A hands-on research project enhances resident understanding of study design, the challenges of recruitment, subject cooperation, complete and accurate data collection, statistical application to data, and composition of a research paper. Secondary benefits are the one-on-one mentoring, familiarization with research opportunities, and insight into a career in academic medicine. Our expectation is that every resident will write in manuscript and present a completed study at the Henry Ford Research Day and the Department Research Forum. Our goals are to prepare residents who wish to pursue fellowship training, and to equip graduates with tools to assess technology, discovery, and the medicine of tomorrow.
In February of the R-1 year, program leaders meet with the incoming class to discuss our expectations and goals, the research timetable, mentors, and research interests. By September of the R-2 year, a research mentor must be identified and a proposed project, at least as a general question and how it will be answered (research methodology), and literature search in process must be submitted to program leadership. By May of the R-2 year, a progress report must include IRB approval, biostatistician input to a study design and creation of tools such as a data collection form, completed literature review and reference list, and draft introduction and methods for the manuscript. By May of the R-3 year, a progress report should show data completion is completed, statistical analysis is in process, and an outline for the results section of the manuscript is in process. By September of the R-4 year, abstracts for submission at local, regional, and national meeting meetings are finalized. By December of the R-4 year, the draft manuscript is undergoing internal review, oral presentations are being scripted, poster presentations are being composed, and an updated literature review is in process. In May/June, presentation at the annual Department Research Forum.