Family Medicine Resident Research

  • Family Medicine Research
    Family medicine residents explore a variety of research topics.

    Understanding clinical research is integral to resident education. Residents are required to adhere to ACGME guidelines for scholarly activity. Beginning in the first month of the academic year, PGY-1 residents are given instruction and time to become familiar with the tools of research by publishing point-of-care, evidence-based research through the FPIN network. Over three years, the requirement complexity increases, culminating in a robust publication to be presented or published with opportunities at local, state, and national events.

    YouTubeAtul Devani, M.D., research director and faculty physician, discusses resident research at Memorial.

    Residents participate in a diverse array of scholarly opportunities. Current projects include:

    1. The Sickle Cell Project. A joint, evidenced-based program to improve our community’s adult sickle cell disease population outcomes and chronic care.
    2. Asthma IQ. We are one center in a national, two-year prospective study to evaluate useful implementation of well-known, evidenced-based asthma care to all age groups using specific treatment protocols.
    3. FPIN eMedRef. Currently there are five topics up for submission from this program to contribute to this robust, worldwide, family physician network’s point-of-care PEPID program. Topics include:
      1. Trigger finger
      2. Cocaine abuse
      3. Endometriosis
    4. Annual Performance Improvement Projects. (Required for all chief residents; encouraged for all residents.) Understanding this process is a means to improve quality, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness within any medical environment through multidisciplinary planning, executing, and follow-up phases. The last project was “The Road to 1650,” an internal performance improvement project that resulted in all residents from our program graduating with the ACGME-recommended number of patient encounters.

    Residents also participate in a monthly Journal Club that features a structured critique and discussion of relevant family medicine topics.

    Our goal is to graduate residents with the appreciation, knowledge, and skills needed to critique and generate scholarly research as it applies to the practice and education of family medicine physicians in the United States.