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Research

Each resident is required to complete a research project during their three years of residency. Research is faculty-supervised. Residents will begin to think about research ideas during their PGY-2 year and discuss those ideas and how to prepare a research project in general at our regular Resident Lab Meetings facilitated by the Residency Program Director, Dr. Finney. By the first half of their PGY-3 year, residents are expected to have identified an area of research, a faculty mentor in that area, and a hypothesis. By the second half of their PGY-3 year residents will have prepared and submitted a protocol and, if needed, IRB submission to perform their research project. Progress during the PGY-3 year is judged by the mentor and the Residency Program Director during Resident Lab Meeting. Some projects can be accommodated into their spare time; others may require elective time in research. Please discuss this with your research project faculty mentor and with the program director. By the beginning of PGY-4 year the resident should be initiating data acquisition for their project. By the middle of the third year of residency, each resident should have prepared a written report of their research experience, and during the last Tuesday in May of their residency, each resident will present their research at Neurology Grand Rounds. Written records of the progress of your research project become a part of your portfolio.

In addition, throughout the residency, residents are encouraged to write up cases or treatments of interest as case reports or short notices. This experience is valuable, as it allows residents carefully to review a subject, learn how to evaluate the clinical literature, and enhance their writing skills under the supervision of a faculty member. Faculty are ready to assist residents.