Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 2, pp 155–159 | Cite as

Resident research and scholarly activity in internal medicine residency training programs

  • Rachel B. Levine
  • Randy S. Hebert
  • Scott M. Wright
Original Articles


OBJECTIVES: 1) To describe how internal medicine residency programs fulfill the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) scholarly activity training requirement including the current context of resident scholarly work, and 2) to compare findings between university and nonuniversity programs.

DESIGN: Cross-sectional mailed survey.

SETTING: ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency programs.

PARTICIPANTS: Internal medicine residency program directors.

MEASUREMENTS: Data were collected on 1) interpretation of the scholarly activity requirement, 2) support for resident scholarship, 3) scholarly activities of residents, 4) attitudes toward resident research, and 5) program characteristics. University and nonuniversity programs were compared.

MAIN RESULTS: The response rate was 78%. Most residents completed a topic review with presentation (median, 100%) to fulfill the requirement. Residents at nonuniversity programs were more likely to complete case reports (median, 40% vs 25%; P=.04) and present at local or regional meetings (median, 25% vs 20%; P=.01), and were just as likely to conduct hypothesis-driven research (median, 20% vs 20%; P=.75) and present nationally (median, 10% vs 5%; P=.10) as residents at university programs. Nonuniversity programs were more likely to report lack of faculty mentors (61% vs 31%; P<.001) and resident interest (55% vs 40%; P=.01) as major barriers to resident scholarship. Programs support resident scholarship through research curricula (47%), funding (46%), and protected time (32%).

CONCLUSIONS: Internal medicine residents complete a variety of projects to fulfill the scholarly activity requirement. Nonuniversity programs are doing as much as university programs in meeting the requirement and supporting resident scholarship despite reporting significant barriers.

Key words

ACGME resident research medical education national survey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel B. Levine
    • 1
  • Randy S. Hebert
    • 2
  • Scott M. Wright
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of General Internal MedicineJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical CenterBaltimore
  2. 2.Division of General Internal MedicineUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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