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GME Resident Research

The Graduate Medical Education Office at Saint Louis University aims to enrich the research experience of residents and residency training programs by creating opportunities to engage in scholarly activities, which may include discovery, integration, application and teaching. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines require programs to create an environment that fosters resident participation in these types of activities.

Program for Research Project Funding

The GME Office at Saint Louis University can provide seed support on a competitive basis for research projects and experiences to enhance research training for residents. These funds are intended to enrich the research experience of residents and residency training programs, and create greater visibility for SLU in the research community. Each academic year, residents will be eligible to apply for up to $6,000 in seed research funding. Awarding of these funds requires an application, review, approval, post-award presentation and research report. A committee will review the application and determine if funding and support will be provided for this experience.

Applications must be received at least two months before the expected project starts. This program will neither replace established departmental funding mechanisms for required resident research participation nor supplant previous grant funding allocations for such training. This program is intended to provide support for unique opportunities or resident-initiated experiences. Denial of funding through this GME-supported program does not imply denial of approval by the GME Office for the proposed research project; other funding mechanisms may be pursued.

Resident Research Grant Information (Word)

Research Support Application (Word) 

2023 Research Projects
  • Dr. Louisa Ragsdale (PGY-3) in Plastic Surgery for their project "Assessment of Resident Surgical Performance Microsurgical Laboratory"
2022 Research Projects
  • Dr. Aurora Kareh (PGY-5) in Plastic Surgery for their project "Lower Limb Salvage Using Selective Venous Arterialization of the Distal Foot Combined with Free Flap Reconstruction: A Cadaveric Feasibility Study"
  • Dr. David Nguyen (PGY-4) in Plastic Surgery for their successful application to fund their research project "Comparison of Breast Pocket Irrigation Solutions Regarding Capsular Contracture and Infection Rates: A Retrospective Review of 388 Patients"
  • Dr. Justine Keller (PGY-2) in Maternal Fetal Medicine for their project "Buprenorphine and methadone metabolites in maternal and neonatal milieu: relationship to neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS)."
2021 Research Projects
  • Dr. Leah Hong (PGY-5) in Maternal Fetal Medicine for a positive grant application for her research project "Association of low fetal fraction of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) on non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) utilizing evaluation of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and evidence of placental insufficiency on placental pathology."
  • Dr. Chen Wu (PGY-3) in Neurology for his successful application to fund his research project "Smartphone-based pupillometry"

  • Dr. Emily Zantow (PGY-6) in Maternal Fetal Medicine for her project "The role of memory T-cells in the postpartum period"
  • Dr. Caitlin Francoisse (PGY-6) in Plastic Surgery for their project "Comparing Gains in Function After Traditional Tendon and Novel Nerve Transfer for People with Cervical-Level Spinal Cord Injury"
2020 Research Projects
  • Bryce Stash, M.D., Plastic Surgery: "High Quality Point-of-View Intraoperative Video Recording Using Your Smartphone"
  •  Elena Kraus, M.D., OB/GYN: "Reproductive planning in women with high-risk pregnancies: A mixed methods study on the experiences and perceptions of patients and providers"
2019 Research Projects
  • Caitlin Francoisse, M.D., Plastic Surgery: "Primary Closure versus Delayed Primary Closure: Analysis of Wound Healing Complications in Acute Traumatic Wounds"
  • Florence-Damilola Odufalu, M.D., Gastroenterology: "Cystic Fibrosis and Gut Dysmotility: The Effect of MiraLAX on Intestinal Transit"
  • Grace Wang, M.D.,  Internal Medicine: "Activity of Troponoids against M. Tuberculosis pneumonia in BALB/c mice"
  • Aurora Kareh, M.D., Plastic Surgery: "Patient Satisfaction with Anesthesia in Skin Cancer Reconstruction"

GME Office Support for Housestaff Manuscript Submission and Publication Fees

Some journals require submitting authors to pay for submission and/or publication costs. These fees may be a barrier to some trainees and programs in maximizing the number of articles that can be submitted and published. As ACGME has a requirement for housestaff and faculty to produce scholarly works, the GME Office will provide cost-shared support for housestaff who submit articles for publication when the program is unable to provide financial assistance for this expense. A request for support must be completed by the program and approved by the GME Office to provide support for publication fees.

Support requirements:

  • Maximum GME Office support: $250 (cost-shared 1:1 with department/program)
  • Must include: name of intended journal, title of manuscript, authors, copy of abstract submitted
  • Must have been submitted (rejected) to at least 1 free journal or explanation why no other free journal submissions would be appropriate
  • Explanation of why the department cannot fund the submission
  • SLU faculty must be co-author (and cannot be 1st author) on publication
  • A new GME-support application is required for each unique journal in which the manuscript is submitted

Preference will be given to:

  • First publication for the trainee during residency
  • Trainee is the first author
  • Pubmed cited publication


  • Funding is not for annual meetings, poster or editorial submissions
  • Trainee must still be active in the program at the time of manuscript submission
  • GME Office approval must be obtained prior to submitting a request for reimbursement
  • Program/department should submit paid invoice to GME Office for cost-shared reimbursement (up to $250).
  • One reimbursed publication per trainee per year is allowed

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Housestaff Poster Competition

Each year, residents/fellows are encouraged to participate in our annual Housestaff Research Symposium Poster Competition. The following prizes are awarded:

  • 4 Oral Semifinalist Presentations:
     First Place: $500
    Second Place: $300
    Third and Fourth Place: $150 
  • Best At-Poster Discussion: $100
  • Best Quality Improvement Poster: $100

The research on which the submitted poster is based may have been conducted over the previous two years, and may also have been presented outside the University, but may not have been presented at a previous SLU Housestaff Poster Competition.

View Past Poster Winners