Resident Research Activity
The Residency Program within the Department of Family Medicine has required a hypothesis-based research project for program graduation for over a decade. In the past, these projects were often initiated by residents with advice from assigned faculty mentors. In response to resident suggestions, we launched a program in 2001 to bring these projects into the research division. Each resident now chooses one of the research division faculty to act as mentor and assist with hypothesis generation, literature searching, project design, human subjects approval, and project implementation. Two hours of dedicated residency curriculum time has been scheduled each week for a small group of 5-6 residents to meet with research faculty to discuss research and to co-learn about primary care research projects. In addition, another group of between 5-6 residents is allotted 2 hours each week to independently work on their projects. Residents are assigned these activities on a rotating schedule so all have sufficient didactic and practical experience over the course of their training. All residents are guided through an institutional online human subjects tutorial which certifies them for work on research projects. We expect IAIHD to draw from our residency pool and assist residents in joining a "project teams" and utilizing the IAIHD process to fulfill their scholarly project graduation requirement. We also expect, based on mentoring 6 cohorts through this process since 2001 that many residents will find IAIHD projects interesting and valuable as they will facilitate community connections and service to the underserved.