Understanding residents' scholarly activities

Residency Program Insider, December 16, 2019

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Editor’s Note: The following excerpt is adapted from HCPro’s newly updated book, The Residency Coordinator's Handbook, Fourth Edition. For more information about this book or to order your copy, click here.

The residency program is responsible for creating an environment that encourages scholarly activity among residents, which is not the same as dedicated research time. The ACGME Common Program Requirement refers to the need for programs to educate their residents in the basic principles of research and how they are applied to patient care.

Many residency programs have their residents become involved with quality improvement or systems improvement projects to meet this requirement. Also included in scholarly activity is a resident’s participation in dedicated research activities. The residency program may decide whether to offer dedicated research time, which is usually devoted to bench work or clinical research. Some residency programs give their residents the opportunity to take off a full year or more for bench research. Typically, such work is viewed as nonclinical and is not supported by GME-delineated funding dollars, and it is not reported for work hours. Check with your GME office to determine how that research time is viewed. Programs also need to plan for how they will manage their schedules when residents are conducting research.

There is a resident scholarly activity grid that must be updated at least annually in Accreditation Data System.

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