Principles of research, scientific inquiry and critical literature reading are important elements for residency training in Emergency Medicine.

Resident Research Experience

Research Requirement: Each resident is required to complete a research project that is suitable for publication during 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 the PGY1 year. There is time allotted in the experiential curriculum during the PGY2 year for intensive work in research. Projects are designed with a faculty mentor and reviewed at the monthly EM Research Committee chaired by Dr. Zuhair Ali MD, and if approved, submitted to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Research Support: The ED has the support of Departmental and Hospital Funding sources, full statistical software and consultant availability, 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 budget.  The Department will provide funds for any resident who presents their research project at a national conference. 

All residents also have access to the Theresa Lang Center for Research, which provides support for applying for IRB, review of study design and statistical approaches.  The Lang Center is led by Dr. Phyllis August. 

Journal club: The department conducts an external journal club each month, which entails a discussion of current literature pertinent to EM practice. Each journal club session is led 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 bimonthly lecture series has several different formats. These include didactic sessions about new research projects, proposal development, abstract presentations by residents and faculty, and project update sessions. During these sessions, there is an opportunity to discuss project design, research methodology, and statistical analysis.

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