Residents in our program have access to world-class, state-of-the-art research facilities and motivated clinical faculty which help breed an environment of academic inquiry. Whether the focus is basic science, translational, or clinical research, residents are provided with multiple opportunities to pursue their own research projects throughout their time in our program.
Every resident participates in Quality Improvement research, facilitated by the QI Chief Resident specifically assigned to mentor them. These projects are career-based. For example, a PGY1 headed for an Endocrine fellowship will participate in a multi-disciplinary working group focused on improving inpatient blood sugar control. This enables our trainees to get to know faculty in the specialty of their choice early on and conduct scholarly activity to enhance their fellowship potential.
Residents receive protected research time during either their PGY-2 or PGY-3. Resident research is driven entirely by personal interest. Furthermore, the Chief Resident of Research and Education can link residents to potential research mentors based on their subspecialty of interest. There is an ongoing effort to curate all research projects going on in each division to make a database for the residents to find potential projects. Examples of projects include: creation of a new order set in our EMR to ensure appropriate lung cancer screening is performed in clinic; investigating patient outcomes associated with long pauses during CPR; and a patient-centered needs assessment in the GI lab to determine how to facilitate colonoscopies. Basic science projects are also readily available in our extensive College of Medicine Research Building.
We maintain a strong presence at the annual ACP Northern Illinois chapter meeting, where every trainee is encouraged to submit a poster representing their scholarly work. This experience promotes engagement with faculty/fellows, and familiarizes them with conducting a literature review. We also have an annual Scholarly Activities Day, where residents can present their work on campus. We are heavily committed to giving residents the opportunity to present their data or case presentations at professional society meetings of their choosing. Residents have attended the ACP national meeting, ACG, DDW and ATS, among others. Funding is available to defray the cost of poster creation and travel expenses.