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Resident Research and Scholarship

Dr. Patrick O'Connor, Professor and Chief, Section of General Internal Medicine

Resident Research and Scholarship
Yale School of Medicine is one of the preeminent centers for biomedical, technological, and behavioral research. The School of Medicine is organized into 31 research intensive departments and sections in both the clinical and basic sciences. The school occupies approximately 1.5 million square feet adjacent to Yale New Haven Hospital. There is an extensive faculty and research staff including more than 4,000 individuals with over 800 full-time faculty members and over 1,000 trainees involved in clinical care, research, and medical education. The principal sponsor of research in the School of Medicine is the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Support from the NIH is the fourth highest among U.S. medical schools, with the Department of Medicine as the largest single recipient.

All residents in the three-year categorical program are required to complete a scholarly activity project during residency. These projects can consist of case reports, literature reviews, curriculum development or hypothesis driven research. The resident research program is supervised by Dr. Patrick O’Connor, professor of medicine, chief, Section of General Internal Medicine and Dr. Donna Windish, associate professor of medicine; associate program director of the Primary Care Residency Program.

Aims of the Resident Scholarship Requirement
The primary goals of the resident scholarship requirement are to enhance the critical thinking skills of the residents as bedside clinicians, to facilitate scholarly thinking, creativity and appreciation of the excitement in creating new knowledge in medicine and to broaden the scholarly sophistication of all elements of the residency program (i.e., morning report, peer teaching, work rounds, attending rounds etc.).

Didactic and experiential components of the Residency Scholarship Curriculum occur during each year of training. The didactic components include a three-part clinical biostatistics course, a seven-part evidence-based medicine seminar series, and a structured journal club. In addition, a yearly research in residency retreat introduces residents to potential faculty mentors who are willing to mentor residents in a more in-depth project during their training. Interns will be taught how to write a clinical vignette abstract that they will then submit to the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) annual meeting or to the yearly New England Regional Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) meeting. Residents with the highest quality posters will also submit their work to the National ACP or the National SGIM meeting. Residents whose abstracts are accepted will be financially supported to attend the national meeting. Residents are also encouraged to develop a more in-depth scholarly project during their PGY 2 and PGY 3 years. Projects can be in hypothesis-driven research, curriculum development, or community service. Residents pursuing hypothesis driven research or those developing an educational curriculum can spend one half-day per week during their PGY 2 and PGY 3 ambulatory block rotations to work on their projects. In addition, residents can also designate up to two months per year of elective time for research.

Please closely review the Research in Residency - FAQs for a more in-depth view of research in residency.

Presentation of Results
All PGY 3 residents present their work either as oral presentations or as posters at our annual Primary Care and Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Research Day each May. Those who have completed hypothesis driven research projects also present their work at the department’s “Annual Research in Residency Day Symposium” also held each May. Residents are encouraged to submit their research to regional and national scientific meetings (e.g., Society of General Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians, etc.) and funding is available to support residents to attend these meetings in order to present their work. Examples of resident presentations are available for review.