Scholarly activity project – All residents are required to complete at least three quality improvement (QI) or research projects during their three years here to become familiar with quality improvement methodology and research protocol. The goal is to teach medical residents the basic knowledge and skills of quality improvement and patient safety, and arm them with the tools to analyze systems and personal processes of care in order to make changes in effectual ways. This is also in effort to learn how to apply research results effectively during patient care and personal performance.
- PGY-1 residents complete a clinical vignette during their ambulatory block rotation for submission to Atlantic Health System Research Day, Mount Sinai Research Day, New Jersey American College of Physicians' regional meeting, and any national organization that is found to be appropriate. They will also participate in team-based quality improvement projects.
Teams will be composed of one member of each class (PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3). At the end of the academic year, residents will be surveyed for career interests and placed into teams based on these interests whenever possible. With each incoming intern class, new residents will be surveyed during orientation to assess possible career paths, if known. Interns will be aligned with teams within the same interest, when possible. Each team will work on one project for the year with the PGY-2 serving as the team leader. The PGY-2 will have the most time dedicated throughout the year and is expected to facilitate project completion, however all years will have carved out time for project completion.
A faculty member will be assigned as the QI/research project mentor for each group. These teams may be used to do traditional research (retrospective or clinical trial) or quality improvement research; however a minimum of one project must be a quality improvement project over a person’s residency. By the end of three years, each resident will have completed a total of three projects. Projects will be submitted to Atlantic Health System Research Day, Mount Sinai Research Day, New Jersey American College of Physicians’ regional meeting, and any national organization found to be appropriate.
- PGY-2 residents complete a quality assurance/improvement project during their community health rotation, or a performance improvement project through the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). These should be submitted to Atlantic Health Research Day, Mount Sinai Research Day, New Jersey American College of Physicians' regional meeting, and any national organization found to be appropriate.
- PGY-3 residents complete a quality assurance/improvement project from the inpatient setting or another clinical research project.
Didactic component – All residents are required to attend Journal Club, Evidence-Based Medicine Conference, research and quality improvement lectures, and Grand Rounds.
Atlantic Health Research Day – This annual event features poster and oral presentation submissions from all departments and professions within Atlantic Health System. The most highly-rated abstract submissions are selected for oral presentation or a poster-judged competition. Authors not selected for either option prepare posters for presentation to the participants. Awards are given for both the oral and poster presentations. In 2007, Overlook Medical Center Internal Medicine residents won the best Resident Oral Presentation award.
Mount Sinai Research Day – This annual event features oral and poster presentation submissions from residents and fellows at centers within the Graduate Medical Education Consortium. Judges select the best oral presentation and the four best posters (Clinical Research, Clinical Vignette, Basic Science, and Education/Basic Research/Quality Improvement).