The ability to critically evaluate the literature, especially clinical studies, is an integral part of becoming a competent and successful emergency physician. To help gain this skill, all residents are taught the fundamentals of research methodology, and are required to use these skills to successfully complete their own clinical research project during residency training. Residents may work alone, or in a group, but all have a faculty mentor assigned to assist and guide them through the various phases (ie, Institutional Review Board approval; statistical analysis; etc.). Residents are required to present their research at the Annual Resident Research Day, usually held in June of each year. In June 2015, we celebrated our 23rd Annual Resident Research Day.
Residents are encouraged to submit their original research for presentation at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting and/or the American College of Emergency Physician’s (ACEP) Research Forum. For the past 15 years, residents and faculty have presented their research findings at these national forums. The Department covers all of the costs associated (ie, air travel, lodge, meals, etc.) for the residents. Finally, our residents have been very successful in seeing their research results published, with nearly one-half of these studies published in the peer-reviewed literature.