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Numerous research opportunities and participation in other meritorious activities are available for motivated trainees. The categorical curriculum includes a 2-week research rotation in the PGY-2 year that allows residents dedicated time to work on their own projects for 2 weeks under a faculty supervisor. It is preceded by a 2-week rotation devoted to an innovative quality improvement and patient safety didactic experience that is monitored by the program director, the chief residents, and a patient safety fellow. Opportunities are available to perform research in clinical outcomes, quality improvement/patient safety, as well as in the basic sciences. Residents have participated in the presentation and publication of clinical vignettes, retrospective studies, and in prospective clinical trials.

Faculty throughout the department of medicine assist trainees in developing projects and provide guidance and advice on abstract submissions, presentations at local and regional meetings, and manuscript preparation. Each incoming intern is assigned a faculty mentor based on the intern’s career goals that they can turn to for direct aide as well as fostering connections to additional faculty when appropriate for more nuanced expert help. The new Internal Medicine Research Club offers a laid-back environment that permits trainees to present new ideas for original research to a group comprised of fellow trainees as well as members of the IRB and collected faculty to facilitate the development of high-quality research proposals.

Every spring, a Research Day is held on campus, with residents and fellows from all disciplines presenting their work. Additionally, there is a Celebration of Medical Education Day each June that allows for the promotion of investigation into fields such as quality improvement and advances in medical education techniques, methods, and outcomes. Well-designed studies conducted in collaboration with the faculty have resulted in residents and fellows presenting their research at regional, national, and international meetings. Funding is made available for these presentations and trainees are strongly encouraged to publish the results of their scientific projects.

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