Scholar quest: a residency research program aligned with faculty goals

West J Emerg Med. 2014 May;15(3):299-305. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2013.8.16155. Epub 2013 Dec 9.


Introduction: The ACGME requires that residents perform scholarly activities prior to graduation, but this is difficult to complete and challenging to support. We describe a residency research program, taking advantage of environmental change aligning resident and faculty goals, to become a contributor to departmental cultural change and research development.

Methods: A research program, Scholar Quest (SQ), was developed as a part of an Information Mastery program. The goal of SQ is for residents to gain understanding of scholarly activity through a mentor-directed experience in original research. This curriculum is facilitated by providing residents protected time for didactics, seed grants and statistical/staff support. We evaluated total scholarly activity and resident/faculty involvement before and after implementation (PRE-SQ; 2003-2005 and POST-SQ; 2007-2009).

Results: Scholarly activity was greater POST-SQ versus PRE-SQ (123 versus 27) (p<0.05) with an incidence rate ratio (IRR)=2.35. Resident and faculty involvement in scholarly activity also increased PRE-SQ to POST-SQ (22 to 98 residents; 10 to 39 faculty, p<0.05) with an IRR=2.87 and 2.69, respectively.

Conclusion: Implementation of a program using department environmental change promoting a resident longitudinal research curriculum yielded increased resident and faculty scholarly involvement, as well as an increase in total scholarly activity. [West J Emerg Med. 2014;15(3):299-305.].

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / education*
  • Curriculum* / standards
  • Curriculum* / trends
  • Faculty, Medical*
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency* / methods
  • Internship and Residency* / standards
  • Internship and Residency* / trends
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • United States / epidemiology