The KU Department of Family Medicine requires residents to participate in research projects and provides a supportive environment where residents can gain the skills and confidence they will need if they choose to engage in independent research in their future practice.
During their first year, residents undergo primarily didactic training and they select a research mentor.
- Both clinical and research division faculty serve as mentors.
- Residents can choose from existing projects or identify topics related to a faculty member's area of expertise.
- The Department of Family Medicine boasts strong faculty mentors with backgrounds in clinical, behavioral, public health, health disparities, translational and community based participatory research.
- Faculty mentors assist residents with hypothesis generation, literature searches, project design, the Human Subjects Committee approval process and project implementation (including survey design, data collection and analysis, etc.).
During their second year, residents design and implement their project.
- Residents work either solely or in groups of two or three.
- Residents seek Human Subjects Committee approval for a research plan under the guidance of their mentor(s).
- Resident research projects culminate in a presentation at the Resident Research Forum at the end of the second year.
- All residents are encouraged to submit their work for presentation during their third year of residency at local, regional or national conferences. In some cases, their work is submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Check out our Research Department for more information on current projects and research in KU Family Medicine