Brookhaven Memorial Hospital strongly believes that advancing resident scholarship should be a core component of our residency program. In order to accomplish this goal, house staff are required to complete a scholarly project during the course of their training. This project may take the form of original research, a quality improvement project, a case report or series, or a formal presentation at a local, regional, or national conference. Presentations at outside conferences will be supported financially by the institution.
In order to highlight the academic accomplishments of our residents, BMH will host an annual “Research and Quality Improvement” fair where house staff will have an opportunity to present their projects. This research day will feature presentations from residents whose projects are selected in the areas of original research and quality improvement; and a poster session for all other house staff. These projects will be added to resident portfolios so that they can be highlighted as career accomplishments.
In order to facilitate the completion of scholarly projects, residents are provided with protected time for research and quality improvement both during “plus one” ambulatory weeks and their month long quality and safety rotations in their second and third years of training. Faculty also are given protected time to participate in and oversee research and quality improvement projects in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. Our performance improvement department aides with research by providing support for statistical analysis and study design.
Residents are also given access to variety of online resources, such as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement modules on quality improvement. These modules augment resident understanding of quality improvement methodology. This complements their hands-on experiences in the clinical setting where they work on quality improvement projects based on the collective priorities of the institution.
Additionally, residents receive a lecture series on research methodology, the research process, and evidence based medicine during their noon conference series. These lectures complement the Journal Club/EBM conference series throughout the year.
We are excited to encourage scholarship in our program, and look forward to working with residents to achieve our academic goals!