Resident Research Requirement

The idea for a scholarly project requirement in the residency program originated from the Educational Retreat held in the spring of 2004. The process that led to this document included input from residents, faculty and educational staff. The requirement for a scholarly project has been approved by the department’s education committee and chairman.

  • It is an expectation at the University of Florida, Surgical Residency Program that categorical general surgery residents will complete at least one (1) hypothesis-driven research project suitable for peer review during their residency period. Ideally, the project will culminate in a manuscript that will be submitted for publication; although it is not our expectation that publication of the work is required. It is also the expectation that the resident will present the findings of this research at either a local, national or departmental forum.
  • This project can be either a retrospective or a prospective analysis (or other scholarly activity that has been approved by the Educational Committee and the Research Advisory Committee) in which the resident will:
    a. Define a research hypothesis
    b. Develop and implement a research plan
    c. Collect and analyze data
    d. Interpret findings
    e. Prepare a manuscript suitable for publication and a presentation for the Department of Surgery Research Day.
  • General surgery residents will collaborate with a faculty member who is actively and simultaneously engaged in the conduct of the research project. It is anticipated that resident and faculty research project mentors will meet often enough to ensure successful completion of the scholarly project.¬†Faculty may recruit residents to assist in their research endeavors OR residents may recruit faculty to assist in the conduct of their proposed research.
  • All faculty are encouraged to become involved in this process.
  • While all research projects are different, it is estimated that once most research projects are conceived and designed, the actual implementation of the research should not take more than one (1) year. This includes data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and preparation of a manuscript suitable for publication.
  • Every resident’s progress with this research initiative will be gauged during semi-annual resident review. Their individual project will be discussed and their progress will be documented in the Semi-Annual Resident Review report as part of the ACGME Core Competencies.
  • Research Day is an annual event where faculty and residents present their research accomplishments. This event coincides with the visit of the Dragstedt Visiting Professor.
  • In an effort to assist and prepare residents for this scholarly endeavor, a relevant curriculum will be introduced, learning objectives (over a 2 year period) include, but are not limited to the following:
    a. To appreciate the importance and definition of scholarly activity
    b. To list the steps required for IRB Approval
    c. To realize the ethical issues surrounding the conduct of research
    d. To be familiar with strategies in study design and methodology
    e. To apply statistical methods to research data
    f. To recognize the research resources in the public domain
    g. To prepare a peer-reviewed manuscript
    h. To demonstrate how to present data to a large group (academic meeting etc).