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ABSTRACT: Attitudes and Compliance with Research Requirements in Ob/Gyn Residencies

Background/Aims: The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires that all Ob/Gyn residents accomplish scholarly activity. We hypothesize resident productivity is poor. Methods: This was a web-based two-survey study using SurveyMonkey®. Surveys queried both program directors and residents regarding their adherence to ACGME guidelines. All 233 accredited Ob/Gyn programs were targeted. Results: 70 program directors responded (30.4%). The majority (99%) felt research was a goal of their program and stated their residents are taught to read current literature (99%), design basic studies (99%), and interpret simple statistics (89%). 17% (53/313) of the residents did not agree that their training environment promoted research, 25% did not feel comfortable discussing basic study designs, and 54% did not feel comfortable interpreting basic statistics. Urban programs demonstrated improved resident attitudes toward research (p = 0.025), better research environments (p = 0.007) and curricula (p = 0.001) compared to rural programs. Furthermore, residents intending to pursue an academic career were more likely to be working with a research mentor (p = 0.038). Conclusion: The ACGME clearly delineates residency research requirements. A dichotomy exists between program director perception and resident compliance. Notwithstanding, it is reassuring that the majority of programs appear to promote scholarly activity and provide necessary support.

via Attitudes and Compliance with Research… [Gynecol Obstet Invest. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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