Medical Education Research Forum

The annual Henry Ford Health Medical Education Research Forum (MERF) is held in the E&R building at Henry Ford Hospital. This year's event will be held in person on May 6, 2022. All posters/presentations are from projects that are completed while authors are a trainee within Henry Ford Health, not prior to training. Research Categories are described below; click each section to view individual entries.


Research Categories

  • Basic Science Research – research done on a more molecular level “bench research”. May include tissue samples, lab animals, microscopic assays, bacterial cultures, or other similar projects.
  • Case Reports – a descriptive report of the presentation, workup, diagnosis, and/or management of an interesting or unusual case from Henry Ford Health.
  • Clinical Research – research on an important topic on our patients – can be prospective or retrospective.
  • Health Care Disparities – involves looking at health outcomes that may differ from one population of our patients to another. May include prospective or retrospective data, and may look at various groups.
  • High Value Care – for projects focusing on cost-conscious care, with an emphasis placed on measures which help to improve patient care while decreasing waste or unnecessary or testing/medications/visits or excessive costs.
  • Quality Improvement – involves looking at processes and systems of care, with an aim to improve the overall care of our patients.
  • Simulation in Healthcare – projects that seek to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation-based training such as human patient simulators, virtual reality, standardized patients and task trainers.
  • Teaching and Education – descriptive reports of education related projects, education related research, innovative curricular reform, new teaching methods or tools (with outcomes).
  • Visual Art – includes illustration/drawing, photography, painting, sculpture or any form of art that can be expressed or captured for print display. An image of the art work will be submitted and displayed during the event.
  • Literature – includes poetry, drama, novel, short story.
MERF 2020 Case Reports

Descriptive reports of interesting or unusual cases.

MERF 2019 Basic Science Research

Research done on a more molecular level, such as tissue samples or bacterial cultures.

MERF 2019 Case Reports

Descriptive reports of interesting or unusual cases.

MERF 2019 Clinical Research

Research on an important topic on our patients.

MERF 2019 Health Care Disparities

Projects looking at health outcomes that may differ between populations.

MERF 2019 High Value Care
MERF 2019 High Value Care

Projects focusing on cost-conscious care.

MERF 2019 Quality Improvement
MERF 2019 Quality Improvement

Improvement projects on processes and systems of care.

MERF 2019 Teaching and Education

Reports of education-related projects, research, methods, or tools.