Development of a successful scholarly activity and research program for subspecialty trainees

Marlyn J. Mayo, Don C. Rockey

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Training young physicians to perform research is challenging on many levels. Thus, many internal medicine training programs, including both core and subspecialty programs, struggle with providing a rigorous and successful research experience for their trainees. Here, the authors report on the rationale, design, practical implementation and outcome of a new program that was developed at the University Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program. Before program inception, 33% of trainees presented original research at scientific meetings or published their work in peer-reviewed journals. After implementation, 100% of trainees accomplished these metrics. Additionally, the proportion of trainees remaining in academic medicine increased from 14% before implementation of the program to 51% after it began. Several elements were viewed to be critically important for the program including the following: communication of expectations and development of a robust program structure, dedicated protected time, a dedicated research curriculum, programmatic support, mentorship and oversight as well as accountability/tracking of accomplishments. The authors conclude that institutions able to adopt these or similar approaches will reap the many rewards of discovery research performed by trainees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-227
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 8 2015


  • Academic
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
  • Career
  • Discovery
  • Fellowship
  • Gastroenterology
  • Mentor
  • Original
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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