Participation in research during residency training can provide valuable experience regardless of ultimate career goals. The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires all accredited internal medicine residency training programs to ensure that residents participate in scholarly activities. The Internal Medicine residency at Southeast Heath is committed to assist residents further develop their career by offering an academic rotation to provide protected time for participation in clinical research as well as training on basics of clinical research through multiple didactics. The rotation is designed to help house officers to inculcate an appreciation and capacity to understand the tools necessary to create medical knowledge, an understanding of study design, implementation, analysis, and publication of clinical research.
Internal medicine residents will receive total of 8 weeks of academic time during their first and second year. A research project is required of all residents as a criterion for program graduation. Besides promoting scholarly activity, the academic block aims to practice career decision making and generate new knowledge. Further, it will train residents on mastering practice-based competency. This devoted time will include designated time for attending didactic courses and performance of research projects under the guidance of faculty mentors who meet at least once a week with the resident.
This educational material consists of multiple online courses and will be provided to the house officer at the beginning of the academic rotation. This material is subject to change and is slightly different between PGY-1 and PGY-2.
Internal Medicine residents of the the Southeast Health Medical Center serve as instructor-credentialed preceptors for ACOM students during the 3rd- and 4th-year curriculum. As such, they receive access to library resources in order to better serve in their role as instructors and to ensure continuity between the ACOM students and their curriculum.