Capstone Projects

As part of a fully integrated four-year residency, our residents complete an individual, longitudinal capstone project which requires sustained effort over the four years of residency. These projects provide residents with the opportunity to integrate and demonstrate their knowledge of a subject that interests them.

Upon completion, residents will have produced one of the following learning outcomes:

  • Development of a postgraduate medical education curriculum that is testable and can be implemented by our residency or in other educational settings.
  • A quality improvement intervention that can be reported in a publication that reflects the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence (SQUIRE) publication guidelines.
  • A clinical or community-based research project that results in a peer-reviewed, publication-ready article.

Developing one of these three learning outcomes provides our residents another avenue for professional development and a means to contribute to the knowledge base of the medical profession.

Examples of past capstone projects

  • “Feasibility of a Telemedicine Model for Inpatient Palliative Care Consults”
  • “Transgender Health Curriculum”
  • “The Effects of Psychosocial Adversity, Adult Attachment and Resilience on Health”
  • “Reproductive Health Services at School-Based Health Centers in Oregon”
  • “Predictors and Barriers of Transfers of HIV Care Between Rural Health Centers in Kenya”
  • “A Pilot Study to Investigate the Feasibility and Efficacy of Primary Care Physician- Led Shared Medical Appointments for the Treatment of Co-Morbid Major Depressive Disorder and Diabetes"