Scholarly Activity

At MacNeal, our internal medicine program strives to nurture resident interest in research and scholarly activity. Residents are encouraged to attend and present at national and regional conferences. In recent years, our residents have presented abstracts and posters at conferences such as Regional and National ACP, SGIM, ICAHO, and AACE. Residents are provided with an annual stipend to assist with the costs associated with conference attendance.

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(left) Pinar Smith R3 at American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Conference, 2017.

Our residents also have the opportunity to showcase their research or clinical case reports and vignettes at our annual Resident Research Day. Awards are presented for first and second place clinical vignette posters and oral research presentations.

Quality improvement is also emphasized at MacNeal. Every resident is given the opportunity annually to participate in a quality improvement project. Each quality improvement project is overseen by a dedicated faculty mentor. Quality improvement projects are also encouraged to be submitted as part of Resident Research Day. Awards are presented for first and second place quality improvement project posters.

Recent Quality Improvement Projects Include:

  • Evaluation of HbA1c ordering in MCIM Clinic
  • Improvement of central line documentation rates
  • Decreasing the incidence of hypoglycemia amongst inpatient population in the hospital through educating RNs and PCTs regarding the timing of insulin administration
  • Achieving 90% compliance with using flashcards reflecting appropriate management of patients admitted for COPD exacerbation
  • Decreasing the quantity of controlled substance (CS) prescribed in 25% of patients who are currently on chronic CS treatment plans in the MCIM clinic by utilizing resident-directed interview scripts and physician questionnaires
  • Improving the quality of discharge summaries to include all required elements as per the IMRP guidelines
  • Increasing advanced directive discussions in the MCIM clinic by 50%
  • Improving screening rates for colorectal cancer in the MCIM clinic through the use of flyers and handouts for patients
  • Reducing hospital-acquired C. difficile infections by reducing staff isolation non-compliance

Internal Medicine Resident Publications and Presentations from Recent Years:


Hrudya Abraham MD, Jacquelin R Chua MD, Ailda Nika MD. (2017) Gouty panniculitis: A rare manifestation of gout. To be presented at: National SGIM, Washington, DC. National SHM, Las Vegas, NV.

Hrudya Abraham MD, Sajan Thomas MD Amit Srivastava MD. (2017). Sump Syndrome: A rare complication of choledochoduodenostomy. To be presented at National SHM, Las Vegas, NV. (2016). Presented at Brooklyn Hepatology Symposium, Brooklyn, NY.

Ann Bunyan MD, Isha Shrestha MD, Ann Marie Canelas MD. Fatty blood: Role of Insulin Infusion and Plasmapheresis in Hypertriglyceridemia-Induced Acute Pancreatitis.

Ming H Lee MD, Hrudya Abraham MD, Farah Ciftci-Olsen MD. (2017). A Hidden Killer: Complete Dissection of the Ascending and Descending Aorta Induced by Gram Negative Aortitis. Presented at National SHM; Las Vegas, NV and National ACP; San Diego, CA.

Anmol Baranwal MBBS, Sindhu Joseph MD. (2017). Quality and Value-Focused Decision Making in Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia: The Impact of the American Society of Hematology’s Choosing Wisely Initiative. Presented at American Society of Hematology National Conference; San Diego, CA.

Serin Edwin MD, Sindhu Joseph MD and Rashmi Rodrigues MD, PhD. (2017). Coping Self-Efficacy in HIV-positive patients: What the numbers look like. Poster to be presented at: SHM's Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Serin Edwin MD, Anmol Baranwal MD, Mrinmayee Naik MD, Swati Gobhil MD, Srilatha Mulamalla MD and Joseph Frasca MD. (2017). The Infection in Inflammation: Diagnosing Clostridium Difficile in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Poster to be presented at: National SHM Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Swati Gobhil MD, Sindhu Joseph MD. A Different Take on Cholecystitis: Let’s go back to the Anatomy Lab. (2016, 2017). E-Poster accepted at: ACP Northern Illinois; Chicago, IL. Poster presented at: National SHM. Las Vegas, NV.

Malvika Kaul MD, Ann Bunyan MD, Kenneth Lee MD, Lauren Sullivan DO. (2017). Severe Diffuse Axonal Polyneuropathy and West Nile Virus Infection. Poster to be presented at: National SGIM 2017; Washington, DC.

Molecular Imaging and Precision Medicine in Head and Neck Cancer. Mena E, Thippsandra S, Yanamadala A, Redy S, Pattanayak P, Subramaniam RM. PET Clin. 2017 Jan;12(1):7-25. doi: 10.1016/j.cpet.2016.08.009. Review.

The Value of FDG PET/CT in Treatment Response Assessment, Follow-Up, and Surveillance of Lung Cancer. Sheikhbahaei S, Mena E, Yanamadala A, Reddy S, Solnes LB, Wachsmann J, Subramaniam RM. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Feb;208(2):420-433. doi: 10.2214/AJR.16.16532.

The Current and Evolving Role of PET in Personalized Management of Lung Cancer. Mena E, Yanamadala A, Cheng G, Subramaniam RM. PET Clin. 2016 Jul;11(3):243-59. doi: 10.1016/j.cpet.2016.02.010. Review.


Michael Abendroth MD MBA, Ann Bunyan MD, Eugene Kligman MD. (Nov 2016). Rhabdomyolysis and Legionnaire's Disease: Diagnosis Disguised by a Mechanical Fall. Poster presented at the ACP Northern Illinois Chapter Residents' and Medical Students' Day; Chicago, IL.

Hrudya Abraham MD, Ann Bunyan MD, Mrinmayee Naik MD, Sindhu Joseph MD. (2016). Being a Medicine SuperSLEuth: Does my patient also have thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura? Poster accepted at: ACP Northern Illinois; Chicago, IL.

Hrudya Abraham MD, Rizvi Syed MD. (2016). Heart Failure -A Rare Initial Manifestation of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Presented at Midwest SGIM, Cleveland, OH.

Hrudya Abraham MD, Rani Kasinchetty MD. (2016). Hidden in the Skin. Presented at: Midwest SGIM, Cleveland, OH.

Anmol Baranwal MD, Jay Patel MD. (2016). Enoxaparin toxicity masquerading as tumor lysis syndrome. E-Poster accepted at: ACP Northern Illinois; Chicago, IL.

Anmol Baranwal MD, Ann Marie Canelas MD. (2016). Perianal swelling: Is it abscess or something else? Poster presented at: International Conference on Advances in Hematology and Oncology (ICAHO); Coeur d’Alene, ID.

Anmol Baranwal MD, Venkata Puskoor MD, Sindhura Reddy MD, Ann Marie Canelas MD. (2016). Metastatic choriocarcinoma with paraneoplastic hyperthyroidism. Poster presented at: Society of Hospital Medicine: Annual Meeting; San Diego, CA.

Rani Kasinchetty MD, Lauren Sullivan DO. (2016). Typhoid Fever Presenting as Acute Pancreatitis. Poster presented at: Midwest SGIM; Cleveland, OH.

Ranju Kunwor MD, Anmol Baranwal MD, Ann Marie Canelas MD. (2016). The cruelest truth hidden behind the silence! E-poster accepted at: ACP Northern Illinois; Chicago, IL.

Pinar Smith MD, Joseph Frasca MD, Sindhura Reddy MD. (2016). Diagnosis of pituitary adenoma after bowel preparation. Resident Research Day, MacNeal Hospital.