SUNY Downstate is a major university program with unmatched diversity in its clinical pathology, academic and research opportunities. All residents are encouraged to participate in research and are provided academic support to help them achieve their goals.

  • A variety of research initiatives are available, including clinical, translational, and basic science spheres across all specialties.
  • A rich reserve of patients for case reports and case series.
  • Diverse faculty in all subspecialties to mentor and supervise projects.
  • Medical school on site which facilitates collaboration with the school of public health and basic science departments.
  • Statistician on-site and off-site statistician consultation services available
  • Electives that can be scheduled to allow continuity and completion of the research.
  • Funding for residents to present at meetings.

Academic Support Committee

The Academic Support Committee is made up of a Research Associate Program Director and a Chief Resident who help guide residents in their research work. All abstracts and manuscripts are proofread, and residents are guided to ensure that all submissions are of appropriate scientific standards and meet all requirements of the meeting/journal that they are submitted to.

Academic Support Committee Leadership

Patrick Geraghty
Research Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director

Ridhima Goel
 Chief Resident (2023–2024)

Conference and Annual Meetings

Conferences that our residents generally attend include world-renowned meetings in every sub-specialty of medicine. Our residents are actively involved in presenting posters and oral presentations on their research work and are actively supported by the program to attend these conferences.

American Association of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)

American College of Cardiology

American Heart Association (AHA)

American Society of Echocardiography

European Society of Cardiology

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)

American College of Gastroenterology (ACG)

Digestive Disease Week (DDW)

American Society of Hematology (ASH)

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Infectious Disease Week (ID week)

International Congress on Emerging Infectious Disease (ICEID)


American College of Physicians (ACP)

American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

National Kidney Foundation (NKF)

American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST)

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

American College of Rheumatology (ACR)

Research Day

The Department of Internal Medicine organizes an Annual Research Day in the month of May.  It allows residents to showcase their research done during each academic year. The Abstract winners are selected for podium presentations as part of Medicine Grand Rounds and all other remaining abstracts are invited to present their posters on the same day.

The School of Graduate Studies holds a center-wide Annual Research Day in April every year. The day consists of three poster sessions, a platform session and a dinner for all participants. Participation is encouraged for SUNY Downstate College of Medicine students, Public Health students, College of Nursing students, School of Health Professions students, post-doctoral fellows, graduate medical fellows, residents and undergraduates who undertake research at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University and its Affiliated Hospitals.

The Department of Medicine and the Graduate School Annual Research Days provide excellent occasions for the entire Downstate community to share the results of their research efforts.

Winners of the Department of Medicine’s Research Day 2022

  • Fellow's Case Report: Taylor Conrad, "Improving Access to Emergency TEE for Trauma: A Case Report "
  • Fellow's Original Research: Alexander Babazadeh, "Blood Monocytes are Associated with Body Mass Index and Hypertension in Inner-City Diabetic Adults"
  • Resident Case Report: Shane Solger, "The Curious Case of the Cold Hand: Sarcoid Vasculitis"
  • Resident Research: Osato O. Ukponmwan, "Suppression of the Protein Phosphatase 2A 2C B Subunit (PPP2R2C) Enhances Immune Responses in Human Bronchiole Small Airway Epithelial Cells"
  • Poster Presentation Winner: Anny Corominas, "First Known Case of Lupus Vasculopathy involving Coronary Arteries: A case report"
  • Poster Presentation 1st Runner Up: Bakr Jundi, "Targeting S100A9 signaling protects lung function in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency."
  • Poster Presentation 2nd Runner Up: Fushen Sha, "Outcomes in early-stage follicular lymphoma after initial observation or immediate treatments:
  • Poster Presentation 3rd Runner Up: Sanya Goswami, "A Possible Case of Varicella Zoster Virus Meningoencephalitis in an Immunocompetent Host"
  • Poster Presentation 4th Runner Up: Nazeera Ghanie, "Unique Imaging Morphology and Rare Location of Papillary Fibroelastoma Resulting in a Cardioembolic Stroke"