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A roadmap of resident-led initiatives to promote research within the radiology department

Published:November 14, 2020DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2020.11.032

      Highlights

      • Radiology residents must complete a scholarly project per Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program requirements
      • Known barriers to resident research include time constraints, lack of interest, inadequate mentorship, and limited research training
      • Practice changes in radiology have created additional hurdles for resident research at some high-volume academic institutions
      • Implementing a six-step resident-led strategic framework can improve the research experience from the radiology residents’ perspective

      Abstract

      Rational

      While radiology residents must participate in a scholarly project per Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Program Requirements, some residency programs may lack a well-thought out, cohesive approach to research that incorporates the residents' perspective. Our objective was to improve the radiology resident research experience with resident-led initiatives.

      Material and methods

      An annual resident research survey was created and distributed to 28 radiology residents in December 2018. Following the survey, a newly formed resident research committee developed a six-step strategic framework of resident-led initiatives to promote research and scholarly activity within the department: Reflect, Recruit, Regroup, Revive, Recognize, and Review. Outcomes of this framework were evaluated with the second annual resident research survey in December 2019.

      Results

      Our institution identified areas of improvement on the 2019 survey after the implementation of the six-step initiatives upon comparison to the 2018 survey. A greater number of residents reported that they had adequate or somewhat adequate resources for research within the department in 2019 (95.2% [20/21]) in comparison to 2018 (70.6% [12/17]) (p = 0.03). A greater percentage of residents found available research projects engaging/interesting in 2019 (80.9% [17/21]) compared to 2018 (70.6% 12/17) (p = 0.49). The most commonly reported departmental resources needed to encourage research on the 2019 survey were dedicated research time (26.9%, 18 out of 67 total responses) and mentorship/encouragement from the faculty (19.4%, 13/67).

      Conclusion

      With a specific framework and appropriate departmental support, resident-led initiatives can improve the research experience within the radiology department from the residents' perspective.

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