Research and Scholarly Activity
Our residents are active in many research and quality improvement projects
with residency faculty and collaborators at other institutions. Residents
are able to utilize the Graduate Medical Education Division’s unique
clinical database and also apply for GME funded competitive grants.
Savoj J, Becerra B, Kim JK, Fusaro M, Gallieni M, Lombardo D, Lau WL. Utility
of Cardiac Biomarkers in the Setting of Kidney Disease. Nephron. 2019;141(4):227-235.
Zeleke BG, Biswas ES, Biswas M. Teaching Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation to Young
Children (<12 Years Old). Am J Cardiol. 2019 May 15;123(10):1626-1627.
Gupta R, Amanam I, Rahmanuddin S, Mambetsariev I, Wang Y,
Huang C, Reckamp K, Vora L, Salgia R. Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK)-positive
Tumors: Clinical, Radiographic and Molecular Profiles, and Uncommon Sites
of Metastases in Patients With Lung Adenocarcinoma. Am J Clin Oncol. 2019
West BH, Fleming RG,
Al Hemyari B, Banankhah P, Meyer K, Rozier LH, Murphy LS, Coluzzi AC, Rusheen JL, Kumar
P, Elashoff D, Tobis JM. Relation of Patent Foramen Ovale to Acute Mountain
Sickness. Am J Cardiol. 2019 Jun 15;123(12):2022-2025.
Iftikhar S, Burstein S, Hu P. Transcatheter Double Valve-in-Valve Replacement of
Aortic and Mitral Bioprosthetic Valves Cardiol Res. 2019 Jun;10(3):193-198.
Iftikhar S, Jamil A, Savoj J, Hu P. Noninvasive Treatment Approach of Radial Pseudoaneurysm. Cardiol
Res. 2019 Apr;10(2):131-134.
Sabet A, Haghighiabyaneh M, Ghashghaei R, Karimi A. Magnetic resonance signature
of a cardiac mass. Acta Cardiol. 2018 Apr;73(2):188-189.
Igata S, Wettersten N, Wong DJ,
Sabet A, DeMaria AN. Acute right heart failure caused by tacrolimus after renal
transplantation: Serial observation by speckle tracking and Doppler echocardiography.
Echocardiography. 2017 Nov;34(11):1730-1732.
Sharma J, Mangla N, Sinh S, Loomba R, Ajmera V. Similar Rate of Incident Hepatocellular
Carcinoma in NAFLD Cirrhosis and Chronic Hepatitis C Cirrhosis: A Systematic
Review and Meta-analysis. Manuscript submitted for publication July 2019.
Iftikhar SF, Hu P. Complex Coronary Artery Lesions. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure
Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Apr 2.
Iftikhar SF, Ahmad F. Tricuspid Valve Endocarditis. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure
Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Mar 21.
Iftikhar SF, Biswas M. Cardiac Disease in Pregnancy. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure
Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Mar 21.
House staff are encouraged to submit and present their research and case
reports at local and national conferences. Funding is provided towards
travel and other expenses.
Hwang AW, Olmedo K, Whitmore M, Popa AS. Implementation of a blood utilization program at a community
hospital [abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27;
National Harbor (MD)
Savoj J, Ayutyanont N, Vandever C, Gulati R, Biswas M. Assessment of contributing
risk factors leading to heart failure in methamphetamine user patients
[abstract 732] American College of Cardiology Annual Meeting. J Am Coll
Cardiol. 2019 Mar 12;73(9)(suppl 1).
Savoj J, Mikhail C, Gulati R, Ayutyanont N, Popa AS. New Internal Medicine Residency Program
at a Community Hospital Improves Mortality Without Increasing the Cost
or Length of Stay (A Two-year followup) [abstract]. Hospital Medicine
Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD).
Zackria R, Popa AS, Ayutyanont N, Morrison-Banks E. Establishing residents as teachers
curriculum at a new residency program in a community hospital [abstract].
Innovations in Medical Education; 2019 Feb 22-23; Los Angeles (CA).
Al hemyari B, Yoon J, Zame W, Van Der Schaar M, Cadeiras M. Artificial intelligence
improves personalized risk prediction in high risk heart failure patients
post cardiac transplant [abstract 13238] American Heart Association Scientific
Sessions. Circulation. 2018 Nov 5;138:A13238
Bunag C, Gulati R. Using a smartphone chat app for communication between residency
program leadership and house staff. Poster. Association of Program Directors
of Internal Medicine, Spring Conference. Philadelphia. April 2019.
Ho JL, Seigler M, Karlin A, Gulati R. Aripiprazole-induced diabetic ketoacidosis
[abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National
Ho JL, Gad Y, Popa R. Renal artery thrombosis following synthetic cannabinoid
ingestion [abstract]. Hospital Medicine Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27;
National Harbor (MD)
Olmedo K, Hwang A, Whitmore M, Popa A. Decreasing inappropriate blood transfusions Hospital Medicine
Annual Conference; 2019 Mar 24-27; National Harbor (MD)
Huang C, Marvan F, Gulati R, Boswell W, Chaudhry A, Sosna J, Rahmanuddin S. 3D
Quantification of the Liver and Spleen as a Hepatosplenic Toxicity Marker
in Patients Undergoing Systemic Chemotherapy: Novel 3D Advanced Imaging
to Monitor End-Organ Damage [abstract]. NCCN 23rd Annual Conference; 2018
Mar 22-23; Orlando (FL).
Al hemyari B, Bunag C, Biswas M. Puzzled by the Pannus [Clinical Vignettes: 1st Prize]. ACP Southern California Chapter Meeting; 2017 Sep; Marina del Rey (CA).
Riverside Community Hospital Quality Improvement Symposium
Each year, residents present the results of their quality improvement projects
at the hospital’s QI symposium. Our house staff have been a strong
force in promoting quality and cost-effectiveness.
Clarice Bunag, Haidy Youssef, Rasiq Zackria, Sankavi Aravagiri, Eric Khau,
Geethu Nair, Alina Popa. Stress Ulcer Prophylaxis: To PPI or not to PPI. Poster.
Christine Mikhail, Rajesh Gulati, Ayutyanont Napatkamon, Alina Popa. New Internal Medicine
residency program at a community hospital improves mortality without increasing
the cost or length of stay: A 2-year follow-up. Oral Presentation
Karla Olmedo, Andrew Hwang, Michael Whitmore, Alina Popa. Decreasing inappropriate blood transfusions. Oral Presentation.
Sabhyata Sharma, Charity Huang, Remus Popa. Evidence based, cost effective, mechanical Venous Thromboembolism prophylaxis
for inpatients at Riverside Community Hospital. Poster.
Bashar Al hemyari, Maria Ottinger, Jim Wu, Alina Popa. Educational classes improve glycemic
control in patients with poorly controlled Diabetes Mellitus. Poster.
Asma Jamil, Vinh Luu, Subhpaljit Kaur, Alina Popa. Promotion of Antibiotic Stewardship Through the Use of IDSA
Guideline-based Clinical Pathways for HAP and VAP Infections. Poster.
Andrew W. Hwang, Asma Jamil, Tri Ngyuen, Alina Popa. Improvement in notification of positive MRSA results. Poster.
HCA Graduate Medical Education Grants
HCA Graduate Medical Education offers competitive research grants to help
fund resident projects across the nation. Our residents were the most
active, winning 3 out of 6 grant funding awards in 2019.
“Establishing a Residents as Teachers Curriculum at a New Residency
Program in a community hospital”, Alina Popa,
Rasiq Zackria, Napatkamon Ayutyanont and Elizabeth Morrison-Banks. Internal Medicine.
Riverside Community Hospital.
“Laboratory Test Stewardship: Optimizing computerized physician order
entry systems to reduce unnecessary laboratory testing”, Remus Popa,
Joyce Ho, Muhammad Zain and Samantha Gelman. Internal Medicine. Riverside Community Hospital.
“Teaching children and their family CPR”, Mimi Biswas, Amin Sabet, Bethlehem Zeleke, Syed Iftikhar. Internal Medicine. Riverside Community Hospital.