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The Effect of Dedicated Research Time in an Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency
Purpose: To determine the effect of a second-year research rotation on
scholarly output in an academic OB/GYN residency program.
Background: Dedicated research time has been shown to have
positive impacts on resident outlook and understanding of research, research
productivity, and clinical care. A minority of OB/GYN residencies
provide a research rotation due to resource availability and as a result, data
on the effect of an OB/GYN specific rotation are sparse.
Methods: A retrospective review of resident scholarly activity
was performed from academic years 2012-2017, with the rotation implemented
2015-2016. Data collected from these reports included number of
publications, presentations, book chapters, and number of residents who
participated in these projects each year.
Results: Following the introduction of research rotation,
resident participation in projects doubled to 12/20 (60%). 6 of 19
or 20 residents (31.6% and 30% respectively) had scholarly output each year
from 2012-2016, except 2013-2014 when 3/19 residents (15.8%) participated.
Publications nearly doubled and presentations increased by 50% in the
first two years of the rotation. In the second year of
implementation alone, there were nearly three times as many publications and
more than twice as many presentations than any individual year before the rotation.
Discussions: Scholarly activity output increased following implementation
of the research rotation, demonstrating a benefit of dedicated research time
and mentorship to our residency. This study supports the growing
consensus that creating a rotation and an associated curriculum are factors
associated with successful research education.
CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, 2019, Resident, Faculty, Residency Director, Practice-Based Learning & Improvement, GME,