Resident Research

Each Resident is required to participate in an approved research project. A presentation is required at the end of each academic year on Resident’s Day.

The format of the presentations should parallel a typical research article such as those written in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or the Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. For PGY2 and PGY3 residents, it is acceptable to present initial proposals (PGY2), and work in progress (PGY3) in their paper and presentations. Senior residents present completed work and are encouraged to submit their final work for peer review publication.

In the fall of your PGY2-year, residents are given lectures on basic concepts in research as well as selection of research topics and faculty mentors from whom to choose. This process optimizes the ability of the faculty to provide effective mentorship. In exceptional circumstances, residents may identify another faculty member either in or out of the department to be their research mentor with permission of the Residency Program Director. Prior to granting an exception, the resident and proposed mentor must present a credible research plan.

It is a policy of the faculty of the department to promote a meaningful research experience. Residents, clinical supervisors and research mentors should work in a collaborative manner to identify times when the resident can be away from specific rotations to pursue their research endeavors.

All residents complete a quality improvement project with partner and have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to publish and/or present at national conferences:

  • All PGY4 residents attend AAPM&R conference.
  • Chief residents attend AAP conference.
  • All residents are allotted up to $1500 per year for conference attendance, if presenting.



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