Each resident is required to complete a longitudinal research project during their three years of residency. Research is supervised by a faculty member chosen by the resident. An annual Research Blitz is presented in October, during which all interested faculty members present their ongoing research that would be appropriate for resident involvement. Residents may also design their own projects, with appropriate faculty input.
Residents are expected to have identified an area of research, a faculty mentor, and a research plan by their PGY3 year, and to present the intended hypothesis and methodology to the faculty for feedback in December. In addition to the individual faculty mentor, Dr. Leo Almeida works with the residents to select and design projects, submit IRBs, and analyze data. PGY4 residents present their completed projects during Grand Rounds in May or June prior to graduation.
Residents are also required to present their scholarly activity during the annual departmental Neurology Research Day in the spring. One resident is selected from each class to give a platform presentation; all others have posters. Throughout the residency, residents are strongly 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 always excited to assist residents with any scholarly activity!
The department strongly encourages resident research presentations at national, regional and local conferences. All residents receive a yearly educational stipend that can be used for conference travel, and additional departmental funding is provided to those with accepted first-author presentations.
Residents may spend up to several months of elective time during the three-year residency on research endeavors. A dedicated clinician-research track is available for those who plan a career significantly focused on basic or clinical research.
Research Blitz 2016