The 2023 Department of Medicine Trainee Research Awards

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The 2023 recipients of the Department of Medicine Resident and Fellow Outstanding Research Awards have been named. The awards recognize significant research contributions made during residency and fellowship training, respectively. Congratulations to all!

Resident Outstanding Research Award

Gabby Waclawik, MD, MPH, Chief Resident

Gabrielle Waclawik, MD, MPH, Vogelman-Carnes Family Endowed Chief Resident

Her mentor, Jennifer Weiss, MD, MS, notes: “Dr. Waclawik’s training and involvement in the internal medicine residency health equity pathway has allowed her to significantly contribute to projects on colorectal cancer screening disparities and perform impressive research as a resident. She has had numerous innovative and impactful oral presentations at national meetings, one of which was selected for a trainee award, and she is already working on the manuscript to submit to Annals of Internal Medicine.”

Fellow Outstanding Research Awards

Naga Dharmavaram, MD, Fellow

Naga Dharmavaram, MD, Cardiovascular Medicine

His mentors, Ravi Dhingra, MD, MPH, and Zachary Goldberger, MD, MS, say: “Dr. Dharmavaram has shown great initiative in seeking new research techniques and opportunities and has demonstrated an unrelenting work ethic in pursuit of his goals. He has gone above and beyond what is expected of a student researcher, and [we are] confident that his research work will continue to make a significant impact in the field of heart failure for years to come."

Yanjun Gao, PhD, Fellow

Yanjun Gao, PhD, Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Her mentors, Majid Afshar, MD, MSCR, and Matthew Churpek, MD, MPH, PhD, say: “Dr. Gao is an innovator in the clinical natural language processing (NLP) and artificial intelligence (AI) scientific community…[and] has been pivotal in developing a new program…to leverage free-text notes in EHRs for diagnosis and risk stratifying patients. Her work is crucial for creating, evaluating, and implementing systems like ChatGPT for computerized diagnostic decision support. This innovative program is the first of its kind in medicine.”