Resident Research Projects: Frequency of Presentation and Publication in a National Forum

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Our aim was to determine the fate of mandatory resident research projects with regard to subsequent presentation and publication.

STUDY DESIGN

In this retrospective descriptive study required research projects were assessed for frequency of presentation at regional and national meetings or publication in medical journals, or both, over a 10-year period (1983 through 1992). Rising second-year house officers elected to initiate their own study with departmental support under the guidance of a faculty advisor or selected a research project from a list of potential investigations offered by departmental faculty. Projects were presented at the annual alumni meeting in April of the junior and senior years. The faculty advisor assisted in research design, protocol development, obtaining human investigation committee approval, data collection, statistical analysis, manuscript preparation, and coaching for the oral presentation. After local presentation these projects were evaluated for submission to regional and national meetings and prepared for peer-review publication.

RESULTS

During a 10-year period 104 resident research projects resulted in 72 regional or national presentations and 52 peer-review publications. There was a significant increase in the proportion of projects presented at national meetings over time (r = 0.99; p < 0.0001). There was also an increase in the number of projects published in peer-review journals during the decade-long study period (r = 0.96, p = 0.0001).

CONCLUSIONS

Required completion of two research studies during residency bolstered by early selection of prospective projects and departmental fiscal support, as well as intensive faculty advisor direction and assistance, has resulted in resident projects with increasingly frequent national recognition. (AM J OBSTET GYNECOL 1994;170:777-81.)

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