Welcome to the Department of Research
Consistent with our mission as a quality regional teaching-based institution, the role of research by the medical faculty at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) is multi-faceted, important to the community and ultimately benefits all patients. Continuous research endeavors assist faculty in developing and maintaining enthusiasm for their discipline, and provides new knowledge that keeps them abreast of changes in the field. Often, new insight is gained by the faculty member that helps him/her with the relevance and currency of the respective area of clinical practice. Research encourages faculty to rise to a higher level of knowledge and productivity, while assuring our residents, students and other MIHS faculty of continuous improvement in each Department. Finally, research assists faculty in maintaining their position as strong role models for residents and students by demonstrating the ability to write and advance knowledge.
The Maricopa Integrated Health System mission states that "We are committed to fostering the academic programs that train physicians for this community and the clinical research that improves health care outcomes." Training programs and residency education are offered with the highest emphasis on excellence in evidence based medicine, which is strengthened by faculty research and supported by professional service. Teaching and research are priorities in a learning environment where residents, students and faculty work actively together, and where faculty promote an understanding of medicine and its practical application.
What kinds of research are done at MIHS?
Clinical trials that provide evidence that new medicines, devices, or treatment protocols benefit patient health outcomes as compared to current standard practice. These studies are sponsored by drug and device manufacturers (Industry), the federal government (e.g., National Institutes of Health) or not-for-profit agencies.
Evidence based medicine reviews of patient treatment, diagnosis, and care that examine the quality of and efficiency of treatment. These studies are often implemented by the residents as part of their training program to ensure that they are trained in the process of systematically finding, appraising, and using contemporaneous research findings as the basis for clinical decisions. These are not funded by outside agencies.
Collaborative research projects with research partnerships and alliances with major institutions that support the academic mission of MIHS. An example of such a partnership is with Arizona State University (ASU) where investigators and students from ASU are able to complete research with MIHS clinical populations through collaborations with MIHS physicians. Another example is relationships with not-for-profit institutions and organizations that collaborate with MIHS physicians to develop entirely new diagnostic procedures (e.g. genetic screening for breast cancer) to determine the effectiveness of standard treatments in MIHS's clinical population.
Who does research at MIHS?
There are 254 active research projects with over 10,000 patients participating in studies in the last 3 years. Most research is done in a clinical setting. Six departments at MIHS account for over 95% of the current research protocols. They are Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine (Cardiology, Oncology), Surgery (Including the Arizona Burn Center), Obstetrics-Gynecology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry.
What is the function of the Department of Research at MIHS?
The Department of Research exists to implement the research policy of MIHS. The Office is headed by the Director of Research who reports directly to the Chief Medical Officer, and who delegates daily operations to the Academic Research Senior Manager and the Clinical Research and Contracts Senior Manager. Research Accounting in the Finance Office provides additional support.
All grants, contracts and sponsored research agreements are prepared or reviewed by the Department of Research and co-signed by the District Legal Counsel and Chief Medical Officer. The Principal Investigators are primarily responsible for executing the technical, management and financial aspects of research projects. The Department of Research is responsible for providing both pre-award and post-award assistance to the Principal Investigator and for oversight, on behalf of MIHS, of all research grants, contracts, or other sponsored research agreements.
One component of that oversight is the review of all research that involves human subjects. This review is completed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which functions as the committee to review and approve all research to be done within the MIHS system. It is empowered to perform all necessary functions to comply with all federal regulations (45CFR 46, 21 CFR 50 and 56) to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research.
Approved Registrations with the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)
- Federal Wide Assurance - # 00003087
- IRB Registration - IRB00002620
The IRB is an independent group of professionals designated to review and approve clinical protocols, informed consent forms, study advertisements, and patient brochures, to ensure that all studies are safe and effective for human participation. It is also the responsibility of the IRB to ensure that the study adheres to OHRP and FDA regulations.
Robert E. Fromm, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Janeth G. Mattox, M.P.A
Mary Mauldin, M.A.