A Roadmap for Markedly Increasing Resident Research Productivity

Resident_Research_4  This article describes one internal medicine residency program’s vigorous approach to increasing resident involvement in research.  The number of residents publications increased from 3 in the 5 years before the intervention to 39 in the 6 years after the intervention (from 0.03 to 0.67 publications per resident-year, p<0.0001) .  The most important aspects of this program appear to be:  a 25% FTE resident research director, an emphasis on evidence-based medicine throughout the curriculum, paid research assistant and statistician time, protected time for residents with IRB-approved projects, and a “mentor dinner” to match faculty mentors with residents. — Laura Willett, MD

Rothberg MB, Kleppel R, Friderici JL, Hinchey K., Implementing a Resident Research Program to Overcome Barriers to Resident Research. Acad Med. 2014 Apr 21. [epub ahead of print]

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