Principles of research, scientific inquiry and critical literature reading are important elements for residency training in Emergency Medicine.
Research Requirement. Each resident is required to complete a research project that is suitable for publication during the residency. This may be a case report, literature review, basic science or clinical project. Residents may develop their own projects or join faculty in an ongoing project. Ideas and areas of interest are developed during PGY1. There is time allotted in the experiential curriculum during PGY2 for intensive work in research. Projects are designed with a faculty mentor and reviewed at the monthly EM Research Committee chaired by Dr. Michael S. Radeos MD MPH, and if approved, submittted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Research Support. The ED has the support of Departmental and Hospital Funding sources, full statistical software and consultant availablilty, and access to volunteer research associates to assist in data collection and entry. Additionally, residents are encouraged to present their work at regional and national research conferences, supported by the Departmental Research budget.
Journal club. Monthly discussion of current literature pertinent to EM practice lead by a faculty member. Concepts related to article review and critique, and evidence based medicine are reviewed.
Research Lecture Series. Organized by the clinical research director, this conference has several different formats. These include didactic sessions about new research projects, abstract presentations by residents and faculty, peer review sessions where projects are presented and methodology discussed, and administrative and project update sessions. During these sessions, there is an opportunity to discuss project design, research methodology, and statistical analysis.