The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department is committed to expanding the science and practice of rehabilitation. Towards this end we instituted a resident research requirement. Each resident must complete a research project during the three years of his/her residency.
Each resident attends the Research Methods Didactics given by Dr. Michelle Johnson, PM&R Research Director. The didactics is a focused lecture series tailored to develop an individual research project. Residents learn how to write a protocol, complete an Institutional Review Board (IRB) application, and learn the basics of study design, epidemiology, statistics, and research.
All residents are expected to complete a project by the end of their three-year residency. They fulfill this requirement by teaming up with one of our faculty. For all residents we encourage quality science that will result in a national presentation and a peer-reviewed publication.
We have an active research committee that helps the resident find a mentor and develop a project that is within the scope of the residency. During the PGYII year the resident identifies and submits a research topic for discussion to the research committee. They present their ideas at one of our research committee meetings. During their PGYII and PGYIII years the resident works on completing the project. The necessary time is carved out of clinical duties such that the expectations of the project are met with sufficient time to complete the goals of the investigation. Optimally, during the PGYIV year the resident submits an abstract to our national meeting as well as submits a manuscript for publication. Residents are provided the time, resources, and mentorship needed for their research project.
Our Resident Research Day is an annual event during which residents and other trainees present there completed research projects.