Participation in scholarly activity hones critical thinking skills, which is why completing an independent resident research project is a key element of our academic curriculum. We believe this process provides a solid foundation for judging the validity and value of the medical literature, helping residents to pass their certifying examinations and to take better care of patients. Each resident will have the support of a faculty advisor to help them in devising and carrying out their scholarly project over the course of their three year training period. Our philosophy is that the scholarly project is not a supplement to the curriculum, but rather an integral part of it.
To that end, we have carved out fifteen half days of protected research time staggered evenly over the three-year clinical curriculum. During the intern year, residents are asked to simply ponder their research question and focus on a topic of interest. Preparing the project occurs during year two via a written research proposal presented to the research committee and the IRB if necessary. Once approval is gained, residents implement their projects and collect data. The goal of the third year is to present findings of the scholarly activity. Many of our residents present posters and orally at the annual system-wide Beaumont Research Day, the annual Michigan State Research Symposium, and the Society of Teachers of Family medicine, FMX. Several of our recent graduates have presented nationally and submitted manuscripts for publication. Each year, the variety of clinical questions and study designs reflect the diversity of interests among our residents. There are also opportunities to publish an online journal sponsored by Wayne State University. Through the generosity of our Beaumont Wayne medical staff, there is sponsorship for national presentations.