Urologic oncology fellow, Ariel Schulman, MD, shares some tips to help residents make research a positive experience.
|Ariel Schulman, MD||Dr. Schulman is a urologic oncology fellow at Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC|
“Research” brings up a spectrum of sentiments among trainees. For some, it is simply a prerequisite, while for others, it sets the foundation for an academic career. A yearly project is usually required by most programs, but actual training in research practices varies in both quality and quantity. Similarly, the pre-existing skill set of residents is highly variable.
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires that some members of a faculty demonstrate scholarship through obtaining funding, publication of articles, presentation at society meetings, and/or participation in national committees or educational organizations. The American Board of Urology defines the minimum time in training and case requirements, but research requirements are left to the discretion of each program director.
Across all programs, there are several steps individual residents can employ to make research a positive experience that enhances training. Here are seven general strategies I have found useful:
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Success in research endeavors during residency is similar to success in acquiring surgical skills-a proactive approach can make all the difference in your experience. Focus your efforts in areas of clinical interest and find good mentors to emulate to help get your projects done. Be sure to get rewarded for your hard work, because it is almost time to start thinking about next year’s research project.
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