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Clinical evidence provided through research enables us to discover better ways to care for our patients. To stimulate an appreciation of the research process among our residents, they are required to complete a research project under faculty mentorship prior to graduation.

The steps to develop and complete your project include:

  • PGY-1 year, choose a general area of interest and find a faculty advisor for the project
  • Present a research proposal at an Emergency Department Research Conference
  • With guidance from an advisor, develop and present a written proposal to the Emergency Medicine Research Committee (EMRC) and the Research Subjects Review Board (RSRB)
  • Collect and analyze the data
  • Prepare a slide presentation
  • At the end of PGY-3, formally present the project at the Annual Emergency Medicine Residency Research Conference.

All residents are encouraged to submit their research for publication in a peer-reviewed journal and present the work at national conferences.

Research Project Goals

The goals of the resident research project:

  • Allow each resident to take part in a research project from beginning to end, from formulation of a research project idea, to understanding the structure of submitting a research project for institutional approval, to seeing a project through data collection, analysis, and hopefully publication/presentation in a national forum.
  • Create mentorship's between residents and faculty. The resident will be paired with a faculty mentor to guide them through the research process. But we also hope the resident and faculty member will develop a professional relationship that will serve as an asset as the resident grows into an independent emergency physician.
  • Give residents the opportunity to explore their impressions of academic emergency medicine in an informed way, and assess desirability of this as a future practice setting.

Project Structure

The resident research projects are structured to attempt to help the resident complete on time. We meet with each resident to brainstorm research ideas while making this a flexible process. Our goal is for the resident to enjoy the project they will be working on so that they maximize the ownership of the research and understand the process. As the project proceeds, we continue to meet with and support the resident along the way to modulate, reassess and encourage the resident in their process

Ultimately, we are committed to insuring everyone’s time is spent on a rewarding process that can help the resident be successful.


RSRB Protocol