OUDEM places emphasis on the role of preparing residency graduates who will be intelligent consumers of, and contributors to, the medical literature. The research curriculum includes resident scholarly activity in collaboration with faculty mentors, a monthly journal club with emphasis on critically evaluating the medical literature, and yearly didactic training in relevant statistical analyses and spotting errors and inconsistencies in scientific publications. In addition to the resources provided by faculty mentors and co-investigators, the residents have access to the laboratory and basic science facilities at OU, and robust research support through the Office for Research Development and Scholarly Activity (ORDSA). By the end of their first month of training, residents obtain the necessary human subjects/IRB credentialing for participation in the many ongoing projects in the Department. Brenda Davis ( Email Brenda Davis ) works with OUDEM as a resident research coordinator and can assist you with your scholarly project.

Resident scholarly activity is a requirement of the ACGME for successful completion of an Emergency Medicine residency.  OUDEM requires yearly resident scholarly activity.  This can include an original research project, an abstract or poster presentation, a case report, a clinical pathway, or a quality improvement project.  A project that takes more than one year to complete can count for more than one training year as long as meaningful progress takes place each year, and the project cannot otherwise be completed during the course of one year.  An example of this would be a project that requires an extended data collection period.  Below are definitions of qualifying scholarly activity:

Original research project:  A scientific project answering a specific question using accepted medical scientific methods, and intended for publication.

Abstract: A abstract of original research not yet ready for full publication, presented at a local, regional, or national meeting or research symposium.

Poster Presentation: A case report, preliminary or feasibility study, or clinical review, presented at a local, regional, or national meeting or research symposium.

Case Report: A report of an interesting or educationally important clinical case seen directly by the author, with review of the relevant literature,  presented at or submitted to a local, regional, or national meeting or research symposium.

Clinical Pathway:  An algorithmic approach to a specific clinical entity, presented in a flowchart/pathway format, evidence based, reviewed by faculty, and approved for the OUDEM clinical pathways website.

Quality Improvement Project: A project intended to improve patient safety, outcomes, satisfaction, or throughput at our local hospital.  OUDEM examples include implementation of a massive transfusion protocol at HMC, revamping the local DKA hospital wide protocol, and creation of a hospital crotalidae envenomation protocol.

Other resident activities may qualify as scholarly activity.  Please contact Joshua Gentges, DO, who is the Research Co-Director, to see if your idea fits as scholarly activity.


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