Family Medicine Team

Residents are expected to conduct Scholarly Activity during their training including quality improvement and hypothesis-driven research. The program encourages residents to define areas of interest early in their training to provide adequate time to conduct their scholarly activity. Working under the direction of the Research Director for GME, residents receive ongoing education, direction and supervision in undertaking these projects.

Didactic presentations by the Research Director on defining research questions, research design, research ethics and statistical analysis assist resident in moving forward with confidence in their activities. Projects may involve questions of interest in the primary care setting including ambulatory and inpatient realms, or, when possible, service learning and health outcomes in the community.

Residents are expected to develop writing and presentation skills along with their research and quality improvement projects. As a relatively new residency program, we have the unique opportunity to include residents and medical students in quality improvement through evaluation of program needs. One resident developed a Wellness Manual which is now presented to all incoming Interns and led to a poster presentation at a national conference. Another resident conducted a workshop at a National conference about a wellness-related concept implemented in our residency. Another resident presented a poster on a patient with a unique medical condition at a regional AMA conference.

Working with faculty mentors, many of our graduates have published papers in peer-reviewed journals submitted during their residency related to the application of their clinical experiences with particular groups of patients to the wider patient population.

Our faculty are also actively involved in primary care research and dissemination of scholarly work and have published articles in a variety of journals as well as textbook chapters. These include American Family Physician, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, BMJ Case Reports, BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, Global Public Health, Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, Contraception, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of Family Practice. In addition, faculty and residents have presented at a variety of meetings including the MDAFP and STFM.

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