RESEARCH, ITS A EASY AS SHERRY BASTIEN, PROG. COORD., OB/GYN, UTMB CAROLYN JACKSON, PROG. COORD., MED-ID, BCM B C
WHAT ARE THE A, B, Cs? = ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOU CAN DO IT! You do not have to be degreed, i.e., M.D. or Ph.D. to be successful in researching an idea and producing a measurable outcome. First, allow yourself confidence that you can make a difference.
Take ownership of your idea. Set aside time to work on your idea. Don't get sidetracked! Write, write, write down your thoughts!
WHAT ARE THE A, B, Cs? Usually, research ideas arise from an opportunity to problem solve or improve. When a question is brought to you – brainstorm avenues to change, improve or compare. = BRAINSTORM
Do you have an idea on how to save funds during recruitment? What about a more streamlining process for orientation? Have you the perfect solution to credentialing incoming residents/ fellows? What's your idea? Share?
WHAT ARE THE A, B, Cs? Share the idea! Get others on board with the concept! Including others will help to launch an idea and further the research investigation. Some projects need help with time delegation or access to material. = COLLABORATE
Join a coordinator listerv. Form a coordinator forum at your institution. Attend regional and national meetings, i.e., specialty specific.
Example of Coordinator-initiated research that cut department cost. – Researched and compared CME credits by faculty Key Question Where were the credits earned Facility Lectures? National Conferences? Online Courses? Results showed out of a 2 year study that most CMEs for department faculty came from National Conferences. Our CME office was charging $3-4,000 per year for tracking and printed letters. Outcome: The Department no longer participates with facility CME office and the coordinator was given kudos for saving this $ each year.
Example of Coordinator-initiated project during interview season. Program would invite 1-2 applicants per week to interview which resulted in long-term interviews and extended time of faculty. Coordinator initiated proposal to interview committee to interview 5-6 applicants at one time. Results proved successful – faculty more agreeable to interview – cut down coordinator's time of extended interviews – saved department money on refreshments – reservation of conference rooms reduced
ANY HELP AVAILABLE? Residency Coordinator Chatroom - firstname.lastname@example.org ACTION - www.gmeaction.org ACGME - www.acgme.org GME Peers
Interest Was your idea easily understood? Was the idea organized? How much time will it take to launch your idea? Funding Did your idea involve expenses? Who will pay? Participation Was your idea above the expectation of what others could provide? Did you recruit the right help? Data Was there a lack of information to record the necessary data? ROAD BLOCKS?
Education yourself on the subject. Make sure you can communicate your ideas in an organized fashion and in understandable terms. Involve those that share the same interest. Be a teamplayer. Pay attention to the details. Give yourself the time needed to analyze and reanalyze. Accept constructive criticism. TIPS
COLLABORATE - Work with others within and outside your program. Don't be afraid to ask for help. RECAP B C ACKNOWLEDGE YOU can do it! BRAINSTORM your ideas and give yourself quality time to research. Remember, no question is a dumb question.
RESEARCH, IT'S AS EASY AS A, B, C YOU CAN DO IT!