Residents are taught the basics of research methodology during their training. Every resident is expected to complete a research study and submit it for publication (although publication is not a requirement). Residents present their research at our Annual Resident Research Day; in June 2010, we celebrated our 18th Annual Resident Research Day. Residents may work together or alone on a study; all projects however, have a faculty mentor to assist the resident and guide them successfully through the various processes (ie, Institutional Review Board approval; statistical analysis, etc.) involved in research.
Residents are encouraged to submit their research for presentation at the SAEM Annual Meeting and/or the ACEP Research Forum. For the last ten years, residents and faculty have presented their research at these national forums. For residents, all of the costs associated with presenting (ie, air travel, lodging, meals, etc.) are paid for by the department. Residents have also been successful in seeing their research through to publication, with nearly half being published in the peer-reviewed literature.