Residency research should be undertaken both to accomplish the actual research and to develop an appreciation for the entire process, whether or not the whole process is attempted or completed. The period following school and prior to credentialing provides the practitioner time and purpose for learning and conducting research. The resident benefits from learning research methods, and the O&P field benefits because the research results may help answer some of the compelling questions inherent in an ever-expanding body of knowledge.
Mentors can be catalysts in creating and maintaining successful residency programs and research projects. Currently, very few mentors exist. Future development of residency programs will necessitate an increased number of qualified mentors available for the residents of the future.
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