Research Project Directory

Welcome to the Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research project directory! This is a listing of research opportunities for trainees with affiliated faculty in the Center for PCOR. Unless otherwise specified, these are unpaid, volunteer positions. Preference is given to UT Southwestern medical students and residents.

Please include a copy of your CV with your initial inquiry to help expedite processing of your request. You should expect a response within 48-72 hours of your initial contact.

Current Projects

Assessing the Potential Harms of Sildenafil Therapy in Pulmonary Hypertension Associated with Sickle Cell Disease: A Retrospective, Observational Cohort Study

Project ID: 2
Principal Investigator:
Oanh Nguyen, M.D.
Trainee Role: Lead electronic data extraction and possible structured chart review; assist with data analysis; draft a research abstract, poster, and manuscript reporting this work. Expect first or middle author credit on all research products, depending on the magnitude of effort contributed.
Anticipated Start Date: 04-05-2016 End Date: 09-05-2016
Estimated Time/Week Effort: 5-10 Hours
Keywords: Outcomes and/or health services research, Secondary data
Anticipated Product for Trainee: Abstract/poster to local/regional conference; Abstract/poster to national conference; Manuscript, first author; Manuscript, middle author
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed: Completion of: 1) UT Southwestern Research Credentialing Packets (please contact Amanda Arista in Outlook); 2) eCOI certification; and 3) Parkland Pathways Training Modules.
Additional Information: This is a highly involved project that will likely take beyond the summer to complete. If you are looking for a short-term project, this is not the project for you.

Access to Health Care Services at Academic Medical Centers Among the Underserved.

This projects seeks to assess how many academic medical centers in Texas currently accept 1) Medicaid insurance; and 2) health insurance plans purchased through the federal health insurance exchange.

Project ID: 3
Principal Investigator:
Oanh Nguyen, M.D.
Trainee Role: Will be responsible for data collection and management; assisting in data analysis; drafting research poster, abstract and manuscript. First or middle author research products/publications are expected with this work, commensurate with the trainee's contributions.
Anticipated Start Date: 04-05-2016 End Date: 09-05-2016
Estimated Time/Week Effort: 5-10 Hours
Keywords: Outcomes and/or health services research, Secondary data
Anticipated Product for Trainee: Abstract/poster to local/regional conference; Abstract/poster to national conference; Manuscript, first author; Manuscript, middle author
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed: Completion of: 1) UT Southwestern Research Credentialing Packets (please contact Amanda Arista in Outlook); 2) eCOI certification; and 3) Parkland Pathways Training Modules.
Additional Information: This is a highly involved project that will likely take beyond the summer to complete. If you are looking for a short-term project, this is not the project for you.

Assessing Short- and Long-Term Survival after Initial Hospitalization for Hepatic Encephalopathy.

This will be a retrospective, observational cohort study to assess survival after initial hospitalization for hepatic encephalopathy among individuals with cirrhosis.

Project ID: 4
Principal Investigator:
 Oanh Nguyen, M.D.
Trainee Role: Will be responsible for data collection and management; assisting in data analysis; drafting research poster, abstract, and manuscript. First or middle author research products/publications are expected with this work, commensurate with the trainee's contributions.
Anticipated Start Date: 04-05-2016 End Date: 09-06-2016
Estimated Time/Week Effort: 5-10 Hours
Keywords:
Anticipated Product for Trainee: Abstract/poster to local/regional conference; Abstract/poster to national conference; Manuscript, first author; Manuscript, middle author
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed:  Completion of: 1) UT Southwestern Research Credentialing Packets (please contact Amanda Arista in Outlook); 2) eCOI certification; and 3) Parkland Pathways Training Modules.
Additional Information: This is a highly involved project that will likely take beyond the summer to complete. I am looking for a highly committed trainee who is motivated to see this project to its completion.

Assessing the impact of team facecards on patients' knowledge, trust and satisfaction with hospital physicians on teaching services among an underserved population.

This study seeks to prospectively assess whether providing photos and descriptions of team members improves patients' rapport, trust, and satisfaction with their physician care teams.

Project ID: 5
Principal Investigator:
 Oanh Nguyen, M.D.
Trainee Role: Will be responsible for data collection and management; assisting in data analysis; drafting research poster, abstract and manuscript. First or middle author research products/publications are expected with this work, commensurate with the trainee's contributions
Anticipated Start Date: 04-05-2016 End Date: 09-05-2016
Estimated Time/Week Effort:
Keywords: Outcomes and/or health services research, Hospital medicine, Direct interaction with subjects, Medical education
Anticipated Product for Trainee:
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed: Completion of: 1) UT Southwestern Research Credentialing Packets (please contact Amanda Arista in Outlook); 2) eCOI certification; and 3) Parkland Pathways Training Modules.
Additional Information: This is a highly involved project that may require a longer term commitment than anticipated. I am looking for a highly committed trainee who is motivated to see this project to its completion.

Assessing the comparative effectiveness of telephonic versus in-person language interpreters among hospitalized patients with limited English proficiency.

This project seeks to assess whether patient comprehension and satisfaction with care is improved with telephone versus in-person interpreters.

Project ID: 6
Principal Investigator:
 Oanh Nguyen, M.D.
Trainee Role: Will be responsible for data collection and management; assisting in data analysis; drafting research poster, abstract and manuscript. First or middle author research products/publications are expected with this work, commensurate with the trainee's contributions.
Anticipated Start Date: 04-05-2016 End Date: 09-05-2016
Estimated Time/Week Effort: 5-10 hours
Keywords: Outcomes and/or health services research, Behavioral and/or communication sciences research, Patient-centered outcomes research, Comparative effectiveness, Hospital medicine, Health systems, Qualitative methods, Direct interaction with subjects
Anticipated Product for Trainee: Abstract/poster to local/regional conference; Abstract/poster to national conference; Manuscript, first author; Manuscript, middle author
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed: Completion of: 1) UT Southwestern Research Credentialing Packets (please contact Amanda Arista in Outlook); 2) eCOI certification; and 3) Parkland Pathways Training Modules.
Additional Information: This is a highly involved project that will likely take beyond the stated time frame to complete. I am looking for a highly committed trainee who is motivated to see this project to its completion.

Utility of Blood Cultures in Pneumonia

Project ID: 8
Principal Investigator: Anil Makam, M.D.
Trainee Role: To assist the lead investigator (Dr. David Zhang, M.D.; pulmonary fellow) in conducting a chart review of the Epic EHR for consecutive patients cared for in the ED and hospital with pneumonia at SPUH/CUH to evaluate: 1) incidence of true positive (bacteremia) and false positive (contaminants) cultures among patients with CAP, severe CAP, and HCAP; 2) frequency that true positive cultures changed clinical management among the different types of pneumonia; and 3) how well IIDSA guideline recommended risk factors predict true positive cultures
Anticipated Start Date: 9/1/2016
Estimated Time/Week Effort: 5-10 hours
Keywords: Outcomes and/or health services research, Hospital medicine, Secondary data
Anticipated Product for Trainee: Manuscript, middle author
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed: Must have: 1) access to the UT Southwestern Epic EHR, 2) experience working with the Epic EHR, and 3) adequate clinical experience to conduct chart review (MS3, MS4, or resident physician)
Additional Information: This project is well aligned with trainees interested in outcomes and health services research, hospital medicine, infectious disease, and/or pulmonary medicine.

Evaluating the Evidence Base for ATS Practice Guidelines

Project ID: 9
Principal Investigator:
 Anil Makam, M.D.
Trainee Role: Review and abstract data from ATS practice guidelines into a data abstraction form that will need to be developed
Anticipated Start Date: 07-12-2016 End Date:
Estimated Time/Week Effort: 5-10 hours
Keywords: Outcomes and/or health services research, Evidence-based medicine; meta-research
Anticipated Product for Trainee: Abstract/poster to local/regional conference, Abstract/poster to national conference, Manuscript, first author, Manuscript, middle author
Special Skills/Qualifications Needed: None
Additional Information: I am looking for more than one trainee (medical student, resident, fellow). Authorship for abstracts and manuscripts will depend on your role and level of involvement.