The Division of General Internal Medicine (GIM) has an active and nationally known research and scholarship program. Areas of focus within the research programs of GIM include patient outcomes, patient-physician communication and decision-making, and medication education. Research efforts are based at both the Medical College of Wisconsin campus and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. The infrastructure to support research efforts in GIM includes standing research conferences twice a month, collaborative efforts with faculty in the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS), and a critical mass of clinician-investigators based in GIM. Faculty in GIM 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. Faculty in GIM have held national leadership positions in SGIM and the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM). Research efforts often involve collaborative work with other Divisions and Departments both within MCW and with other institutions.
One area of research focus in GIM is outcomes research. Faculty are engaged in research that utilizes large administrative and clinical databases to address questions regarding the relationship of patterns of care to clinical outcomes. The GIM research group has a large amount of experience and expertise in the use of Medicare and SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results) databases to address research questions regarding patterns of care and patient outcomes. Clinical areas of interest that are currently being evaluated with this methodology include screening and treatment patterns for breast cancer, prostate cancer and osteoporosis. The GIM faculty work closely with core faculty in the Center for Advancing Population Science (CAPS) who bring expertise in the areas of economics and psychometrics.