Background: Research has been a core component of the department’s
graduate medical education programs since 1967. On the occasion of the 50th
resident and fellow research day, we quantified published papers as well as
regional and national conference presentations. We were intersted to know the
impact of the program and whether changes to the program format were assoicated
with quantifiable changes in scholarly products.
Methods: We identified regional and national presentations and
publications through a review of electronic sources including Pubmed
and Web of Science, as well as the Department’s historical
archives, and more recently the department’s academic scorecard. For
manuscripts we determined the citation number and index score for papers using
Web of Science and Incites. We then looked at the number of publications
and presentations before (1997-2006) and after (2007-2016) changes to the
Results: Our search yielded 157 manuscripts and 114
presentations at regional, national, or international meetings. We identified
20 papers that exceeded the citation index relative to their category by at
least two. There were 10 publications that were cited at least 50 times.
The number of original projects per trainee decreased by about 20% after
program changes. The proportion of projects resulting in publications was
similar before (24%) compared to after (26%) the changes. There was a 9%
increase in proportion of projects presented at regional and
national/international conferences after program revisions.
Discussions: The longevity of the department’s resident and fellow
research program reflects the importance of inquiry and scholarship as core
elements of training. This analysis documents the impact of our approach to
resident and fellow research and provides data to quantify the return on
investments committed by the department in terms of faculty mentorship and
trainee effort, staffing, and financial resources to support resident and
fellow initiated research and scholarship.
Keywords: Curriculum Development/Evaluation, Publication,