University of Nebraska Medical Center

Trainee Research & Scholarly Activity

Supporting Research & Scholarly Activity

Research and scholarly activity are encouraged and supported during your education and training. We can help with starting a project, jumping into an established project, linking you to a mentor and guiding you to needed resources.

Research Rotation
Residents may choose to participate in dedicated research months during their second and third year. Opportunities exist for one-month or three-month research rotations pending the scope of their work.
Quality Improvement & Patient Safety
A dedicated QI/PS curriculum aligns ACGME competencies and milestones with our health system goals and priorities in the areas of Quality Improvement, Patient Safety and High Value Care.
Scholarly Weeks
Residents can create scholarly weeks during some clinical rotations to focus on progressing their existing research projects.
Senior Seminar
Third year residents present a topic of their choice to the residency program as a “capstone” presentation.
Poster & Abstract Submissions
Residents are encouraged to present their scholarly work at on-campus as well as local, regional and national poster and abstract competitions.
Journal Submissions
In addition to submitting to journals relevant to their type of research work, all residents and fellows at UNMC are encouraged to submit their work to our very own journal, the Graduate Medical Education Research Journal.
Faculty Research Mentors
World-renowned clinician scientists are among our faculty who mentor residents in their scholarly work. Each Department of Internal Medicine division has a designated point person to help residents learn more about research opportunities in a particular specialty field.


The Department of Internal Medicine encourages scholarly activity and provides resources for UNMC trainees who want to pursue clinical and translational research or other scholarly activity.

Internal Medicine Education Intranet

Access resources specific to the Department of Internal Medicine education program.

Core Clinical Research Curriculum

Enroll in the UNMC Research Training Course at www.unmc.edu/canvas

Department of Internal Medicine Research Contacts by Division

Have a question about scholarly activity in a particular specialty field? Below is a list of "point people" for each division in the Department of Internal Medicine.



Allergy & Immunology 

Dr. Jill Poole

Cardiovascular Medicine 

Dr. Scott Lundgren

Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism

Dr. Whitney Goldner

Gastroenterology & Hepatology

Dr. Alex Hewlett

Geriatrics, Gerontology and Palliative Medicine 

Dr. Thuy Koll

General Internal Medicine 

Dr. Amber Brown Keebler

Oncology & Hematology

Dr. Vijaya Bhatt/Dr. Matt Lunning

Hospital Medicine

Dr. Jason Shiffermiller

Infectious Diseases

Dr. Nico Cortes-Penfield/Dr. Trevor Van Schooneveld


Dr. Doug Franz

Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine  

Dr. Dustin Krutsinger

Rheumatology & Immunology

Dr. Ted Mikuls