Resident Scholarly Activities

Overview

Over the course of your training, you will deliver three formal oral presentations of scholarly work you have done. During your second year, you will present a Quality and Safety (Q&S) project; as a third-year resident, you will present an original research project; and during your last year, you will present an evidence-based review of a topic of your choice. All presentations will be given at the Alumni/Resident Research/Graduation meeting held at the end of each academic year; each presentation should be 15 minutes in length, with an additional five minutes reserved for questions and answers.

Quality and Safety Project

The purpose of the Q&S project is to increase your awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to effectively utilize other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. Specifically, the project will allow you to participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential systems solutions.

The Quality and Safety Project Committee  will assist you with your project. Members of the committee include:

  • Sharon Byun, MD (Chairperson and Department Physician Director of Quality)
  • Robert Egerman, MD, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Kati Harlan, MSN, RN, LHRM
  • Jan Mackenzie, RNC-OB
  • Candace L. Rouse, DNP, RNC, CNS
  • Millie Russin, MSN, RN
  • John D. Davis, MD, Division of Gynecology, Residency Program Director

During the course of your first year, you and Dr. Byun should identify a patient quality and safety issue that you have encountered. You will present your idea to the Q&S Project Committee in May of your first year for approval. Over the course of your second year, you will research the topic, identify system issues and solutions, and create an abstract and  PowerPoint presentation. The presentation should contain:

  •   One or two cases that highlight the quality and safety issue you have identified
  •   A description of the quality and safety issue.
  •   Background information on the topic
  •   A review of any system issues that contributed to the problem
  •   A list of two to four references

In April of your second year, you will meet again with the Q&S Project Committee to review your abstract and presentation. You will then finalize your abstract and slideshow and turn them in to Mary Latham in early June.

Original Research Project

The purpose of the original research project is to advance your knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care. The research is expected to be of high enough quality to result in publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Resident Research Committee  will assist you with your project. Members of the committee include:

  •  Greg Christman, Division of REI, Chairperson
  •  Alice Rhoton-Vlasak, MD, Division of REI
  •  Dan Gibson,  PhD, Wound Healing Institute
  •  Emily Weber LeBrun, MD, Division of Gynecology
  •  John D. Davis, MD, Division of Gynecology, Residency Program Director

During the course of your first year, you and Dr. Christman should identify a research topic . You will then review the literature on the subject and develop your research hypothesis. You will present your research proposal to the Resident Research Committee early in your second year. You should subsequently begin work on your Institutional Review Board (IRB) application, and have it completed and ready to review with the Resident Research Committee in November of your second year. After receiving IRB approval, you will conduct your study during the second half of your second year and first half of your third year, after which you will prepare an abstract, manuscript, and PowerPoint presentation.

In February of your third year, you will again meet with the Resident Research Committee to provide an update on your project. In the spring of your third year, you will meet with the committee one more time to review your abstract, paper, and presentation. You will then finalize your abstract and slideshow, and turn them into Mary Latham in early June. After giving your presentation, you will finalize your manuscript and submit it for publication.

Evidence-Based Medicine Presentation

The purpose of the evidence-based medicine presentation is to enhance your ability to investigate and evaluate your care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning.

In the Spring of your fourth year, you and the Program Director will identify a topic of interest to you. You should chose a subject about which there is  current controversy. Straightforward topics with well-studied “best practices” are not appropriate for review. You will perform a  literature review, and then create an abstract and Power Point Presentation . The Program Director will review your abstract and slideshow, and you will submit final versions of your abstract and slideshow to Mary Latham in early June.