Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Family and Community Medicine

Resident and Faculty Research

Find recent examples of the research done by individuals in the family medicine residency program.

Future Research

Through generous funding by the Women's Board of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, investigators Anna Balabanova, MD and Aditya Shah, MD will examine the effect of physician fitness device tracking on patient wellbeing.

Project Abstract: Increased exercise results in improved health and well-being, and wearable devices that track activity and heart rate have been shown to increase physical activity. This study examines if physician access to activity data from fitness tracking devices will result in increased patient adherence to recommended daily activity when compared to self-monitoring alone. Adult patients interested in losing weight and improving cardiovascular fitness will receive a fitness tracker for a period of three months. Half of study participants will share their web-based activity data with their physician, and will receive reminder messages via the electronic medical record indicating their physician is monitoring their data. The control group will self-monitor their activity. Over a three-month period of activity tracking, we will evaluate patient compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for recommended physical activity by tracking participants' daily steps, heart rate, and weekly weight changes. Pre- and post-intervention surveys addressing stress levels, mood, motivation, and overall sense of wellbeing will be completed by all study participants.

The following are presentations given by residents and faculty at the 47th Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference.

Name(s)Presentation Title

Deborah Edberg; Mary R. Talen; Santina Wheat; Neha Sachdev

A Leadership Curriculum for a Family Medicine Residency Program

Sully Cardona

Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates At Erie H.P

Amy Schroeder

FMfocus: A Multi-Site Validation Study of Prenatal Ultrasound Training for Family Medicine Residents

Stephanie Place; Mary R. Talen

Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care Fellowship: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Underserved Communities

Mary R. Talen

The Milestones: Ways to Meaningfully Assess Achievement While Also Enhancing Teaching

Sreelata Kintala

Medical School Curriculum and Shortage of Primary Care Physicians

Ben Preyss

Impact of Team-Based Care at a Teaching Community Health Center

Mary R. Talen; Rebecca A Levine

Cultivating a Culture of Wellness in Medicine: Concrete Resources, Conversations, Control, and Creativity

Mark Rastetter; Mark Stoltenberg

Bioethics Training in Residency: Piloting a Resident-Led Ethics Consultation Service at a Community Hospital

Mary R. Talen; Neha Sachdev; Christopher Benavente

Fostering a Culture of Accountability and Respect: Resident Leadership and Development of a Professionalism Curriculum

Mary R. Talen; Anuj Shah; Paul Ravenna

Tackling Complexity Care: Empanelment Using the EHR for Complex Medical, Health Care System, and Patient Engagement