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Recognition of Research Activities by TOMEC Residents

Dalteparin Induced Delayed Hypersensitivity Reaction in the Orthopedic Trauma Patient: A Case Report

Treatment of Postoperative Infection after Posterior Spinal Fusion and Instrumentation in a Patient with Neuromuscular Scoliosis

Metformin’s role in Weight-loss in Patients Taking Second-generation Antipsychotics: A Primary Care Case Study

An Unusual Presentation of Mantle Cell Lymphoma in the Setting of Hemolytic Anemia

Gastric Lactobezoar in preterm neonate treated with Casein Hydrolyzed infant formula

The role of the Primary Care Physician in managing a patient with Asperger syndrome – A case study

Refractory Schizophrenia in the Elderly Patient and the Role of the Primary Care Provider

The Prevalence of Male Hypotestosteronism in Type 2 Diabetics in a Southwest Virginia Population -ppt

Primary deep vein thrombosis of the upper extremity in a 21 year old male

Microcystic Lymphatic Malformation

Acute Hallucinations: Where Did That Come From?

Poster Presentations

“Objective Measures for Estimating Intraoperative Blood Loss”


Co-author Paul Ghattas, D.O. pictured

‘Mechanical Compression of the Inferior Vena Cava: A Rare Complication of Pectus Excavatum”


Co-author Ayman Alsharbini, D.O.


Co-author Brian Enriquez D.O.

















“Health services research aims to identify the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high-quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety.”(www.ahrq.gov).

While at your residency training sites, you will work with your clinical supervisors to develop a research project or possibly join one already in progress at your OGME site.  To familiarize yourself with research expectations and policies, you may view the Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training issued by the AOA and the Basic Standards for Residency Training issued by each specialty college.
TOMEC Research Mentors are available at LMU-DCOM to help support your clinical research activities.


Trainees must meet the requirements of the AOA and their specialty college, in addition you should also seek to master the following recommended standards:

  1. Understand the process of design and implementation of a research project.
  2. Developed the ability to critique journal articles.
  3. Develop the ability to write manuscripts suitable for publication and grant application.
  4. Have an awareness of support resources consistent with your level of competency.

LMU - Dr. Lon and Elizabeth Parr Reed Health Sciences Library             

All TOMEC residents are granted full access rights to the Reed Library resources. If you need assistance in getting access please contact cynthia.harry@lmunet.edu.

 http://library.lmunet.edu/medlib (members sign-in)
The Lincoln Memorial University Lon and Elizabeth Parr Reed Health Sciences Library (Reed Health Sciences Library) provides TOMEC interns and residents with timely access to allied health, nursing, and medical literature. Our outreach services are extended to residents and interns at TOMEC member sites.
The Reed Health Sciences Library also provides information services to residents and interns. Specific services include facilitating document delivery, reference assistance, literature searches and database training. The Reed Health Sciences Library will also assist health facilities with collection management. Remote access to databases is available to eligible health professionals.
The librarian can assist you in:

LMU-DCOM Medical Library Resources List (PDF)

Research related Resources

AOA Research Grants
Research focus may include but is not limited to:

Grant applications are accepted on an annual basis and have a submission deadline of December 8.

 AOA Research Development Toolkit
Includes: Grant Writing | Resident Resources | Developing a Research Project | Developing a Peer-Reviewed Article | Other Resources

aascu.org/GRCinfo/Grant  The American Association of State Colleges and Universities' (AASCU) Grants Resource Center (GRC) provides this site to find private and federal grant information.

ahrq.gov AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

bigdatabase.com  BigOnline Americais a comprehensive funding database that specializes in cataloging existing and new foundation funding opportunities. Additionally, this site has sample grants and letters of inquiry that you can view to help you in preparing your own application. The Office of Sponsored Programs can assist you in conducting a tailored search for your specific funding needs.

ed.gov The US Department of Education sends one to two emails a week describing federal teaching and learning resources and ED funding opportunities.

Federalregister.gov This site serves as the federal government's official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. 

foundationsearch.com An online resource includes more than 120,000 foundations, representing billions of dollars in annual granting, and includes tools to locate grants by type, value, year, recipient, donor and historical giving trends, and much more. This program is similar to the BigOnline except it allows the user to save a list of potential foundation funding opportunities that can be accessed in the future. 

Grants.Gov Find and apply for competitive grant opportunities from all Federal grant-making agencies. The Federal Grants Email Notification Service allows you to receive notifications about new federal funding opportunities.

nih.gov The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts is the official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunities. Each week (usually on Friday afternoon), the NIH sends an email with Table of Contents (TOC) information for that week's issue of the NIH Guide, via the NIH LISTSERV. The TOC includes a link to the Current NIH Guide Weekly Publication as well as links to each NIH Guide RFA, PA, and notice published for that week.

nsf.gov The Custom News Service is available to anyone who would like notifications about new National Science Foundation publications.

USA.gov  This site provides a listing of non-profit resources.


Use Storytelling Tactics to Engage Reviewers
The excerpt above was taken directly from the NIH R01 Grant Application Mentor: An Educational How-to Manual

Most NIH reviewers make up their minds regarding your proposal's merit as they read the first page of your application, according to principal investigators who have served in such roles. And they read the rest of your application looking to support their original impression. Consequently, the quicker you grab their attention, the more likely you will engage them to support your proposal. Your Project Summary/Abstract should present the opening chapter of your story, offering a short description of what the reader will find in the narrative.

Therefore, the Summary should be a faithful, although condensed, replica of the narrative. NIH reviewers indicate that applicants often submit Abstracts that contain ideas found nowhere in the application's body, or Summaries that fail to include important ideas that do appear in the main sections.

As stated earlier, reviewers use the Project Summary/Abstract to prepare themselves to intelligently read the application as a whole. Therefore, if the Abstract is an unfaithful map, they are like drivers heading into one state while holding a map of another.
A good place to begin your abstract, and to get your reviewers' attention, is by answering these four questions:

  1. What is the problem or need that your proposal will address?
  2. Why is it so important that it must be resolved? In other words, what is the significance?
  3. Why are you the only person or group, or best-suited one, who can resolve the problem or need?
  4. What is your proposed solution to address the problem?