Thomas Jefferson University


Research Experience


Research opportunities are available throughout our hospital and university network. Prospective applicants are encouraged to form mentored relationships with individual investigators with oversight by program leadership. Each fellow must complete both sections of the grid displayed below. Our fellows are guided through the research procress by an identified mentor from development of a research question all the way through to manuscript production. The fellows’ progress is reported at monthly research meetings and this is also a forum to obtain advice from the group of all attendings about specific questions that arise during the research process.

You must fulfill both sections to graduate:

Section 1

Complete ONE full research project.

This includes:

  • Proposal
  • Write and submit an IRB
  • Analyze the results with/without statistician
  • Write a manuscript
  • Submission to a journal (acceptance is not a reimbursement to graduate).

Section 2

Complete ONE full research project OR Complete three (3) of the five (5) below:

Complete a
Case Report
Complete one Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) Perform a Quality Improvement Project (QI) Complete a
Book Chapter
Complete one
Review Article
This includes:
  1. Identifying an interesting case and obtain consent from patient
  2. Write a complete manuscript
  3. Submission and acceptance to a journal (an open journal as a last resort is acceptable)
  1. Determining a new CPG of need
  2. Identify a mentor
  3. Write a complete CPG
  4. Present CPG to necessary committees
  5. Follow thru until CPG accepted by hospital
  1. Developing a QI question
  2. Identify necessary ancillary staff necessary
  3. Implement solution
  4. Analyze results with/without statistician
  5. Write a complete manuscript. (submission to journal is optional)
  1. Identifying with a mentor a chapter
  2. Write a complete book chapter (this may not be a revision chapter)
  3. Acceptance by editor
  4. Book does not need to be in publication by the time of graduation
  1. Identifying with a mentor a review idea. This may be a complete review of a disease state or a meta-analysis of a management of a disease.
  2. Write a complete manuscript
  3. Submission and acceptance to a journal

Recent Fellow Projects

  • Early predictor for tracheostomy in subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • Neurogenic stunned myocardium in status epilepticus
  • Epidemiology of status epilepticus and cardiovascular shock
  • Significance of circulatory shock in patients with intracerebral hemorrhage and impact on case-fatality
  • Echocardiographic changes in intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Status epilepticus following cardiac arrest, as an independent predictor of in-hospital case fatality
  • A comparison of outcomes in primary intracerebral hemorrhage patients who require decompressive hemicraniectomy
Dr. Rostami

Letter from
A.M. Rostami, MD, PhD

Professor & Chairman
Department of Neurology

Matthew Vibbert, MD
Neurocritical Care Fellowship
(215) 955-7000
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Syed Omar Shah, MD, MBA
Associate Director,
Neurocritical Care Fellowship
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Michelle Hoffman
Fellowship Coordinator
Department of
909 Walnut Street
Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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