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Clinical Research Education Study Teams: A Research Curriculum for Obstetric and Gynecology Residents

Brubaker, Linda MD, MS; Kenton, Kimberly MD, MS

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3182179705
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Research education is a requirement for obstetrics and gynecology residents. Most obstetrics and gynecology residencies struggle with barriers to efficient, effective research education and productivity for their residents. These barriers include constraints on faculty time, lack of intrinsic desire within individual residents, and lack of relevant outcome measures. We developed an efficient, novel research education curriculum that overcomes many of these barriers and provides obstetrics and gynecology residents with a structured format that maximizes the likelihood of a successful, positive research experience. Since the start of the Clinical Research Education Study Team program, the graduating resident cohorts reliably complete and present prospective research projects, including three registered randomized trials. Residency-wide support for other team research has grown dramatically. The residents' work was acknowledged with several research awards, which further reinforces the positive perception of the program. The certainty of completion of their research requirement relieved our residents of the anxiety commonly reported by residents nearing graduation. The Clinical Research Education Study Team program's team design makes efficient use of faculty time. In addition, Clinical Research Education Study Team mentors also have incorporated junior faculty members who wish to improve their own research education skills. We offer our experience with this program in hopes that it may be of value to other programs that wish to improve their resident research education curriculum. It remains important for residents to acquire research skills before continuing into practice or fellowship. The Clinical Research Education Study Team program facilitates this education in an efficient, organized manner.

A team-based resident research curriculum improves resident education and research productivity while streamlining the faculty effort necessary to meet the resident research requirement.

From the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, Illinois.

Corresponding author: Linda Brubaker, MD, MS, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, 2160 South First Avenue, Maywood, IL 60153; e-mail:

Financial Disclosure Kimberly Kenton is a consultant for Intuitive Surgical. The other author did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

© 2011 by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.