The Department of Graduate Medical Education at John Peter Smith Hospital has established a GME Office of Research and Scholarly Activity. The Transitional Program Director is the program’s Research Director. This office is committed to research for all ACGME educational programs at JPS Health Network. They have the allocated manpower and money to assist in all aspects of research. This includes research design, statistical analysis, and facilities and funds for resident research. There is an annual Research Day for residents to present their papers, posters and abstracts.
Some Transitional Year residents have done a year-long research project for Dr. Richard Young, Family Medicine faculty. Their choice of a project is decided by a meeting or input from their future PGY-2 Program Director, advice from a John Peter Smith Hospital faculty member (i.e. Radiology) or by meeting with Dr. Nelms, Transitional Year Program Director or Dr. Young. They have 1 ½ days a week for self-study during the Family Medicine/Family Health Center rotation to work on their project or as self-study. Research has, to date, been clinical and usually retrospective analysis. If direct patient care is involved, it would go through the IRB. JPS faculty teach and stress how to utilize research and data and apply this to clinical medicine. This increases awareness of research methods and results in posters, grand rounds, publications, etc.
Family Medicine/Pediatrics and Family Medicine/Internal Medicine includes a research project. The Family Medicine/Pediatrics topic is jointly chosen by the Transitional Year resident and the staff attending physician. Family Medicine/Internal Medicine uses an interesting or unusual patient for its presentation and teaching value. Each Transitional Year resident uses the library and on-line data to prepare a 10-15 minute presentation. Presentations are evaluated in technique of presentation, content, etc. This will increase research capacity and facilitate resident preparation for life-long learning.