During the first two years each resident is expected to develop a research project of sufficient quality to be published or presented as a poster or abstract and have that project completed by the end of residency. Residents are encouraged to develop a project in a field of their own interest and to associate with a sponsoring faculty member, many of whom are accomplished and published clinical researchers.
The office of Graduate Medical Education provides support and expertise to assist the resident in the process of study design, Institutional Review Board approval, and statistical analysis. Residents also have access to the UTHSC and ASTHM libraries. The ASTHM library provides a dedicated research librarian for document search and retrieval.
Each spring the GME education office sponsors Resident Research Day, a formal event that showcases the scholarly and quality improvement activities of residents from all specialties.
Continuous quality improvement and patient safety have become increasingly important in patient care. Quality improvement (QI) projects are different from research in that a QI project is usually multidisciplinary and examines an internal process of patient care, improving the quality of care within the home institution. In the first year of the OBGYN program, residents will receive formal training and assistance in the design and implementation of a quality improvement project. During the last three years each resident will be expected to participate in a QI project annually and serve as the primary coordinator for at least one project.