The Independent Scholarly Project (ISP) is a requirement for all
 students at Georgetown University School of Medicine and must be
 completed prior to graduation. Each student pursues a
 scholarly project that answers (or seeks to answer) a research
 question under the supervision of a mentor. Students may identify
 their own research question/project and then find the appropriate
 mentor or develop a research question/project under the guidance of a mentor. A more detailed explanation of the ISP process can be accessed below.

ISP Orientation Seminar (Fall 2015), Dr. Joseph Timpone

Many students begin to explore ISP opportunities during their first two years at GUSOM. We encourage contacting the Student Research Advisory Committee if you are interested in research and ISP involvement during those years. The Resources page will also provide further information.

Important Deadlines:

Wednesday, September 14, 2017 (M4) – Proposal
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (M4) – Poster
Monday, April 24, 2017 (M4) – SOM Research Day Poster Presentations

Mentor List by Specialty
Mentor List by Last Name 

Faculty Members in Search of Students:  

Faculty members in need of students to assist with research projects may complete this form.


QI project titled Skin and Soft Tissue Injuries in Anesthesia 
Skin and soft tissue injuries are known complications of airway instrumentation during delivery of anesthesia, with potentially prominent impact on quality of life for patients. However, the prevalence of these injuries is under-documented in the literature. A student completed a pilot study on this t0pic, which produced several questions that Dr. Wall wishes to investigate further and therefore he has expressed interest in working with other students to continue this research with more prospective data collection and analysis. The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of skin and soft tissue injuries among patients undergoing an operation at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH) and identify major risk factors. 

If interested, please contact Dr. Russell Wall (WALLR@gunet.georgetown.edu).

(Posted July 29, 2016)


Dr. Kathleen Anderson in Palliative Medicine has the following research projects that require student participation
Contact Dr. Anderson via email: kathleen.g.anderson@gunet.georgetown.edu.

Title: Surrogate Decision Making in the ICU: When a known wishes are undermined
Disciplines: Bioethics, Palliative Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Description: This is a case study and qualitative analysis on one family making critical decisions in the ICU about end-of –life care.  Work involves IRB submission, chart review, transcribing semi-structured interviews, analysis of the ethics of surrogate decision making.
Requirements:  ~30 hours in July/August of IRB training and submission. The timing of the rest of the project can be worked out with mentor.

Title: How access to advanced care planning documents helps patients in the ED and ICU
Disciplines: IT, QI, Palliative Medicine, Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
Description: This is a QI project looking at doctors’ access to advanced care planning and how improving the EMR can help patient and doctor communication.  Work involves creating and administering questionnaires, doctor education, analysis.  This is a prospective project which needs some time commitment (although hours will vary greatly) throughout the year.
Requirements:  30 hours in July/August of IRB training and submission.  The timing of the rest of the project can be worked out with mentor.  Interest in IT and EMR use preferred.

Title: The impact of an arts and humanities program on palliative inpatients
Disciplines: Integrative Medicine, Palliative Medicine
Description: In 2015, the Palliative Medicine Program joined with the Lombardi Arts and Humanities (A&H) Program to have artists use music, song, and meditation to help relieve the high symptom burden of palliative inpatients. This study is examining the impact of A&H interventions on pain, dyspnea, anxiety, and satisfaction.  Work would involve attending regular research meetings, subject recruitment, data entry, and interpretation.  This is a prospective project which needs some time commitment (although hours will vary greatly) throughout the year.
Requirements:  ~15 hours in July/August of IRB training.  The timing of the rest of the project can be worked out with mentor.

Title: A novel use of transcutaneous biliary drains in malignant bowel obstruction for end-stage patients
Disciplines: Interventional Radiology, Palliative Medicine, Oncology
Description: Case series looking at a unique therapy for cancer patients with bowel obstruction.    Project involves collaboration with IR and Palliative attending, literature reviews, and chart reviews on this retrospective series.
Requirements:  ~30 hours in July/August of IRB training and submission.  The timing of the rest of the project can be worked out with mentor.

Dr. Ranit Mishori in Family Medicine has the following research project that requires student participation

Title: Hepatitis C screening, testing, and management from Primary care physicians’ perspectives
We are looking for an enthusiastic, responsible and dependable medical student to conduct in-person one-on-one interviews with primary care physicians (PCPs) to understand their perception of Hepatitis C (HCV) risk assessment, screening, management, and linkage to care at a system level. Each interview will take about an hour, and we anticipate between 5-15 interviews will be carried out in the next 6 months. The student will receive training to conduct the interviews from members of the research team.

If interested, please contact Judy Huei-yu Wang (jw235@georgetown.edu).

Dr. Joseph Timpone in the Division of Infectious Diseases has the following ISP opportunity

Title: The prevalence of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms in Liver Transplant Recipients
This project is open to a 4th year student interested in Internal Medicine. The student will need to perform a retrospective chart review and prepare a database for analysis. Contact Dr. Timpone at timponej@gunet.georgetown.edu for more information.

(posted July 27, 2016)

Research opportunities for students can be found at: