All UM/JMH residents have access to the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine Louis Calder Memorial Library on our medical campus. Physical access provides areas to study and perform research, either individually or in groups. The library also has weekly workshops on research related topics, i.e. SPSS, Redcap, etc. There is a plethora of librarians to assist with research and help find articles, perform literature searches, and write articles.

The University of Miami Biomedical Communications Department is also housed in the Calder Library. Biomedical Communications offers free tutorials designed to help UM faculty, staff and students create posters for presentations and conferences. Their mission is to provide the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital with professional digital and creative services that comply with University design standards and utilize state-of-the-art technology. Our residents typically use this to design, create, and print posters and brochures. They also provide on-site studio photography (useful for ERAS pictures!).

Our residents are also granted virtual access to the Calder Library, which allows them full access on campus and at home to PubMed, UpToDate, DynaMed and much more!

Research and Scholarly Activity Project (RSAP) Rotation


The Research and Scholarly Activity Project (RSAP) Rotation is a two-week rotation that is scheduled for each intern. One goal of this rotation is to equip residents with the tools to be able to incorporate research activities into residency training. We cover topics including:

  • Submitting an IRB

  • Database development and management

  • Biostatistics

  • Bias in research.

We work with each resident individually to find mentors according to their research and academic interests.

Another objective of this rotation is to provide residents the knowledge to operate as a clinician within a complex healthcare system. We discuss the players and payers of the system, and have shadowing experiences with ancillary staff to cultivate an interdisciplinary approach to care.

Quality Improvement Rotation


By the end of the 3 years of training, residents will have gone through 4 weeks of a quality improvement elective, two weeks during PGY2, and two weeks in PGY3.


Our second-year curriculum introduces what quality means when it comes to healthcare, and introduces tools with which to evaluate and improve quality.

Modules include:

  • Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycles

  • Root Cause Analyses

  • Introducing Just Cultures

  • Statistical Processes and Control

  • Human Factors Engineering

  • Lean and Six Sigma

Our third-year curriculum builds upon these tools to demonstrate how to apply these concepts in the clinical setting. Topics include:

  • Eliminating Healthcare waste

  • High Value Diagnostic Testing and Screening

  • Overcoming Barriers to High Value Care

  • High Value Hospitalization

Leading Change

By the end of this course, you will also be certified as a “White Belt” in Six-Sigma. In addition, the chief residents and faculty will work with each resident to create and execute projects in Quality Improvement.

 This rotation also incorporates simulation sessions at our state-of-the-art Simulation Center at Jackson. We design cases specifically to help you prepare for difficult clinical cases as well as code situations.

Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day of the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

The Eugene J. Sayfie, M.D. Research Day is a celebration of the research and creative endeavors of our undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, residents, fellows and faculty. This is an all-day event with two featured speakers and a myriad of poster presentations throughout the day. There are awards for winner and runner up in each of three categories: Basic Science, Clinical Research, and Public Health/Education. Each winner receives a new iPad as part of the award. Our residents have won awards multiple times, including:

Acute Interstitial Nephritis and Chronic Interstitial Nephritis in the Direct Acting Antiviral Agent Era – Karla Carias, M.D., first author, and David Roth, M.D., last author.

How Did the Zika Virus Outbreak Impact Residency and Fellowship Recruitment in Miami, FL – Sabrina Taldone, M.D., M.B.A., first author, and Paola Lichtenberger, M.D., last author.


Resident Spotlights

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Mark Kittipibul, M.D. – PGY-2

Mark has been focusing his research on advanced heart failure and left ventricular assist devices with his mentor Dr. Sandra Chaparro. Since he started training at our institution, he has presented 5 abstracts including 2 oral presentations at national cardiology conferences.


Kittipibul V, Rattanawong P, Kewcharoen J, Chongsathidkiet P, Vutthikraivit W, Kanjanahattakij N. Atrial fibrillation is not associated with thromboembolism in left ventricular assist device patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis. ASAIO Journal. 2019 Jul 1;65(5):456-64.  

Kittipibul V, Xanthopoulos A, Hurst TE, Fukamachi K, Blackstone EH, Soltesz E, Starling RC. Clinical Courses of HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Device Thrombosis. ASAIO journal. 2019 Jan 24 [Epub ahead of print].

Marilyn Arosemena, M.D. - PGY-3

Marilyn is on her way to matching into Endocrinology this year.  Her biggest interests in this field are thyroid disease, adrenal disorders, obesity and metabolism. She has worked alongside great faculty members like Dr. Atil Kargi on how to improve performance in thyroid nodules with indeterminate cytology as well as inter-reader agreement in indeterminate cytology thyroid nodules. She presented posters at the Endocrine Society meeting in 2018 and 2019 and will be presenting at the American Thyroid Association in November 2019.

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