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Research Curriculum

Internal medicine residents at the University of Oklahoma are given resources, education, mentorship and time to participate in research at various levels throughout their training, regardless of research background.
Our Research Curriculum, headed by Dr. Gabe Vidal, is divided into two parts. During the fall semester, all residents are exposed to a series of introductory lectures to clinical research. The goal is to expose all residents to the basics of research and resources available on campus. In the spring semester, residents have the opportunity to participate in small group sessions designed in a partnership with the Hudson College of Public Health. These sessions allow residents to have a more in-depth look into biostatistics and epidemiology.
Residents who choose to complete a research elective month are paired with a research mentor in an area of their choosing. The goal is to provide longitudinal mentorship on projects that will ultimately lead to publications. Residents and their faculty mentors have access to the Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources (OSCTR) and the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Research Design and Analysis Center (BSE RDAC). These Centers/Cores are able to provide research services that can further a resident's career and scholarly performance.

Systematic Review Curriculum

Interns and residents invested in research and interested in conducting a systematic review can apply to be part of the Systematic Review Curriculum (SRC). Based out of the Department of Cardiovascular Disease and headed by Dr. Zain Asad, the goal of the SRC is to educate residents on evidence synthesis methods and provide them with research opportunities to implement their newly learned skills. Prior clinical research experience is not a requirement to apply.

If selected to participate in the SRC, categorical residents and interns are granted a research month elective in which they learn how to perform systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Though collaboration with Dr. Jessica Reese at the OU Hudson College of Public Health and Shari Clifton at Robert M Bird Health Sciences Library, residents select a topic for a systematic review, attend didactic lectures, and complete assignments focused on conducting systematic research and meta-analysis. Through this “hands-on” approach, residents learn research methods that they are able to directly apply to their mentored research project.

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Research Faculty

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Zain Ul Abideen Asad, MD



Mr. Ford

Lance Ford, MS

Mr. Ford is originally from Oklahoma and completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. His passion for helping people, but inability to deal with the sight of blood, led him to pursue a Master’s of Science in Biostatistics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Upon completion of his Master’s degree, he was accepted into the Ph.D. Biostatistics program at OUHSC. He is now a doctoral candidate. This is his second academic year serving as the Department of Medicine Stewart Wolf Research Curriculum Guest Lecturer in Public Health.

Since being at OUHSC, he has collaborated on dozens of research projects in the Hudson College of Public Health and across campus. These projects have ranged from areas such as neurology, rehabilitation sciences, geriatric medicine, and cancer prevention and treatment. His personal research covers multilevel cluster randomized trials and statistical methods in genetics. When not at work, he enjoys running, hanging out with friends at the park, and spending time with family. 



Gabriel Vidal, MD

Dr. Vidal is the Director for Resident Research within the Department of Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City. He received a Doctorate in Medicine in 2015 from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, and completed his Internal Medicine residency in 2018 and served as Chief Medical Resident at OUHSC in the Department of Medicine during the 2018-2019 academic year. He enjoys conducting research but more importantly he enjoys helping residents pursue research projects on campus. OUHSC is one of few comprehensive academic centers in the country with seven different colleges in close proximity on the same campus (Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Allied Health, and Graduate College). He is passionate about oncology and is currently pursuing training in Radiation Oncology at the Stephenson Cancer Center in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He enjoys spending time with his family, biking, and traveling.