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General Internal Medicine Research

The MCW Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) is committed to creating and sustaining strong infrastructure to support research. The Division conducts clinical, population health, education, and industry research and is home to a large health services research group with over $10 million in federal research funding. 
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General Internal Medicine Research Overview

  • Research efforts are based at the Medical College of Wisconsin campus and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and occur in the community through community engaged research studies.

  • The infrastructure to support research efforts in GIM includes strategic research planning, facilitation of service and engagement of research faculty in the Division, Department and Institution, promotion of collaborative efforts with faculty in research centers throughout MCW, including the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS), facilitation of grant submissions and publications, and ongoing training and seminars.

  • Faculty are actively involved in the dissemination of their work through peer-reviewed publications and participation at regional and national scientific meetings of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) as well as other professional organizations. Through continued growth and strengthening of existing resources, the GIM Research Section aims to build a culture of research across the Division that facilitates and expands research funding, supporting clinical, population health, education, and industry research.

Mission

To create research infrastructure and build a culture of research across GIM that facilitates and expands research funding.

Vision

For MCW General Internal Medicine (GIM) to become a leader in creating evidence to change clinical practice, educational efforts, and local, regional, and national policy.

Goals & Initiatives

Goals

Goals

  • Create research infrastructure to support clinical, population, education, and industry research.
  • Build a culture of research across all segments of the division (administrative staff, advanced practice providers, and faculty in all Sections).
  • Standardize and streamline processes to support researchers applying for and conducting extramurally funded studies.
  • Create an environment that clinicians can participate in research and grow their research skills. Identify ways to engage those who want to use part of their time on research.
  • Provide support and resources to conduct systematic quality improvement projects and education studies.
  • Increase funding and expand the scope of GIM research.
Initiatives

Initiatives

  • Expanding Resources: Increase awareness and use of currently available resources in GIM, better linking to resources available within the Department and Institution and build out additional support within GIM.
  • Facilitating Collaboration: Identify ways to highlight and facilitate participation as a PI, co-investigator, and collaborator within funded and unfunded research. Facilitate integration of research faculty within the Division through engaging faculty in clinical programs needing research expertise and matching researchers with clinicians interested in building their publication record.
  • Expanding Industry Trial Participation: Build the infrastructure to lead industry trial research, including the ability to quickly respond to requests for interest, the ability to negotiate for support needed to conduct studies, and the ability to identify interested faculty to participate.
  • VA Integration and Expansion: Build a robust research enterprise at the VA by facilitating increased integration with MCW and grow VA research with the goal to push towards a large VA health services center focused on social determinants of health.
  • Diversify and Grow Our Research Profile: Actively recruit to expand our research faculty with a focus on implementation and dissemination science, global health research, health equity research, biostatistics, and health economics/health policy. Provide education and training opportunities each quarter.

Meet Our Team

Administration

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Rebekah J. Walker, PhD

Associate Professor, GIM Section Chief for Research

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Stephanie Zaas, MSPH

Program Manager

Faculty

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Sanjay Bhandari, MD

Assistant Professor

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Jennifer A. Campbell, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

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Bradley H. Crotty, MD, MPH, FACP, FAMIA

Associate Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

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Aprill Dawson, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

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Jake E. Decker, MD

Assistant Professor

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Leonard E. Egede, MD, MS

Professor of Medicine; Inaugural Milwaukee Community Chair in Health Equity Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin; Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine; Director, Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS); Director MCW CTSI KL2 Program; Director, MCW CTSI Master’s in Clinical/Translational Research

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Amy H. Farkas, MD, MS

Assistant Professor

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Kathlyn Fletcher, MD, MA

Co-Director, Graduate Medical Education Pillar; Member, Clinical Learning Environment Pillar, Kern Institute; Professor of Medicine

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Laura C. Hawks, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

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Cynthia Kay, MD, MS

Associate Professor

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Sebastian Linde, PhD, MSc, MPhil

Assistant Professor

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Carlos Mendez, MD

Associate Professor

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Ann B. Nattinger, MD, MPH

Associate Provost for Research; Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine; Professor of Medicine, Lady Riders Professor of Breast Cancer Research; Principal Investigator, CHDS

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Joan Neuner, MD, MPH

Professor, Medicine (General Internal Medicine)

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Barbara A. Slawski, MD, MS, SFHM

Professor

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Melek Somai, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine; CHDS computer scientist

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Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Staff

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Rabia Amjad, MPH

Biostatistician

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Sneha Nagavally, MS

Biostatistician I

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Abigail Thorgerson, MPH

Biostatistician

Job Opportunities

The Division of General Internal Medicine is currently hiring for full-time faculty positions at Assistant or Associate Professor level with training in a variety of backgrounds.

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Why Work for GIM?

Candidates can have training in health services research, implementation science, epidemiology, quantitative psychology or quantitative sociology. Strong candidates will demonstrate an ability to develop well-designed applications for federal research funding, support clinical and health services researchers in development of applications for federal funding, and have a background of publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Why Work at MCW?

The Medical College of Wisconsin brings together the most inquisitive minds in science, medicine, education, and community engagement to solve the toughest challenges in health and society today. At the core of everything we do at the Medical College of Wisconsin is the pursuit of new knowledge and the power of academic medicine, where scientists, physicians and students work together with the community to ask the questions no one else is and fuel the continuous cycle of knowledge that’s shaping the future of medicine.

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