Research Education

Residents and Fellows Research Day

Residents and Fellows Research Day is an annual program established by the Lang Research Center to give our physicians-in-training valuable first-hand experience with the research process.

Each year, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens provides residency and fellowship training to more than 240 residents and fellows in a number of specialty areas.  All are invited to participate in the Research Day program. Research education prepares trainees to become more experienced physicians who are able to contribute to the expansion of the boundaries of medical knowledge.

Staff at the Lang Research Center can guide residents and fellows in the following areas:

  • Selecting a research topic
  • Setting reasonable goals and expectations
  • Submitting a proposal to the Institutional Review Board
  • Identifying the steps to take in conducting a study
  • Working with various hospital departments
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Preparing and submitting an abstract
  • Preparing a presentation
  • Submitting manuscripts to a peer-reviewed journal

The project may then be presented on Research Day as an oral or poster presentation or a case history. The project can be new basic, clinical or translational findings from original research. An alternative option is to report on an interesting and challenging case.

A submitted research project must follow specific Abstract Submission Guidelines for Residents and Fellows Research Day. The abstracts are evaluated by NYP/Queens Faculty for soundness of research methodology, potential impact on patients, and the quality of the presentation itself. The abstract is published in the Research Day Book of Abstracts.  Authors are encouraged to submit a manuscript of their work to relevant journals.


Five Lang Research Center Awards are presented on Research Day to recognize excellence in research with a cash stipend to further the recipients’ research activities. There are two awards for oral presentations, two for poster presentations, and one for a case presentation.

Keynote speaker

A keynote speaker adds an extra element of intellectual excitement both to Research Day and “Debate Day,” the day before. The keynote speaker is chosen for research expertise and special knowledge in a subject of major interest to all disciplines. He or she also serves as a visiting professor and monitor as residents debate a controversial hot topic having interdisciplinary relevance. 

George F. Heinrich, M.D. Symposium

The annual George F. Heinrich, M.D. Symposium presents cutting-edge medical knowledge consistent with the mission of the Lang Research Center.

The symposium was made possible by a gift from Theresa and Eugene Lang, in honor of the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Heinrich, for his extraordinary vision and leadership. Dr. Heinrich has provided the structure and support needed to significantly expand and enhance the medical center's research efforts.

In 1991, Dr. Heinrich helped negotiate the transfer of ownership of Booth Memorial Medical Center, formerly a Salvation Army hospital, to The Society of The New York Hospital, now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Subsequently, he guided the hospital's academic and clinical affiliation with Weill Medical College of Cornell University, which strengthened the hospital's medical education program.

In 1998, he spearheaded the formation of the Theresa and Eugene M. Lang Center for Research and Education. This center, established in 2000, has provided the structure and support needed to significantly expand and enhance the medical center’s research efforts.

Under Dr. Heinrich’s leadership, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens has become a leading tertiary care hospital in Queens and a new force in community-based research.

The Heinrich Symposium features a visiting keynote speaker of national stature as well as local experts who address a subject of major interdisciplinary interest. It is open to all health care professionals without charge and offers CME credits for attendance.

The subject of the 2010 Heinrich Symposium was diabetes, a disease that affect people of all ages and ethnicities.

Research Journal Clubs

Developing skills to critically evaluate medical literature is an important aspect of graduate medical education. The staff of the Lang Research Center participates in teaching the basics of biostatistics and clinical epidemiology as participants in the Journal Clubs of each clinical department and division at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. Residents and fellows choose a recently published scientific paper, present it to their colleagues, and critically evaluate the methodology, results and conclusions under the guidance of the Director of the Lang Research Center. These sessions are the forums for our training in research methodology and evidence-based medicine.  One-on-one consultation is also available.

Required Educational Course for Research Personnel

Every research center that conducts human subject research is required to provide a certification course for all research personnel regarding the protection of human subjects.  Research personnel can include research investigators, IRB members and research coordinators and assistants.  The certification course provided by the Lang Research Center is completed online.  CITI Course for the Protection of Human Subjects, sponsored by the University of Miami.

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