The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) wants to ensure that medical residents have the opportunity to participate in scholarly activity during their training. The ACGME’s definition of scholarly activity is broad, including scholarly discussions (journal club, grand rounds, noon conferences, etc.) or other “scholarship of discovery” activities (QI projects or research projects, for example). To meet these goals, the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Morristown Medical Center offers the following opportunities:
Scholarly Activity Project
All residents are required to complete an annual scholarly activity project to become familiar with the research process and learn how to apply the results to improve patient care and personal performance. The project has graded levels of responsibility for each academic year.
Each Spring, residents present their projects at the Department of Medicine's Scholars Night. Depending on their postgraduate year, residents compete on their poster presentations, abstracts and oral presentations. Although the ultimate goal is the development of an independent research project, some residents feel more comfortable working with clinical vignettes. Atlantic Health System’s annual Regional Research Symposium provides a larger forum for faculty and resident research presentations.
Regional Research Symposium
Atlantic Health System hosts its system-wide Research Symposium each Spring. Submissions are accepted from all disciplines and professions for poster and oral presentations. The most highly-rated abstract submissions are selected for oral presentation. Authors not selected for oral presentations prepare posters for a juried competition. A distinguished speaker gives the keynote lecture to conclude the event; past speakers have included renowned author and physician Mehmet Oz, MD, of Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Our residents and faculty are highly encouraged to submit their work for this prestigious and competitive event. Each year, a large number of our residents are chosen for poster or oral presentations.
Morristown Medical Center has robust research opportunities. Residents are encouraged to seek out mentors and immerse themselves in projects of their own, as well as submit their work to national meetings and for publication. In recent years, Morristown Medical Center residents have presented their research at the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Regional and National American College of Physicians, the American Geriatrics Society, and the Society of General Internal Medicine, among other academic organizations. Our graduate medical education office provides financial support to residents to enable them to participate in this important, career-building opportunity. Our Atlantic Center for Research provides excellent statistical support, and residents are encouraged to participate in Atlantic Health System’s graduate medical education core research lecture series.