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The GIM Methods Core was established in July 2008 to provide integrated research services to the Division faculty and fellows and to Osler Housestaff. The Methods Core is staffed by methodologically oriented PhD faculty in the GIM Division plus doctoral students from the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Key functions of the Methods Core include:
Consultation and Mentorship on Research Methods
Methods Core faculty are available to consult or co-mentor clinically-oriented faculty, GIM Fellows, and medical residents on study design, biostatistics, epidemiology, behavioral medicine, health outcomes and services research, and medical informatics.
Data Management and Statistical Analysis
The Core oversees a team of graduate research assistants to perform basic and complex statistical analysis for research projects conducted by GIM faculty and Osler residents.
Guidance on Use of Secondary Database Resources
A Resource Guide for secondary data analysis is maintained by the Methods Core to provide information on public-use datasets and studies lead by GIM faculty. Core faculty and graduate research assistants are available to advise and collaborate on data analysis.
Coordination to Support GIM Research Initiatives
To support GIM research initiatives such as Cancer, Women's Health, and Medical Informatics, the Core organizes, coordinates, and performs group projects. The goal is to encourage collaborative efforts and boost research productivity.
For additional information on service and support provided by the Methods Core, please contact the GIM Methods Core Service Center.
The Methods Core Director is Jessica Yeh, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology. Dr. Yeh earned her PhD in the Department of Epidemiology with research focused on diabetes and obesity. She is an expert in epidemiologic analysis with broad experience in a wide variety of topics and data structures. She is also an accomplished mentor with leadership roles in the Osler Housestaff Research Program and the Diabetes Research & Training Center Prevention & Control Core.
Other Core faculty members include:
Dr. Gail Geller, Ethics and Qualitative Research
Dr. Felicia Hill-Briggs, Psychology and Behavioral Medicine
Dr. Claire Snyder, Health Policy
Dr. Jay Vaidya, Quantitative Methods
Dr. Nae-Yuh Wang, Biostatistics
Several Methods Core faculty members play leadership roles in research programs inside and outside the GIM Division. The Methods Core can bridge to other institutional resources available at Johns Hopkins, and can help investigators who are seeking to establish longer term collaborative relationships with other programs.