Residency

Resident research projects

Residency Program Insider, August 16, 2005

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 Dear residency program colleague:

Many specialty programs require resident participation in scholarly activities. To fulfill this requirement, numerous residency programs incorporate research into their individual program requirements. In addition to ensuring compliance with individual program requirements, independent resident research satisfies the ACGME's practice-based learning and improvement competency, which involves "the appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence," by requiring residents to ask their own research questions and use the appropriate methodology to find answers those questions.

Research is especially important for residents with an academic interest. Research provides residents with an opportunity to gauge their interest in performing research as part of their career. For residents bound for fellowships or academic positions, completion of a research project will set them apart from other applicants when going through the application process.

When implementing a required research project, keep the following in mind:

Although most programs organize journal clubs to help residents learn to interpret the literature, requiring residents to develop their own research projects and preparing it for publication allows insight into interpreting research that is hard to match.

That's all for this week!

All the best,

David Chelmow, MD, FACOG
Director, Tufts Affiliated Hospitals
OB/GYN Residency Program
Professor OB/GYN
Tufts New England Medical Center



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