During your residency, you will hone your skills as a researcher and deepen your ability to critically review published studies. Research is central to Christiana Care’s Med-Peds residency. All Med-Peds residents complete a scholarly project during their residency and routinely present their work on a national level.
Building the future of medicine
All Med-Peds residents complete at least one scholarly activity during their residency. These scholarly activities encourage residents to satisfy their intellectual curiosity and place the clinical information they’ve acquired into the context of population health and the overall health system. In addition, residents gain writing and presentation skills, work closely with one or more faculty mentors, improve their abilities to search and understand the medical literature, and potentially gain skills in performance improvement and evaluation. Residents who complete one or more scholarly activities are generally considered more competitive candidates for fellowship and other career opportunities.
Marci Drees, M.D., MS, and Daniel Elliott, M.D., MSCE, serve as the co-directors of Resident Research for the DOM and help to coordinate resident research efforts.
Patty McGraw, RN, MSN, is the research nurse supervisor assigned to the DOM to assist with resident research projects. She and her staff of 5 additional research nurses will help with IRB applications, obtaining funding if necessary, chart abstraction, subject enrollment and other research activities.
Types of Resident Research Projects
Christiana Care’s patient volume and excellent medical informatics provide an extremely rich source of data for a wide variety of research questions. Residents find utilization of the robust Christiana Care database allows easy review of medical records for research purposes. These retrospective reviews have been an excellent source of residents’ original research. Additionally, some residents have successfully managed to conduct prospective studies, such as surveying health care workers before and after an intervention, or screening a specified patient population for a given condition, or even randomized controlled trials. Many residents also become involved in both informal and formal performance improvement (PI) projects, many of which result in publishable results.
For those residents with a high level of interest in research, Dr. Drees helps to coordinate the resident research track, which provides an increased level of research mentorship.
Enrolling in the Research Track gives residents more structured research mentoring, education in research methodology, administrative support, and higher priority in accessing information technology (IT) and statistical support.