Friday, May 31, 2019

2019 MedStar-Georgetown Research Symposium

What a great event! Over a thousand people celebrating the wonderful work from over 400 studies!  Words don't begin to share the feeling in the room... so let take a look at some of the pictures below!
There was also a lot of activity on Twitter this year, with the hashtag  #MedStarGTsymposium19! Make sure you check those photos out too!

Main stage speakers highlighted the Academic Health System
MedStar and Georgetown are building together
Over 100 resident & fellow posters were part of the moderated poster sessions.

Keynote address by Dr. Holly Humphrey, president of the Josiah Macy Foundation
Researchers across the MedStar system & Georgetown 
connected about their work.
Residents & fellows present their work to a packed Ampitheater

Pre-Symposium Workshops

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

MHRI Associate 'Thank You' Gift

As part of research week at MedStar Health, all MHRI associates will get a small 'thank you' gift from their manager. This year, the associate engagement committee decided to go for something that is a little different and, at the same time, helps the environment!

And besides, who needs another MHRI branded coffee cup when you can have an MHRI...... wait for it....... reusable straw!

Watch this 'instructional video' to see Ashlee and Eva demonstrate how to use your MHRI straw and save the planet of all that plastic!  Happy slurping everyone!

Research Week @ MedStar Health

Every year, as the annual MedStar Research Symposium approaches, MHRI also takes a minute to recognize the work that our associates do that makes research possible across MedStar Health.

I just had the pleasure of sharing my gratitude with our managers last week but I also wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the larger research community at MedStar Health and Georgetown. The research being conducted across the entire system, and with our partners at Georgetown University, is continuing to advance health and make a lasting difference in the world of healthcare.  I could not be more proud of you and the work we do together.

On Thursday, we will have our annual MedStar Health-Georgetown University Research Symposium with over 400 research studies on display and approximately 1000 colleagues from across the system celebrating research and education. With the addition of Georgetown’s Colloquium for Educators in the Health Professions in the morning, this is sure to be an exceptional event that highlights the impact of research on our community.

If you have not already made plans to attend the Symposium on Thursday, May 30, from 4 to 7 pm at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center, please consider joining your MedStar colleagues from across the system to:

  • Learn about all aspects of advancing health at MedStar Health (research, education, and innovation);
  • See the impact MedStar Health is having as an academic healthcare system, living at the crossroads of academics and real-life medicine, all embedded in our community; and,
  • Share in the pride. There is no way to describe how proud you will be to be part of MedStar Health when you are reminded of the impact our research is having on our community and on the health and wellness of people around the world.

You can also join the conversation at the Symposium on Twitter! We will be live-tweeting the event with the hashtag #MedStarGTsymposium19 on both @MedStarResearch and @MedStarHealth.

I hope to see you at the Symposium and enjoy Research Week 2019!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Memorial Day 2019

This Memorial Day, we remember those who lost their lives in defense of our freedom. We honor them for their service and sacrifice.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Educating Our Community’s Coordinators

I love it when MHRI can host wonderful community research programs. 

Yesterday we hosted over 30 coordinators for a training session at our Hyattsville office on behalf of the Georgetown-Howard CTSA! The Ethics, Regulations and Study Implementation for Research Involving Human Subjects training is part of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical & Translational Science program training series.

One highlight of the training was the blended-learning approach that included case studies and discussion that allowed attendees to stretch their brains and apply the guides for conducting clinical studies. Each study brings forward new questions. There was also an overview of the new common rule and how it relates to research and a lunch-and-learn session on Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

The day ended with a rousing trivia game to test the knowledge of attendees! Thanks to everyone who made this day happen and best of luck to those coordinators!



Monday, May 6, 2019

One Common Goal: Advancing Health

Below is my monthly message for the May 2019 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Why has MedStar’s annual Research Symposium grown each year to become one of the largest gatherings of MedStar associates in one place at one time? On May 30th, the 2019 MedStar Health—Georgetown University Research Symposium will return again to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference with over 430 abstracts and case reports and over 1,000 attendees. Why has this become such a popular symposium?

Because…we are all dedicated to realizing our vision to advance health through research, educational and innovation.

Because…everyone at MedStar contributes to advancing health, regardless of your position, and we all can take great pride in learning about the wonderful projects that are improving the lives of our patients today and tomorrow.

Because…the Symposium starts off with a system-wide resident research day; we have some of the best residents and fellows in the country and their research demonstrates how they are already becoming life-long learners and will remain ‘on the cutting edge’ of a rapidly changing medical world.

Because…we have stimulating keynote speakers who inspire us (and I am excited to welcome Dr. Holly Humphrey, President of the Macy Foundation, this year).

Because…we have expanded the symposium to include Georgetown’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE), where they will host the Colloquium for Educators in the Health Professions in the morning. This is just one of many important steps we are taking to further integrate the symposium with our colleagues’ wonderful work at Georgetown.

Because…with our partners at Georgetown University, we are building a world class Academic Health System that will be the role model for others across the nation. We are living at the crossroads of academia and ‘real world’ medicine and we are making a difference!
Afraid you’re going to miss out? Don’t worry! All you need to do is register right now at

I hope to see you there!

Read Focus at