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Research and Scholarly Activity

Research and scholarly activities are important to fellow education as it not only fulfills AOA/ACOOG/ACGME requirements for programs to provide opportunities for fellows to participate in research or scholarly activities, but provides fellows with education in principles of research design, performance, and analysis and encourages research participation. Scholarly activities are designed to advance fellows’ knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care.
In accordance to ACGME guidelines, fellows will be given a total of twelve months of protected time for research during the duration of the training program. Research experience will be initiated in the fellows first year of training. A research mentor who has expertise in clinical or basic science research will be available to meet regularly and mentor the fellow throughout the training program. Fellows will be required to complete the following by the end of their training:

  • IRB Certifications (NIH, Research HIPAA & CV)
    • Complete the IRB CITI Course Training requirements prior to the start of training
  • One course in clinical research, research design, or biostatistics/epidemiology unless the fellow has documentation of previous graduate
  • level coursework or holds a graduate level degree that documents competence in the required area(s)
    • This can be accomplished in a classroom setting or through a Program Director approved online course
    • The program will provide financial support for a minimum of one research related course
  • Case Report/Literature Review Article
    • Write a case report or literature review article submitted for publication in a peer review journal, and present case report/literature review article to faculty and peers. Fellow’s may choose to present a case report, a poster, or an oral presentation at reginal or national conference
  • Research Project
    • Conduct a publishable investigator initiated research project of chosen topic or participate in an ongoing faculty research project
  • Scholarly Papers
    • Publish at least one (two recommended) scholarly papers by the end of each training year
    • Complete and defend a thesis during fellowship
  • Present a PowerPoint presentation of research findings to faculty and peers. The Program Director, Research Director or faculty of choice will mentor fellows in their scholarly activities and research projects

Quality Improvement Projects

In addition to individual research projects and scholarly activities, the program participates in Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety Projects. These projects fulfills AOA/ACOOG/ACGME criteria for practice-based learning and improvement competency and allows fellows to become active participants in our Fellowship Practice – improving healthcare, delivery and outcomes. Fellows will gain increased awareness in methods for performance improvement leading to increased reimbursement and learn the skills required for future re-licensure requirements.