Resident Research

There are presently two specified ways that a resident may become involved in research during their residency. The first is to become involved in the “Resident Research Track”. The other is to apply for an NIMH or similarly sponsored research fellowship.

Resident Research Track:

If a resident becomes interested in research and would like to focus more time in research, he/she may apply to be involved in the resident research track. An informative meeting is held in the second year of residency during regularly scheduled didactics. This meeting will be directed by the Vice-Chair for Research, Dr. Oliveto and the Resident Research Track Director, Dr. Mancino. This meeting will include a discussion of research as a career, research activities within the department, and a description of the Resident Research Track. Interested residents are then encouraged to contact either the Vice-Chair for Research or the Director for an appointment. There is an application process that includes approval by the Residency Program Director. Application materials are available at the PGY II meeting and/or from the Research Track Director.

There will be an identified and approved list of mentors for this track. A resident will choose a mentor based on their area of interest. By March of the PGY II year, the resident will have identified a mentor, an area of interest, and a start date for the track. They will be approved for participation in the resident research track by the Residency Research Committee. By July of the PGYIII year, the resident will have created goals and objectives for their research proposal. This proposal will be submitted to the Resident Research Committee for approval. Ongoing documentation of progress will be submitted twice a year.

By the beginning of the third year of training, a resident will have identified a specific project. In order to create ample research time during the third year, one of the outpatient rotations will be moved from the PGY III year into the PGY IV year. This will enable a resident to spend 1.5 days per week in research activities throughout the PGY III year including 1:1 weekly meetings with the mentor.  The Resident Research Committee will monitor the resident’s performance to ensure progress toward stated goals.

During the fourth year, a research track resident may schedule as much elective time (more than 25% and up to 50%) as needed to work on the project. It is expected that the resident will have regularly scheduled weekly meetings with their mentor. The mentor along with the Resident Research Committee will formally evaluate the resident with respect to their performance on at least a semiannual basis. 

The intended potential products of a resident’s involvement in the Research Track is manifest competency in several of the following areas (starred items are required areas of competence):

1.  Completion of IRB Human Subjects protection training*
2. Completion of HIPPA training*
3. Completion of CRIMSON training
4. Literature research and review skills*
5. A written protocol regarding intended research plan
6. IRB approval of the project
7. Participation in formal coursework through the COPH or the Health Services Research fellowship
8. Participation in formulation or conceptualization of data analysis plan related to research project
9. Participation in management of day to day conduct of research protocol
10. Presentation at the departmental poster session*
11. Presentation of departmental Grand Rounds*
12. Presentation at a national meeting (poster or oral presentation)
13. Preparation of a manuscript appropriate for submission to a peer reviewed journal.*
14. Manuscript submission to a peer reviewed journal
15. Manuscript published in peer reviewed journal