How do we know what is the right therapy for our patients? Hopefully, our treatment plan is derived from “the evidence.” Research is the process that generates this clinical evidence for our everyday practice. To appreciate the conduct of research, each resident will perform his or her own research project with the mentorship of a faculty member.
Starting in the first year, residents select their general area of interest and find a faculty mentor for their project. In the second half of the intern year, each resident presents his or her plans to the resident and faculty group in a “Work In Progress,” a.k.a. WIP.
The WIPs are designed to provide a forum for discussion and advice about the conduct of the research. During the second year, each resident presents a second WIP, demonstrating their progress to carrying out the project and collecting data. At the conclusion of the third year, residents present their data to the Department at the annual Resident Research Day. During their fourth year, they work with their mentor to draft their manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal and to a national conference for presentation.