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Southern Medical Journal:
doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0000000000000047
Bioethics & Medical Education

Evaluation of a Points-Based Scholarly Activity Policy in Internal Medicine

Kolade, Victor O. MD, MS; Panda, Mukta MD

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Abstract

Objectives

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education requires that scholarly activity be carried out in residency programs without numerical guidelines for publication of papers by residents. Until now, publication-to-resident ratios (PTRR) have not been reported in internal medicine (IM) programs. This article describes the 5-year resident publication record of an IM program with a points-based scholarly activity policy.

Methods

Articles published by residents in the said program from July 2007 to June 2012 were collated based on PubMed searches and author reports. A PTRR was calculated across the 5-year period.

Results

A total of 57 unique resident papers were identified. Over the 5 years, the publication-to-resident ratio was 0.88 for IM residents, the highest reported in any graduate medical education program to date.

Conclusions

A PTRR was seen in an IM program with a points-based scholarly activity policy. Further studies are needed to determine whether points-based policies encourage publication of scholarly papers among residents.

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