Burlington, VT, Laura McCray, MD, Jane Nathan, PhD, Nathalie Feldman, MD, Katherine Menezes, MD, Johanna Kelley, MD, Kelly Brooks, MD
2/12/2018 – Journal of Youth Development Special Issue on the Camp Experience and Youth Development, Journal Article, Ben Clements, MD
12/18/2017 – Fall Seasonal Allergies, Milton Independent Article, Milton, VT Jens Johnson, MD
11/13/2017 – Why Does My Doctor Always Ask if I’m Falling?, Milton Independent Article, Milton, VT Elizabeth Landell, MD
11/3/2017 – Move Up Curriculum, FMEC Poster Presentation, Cleveland, OH, Gordon Powers, MD, Anne Morris, MD, Ben Clements, MD, Michelle Lombardo, MD
10/24/2017 – Hospital Discharge Clinic – Back to Bedside, Poster Presentation at ACGME Back to Bedside Conference, Chicago, IL, Michelle Lombardo, MD, Ben Clements, MD, Justin Chuang, MD
9/13/2017 – My Health On Line, Milton Independent Article, Milton, VT, Alex Graham, MD
9/6/2017 – Six Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child, Milton Independent Article, Milton, VT, Kayla Corbett, MD
03/2017 – Preventing Resident Burnout By Building a Wellness Toolbox: A Longitudinal Wellness Curriculum, Poster Presentation, Program Director’s Workshop/ Residency Program Solutions, Kansas City, KS, Anne Morris, MD, Laura McCray, MD, Jennifer Wilson, BA, C-TAGME, Jamie Richter, MS-IV

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.
Email: Robert.Gramling@uvmhealth.org
Phone: (802) 656 4330
Office: 235 Rowell Hall